3 Towns and a Property Owner Coordinate Lake Fairlee Dam Replacement Coverage from Digital VPR
From Shawn Patenaude of DuBois & King
Each year the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) requests and
takes submissions for notable projects as part of their Engineering
Excellence Awards Program. The Lake Fairlee Dam project won a grand award in
the Water Resources category. The project was selected as a grand award
winner because of the challenges and its uniqueness. This project tied in
receiving the highest scoring of all projects across all 6 categories. The
judging panel is made up of distinguished planners, engineers and
construction professionals. This project scored highly because of the
complexity that was overcome through the implementation of the design.
One judge was heard saying “I didn’t even know this was possible.” The
judging panel recognized that this was not just another engineering project.
The amount of coordination between private and public stakeholders, and
overseeing regulatory agencies far exceeded typical projects. While this
project was not free of issues, it serves as a great example of the local
community coming together to solve a local infrastructure problem and then
working within the state regulatory structure to bring it to reality. I
believe it was Fred Cook who said that during his father’s time in local
leadership, the three towns couldn’t even agree to agree that there was a
It’s my opinion that without the diligence of Tri-Committee in the beginning
and eventually Tri-Town Commission, this project would not have been
successful. And for that I am thankful to have been part of this project.
Thank you all.
Shawn R. Patenaude, P.E.
Sr. Dam Engineer
DuBois & King, Inc.
28 North Main Street
Randolph, VT 05060