The University of Kentucky and Bell Engineering were presented an Engineering Excellence Grand Award by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Kentucky for the UK Nicholasville Road FEMA Flood Mitigation Project at the ACEC-KY reception held Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Frankfort, Kentucky. This project was also submitted to the national level where it was awarded a National Recognition Award.

Bell Engineering began working with the University of Kentucky in 2012 to alleviate repetitive flooding issues on the south end of campus. Due to increased runoff volume the storm drainage system was, at times, overwhelmed and would then overtop a major urban arterial highway, causing both traffic and safety concerns. The University was awarded a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant to address the need for more detention to control flow rates and reduce flooding.

Bell prepared a detailed evaluation of the watershed including flow monitoring, stormwater modeling, land use determinations/green space protection, and utility needs. The project incorporated several surface and underground detention basins, stream restoration, and bio-swale concepts into a linear stormwater park that provides storage in the upper reaches of the watershed while reducing downstream flooding. There were numerous challenges in achieving these goals, including a need to reduce the peak flow for the 100-year, 24-hour event by over 50 percent. Usable surface areas for detention were at a premium due to the growth of the University. The watershed contains the football stadium, family housing, and a child care center, requiring continuous coordination of multiple stakeholders and causing potential safety concerns for open basins. The owner also wanted a pleasing, park-like feel in this high profile area.

Prior to the project, the watershed had 14.9 acre-feet of detention. There is now 22.7 acre-feet of detention including 13.4 acre-feet in open basins and 9.3 acre-feet in underground detention including underneath parking areas. This project was completed while a separate contract to realign a roadway through the site was constructed and stadium renovations were being completed, requiring coordination with multiple contractors and engineers to accommodate design and construction impacts.
Receiving Engineering Excellence Award from ACEC

UKLA/KY-ASLA Tailgate Event Showcases Bell Projects

Bell Engineering’s Professional Landscape Architect and Certified Planner Josh Karrick recently participated in the UKLA/KY-ASLA Alumni Tailgate event. Several of Bell’s projects at the University of Kentucky (UK) were showcased including the UK/FEMA Nicholasville Road Flood Mitigation Project, UK Arboretum Woods Shared Use Trail, and the Alumni Road Realignment Project. Visit the following link for more information along with pictures from the day.

KSLA Tailgate Event

Alumni Drive Roadway Realignment Completed

Bell Engineering, as a subconsultant to lead design firm CDM/Smith, recently completed work on the Alumni Drive roadway realignment project located near Commonwealth Stadium on the University of Kentucky’s campus. The newly designed, one mile stretch of roadway features a new alignment along with the addition of two roundabouts. The road is very highly traveled and required construction to be completed between the last day of class in spring 2015 and the return of students on August 17, 2015. If meeting the aggressive schedule was not challenging enough, there were also three other major projects ongoing at the same time that tied in to the project area. The largest was the renovation of Commonwealth Stadium. This, along with the FEMA Flood Mitigation project, were ongoing along the Alumni corridor with similar required completion dates. Construction of the new football practice facility was also starting. Bell served as the lead engineer for the FEMA project and had merged the future Alumni Drive realignment into the plan. Bell provided the drainage calculations for the Alumni Drive project, along with landscape architecture services, coordination between adjoining projects and a portion of the inspection services during construction. Both the Alumni Drive and FEMA project were completed by the August 17, 2015 deadline. provided this article on the Alumni Drive project, which includes a video flyover.

West Roundabout on Alumni Drive

Arboretum Path Dedication

On Wednesday, July 29th, 2015, campus and local officials gathered to celebrate the dedication and opening of the Arboretum Shared Use Path; a new shared use path on the southern end of the University of Kentucky’s campus. Located on the western edge of The Arboretum, the path connects bicyclists and pedestrians from neighborhoods in south Lexington to UK’s campus and downtown. It specifically links Shady Lane to University Court; providing a much needed connection from the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government’s existing bikeway system to campus.

Dignitaries on hand for the dedication included UK President Eli Capilouto, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, Councilmember Susan Lamb, UK Parking and Transportation Services Director Lance Broeking, UK Sustainability Coordinator Shane Tedder and Arboretum Director Molly Davis.

Aboretum Path Ribbon Cutting

The following link offers more information along with a video about the project produced by the UK Public Relations and Marketing Department: