2001 ACEC of Idaho Grand Conceptor Award 

Welch Comer Engineers was honored with the 2001 “Grand Conceptor” Award for Engineering Excellence by the Consulting Engineers of Idaho. This award recognized Welch Comer Engineer’s achievement and innovation in civil and structural engineering for the Milo Creek Flood Control Improvements in Kellogg, Idaho.

The American Consulting Engineers Council (ACEC, National) also awarded Welch Comer Engineers its “National Recognition” Award in 2001 at ACEC’s annual Engineering Excellence competition in Washington, D.C. ACEC is the business association of America’s engineering industry.

The emergency repairs and permanent reconstruction of the Milo Creek Flood Control Improvements required four years and over $15 million to protect Wardner and Kellogg from this on-going flooding and contamination threat.

Dual 54 and 63-inch diameter high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipelines were installed to carry stormwater along the 2 1/2 mile gradient which drops 580 feet. Welch Comer also designed five sedimentation and energy dissipation structures in very restricted sites throughout the two communities. With completion of this major State of Idaho project in October 2000, Wardner and Kellogg are now protected from Milo Creek’s recurring flooding threats, equal to a 100-year flood event.