On January 16, 2018, the Fox Waterway Agency (FWA) was awarded the 2018 APWA Lake Branch Chapter Project of the Year for Structures – Less Than $5 Million for their Foundation Modification and Office Renovations Project. More recently, the FWA was also awarded the 2018 APWA Chicago Metro Chapter Project of the Year award in the same category.
In April of 2013, multiple rain storms caused the Fox River to rise over 3 feet, which caused extreme flooding in the surrounding areas. Unfortunately, the FWA was one of the flood victims, with over 2 feet of flood water in the administration office and equipment service area, rendering the facility useless.
Four years later, with no help from insurance companies, and using some FEMA funds, the FWA assembled a team of architects (Trotter and Associates, Inc., Schmidt Engineering,Carmichael Construction, and the Dave Gillespie Design Group) to create a cost-effective way to rebuild the administration offices.
The FWA was able to construct a 3,400 SF flood-proof administration office area by installing 28 helical piles inside the existing steel Quonset-hut building, and constructing a steel beam substructure with concrete floor deck that was 3 feet above the flood elevation. A flood-proof administration office was constructed and tested/verified by the floods in July 2017. The flooding caused a 3 week construction delay, but there was no flood damage.
The FWA was created to improve and maintain the Fox River and Chain O’Lakes public waterway for recreational uses, to restore environmental quality, manage flooding, promote tourism, and enhance the quality of life along the waterway for residents and users alike.
FWA’s jurisdiction includes the 15 interconnected lakes, which make up the Fox River Chain O’Lakes, and 30 miles of the Fox River stretching from the Wisconsin State line to the Algonquin Dam, as well as their tributaries, and over 40 miles of navigable channels. Although their physical jurisdiction is limited to the Waterway itself, their partnerships with local landowners, organizations, and governmental agencies allows the FWA to cooperate in many land-based projects that effect the waterway.