ASCE OCEA Award Recipient

Congratulations Redevelopment Team!

Aries' successful site investigations and Remedial Action Plan (RAP) execution were key factors during the redevelopment of the Former Franconia Paper Mill site.  The redevelopment project was chosen as the recipient of the 2017 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Award. 

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A portion of the December 17, 2017 ASCE award letter is excerpted as follows:    

This award is given annually to an engineering project that demonstrates excellence in engineering skills and represents a significant contribution to mankind and engineering progress. It is a prestigious honor that serves to recognize achievement of a positive contribution to engineering progress and social compatibility.

The former Franconia Paper Mill resulted in site contamination which posed a hazard to health of people and the environment. This project demonstrated with collaboration with New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), Aries Engineering, and Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Inc., InnSeason Resorts was able to remedy what history had done. The new resort is a tribute of the good that can come from the transformation of a contaminated site.

In choosing the recipient, several things are considered: uniqueness and pioneering aspects in design and/or construction; environmental considerations and compatibility; and unusual aspects. What set the Riverwalk Resort project apart was the magnitude of the environmental conditons; its challenges and solutions.

I want to congratulate InnSeason Resorts on receiving the OCEA Award, and we cordially invite you to our January Event to be our key-note speaker. After your presentation, the ASCE-NH board of directors will present you with the OCEA plaque. The Award is presented for the achievement, not the individual, so that all who have worked on the winning project are recognized as having contributed to outstanding civil work. 


Matthew O’Brien, P.E.
ASCE-NH President-Elect

December 17, 2017

Key Points

  • The presence of asbestos-containing material (ACM) in the buildings and site soil prevented the redevelopment of the property.
  • Aries directed site investigations and remediation of the ACM to allow redevelopment.
  • RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain opened the luxury resort in 2016


Brownfields Redevelopment George C. Holt, PG
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