November 2008, Vol. 20, No.11



Malcolm Pirnie Inc. (White Plains, N.Y.) recently elected several new vice presidents: James P. Albu, James C. Brown, James M. Callahan, Jerry D. Jones, Stephen Hayashi, Kent R. McManus, and Patricia A. O’Loughlin.

Ballinger Consultants P.C. (Phoenix) recently marked its 15th anniversary of providing water and wastewater engineering services to private companies, municipalities, and consulting engineering firms.

The Town of Lyons (Wis.) Sanitary District No. 2 has awarded its Wastewater Facility Upgrade and Expansion project to Applied Technologies Inc. (Brookfield, Wis.). Construction of a new treatment plan designed to double plant capacity is anticipated to begin in 2009. In other Applied Technologies news, Karen Mandli–Kading recently joined the company’s construction management team.

Greenhorn & O’Mara (Laurel, Md.) has hired Mary L. Searing as the new division manager and water resources service director. With more than 16 years of environmental engineering experience, she will be responsible for strategic business development.

The Arizona Water Pollution and Control Association (Prescott) elected Floyd Marsh, water resources manager at Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. (Phoenix), as a director on its 15-member board. With more than 25 years of experience in various water resources planning and management roles, Marsh has been a member of the association since 1998 and will serve on the board for 3 years.

HDR (Omaha, Neb.) has acquired engineering firm Claunch & Miller Inc. (Houston), which provides paving, drainage, and water and wastewater services, including the evaluation and rehabilitation of aging infrastructure and wastewater systems.

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently honored Earth Tech Inc. (Long Beach, Calif.) with the Francis Perkins Vanguard Award, which recognizes companies for excellence in the utilization of women-owned small businesses as prime contractors and subcontractors.

George Butler Associates Inc. (Lenexa, Kan.) was selected by Johnson County (Kan.) Wastewater to provide consulting engineering services for new gravity sewers.

Ann E. Massey has been appointed president and chief executive officer of MACTEC Inc. (Alpharetta, Ga.) and president of MACTEC’s construction entity, MACTEC Development Corp. With 29 years' experience, Massey has been with MACTEC for 19 years and served as the firm’s North Division manager since 2002.

Hydro International (Portland, Maine) announced the purchase of Eutek Systems Inc. (Portland, Ore.). Steve Tansley, current manager of Hydro International’s U.K. Water and Wastewater division, will serve as operations director. Eutek Systems managers Marcia Sherony, Adam Neumayer, Jeff Ginter, and Brian Harrell will join Hydro.

Black & Veatch (Kansas City, Mo.) was chosen as part of a consortium led by Parsons Brinckerhoff (New York) to undertake a strategic environmental assessment and related engineering studies for tidal power generation in the Severn Estuary, the estuary of the River Severn in Great Britain.
In other news, Black & Veatch recently was lauded by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (Birmingham, England) for its efforts to maintain the highest standards in occupational health and safety. In all, two gold medals, four gold awards, and three silver awards were presented to various teams within the company.

Peter Binney has joined the company’s global water business as director of sustainable planning. He brings more than 30 years of private- and public-sector experience in the field of sustainable water practices.

The Madison (Wis.) Metropolitan Sewerage District awarded its Solids Handling Facilities Plan project to Applied Technologies Inc. (Brookfield, Wis.) and Carollo Engineers (Phoenix). The plan’s primary goal is to provide the district with a detailed road map to achieve a reliable, cost-effective, sustainable process yielding a Class A biosolids product. The plan is anticipated to be completed by the end of the year.

CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.) received two Distinction Awards at the 2008 Global Water Award Ceremony in London sponsored by Global Water Intelligence, a journal specializing in the international water market. The company received awards in the categories of Water Company of the Year and Desalination Plant of the Year (for the Power Seraya Seawater Reverse Osmosis Plant in Singapore).
In other news, Robert Thomas, a geochemist at CH2M Hill, was one of five team members awarded a 2007 Level I Scientific and Technological Achievement Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their collaborative research and co-authorship of a research paper titled, “Groundwater N Speciation and Redox Control of Organic N Mineralization by O2 Reduction to H2O2.”

Jennifer K. Marcy, PBS&J (Tampa, Fla.), an environmental scientist and certified floodplain manager, received the Association of State Floodplain Manager’s John Ivey Award for Superior Efforts in Certification. David T. Williams, PBS&J national technical director of water resources, has been elected chair of the River Restoration Committee of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (Reston, Va.).

