April 2007, Vol. 19, No.4


Carollo Engineers (Phoenix), specializing in water and wastewater planning, design, and construction management, appointed Roderick D. Reardon as director of wastewater practice for the southeast and central regions. Based in Orlando, Fla., Reardon will be responsible for oversight of wastewater treatment projects throughout the southeastern United States. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the field of wastewater engineering and has held positions as project engineer, project manager, and wastewater treatment specialist on a wide variety of municipal wastewater and reuse water projects.

 The City of Baltimore has chosen the Biostyr process as party of the city’s enhanced nutrient removal project, located at the Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant. Biostyr is the creation of I. Kruger Inc. (Cary, N.C.), designer of water and wastewater systems and processes. The process will nitrify the ammonia in the effluent from the existing high-purity oxygen activated sludge process, reducing the nitrogen compounds discharged into the Chesapeake Bay.

Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.) engineer Rafael Frias recently was presented with the A. Ivan Johnson Outstanding Young Professional Award at the annual American Water Resources Association (Middleburg, Va.) Awards Luncheon in Baltimore. The award, established in 2000 as the Pyramid Award, was created to recognize young professionals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements, talents, and leadership potential through professional activities in water resources for at least 2 years but not more than 8 years. Frias works in the Tampa, Fla., office of Black & Veatch, an engineering, consulting, and construction company.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented the Unity Township Municipal Authority (Westmoreland County, Pa.) with a regional award for excellence in operation and maintenance of its wastewater treatment facility. The award honors the staff involved in the day-to-day operations of the facility and recognizes local officials for their commitment to maintain and protect their community’s environment. The authority received the award in the small–advanced category, which includes facilities that treat less than 1 million gal (3785 m3) of wastewater per day.

William P. Dee, president and CEO of environmental engineering and consulting firm Malcolm Pirnie Inc. (White Plains, N.Y.), has been elected chairman of the board of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, an organization that provides leadership and support for the national effort to increase the representation of successful African-American, American Indian, and Latino women and men in engineering and technology and math- and science-based careers. 

ADS LLC (Huntsville, Ala.) has announced the acquisition of DWC Technologies, a wastewater flow service provider, headquartered in Birmingham, Ala.  DWC offers technologies and services for utility location, mapping, inspection, evaluation, and flow monitoring. ADS provides technology-based products and services for the water, wastewater, and hydroelectric industries.

Environmental consulting firm Lockwood, Andrews, and Newnam Inc. (LAN; Houston) appointed Joseph E. Paxton to be manager of environmental services. In this role, Paxton will be responsible for providing management services and documentation compliance with the National Environmental Protection Act for LAN’s clients. Paxton has more than 30 years of environmental planning experience with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Infiltrator Systems Inc. (Old Saybrook, Conn.) recently celebrated 20 years in the wastewater industry, specializing in plastic leachfield drainage chambers. The company has manufacturing facilities in Winchester, Ky., and Ogden, Utah.

Doe Run Peru (Lima), a subsidiary of the natural resources business The Doe Run Company (St. Louis), has inaugurated a third wastewater treatment facility near its La Oroya metals processing complex, which will reduce discharges into the Mantaro River from company housing installations and plant sanitation facilities. The plant’s opening represents the last of three facilities that make up the Residual Water Treatment Project. The $7.25 million plant is one of nine environmental projects related to Doe Run Peru’s environmental operating agreement with the government of Peru.

Water and wastewater engineering group URS Corp. (Farmington Hills, Mich.) recently was awarded an $860,000 design and engineering contract to renovate the 40-year-old wastewater treatment plant operated by the City of Monroe, Mich. URS will provide planning and detailed engineering design services to upgrade aging plant equipment, install a new emergency backup generator, and construct wet weather facilities. URS was awarded the $25,000 contract to commission a planning study and develop project recommendations in January 2006. Construction is slated for fall 2007, with completion expected in spring 2009.

The City of Omaha (Neb.) Department of Public Works is beginning the planning phase of a long-term program to control combined sewer overflows from 31 outfalls within its 51-mi2 (132-km2) sewer service area. The planning portion of the project has been divided into 10 planning basins. Consulting and engineering firms Wade Trim (Omaha) and Lamp, Rynearson Associates Inc. (Omaha) have been awarded a contract for one of the more complex basins. The two firms will evaluate a variety of alternatives to determine the best way to control the overflows, including treatment options and a deep storage tunnel.

Consulting engineering firm Baxter and Woodman Inc. (Crystal Lake, Ill.) has opened its eighth regional office in Itasca, Ill. Founded in 1946, Baxter and Woodman is one of the largest Midwest-based engineering firms. The Itasca office will serve the firm’s growing municipal clientele throughout DuPage and Northern Cook counties.

Aqua America Inc. (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) announced recently that its subsidiary, Aqua New York Inc. (Merrick, N.Y.), has acquired New York Water Service Corp. from Utilities & Industries Corp. LLC (New York) for approximately $51 million. The newly acquired water system serves approximately 135,000 residents in Nassau County, N.Y.

Donohue & Associates Inc. (Sheboygan, Wis.) — specializing in water, wastewater, transportation, and civil engineering services — has appointed Michael W. Gorlitz as wastewater service line manager and vice president. Michael J. Beck has joined AB&H, A Donohue Group (Chicago) as vice president of marketing. Beck has more than 35 years of combined experience in consulting engineering and construction management, and is leading AB&H–Donohue business development efforts in the metropolitan Chicago and northern Illinois markets.

Philadelphia Mixing Solutions Ltd., an industrial, mechanical, and process mixing optimization specialist, announced availability of the world’s largest research and development lab for customers and contract facilities. The lab is staffed by four full-time professionals led by Wojciech Wyczalkowski, director of technology. The 2787-m2 (30,000-ft2) facility has areas dedicated to testing the unique demands in wastewater biological treatment, chemical processing, oil storage, and energy applications.

Michael Torstrup has been promoted from general manager to president and chief operating officer of CSM Worldwide (Mountainside, N.J.), an engineering and design firm specializing in industrial pollution control and emission abatement equipment solutions. Atul Shah has been promoted from director of engineering to chief executive officer.

The Institute of Professional Environmental Practice (Pittsburgh) awarded Steve Fisher certification as a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP). Fisher is project manager for Tetra Tech EM Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.), a management consulting and technical services firm.

Columbia Analytical Services Inc. (Kelso, Wash.), a commercial laboratory, has invested $15 million in growth initiatives. At press time, the Kelso laboratory had nearly completed its facility expansion, adding more than 1858 m2 (20,000 ft2) of laboratory space in support of its expanding pharmaceutical and specialty environmental work. The new addition will double the existing laboratory space.