2018 Grand Conceptor Award

Franson Civil Engineers is pleased and honored to announce that our Helper City Utility Improvements project was awarded the 2018 American Council of Engineering Companies Utah Chapter (ACEC-Utah) Engineering Excellence Grand Conceptor Award, recognizing it as the BEST project in the State of Utah. The Grand Conceptor Award is given to commend projects that span all award categories.

We worked closely with Helper City for a number of years to completely rebuild their failing water utility systems. The rebuilding process was broken down into three projects:

The award was presented at the ACEC-Utah EEA Banquet on November 16, 2017. We are looking forward to continuing to provide our clients with excellent service as we strive to fully utilize and conserve our most important natural resource.

Rehabilitation of the Wide Hollow Dam

Franson Civil Engineers created this video by compiling photos taken during the rehabilitation of the Wide Hollow Dam.

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Rehabilitation of Helper City Main Street

Franson Civil Engineers created this video by compiling photos taken during the rehabilitation of Helper City Main Street.

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The Rebirth of Helper

“The Rebirth of Helper” is an article written by Franson Civil Engineers staff: Lauren C. Ploeeger, P.E., Chad Brown, P.E., and Charity L. Mair. It was published in the 2017 Utah Engineers Council Journal. Here is a the beginning paragraph of the article:

“The city of Helper, Utah was once known as an industrial mining town and is now seeing a rebirth as an artistic haven. Until recently, the city had suffered from neglect to its utilities’ infrastructure. But over the past several years, a city-wide utility improvement project has revitalized the community, especially along Main Street. The culinary water and sanitary sewer systems were replaced and a storm water drainage system was installed. Through the engineering of these utilities, the quality of life throughout the community has been improved. Due to the daunting size of the $29 million project, the city was divided into five areas, of which each had its own construction contract. Construction lasted four years from 2013 to 2016. During that time, over 2000,000 feet (or about 38 miles) of pipe was installed between the three utilities.”

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“Ephraim agencies team up to save water supply”

A press release was issued on behalf of our clients, Ephraim Irrigation Company and Ephraim City, regarding the award of a $1 million grant from the Bureau of Reclamation for upcoming projects. It was originally published in the Daily Herald and the Pyramid. The full article can be found by clicking the Read More button below. Here is an excerpt from the article:

EPHRAIM – One million dollars in federal funding is on its way to the Ephraim Irrigation Company and Ephraim City who have joined together to pipe the Gobblefield Ditch and upgrade the Bureau of Reclamation owned Ephraim Tunnel.

The projects will conserve water, improve the reliability of culinary and irrigation water delivery, decrease shortages, conserve energy, increase the output of existing hydropower facilities and much more.  . . .

“FCE has successfully assisted our clients with numerous canal piping and water conservation projects across the state.” said Layne Jensen. “In 2012, we successfully completed the rehabilitation of the Fairview Canyon Tunnel on behalf of the Cottonwood Gooseberry Irrigation Company. Work on that project was performed in phases to accommodate funding availability and to keep water available to irrigators. Standard design methods were put aside as the cost exceeded the project budget and would not allow rehabilitation of the entire tunnel. FCE established a unique rehabilitation method that could be accomplished by a resourceful local contractor. The project was completed under budget.”

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