May 2007, Vol. 19, No.5


The American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania (Harrisburg) presented engineering and consulting firm Skelly and Loy (Harrisburg) with 2007 Diamond Award Certificates for Engineering Excellence for three of the firm’s projects. The projects included The Market Street Underpass Mitigation — Archaeology Lesson Plan; the First Hollow Run Stream Restoration Project; and the stream restoration and fluvial geomorphic assessment and design for the improvement of Opossum Creek.

Gordon W. (“Jeff”) Fassett joined HDR (Omaha, Neb.), an architectural, engineering, and consulting firm, as the national director for water resources based in the firm’s Cheyenne, Wyo., office. Fassett has more than 30 years of experience in water policy and water rights. Prior to joining HDR, he managed his own consulting engineering firm. From 1987 to 2000, he was Wyoming’s state engineer, where he was involved with all water rights and resources matters for the state and water resource management issues in the river basins west of the Mississippi River.

Engineering firm Nolte Associates Inc. (Temecula, Calif.) named Thomas Meichtry as director of its Temecula office. Meichtry has more than 30 years of experience in civil engineering, planning, construction, and business management.

Kennedy/Jenks Consultants (San Francisco) is part of the design, build, and operate team selected to work on the new wastewater recycling facility in Fillmore, Calif. The recycled-water facility will replace the city’s existing 50-year-old plant and will serve approximately 15,000 residential and business customers. The project was awarded following a 2-year competitive procurement process. After construction is completed, American Water (Voorhees, N.J.) will operate the facility, as well as the city’s wastewater collection and recycled-water systems, for 20 years.

Paul Pinault has joined the Fort Myers, Fla., office of construction, engineering, and operations firm CDM (Cambridge, Mass.) as a senior project and program manager. He served for 15 years as executive director of Rhode Island’s largest wastewater treatment agency, where he successfully managed two of the largest public works projects in the state’s history.

Hydroxyl Systems Inc. (Victoria, British Columbia) announced that the company has been awarded a $1.1 million contract from food producer Mizkan Americas Inc. (Mt. Prospect, Ill.) for the turnkey supply of its ActiveCell™ biological wastewater treatment system. Hydroxyl’s advanced wastewater treatment technology will process 75 m3/d (20,000 gal/d) of high-strength industrial wastewater produced from food processing operations at Mizkan Americas’ Crossville, Tenn., facility.

Sarah Clark, a senior project manager based in the Denver office of HDR (Omaha, Neb.), was named the 2007 Outstanding Colorado Woman in Engineering by the Colorado chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (Washington, D.C.). Clark was honored for her strong expertise and advocacy for drinking water utilities in the national regulatory development process.

On March 8, Jeffrey L. Lape was named director of the Chesapeake Bay Program Office (Annapolis, Md.). Lape helped spearhead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s reform efforts with industrial wastewater management, combined sewer overflows, animal feeding operations, watershed-based permitting, and several other Clean Water Act programs. He also has overseen a variety of cases involving Superfund remediation, interstate water quality conflicts, and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits.

Mike Swartzlander was named vice president and managing director of chemical company Ashland Inc. (Covington, Ky.) in India. Swartzlander, who joined Ashland in 1989, was previously vice president and general manager of Ashland Casting Solutions.

The Janssen Process Co. (Brownsboro, Ala.), distributors of patented technologies for structurally renovating sewer laterals, has entered into a technical support agreement with Envirosight (Randolph, N.J.), a manufacturer of video pipeline inspection equipment. Under the agreement, Janssen’s licensed contractors will receive technical support and training through Envirosight’s national network of service partners.

Severn Trent Services (Fort Washington, Pa.) was given the R.B. (“Bob”) Batchelor Memorial Safety Program Award by the Texas Water Utilities Association (Austin). Nominees for the award must be able to demonstrate a reduction in the number of lost-time accident or injury cases from the previous year in order to be considered. Severn Trent supplies water and wastewater treatment solutions, and currently services more than 180 water and wastewater projects throughout Texas.

Shimadzu Corp. (Kyoto, Japan) announced that it intends to collaborate with Waters Corp. (Milford, Mass.) to develop software that enables the control of Shimadzu’s Prominence series liquid chromatograph systems using Waters Empower® chromatography software.