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2003 | ACEC–Illinois
Engineering Excellence Merit Award
Fox River Preserve & Marina
Lake County, IL

The Fox River Preserve and Marina is nestled along a tranquil section of the Fox River in southwest Lake County near Barrington. The site's rich natural areas include rolling topography, oak savannas, and high quality wetlands that support several native species and offer habitat protection for diverse wildlife. McClure Engineering Associates, Inc. was retained by the Lake County Forest Preserve District (LCFPD) to prepare plans to convert the existing unsightly trailer park into a multi-use recreation and marina facility for the residents of Lake County. The project scope included overall planning and design of two phases of development. The first phase encompassed the construction of a handicapped accessible four-bay boat launch, shore line protection, and a 169-slip marina. The second phase of development was the site improvements, which included the roadwork, parking areas, sites for picnic pavilions, bike trails, lighting, site utilities and storm water management.

McClure Engineering Associates, Inc. was responsible for three major stages of project development. The first stage was to perform an analysis of the existing on and offsite infrastructure. As a result of the thorough analysis, McClure made recommendations to LCFPD on necessary improvements to support development of the new facilities. In the second stage of development, McClure worked closely with the LCFPD staff to master plan the marina and site improvements. The goal was to construct the necessary improvements while maintaining the precious natural areas and wildlife habitats. McClure offered their site development and structural engineering expertise to complete the final stage of development, which included the preparation of construction drawings for the proposed improvements McClure was called on to provide design solutions involving many aspects of civil engineering to create a practical, cost effective plan for a multi-use recreation and marina facility.

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