State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) today announced the approval of an $8.4 million request to contract Gannett Fleming Engineers and Architects to design the Buckeye Lake Dam Renewal Project.

The Pennsylvania-based firm will use the initial state funding allocation, approved by the Ohio Controlling Board, to assess and design the dam reconstruction project as well as prepare the documents that will be used to identify a suitable construction contractor. Gannet Fleming was selected from a field of six other companies.

"The momentum behind the Buckeye Lake Dam Renewal Project continues to grow," said Hottinger. “Rehabilitating Buckeye Lake Dam is a massive undertaking, but today's decision demonstrates the state's commitment to expedite the process as much as possible."

Phase II of the project will incur an additional $6 million for construction administration. Actual construction on the dam is estimated to reach $100 million. Last week, Hottinger joined Governor John Kasich and State Representative Bill Hayes (R-Harrison Township) in describing the development of innovative building techniques that will ideally allow for construction on Buckeye Lake to begin by the end of this year.

For additional information and updates on the project from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, visit

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