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Club Motorsports Achieves Milestone with Paving of Road Course for 2016 Grand Opening

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Tamworth, NHESS Group, Inc. congratulates Club Motorsports, Inc. on the paving of its road course—a final major milestone for the driving enthusiast club, which is scheduled to open in Fall 2016. ESS has worked closely with Club Motorsports over the past 15 years as its environmental and site engineering consultant responsible for advancing both a phased development plan, as well as a “no-impact” development strategy to address local environmental quality concerns that created significant permitting and design challenges.

"Thank you. Between everyone's hard work...Club Motorsports, ESS, Sargent and now Continental, it is just amazing to see what and how we built!" said Jim Hoenscheid, President of Club Motorsports.

The project is located on a 100-acre campus at the edge of the White Mountains near Lake Ossippee in Tamworth, NH. The private club facility was built to accommodate enthusiasts of vintage and performance cars and motorcycles on a 2.5-mile road course, along with a full complement of sport driver service amenities.

In addition to a unique European-style road course with 15 turns spanning across more than 250 feet of elevation change, the project includes country club support facilities, a clubhouse, and a vehicle set-up and maintenance area. "If Club Motorsports is HALF as good once it's paved, it'll easily be the best track in America," said Jason Cammisa, Senior Editor of MotorTrend.

View a recap of the road course or take it for take it for a test drive.

The project has taken 15 years to design, permit, and build due to site development challenges and local opposition; however, the 250-acre parcel of land has now been transformed into one of the finest and most challenging road courses in America. In addition to the project environmental permitting, ESS was also tasked with developing alternative road course alignments and site design alternatives to produce a preferred alternative that met local concerns. This included designing creative stormwater management control solutions, meeting or exceeding wetland and wildlife habitat permitting criteria, and including extensive ecological and land use impact mitigation measures.

Beyond engineering design, ESS conducted detailed environmental studies on the project site to support permitting efforts for federal, state, and local agencies. Studies included wetland delineation, functional assessments, wildlife habitat evaluations, and macroinvertebrate surveys, in addition to stream flow and water quality evaluations.

After securing all the necessary permits, ESS prepared detailed construction documents, cost estimates, and technical specifications that were used to solicit bids and a construction contract. As Club Motorsports undergoes construction, ESS has been providing construction management and engineering design services. These include conducting site inspections, designing field changes, reviewing shop drawings, and implementing the final stormwater management design.

ESS President & CEO Charles Natale stated, “We are so pleased that our Club Motorsports team patiently and persistently prevailed in the state and local environmental permitting reviews for the project. The long awaited culmination of its construction and grand opening is an event that has been well-earned and is respected by all project participants and local sponsors. We look forward to its successful operation for decades to come!”