Credit Island Lodge Reconstruction Receives Dual Awards

Credit Island Lodge.jpgThe reconstruction of Davenport’s Credit Island Lodge has been lauded by two organizations.  It was named Project of the Year (Disaster/Emergency Reconstruction /Repair, $1M to $2.5M category) by the Iowa Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA).  Earlier this year, the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Iowa also awarded the project with a Grand Award (1st place) in its annual Engineering Excellence competition.  The competition recognizes engineering projects that demonstrate an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement, and value.  

The Credit Island Lodge, located on the Mississippi River in Davenport’s largest park, was built in the late ‘20s.  For over 80 years, the 13,000-square-foot brick lodge was a golf course clubhouse until the course was closed due to frequent river flooding.   The lodge was severely damaged by fire in 2013.  After the City of Davenport made the decision to save the lodge, the primary challenge was reconstructing the large facility and addressing flooding concerns while staying within the limited budget. The solution was to let the floodwaters flow through the building.   An innovative vent system allows flood waters to pass through its first floor, which is made of water impervious materials, allowing for easy cleanup after the water recedes. 

The limited budget focused on reuse and cleaning in public access areas.  Fire-damaged joists above the community room were removed, opening up the interior as a two-story light-filled atrium.  The fireplace was extended floor to ceiling to become the room’s focal point.  The March 2015 grand reopening showcased a much improved facility. 

Now over a year since its grand reopening, the lodge is busier than it was before the fire, now regularly booked for family reunions, wedding receptions and other events.

The reconstruction of the iconic structure was designed by Stanley Consultants, a global engineering consulting firm headquartered in Muscatine, Iowa, and built by Swanson Construction. 


About Stanley Consultants: Founded in 1913, Stanley Consultants is a global consulting engineering firm that provides program management, planning, engineering, environmental and construction services worldwide. Recognized for its commitment to client service and a passion to make a difference, Stanley Consultants brings global knowledge, experience and capabilities to serve clients in the energy, water, transportation and Federal markets.   Since 1913, Stanley Consultants has successfully completed more than 25,000 engagements in all 50 states, U.S. territories, and in 110 countries.  For more information on Stanley Consultants, please visit