Dow Water Solutions (Midland, Mich.) has signed an agreement with the OTV subsidiary of Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies (Saint Maurice, France) to supply FILMTEC™ reverse-osmosis membranes contributing to efficient desalination at a new wind-powered desalination facility in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. As part of the contract, Dow will deliver approximately 36,000 FILMTEC membranes to enable the process of converting 250,000 m3/d of seawater into potable water, with the potential for expansion to 500,000 m3/d.

American Water (Voorhees, N.J.) announced that the City of Buffalo (N.Y.) Water Board and the Common Council recently approved a contract amendment with the company to continue managing the city’s water system for the next 2 years.

Aquatech International Corp. (Canonsburg, Pa.) recently received a water treatment contract for the 110-MW simple-cycle biofueled power plant operated by the Hawaiian Electric Co. (Honolulu) at the James Campbell Industrial Park in Honolulu.

The Riverside, Calif., office of Skanska USA Civil (Whitestone, N.Y.) was awarded a $45 million contract by the Western Municipal Water District (Riverside, Calif.) for expansion of the March Wastewater Reclamation Facility in Perris, Calif.

The newly formed Water Policy Institute (New York) will be chaired by former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator and N.J. Gov. Christine Todd Whitman. Kathy Robb, a partner in the Resources, Regulatory and Environmental Law practice at Hunton & Williams LLP (New York), is the founder of the institute and will serve as its director. The members of the institute are water leaders representing water districts, multinational companies, and energy companies who will discuss and review current challenges affecting both global and local water issues, including supply, quality, use, wildlife and agricultural concerns, and climate change.

Woolpert Inc. (Dayton, Ohio) has acquired TEK Science (Orlando, Fla.) and Rockett & Associates (Orlando Park, Fla.).

Malcolm Pirnie Inc. (White Plains, N.Y.), has acquired R. Stuart Royer & Associates (Richmond, Va.), which specializes in water–wastewater planning, design, and construction administration services.

HOBAS Pipe USA (Houston), has promoted Bijan Khamanian to western division manager. Following 7 years of experience in the pipe industry in sales and engineering, Khamanian joined HOBAS in 1997.

CDM (Cambridge, Mass.) has announced the establishment of a global Technical Centre for Integrated Water Management and Urban Planning in Singapore. The new center will promote the application of advanced planning and simulation models, decision software, and geospatial information systems for improved understanding and management of sustainable urban environments. Paul R. Brown will serve as the center’s founding technical director.

J.R. Wilson of Hanson Pressure Pipe (Grand Prairie, Texas) will retire after serving 58 years in the pipe industry. Wilson has held a sales position at the company for the past 14 years.

The TBE Group (Clearwater, Fla.) has promoted Gwen MacArtan to assistant vice president of human resources; David O’Connor to assistant director; Christopher Proulx to director, Orlando, Fla.; Ken Slaninka to assistant director; Randy Seaver to assistant director; and Travis Isaacson to assistant director.

The Homespring ultrafiltration systems of General Electric (GE; Trevose, Pa.) will be used at more than a thousand distribution sites for a government program to provide clean drinking water throughout Pakistan. These systems do not require chemicals or electricity to filter water with pores designed to physically block pathogens from passing into the treated water supply. In addition GE’s membrane bioreactor technology will be utilized in the new Meicun Wastewater Treatment Plant in China.

Pennsylvania American Water (Hershey, Pa.) has announced an agreement with GTECH Strategies to provide residual material from its Pittsburgh-based water treatment facility for the local nonprofit organization to grow biofuel crops. GTECH will mix the material sediment collected after treating water from the Monongahela River with organic material to build soil to grow switchgrass, sunflowers, and canola used to produce ethanol or biodiesel.

The board of directors of Buchart Horn Inc. (York, Pa.) has named Brian S. Funkhouser as president and chief executive officer of the company. Funkhouser has spent 28 years in leadership positions at Buchart Horn and PACE Resources Inc.

Hawk Measurement Systems (Melbourne, Australia) has announced a joint venture with MS Instrumentos in Brazil in an effort to expand into a new market.

The City of Burlington Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF; Wis.) has been awarded a $150,299 grant from the Wisconsin Focus on Energy — Renewable Energy Program to improve operation of the facility. Applied Technologies Inc. (Brookfield, Wis.) and the Burlington WPCF are working together to design and construct a three-phase expansion project to meet projected year 2027 loadings.

Metro Denver (Denver) has appointed Catherine Gerali as the new district manager. She began working for the company as account clerk in 1982 and has held several accounting and financial management positions within the company. 

Membrane technology from Dow Water Solutions (Midland, Mich.) has been selected by Nirosoft Industries (Israel) to convert seawater to drinking water in a 20,000 m3/d desalination plant in Cyprus. The plant is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.