News : CHA Awarded 2016 Structures Project of the Year in Central New York

December 02, 2016

CHA’s Otisco Lake Dam Rehabilitation Project recently received the 2016 Central New York American Public Works Association (APWA) Structures Project of the Year Award.

Located in Onondaga County, this historic dam was built in 1909 and is part of the Onondaga County Water Authority (OCWA) system which provides drinkable water to hundreds of thousands of residents throughout Central New York. Over the years, the dam has proven resilient to catastrophic and unpredictable Central New York weather. However, given the age and importance of the structure, OCWA, with CHA’s recommendation, decided to strengthen the dam with the understanding that the design life of many of the original stabilization components had been exceeded.

The project involved installation and load testing of post-tensioned anchors through the concrete gravity sections of the dam, resealing the flood spillway overlay panel joints, and performing various concrete and mortar repairs. Thanks to CHA, this dam rehabilitation project provided improvements to the structure of the Otisco Lake Dam that will safeguard against future extreme flood events for years to come.

Andrew Weiss from OCWA was presented with the award at the APWA Central New York Branch Annual Banquet on November 17th, 2016, at the Rusty Rail in Canastota, New York. Pictured above (from left to right) is Tami Jameson, Andrew Weiss, Brian Bidonde, Mike Quinn, Scott Smith, and Frank Mento. Congratulations team on responsibly improving the world we live in!