Award for Whiskey Island Restoration Project

The team of Coastal Engineering Consultants, Inc. and GeoEngineers, Inc. has earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 53rd annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) for the Caillou Lake Headlands (Whiskey Island) Restoration project in Terrebonne Parish, La.

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The project involved a complex interplay of coastal, geotechnical, and habitat-design elements to restore this thin barrier island.

To counter the Gulf of Mexico’s erosive waves, the project team rebuilt Whiskey Island using more than 10 million cubic yards of dredged sand.

What had been an island on the verge of succumbing to the Gulf of Mexico is now a fortified barrier island with more than 600 acres of new beach, dune and marsh habitats.

Whiskey Island is the largest volumetric restoration project completed in Louisiana to date. But the effort was not without its challenges.

Three tropical storms barreled into the Gulf during the design and construction phases. Nevertheless, the project team completed the project under budget and set a benchmark for future barrier island restoration efforts.

Surveying services for the project were provided by ENC, Inc., of Grenada, Miss., and Ocean Surveys, Inc., of Old Saybrook, Conn.

Recognition of all award winners including top winners—20 Honor Awards, 16 Grand Awards and the prestigious “Grand Conceptor Award” for the year’s most outstanding overall engineering achievement—will take place at the annual EEA Dinner and Gala, a black-tie event to be held Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.