October 2006, Vol. 18, No.10




The Tufts University (Medford, Mass.) Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering presented Woodard & Curran (Portland, Maine) Senior Vice President Michael Alberi with its Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes Alberi’s accomplishments as a loyal alumnus and a leader in the engineering profession. He has more than 30 years of process design and operations experience in municipal, federal, and industrial water and wastewater treatment projects.

American Water (Voorhees, N.J.), a provider of water services in North America, appointed George MacKenzie as nonexecutive chairman of the company’s board of directors. MacKenzie most recently served as interim president and CEO of American Water until the appointment of Donald L. Correll, which took effect in April. MacKenzie has been a member of the board since August 2003 and also chaired the board’s audit committee from February 2004 until his appointment as interim CEO.

The Borough of Caldwell, N.J., unanimously voted to renew its contract with Hatch Mott MacDonald (Millburn, N.J.) to operate and maintain the borough’s 17,000-m3/d (4.5-mgd) sanitary wastewater treatment plant for an additional 7 years. The contract, with an estimated value of $14 million, will run through January 2013. When complete, Hatch Mott MacDonald — a full-service infrastructure, transportation, and environmental engineering company — will have operated the plant continuously for 20 years. The plant serves the municipalities of Caldwell, West Caldwell, North Caldwell, Essex Fells, and Roseland, with a combined population of more than 65,000.

Engineering and environmental consulting firm RETTEW Associates Inc. (Lancaster, Pa.) promoted Michele Braas to project manager for the firm’s Lancaster environmental engineering group. John Schmelzle was named project manager for the Camp Hill, Pa., air quality division. As project manager, Braas manages multiple water and wastewater projects for municipalities and authorities, as well as for private-sector clients. Schmelzle manages air quality projects for industrial and governmental clients, and is responsible for building and strengthening client relationships.

MWH (Broomfield, Colo.), a provider of environmental, engineering, and construction services, has opened an office in Toronto to provide services to the expanding natural resource, energy, industry, and infrastructure markets in Canada. Operating under the name MWH Canada Inc., the office initially will focus on Ontario’s hydroelectric generation development opportunities. An open-ended time and materials contract has been signed with Ontario Power Generation (Toronto) for owner’s representative services on current construction works for hydroelectric site rehabilitation. MWH Canada also is pursuing contracts on large-scale hydroelectric redevelopment projects for Ontario Power Generation in northern Ontario.

In Memoriam

Philip Barnett, Principal Engineer at Malcolm Pirnie Inc.
Philip Barnett, a vice president at the national environmental consulting and engineering firm Malcolm Pirnie Inc. (White Plains, N.Y.), died June 28 at his home in White Plains, N.Y. He was 55.
Of Barnett’s 38 years in the work force, more than 34 were spent at Malcolm Pirnie.
Barnett’s wife of 28 years, Ruth, recalled his consuming interest in his profession, which she said he performed with “brilliance, humor, and dedication.” She also noted her husband’s uncanny ability to remember the smallest details of his engineering projects, even when he was hundreds of miles from blueprints or reference materials.

Perhaps his proudest moment was his leadership design role in the $2.3 billion improvement program at the Newtown Creek Water Pollution Control Plant — New York City’s largest wastewater treatment plant. The project received several awards, including the Silver Award from the Consulting Engineers Council of New York City in 2002, a New York Art Commission Award for innovative design, and the Concrete Industry Board Award for 2003.

Barnett was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He earned an undergraduate degree in environmental engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, N.Y.) and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York (Brooklyn). He was a licensed professional engineer in New York and New Jersey, and was a board-certified environmental engineer.

Barnett is survived by his wife, Ruth; three children, Joseph, Andrew, and Karen; a brother, Alan; and his mother, Helen.

The Barnett family has established a scholarship fund in Philip’s memory. Contributions can be sent to The Philip Barnett Scholarship Fund, 1 Franklin Road, Great Neck, NY 11024 or to The Philip Barnett Memorial Fund, c/o the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018.

— Malcolm Pirnie Inc.