December 2007, Vol. 19, No.12

Business

Engineering firm KCI Technologies Inc. (Hunt Valley, Md.) opened new offices in New Jersey and Tennessee this summer. The Sewell, N.J., office expands the firm’s ability to offer surveying and civil engineering services in the region. Jeffrey Gellenthin will serve as surveys discipline head for the office, with Dwight Walters as the engineering discipline head. KCI’s Tennessee office is located just south of Nashville and will support the firm’s ongoing work for the Tennessee Stream Mitigation Program.

AbTech Industries
(Scottsdale, Ariz.) in August completed installation of a new stormwater pretreatment system as part of a recent capacity upgrade at Albany (N.Y.) International Airport’s bulk-fuel refueling and storage facility. The Albany County Airport Authority, which has a history of being environmentally proactive, stipulated that all designs for the fuel facility upgrade were to surpass existing environmental regulations, including Arizona Pollutant Discharge Elimination System requirements for stormwater discharge standards for large volumes of processed stormwater from the bulk-fuel facility.

Craig Close
has joined architectural, engineering, and consulting firm HDR (Omaha, Neb.) as national director of management and planning services for the water business group. His responsibilities include developing the firm’s technical resources and responding to clients’ needs for management and planning services related to their water assets.

Tnemec Co. Inc.
(Kansas City, Mo.), a manufacturer of protective coatings for specialized industrial and architectural markets, named Doug Hansen as director of sales for the water tank market. Hansen has served Tnemec as vice president of technical service and worked in the marketing department.

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (WASA) and its Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant have received the 2006 Gold Peak Performance Award, which salutes excellence in wastewater treatment. The award, presented by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (Washington, D.C.), recognizes an agency’s 100% compliance with its federal operating permit for the entire year. The 2006 award adds to the six gold and three silver awards that WASA has received in previous years. As the largest single point discharger to waters flowing to Chesapeake Bay, the Blue Plains operating permit has the most stringent requirements of any wastewater treatment plant its size. During the last several years, WASA has invested more than $900 million in a critical overhaul of the Blue Plains plant — targeting the repair and replacement of every process unit, from grit chambers and screens to nitrogen removal and final filtration.

Michael Schrader
was promoted to group manager of the civil and environmental engineering group at engineering, science, and operations company Woodard & Curran (Providence, R.I.). He has more than 15 years of experience designing and managing water, wastewater, and stormwater projects, including design and construction management services for water distribution and storage projects; sewer rehabilitation and infiltration–inflow reduction projects; wastewater treatment; and stormwater planning and permitting projects.

Larry B. McKenney
joined engineering, planning, and surveying firm RBF Consulting (San Diego) as vice president of watershed management in the stormwater department of the firm’s Irvine office. McKenney has more than 15 years of experience in water resources management. Before joining RBF, he was director of the watershed and coastal resources division for Orange County, Calif.

A reverse osmosis system from Severn Trent Services (Fort Washington, Pa.) has been selected by Saigon Water Supply Corp. (Vietnam) as the membrane filtration technology for a new brackish water treatment plant being constructed in Can Gio, an outlying coast district of Ho Chi Minh City. The facility, which will help reduce a water shortage in the region by transforming the brackish water into potable water, is being constructed by Dang Doan Nguyen Joint Stock Co.

Consulting, engineering, construction, and operations firm CDM (Cambridge, Mass.) appointed Christopher W. Tabor as a client service manager. With the addition of Tabor, CDM opened a new office in Innsbruck Office Park in Richmond, Va. Tabor will provide project support to CDM clients in central and southeast Virginia. With 14 years of experience, Tabor brings knowledge of a wide variety of innovative water and wastewater treatment technologies, including biological filtration and high-rate clarification.

The National Biosolids Partnership (NBP; Alexandria, Va.) named the Tri-City Service District in Oregon City, Ore., as the 17th wastewater agency in the nation to be certified and admitted to NBP’s environmental management system (EMS) for biosolids program. The Tri-City Service District, which services the cities of Oregon City, Gladstone, and West Linn, plus a diversion from the Clackamas County Service District No. 1 (Kellogg Plant), is one of 100 wastewater agencies participating in the NBP EMS program. Tri-City Service District’s achievement recognizes that the agency has been independently verified to have an effective biosolids environmental management system.