CES, Inc. Wins ACEC of Maine Engineering Excellence Award for Schoodic Woods Project

BREWER, MAINE – The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Maine recently announced that the Schoodic Woods campground and development has received one of the ACEC of Maine’s 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards. CES, Inc., a Maine based firm of engineers, environmental scientists, and land surveyors, provided a number of services for this project that has been donated to the National Park Service and included in Acadia National Park territory.


This prestigious award recognizes engineering projects which epitomize quality, innovation, value, and client satisfaction.


“This project can effectively be described ¬†as a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said CES Executive Vice-President and Engineering Division Director Travis Noyes, PE. “It is likely that our design team will never again have an opportunity to design and permit, a 1,400 acre expansion to an existing National Park.”


CES’ services for the Schoodic Woods Project included: survey; natural resources mapping; civil engineering design of trails, campus site, parking, water supply, treatment and distribution system; location and development of groundwater wells; Local, State, and Federal permitting; assistance with conservation easement negotiations; and construction assistance. The project was completed a year ahead of schedule in the summer of 2015. The initial goal during concept planning was to have the Schoodic Woods campground and development open to coincide with the National Park Service centennial in the summer of 2016


“I’m proud that our team of dedicated design professionals, along with the Owner, National Park Service, and Sargent Corporation, were able to deliver this monumental project on time and under budget”, said Noyes. “We were also able to meet specific development standards which resulted in a very minimal impact to the landscape.”


CES’ design incorporated environmental aspects that were important to both the owner and the National Park Service. A key result of the project was the set aside of a conservation easement that stipulated the undeveloped portion of the project will always remain as such.


Founded in 1978, CES is headquartered in Brewer with six other locations throughout Maine. CES’ team of approximately 70 employees includes licensed Registered Professional Engineers, Certified Geologists, Certified Soil Scientists, Professional Land Surveyors, Professional Foresters, GIS Analysts, CAD Technicians, and Environmental Scientists.