The Lake County Roundabout Project at CR 561 and CR 455 wins the 2016 FACERS Award

December 2, 2016 – The Florida Association of County Engineers and Road Superintendents (FACERS) awarded Lake County Public Works, and their collaborative team, the recipients of the 2016 State and Local Collaboration Project of the Year.  The award ceremony was held at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace.

The team consisted of the Lake County Public Works Department, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Booth, Ern, Straughan & Hiott, Inc. (BESH), and HDR Inc.

BESH was the Engineer of Record and handled the survey, permitting, roundabout design and project management.  This project was funded through a Federal Safety Grant and Local Agency Project (LAP) program.

Prior to the roundabout, the intersection had a 61% higher crash rate than the Florida state average.  Since it opened in June of 2015 there have been no reported accidents.

The roundabout project has been so successful that it is being referenced by FDOT District V to other agencies considering roundabouts in rural areas.

Pictured (left to right) is Jim Stivender, Lake County Public Works; Tony Nosse, FDOT District V Safety; Richard Atta-Armah, HDR; Brad Bublitz, Lead Engineer, BESH; Wendy Breeden, Lake County Commissioner; Welton Caldwell, Former Lake County Commissioner; Fred Schneider, Lake County Public Works.

Not pictured but recognized for their participation in the project are: Lori Koontz, Bill White, Alan Kirkland, Terry Scott, Lake County Public Works; Steve Ferrell, Jamie Kreminski, HDR Inc.; TJ Fish, Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (LSMPO); J. Malaver, J Malever Construction.

FACERS 12-02-2016

Lake County wins the “Keep Lake Moving” Award for excellence in Transportation Engineering with BESH Design

Mount Dora, FL – The Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) held its Ninth Annual Horizon Awards Dinner on January 27th. Lake County was the proud recipient of the “Keep Lake Moving” award for the CR561/455 Roundabout Project which was designed by Booth, Ern, Straughan & Hiott, Inc.

Pictured holding the award is Jim Stivender, Lake County Public Works Director and Duane Booth, P.E. and President of BESH.

The Roundabout Project was created due to a safety issue at the intersection of these 2 county roads.   With a 42% higher crash rate than the state average at this intersection, and with traffic projected to double in the next 20 years, the problem was addressed with the most viable solution for the long-term.

Since the roundabout opened a year ago, there has not been an accident at the site.

BESH is proud to be an integral part to improving the lives of Lake County citizens and is honored to be a part of such a significant organization whose main purpose and mission is to give local governments, residents and agencies a forum for addressing issues of growth and transportation.


MPO Award 2016

Past Awards from 2006 to 2011

BESH has, in their short existence, received several awards and accolades, including:

  • Tavares Chamber of Commerce, Business of the Year, 2007
  • Lake County Chamber Alliance/Lake County League of Cities, Community Service Award, 2008
  • Eagle Award, Excellence in Construction, by Associated Builders and Contractors, Industrial Category, $10-$20 Million, North Sumter Utility Company WWTP
  • Rotarian of the Year, Chuck Hiott, Tavares Rotary Club, 2011
  • Ducks Unlimited, Conservation Service Award, 2006
  • Aquatics International, Dream Design Winner, 2011, City of Tavares, Wooton Park Splash Park


Chamber Business of the Year Award

2007 Business of the Year
Tavares Chamber of Commerce

Community Service Award

2008 Community Service Award
Lake County League of Cities

Rotarian of the Year Award

2010-2011 Rotarian of the Year Award Presented to Charles C. Hiott

Tavares Business Journal

Tavares Business Journal Part 2