Schoodic Woods 150 Acre Campground and Recreational Facility

Project Facts

Construction began in the winter of 2014 and was completed the summer of 2015.

CES performed a topographic site survey of the 150 acre site, the 1.5 mile access road, and an additional (approximately eight miles) area devoted to multi-use recreational trails.

CES identified and located the wetlands and vernal pools for the project site and developed the design drawings for the 100 lot campground including roads, site, utilities, and the eight miles of trails.

The project was permitted through the Army Corps of Engineers and the Maine Department of Environmental Projection (MDEP).

Challenges

CES’ design carefully avoided wetlands and vernal pools and managed to impact just shy of three acres, which allowed for an individual permit through the Army Corps. The MDEP required permits under the Site Location of Development Act and the Natural Resources Protection Act.

Given the location of the site and the distance to publicly available utilities, the Owner was required to develop on-site utilities to serve drinking water and wastewater concerns.

Solutions

In order to minimize stormwater impacts, CES permitted  the use of several technologies including underdrained soil filters, pervious pavements, and buffers.

CES located seven potential well sources and assisted the Owner with the development of two for use as drinking water wells. The water system consisted of the design of a chlorination treatment system, pumps, storage tanks, communications, and distribution.

Awards

The Schoodic Woods Campground and Development has received one of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Maine’s 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards. Scroll down for more details and the full press release.

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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.