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.”
(Lowell, Mass.), an engineering, consulting, and construction management
services firm serving the energy, environmental, and infrastructure markets,
acquired Heschong Mahone GroupInc. (
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
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 (
) and served in
senior management roles in the water and wastewater divisions of engineering
firms Psomas (Los Angeles) and Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.).
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.
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
(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.
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.
(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
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
(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.
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.
(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.