May 2013, Vol. 5, No.25


Samuel I. Schwartz , CEO of Sam Schwartz Engineering (Fayetteville, Ark.), received the 2012 Jerry Allen Courage in Leadership Award. The annual award is given to someone working in an architecture, engineering, planning, or environmental firm who has demonstrated personal courage in actions that have affected the employing firm and who has courageously overcome obstacles to advance the firm to a new level of success and accomplishment. Schwartz faced scorn from merchants, commuters, and the mayor, when, as chief engineer overseeing bridges in New York City in 1988, he closed the Williamsburg Bridge between Manhattan and Brooklyn. His actions are widely recognized to have saved thousands of lives. In other times during his career, he founded two New York City public schools dedicated to studying cities and their infrastructure, and coined the word “gridlock.” 


TRC Cos. Inc. (Lowell, Mass.), an engineering, consulting, and construction management services firm serving the energy, environmental, and infrastructure markets, acquired Heschong Mahone GroupInc. ( Gold River, Calif. ), a provider of professional consulting services in the field of building energy efficiency. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to be accretive in the third quarter of fiscal year 2013. 


Steven D. Winchester has been named CEO of MaxWest Environmental Systems Inc. (Sanford, Fla.), a biogasification systems organization for wastewater treatment. He brings to the position a strong background in mergers and acquisitions, and leadership in support of aggressive growth strategies. Before joining the organization, Winchester was CEO of Winchester Consulting Group LLC ( El Segundo, Calif. ) and served in senior management roles in the water and wastewater divisions of engineering firms Psomas (Los Angeles) and Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.).  


Mesa Water District in Costa Mesa, Calif., has renamed itself Mesa Water by launching a new logo and look. The new logo features waterfall-type waves in two clear blue colors representing the “M” and “W” of Mesa Water. 

The City of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Utilities Bureau won the 2012 Division 5 Water Distribution System Award presented by the Florida section of the American Water Works Association (Denver). The city was selected from among other public and private utilities for the stellar performance, operation, and maintenance of its water distribution system. This is the city’s second consecutive win, and its third time in 4 years receiving this award. The city distribution and collection system delivers more than 56.8 million m3 (15 billion gal) of potable water to almost 60,000 residential and commercial accounts. 


Hazen and Sawyer (New York) appointed Richard Peters as the firm’s northeast regional manager. He has more than 28 years of experience in the industry and previously served as the company’s project director on several local projects. 


Jody Barksdale joined Gresham, Smith, and Partners (Tampa, Fla.) as senior vice president of water services. Barksdale has 24 years of consulting engineering experience in the marketing, planning, design, and construction of water and wastewater treatment facilities, biosolids management facilities, and pump stations and collection systems. 


ACO Water Management (London), a designer and supplier of innovative surface water management solutions, appointed David Smoker business development director for the United Kingdom. He will lead teams of business development managers and product managers to further develop opportunities for innovative solutions and services. 


WesTech Engineering Inc. (Salt Lake City) appointed Philip Lake leader of its international business unit. Lake will direct the company’s international efforts from its headquarters in Salt Lake City. 


John Brewster has been named chairman and CEO of Ecosphere Technologies Inc. (Stuart, Fla.), a water engineering, technology licensing, and innovative manufacturing company. Brewster succeeds Charles Vinick, who will remain on the board of directors. 


CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.) announced that the Ejby Mølle Wastewater Treatment Plant in Odense, Denmark, won a Water and Energy Exchange (WEX) Global Innovation Award in the water and energy category. The award recognizes significant achievement in the field of innovation across a broad spectrum of disciplines, with specific emphasis on environmental considerations, a sustainable future, financial resilience, and innovation. 

The team of CH2M Hill and Ramboll Denmark (Copenhagen) executed a project that made the facility energy self-sufficient. The facility has treatment capacity for a population of 385,000 and is the largest treatment facility in Odense. WEX is an action-oriented, invitation-only summit that brings together high-level people who are shaping the future of water and energy worldwide.  

Ramesh S. Chintala joined the planning, engineering, and program management firm of Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. (Houston) as a regional stormwater manager. He will be responsible for growing and strengthening the firm’s stormwater practice throughout Texas. He has more than 20 years of experience in water resources planning and engineering. 


Doreen Bartoldus joined Gannett Fleming (Woodbury, N.Y.) as a vice president and regional construction services leader. She will mobilize business development efforts in the New York metropolitan area, focusing on water, wastewater, and facility opportunities with municipal clients and New York City agencies. She has nearly 35 years of design and construction management experience. Before joining the firm, she was construction manager for New York City Department of Environmental Protection infrastructure improvements, including a $1.4 billion project to construct the world’s largest ultraviolet facility for the Catskill–Delaware water supply system. 


American Water (Voorhees, N.J.), the largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company in the U.S., elected Nick Rowe to a 3-year term on the board of directors of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association. In his current role as senior vice president of American Water’s central division — which includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Tennessee — Rowe is responsible for driving performance within the division, establishing consistent best practices, and enhancing the association’s efforts to maintain and build external relationships. 


Mark Kim has been hired as chief financial officer of DC Water (Washington, D.C.), an independent authority with an annual operating budget of $400 million and a 10-year capital improvement program of $3.8 billion. Kim will be responsible for DC Water’s financial management and policies, including accounting operations and financial reporting; budget formulation and execution; program analysis and evaluation; treasury; controller; investment and debt management; and risk management. John Lisle also joins the authority as chief of external affairs. He leads a team of 11 in managing relationships with customers, the media, the federal and district governments, and various other internal and external stakeholders.  


Whitewater Technologies (Tel Aviv, Israel), a provider of water network management solutions to utilities and industrials, appointed Issey Ende CEO. Ende succeeds Dovev Lewinsohn, who, during the past 5 years, successfully took the company from its startup phase to that of major contract holder in Israel, Europe, and the U.S. Ende will be responsible for leading the company in a more regionally focused and customer-oriented direction.