Jigsaw was selected to develop the site for Eastern Kentucky Network’s first Tier III Data Center, a property that would house multiple data servers and associated support infrastructure in the region. This type of data center must be highly resistant to natural disasters, including flooding, earthquakes and tornadoes–a challenge considering that Appalachia’s mountainous landscape makes the region- prone to flooding and storm damage.

Our client’s property was located in a small valley bisected by a stream, making the property especially vulnerable to weather damage. The bedrock elevation of this site was approximately 30 feet below the elevation of the existing structures located downstream from the project area. The site condition was further complicated by previous mining operations and the existence of a large sediment pond left in place at the end of mining. To make matters even more difficult, all of this work occurred during the wettest year on record in the region.

Jigsaw’s engineers studied the issue closely and presented an innovative solution to our client: an artesian drain. The groundwater would accumulate at the bedrock elevation and then bubble up like smoke in a chimney to prevent saturation of the compacted fill. This would naturally create a drainage system year-round–all without impacting the stability of the fill. Working with the owner and geotechnical engineers, Jigsaw determined that the valley would have to be excavated to bedrock and refilled with crushed rock from the adjacent mountainside to create a stable foundation, after which the artesian drain could be constructed. Finally, to protect the Data Center from heavy; rainfall, the stream would be relocated; once moved, it would be mitigated to restore the natural habitat. 

Had our client hired a company focused solely on land-forming to solve this problem, the project would have been left in a lurch as the client was forced to halt construction and hire an engineering company to assess the issue. Jigsaw, however, had innovative engineers on staff who were able to solve the problem right away. The client approved the proposed solution, construction continued uninterrupted, and the project was soon completed.


  • Engineering site plan
  • Site clearing
  • Utility relocations
  • Mass excavation
  • Native stone underdrain 
  • Engineered fills
  • Rock liberation impact ripping
  • Rock crushing and screening
  • Grade and drain
  • Storm drainage
  • Stream mitigation
  • Sediment control
  • Revegetation


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