July 2008, Vol. 20, No.7



 Celia Earle, a senior associate who manages the Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Fla., offices of national environmental consulting and engineering firm Malcolm Pirnie Inc. (White Plains, N.Y.), has been honored by the National Society of Black Engineers (Alexandria, Va.) with a Golden Torch Award for Outstanding Woman in Technology. The award honors those whose work demonstrates a high commitment to increasing the numbers of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively affect the community.

Kennedy/Jenks Consultants (San Francisco) has announced the promotion of Jeff T. Savard to Southern California regional manager and the appointment of Ed Yang as the new Los Angeles office manager. Savard has 18 years of experience in project planning, design, and construction. Yang has 17 years of experience in the field of civil and environmental engineering, with expertise in detailed design and process engineering and the use of information technology, supervisory control and data acquisition, and computer-aided engineering and design.

The City of Houston’s Industrial Wastewater Service has recognized business-services company Cintas Corp. (Houston) with the Gold Award for wastewater pretreatment. This is the eighth consecutive year the company has received the award, which requires 100% compliance in both reporting and discharge.

Aqua-Aerobic Systems Inc. (Rockford, Ill.) received the 2008 Manufacturer of the Year award from the Rockford Chamber of Commerce. A certificate of Special Congressional Recognition and a trophy were presented by Rep. Donald Manzullo (R–Ill.) for the company’s contribution to Rockford’s manufacturing community.

Earth Tech Inc. (Long Beach, Calif.), a provider of consulting, engineering, and construction services, has been awarded three general engineering and professional services contracts for the South Florida Water Management District. The three contracts include construction management services, modeling services, and environmental engineering, planning, and permitting services. Each contract has a 3-year duration, with two 1-year renewal options. Much of the company’s work will be in support of ongoing drought-management issues, as well as the Everglades Restoration project currently under way in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Godwin Pumps (Bridgeport, N.J.) recently appointed Timothy Glazar as risk manager and Mike Cable as environmental, health, and safety specialist. Glazar has more than 20 years’ experience in due diligence, risk management, and regulatory compliance, including loss prevention and control in industrial, manufacturing, and commercial facilities. Cable has an extensive background in safety, loss control, and risk management.

The City of Huntington Beach, Calif., has selected water-distribution modeling and design software WaterGEMS from Bentley (Exton, Pa.). The city’s water-distribution system supplies potable water to more than 195,000 permanent residents and millions of summer visitors. Its location in drought-prone Southern California makes efficient water management a critical issue.

Engineering, consulting, and construction company Black & Veatch (Kansas City, Mo.) announced that it has been selected for the final facilities design and commissioning of the Thornton Composite Reservoir project by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. The plan features three storage reservoirs and a deep-tunnel system of approximately 177 km (110 mi) that conveys overflows and stormwater to the reservoirs for storage.

Elster Integrated Solutions (Raleigh, N.C.), a supplier of wireless information technology automated-metering infrastructure solutions for water, gas, and electricity, announced it has received ISO 9001:2000 certification for its development, project deployment, and services after a complete quality-system assessment by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (Northbrook, Ill.).

A reverse-osmosis (RO) system from Severn Trent Services (Fort Washington, Pa.) has been selected by Empresa Nacional de Energia S.A., Chile’s largest electricity producer, for use at a new thermal power plant in San Isidro, located in central Chile. The system, a three-module UAT™ RO filtration system combined with deionization and carbonate systems, is used to filter process water at the plant and has a filtration capacity of 4882 m³/d (1.29 mgd). The new plant is currently in its startup phase.

Black & Veatch (Kansas City, Mo.) has announced that the Bundamba (Queensland, Australia) Advanced Water Plant received the Global Water Project of the Year Award from Global Water Intelligence. As a part of the Western Corridor Recycled Water Project, the plant produces up to 20 million L of purified recycled water daily and will help alleviate water scarcity by providing potable drinking water to the people of southeast Queensland.