The Island in Pigeon Forge Site Development


LeConte Village, LLC

Blalock & Sons, Inc.


Pigeon Forge, TN

CEC Services

  • Survey/GIS Services
  • Landscape Architecture/Land Planning
  • Site Grading/Earthwork Analysis
  • Roadway Design/DOT Permitting
  • Construction Staking
  • CQA
  • Structural Engineering

The Island in Pigeon Forge

Owner Objective

The Island in Pigeon Forge is quickly becoming one of the most recognizable landmarks near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The mixed-use development is located on an island and includes retail shops, restaurants, and a 200-foot Ferris wheel with views of the Great Smoky Mountains. This complex project had a tight schedule and needed to be fast-tracked to meet the goals of the ownership group, LeConte Village, LLC.

CEC Approach

CEC was contracted by LeConte Village, LLC to provide surveying and civil engineering support for this resort redevelopment project. Based on past experience, the owners had confidence that CEC could lead the dynamic design and construction support process. As the majority of the site sits on a small island, dense land use, access and parking considerations were critical elements of the design.

New access to the development required three new bridge designs. CEC evaluated site conditions and available flood information, as well as consulted with the owner’s contractor to determine the preferred bridge type for each location. CEC surveyed each bridge site to obtain precise design data, performed bridge design calculations, and prepared construction drawings for the bridge contractor. CEC prepared all permit applications for the bridge construction and provided construction staking and engineering support during the bridge construction process.

CEC also designed the foundation for amusement rides, completed a structural assessment of existing structures for proposed change of use, and prepared conceptual designs for proposed expansions including elevated building foundations, pedestrian bridges, and retaining structures.

Despite the strict timeline, the development opened on time.

The Island at Pigeon Forge
Photo credit: Derek Cress Photography.