February 2009, Vol. 21, No.2



Malcolm Pirnie Inc. (White Plains, N.Y.) and CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.) will serve as the construction management team for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s Catskill–Delaware Ultraviolet Disinfection Facility.

ARCADIS (Denver) has announced that Albert Malinak was hired as a senior bridge engineer in the company’s Akron, Ohio, office. He will work on the flood protection project in New Orleans, as well as other major projects. Malinak has 34 years of experience as a structural engineer and project manager with expertise in transportation structures.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (Brooksville, Fla.) signed an enterprise license agreement with ESRI (Redlands, Calif.) to support the expansion of an accessible geographic information system. The agreement also supports the technological advancement of two key information systems built on ArcGIS Server, an ESRI software package. The systems will help document management, enable rapid access to district data, support the acquisition and management of land owned by the district, and keep track of land management information.

John A. Giachino joined Parsons Corp. (Pasadena, Calif.) as senior director of business development. Based in the Orlando, Fla., office, Giachino has nearly 35 years of industry experience, including 30 in municipal water and wastewater utility asset management, operations and maintenance, and capital program execution.
Parkson Corp. (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) has inaugurated a new regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to support its growing business in the Middle East and North Africa. The company also announced the receipt of its first purchase order from Saudi Aramco (Dharhan, Saudi Arabia), which will use Parkson’s technology to treat domestic wastewater in Dharhan.

American Water Works Co. Inc. (Voorhees, N.J.) announced that the Lake Pleasant Water Treatment Plant (Phoenix) has earned the 2008 National Design–Build Award from the Design–Build Institute of America (Washington, D.C.). Recognized in the “water–wastewater over $15 million” category for combining architecture, engineering, and construction under one contract, the facility includes an intake structure, pumping station, and 2000-mm-diameter (90-in.-diameter) pipeline to deliver wastewater 3.7 km (2.3 mi) from the source to the treatment site.

The University of Maine (Orono) College of Engineering has recognized CDM (Cambridge, Mass.) Chief Executive Officer Richard D. Fox with the Edward T. Bryand Distinguished Engineering Award. The award recognizes alumni who have brought distinction to the engineering profession. Fox has 39 years of engineering, program, and executive management experience, including the planning, design, and construction of water and wastewater facilities.

Black and Veatch (Kansas City, Mo.) announced that Anne Dugdale, a chartered town planner, has joined the company to provide its clients with expanded services in utility infrastructure projects.

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (Washington, D.C.) has been recognized as a national leader in water utility management for operational and strategic excellence. The authority was among only 11 utilities in the United States to receive the 2008 Platinum Award for Utility Excellence from the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (Washington, D.C.).

CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.) was awarded the 2008 National Design–Build Excellence Award in the water–wastewater category by the Design–Build Institute of America (Washington, D.C.) for the Bonita Springs (Fla.) East Water Reclamation Facility. The facility was recognized for facilitating community growth, promoting potable water savings with high-quality reclaimed water for irrigation, and producing Class AA biosolids.

David Evans and Associates Inc. (Portland, Ore.) announced the addition of John Moynier as its new California water environmental business line leader. He will be responsible for program management, business development, and strategic marketing for the firm’s water resource and environmental services in the state. He has more than 25 years of experience in the California water and environmental industry and has served in leadership positions in the private sector, as well as with public water and wastewater utilities.

The Association of Water Technologies (Rockville, Md.) appointed Scott W. Olson of Lakeland Chemical Specialties Inc. (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) as its new president. The association also presented the Water Technologist of the Year award to Jim Lukanich of ChemCal Inc. (Grapevine, Texas) and Supplier of the Year award to Steve Pescatore of Houghton Chemical Corp. (Allston, Mass.).

Eric Scherch and Nicolas Fontaine, engineers in the San Diego office of HDR (Omaha, Neb.), were selected to make a presentation at the U.N. Water Conference held by UNESCO (Paris) in December. Scherch’s presentation focused on his work for Engineers Without Borders–USA (Boulder, Colo.) in Southeast India, while Fontaine’s presentation focused on cultural challenges inherent in the development and planning of clean water projects.

The partnership of Gresham, Ore., and Veolia Water North America (Chicago) was awarded the 2008 Public−Private Partnership Award by the National Council for Public−Private Partnerships (Arlington, Va.).

ShanXi DaTong Co-gen Ltd. (Da Tong, China) has selected Dow Chemical Co. (Midland Mich.) ultrafiltration membranes for its cogeneration plant in DaTong. To meet the increasing demand for energy, DaTong required a cost-effective, efficient solution for municipal wastewater treatment. The site was able to maintain acceptable feed water quality for reverse osmosis using only a prescreen and ultrafiltration modules as pretreatment.
Michael J. Reardon was elected to the MIOX Corp. (Albuquerque, N.M.) board of directors. Previously, Reardon served as president and chief operating officer of Culligan International (Rosemont, Ill.) and was a co-founding finance and operations executive and a board member of USFilter (now Siemens Water Technologies [Warrendale, Pa.]).

GEI Consultants Inc. (Woburn, Mass.) Chief Operating Officer Ray Hart and senior consultant Steve Verigin have been appointed to serve on the U.S. National Committee on Levee Safety.