North America, United States
CDM Smith Projects Honored by the American Council of Engineering Companies
Twelve prizes awarded from U.S. state-level organizations in several categories
July 16, 2012
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts—CDM Smith projects have been recognized across the United States for their innovation and ingenuity by member organizations of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). These awards show our commitment to excellence and focus on creating localized solutions from our global expertise:
ACEC of Florida Grand Award
Project: Dania Beach Design-Build Water Treatment Plant Expansion
Client and location: City of Dania Beach; Dania Beach, Florida, USA
Description: The city of Dania Beach contracted with CDM Smith on the design-build of a new, 2-million-gallon-per-day (mgd) nanofiltration and reverse osmosis (NF/RO) process expansion to the city’s existing 3-mgd lime softening water treatment plant (WTP). To overcome the challenges of budgetary constraints, raw water quality variability and limited concentrate disposal options, the plant’s innovative design includes a two-stage NF membrane system with convertible third-stage RO units, which provide operational flexibility while achieving high system recovery. Serving the city’s future potable water demands and improving water quality, this plant is one of the first NF WTP buildings in the United States to become LEED® certified.
ACEC of Georgia Honor Award
Project: State Road 225 Realignment and Bridge Replacement
Client and location: Georgia Department of Transportation Office of Environmental Services; Gordon County, Georgia, USA
Description: Teamed with the Georgia Department of Transportation Office of Environmental Services, CDM Smith completed the design and environmental analysis for the realignment of state road 225 in Gordon County, which included the replacement of two structurally deficient bridges. The team was challenged to improve the safety of the roadway while respecting area resources such as New Echota historic site (the capitol of the Cherokee Nation from 1825 to 1838), historic landmarks, a public golf course, boat ramp and farmland. The project required extensive stakeholder coordination with several tribal governments as well as the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and State Properties Commission.
ACEC of New Jersey Honor Award
Project: Middlesex Water Company Pipe Replacement
Client and location: Middlesex Water Company; Iselin, New Jersey, USA
Description: CDM Smith partnered with Middlesex Water Company to repair a 104-year-old cast iron water main that had experienced several breaks due to the corrosiveness of the surrounding environment, resulting in costly emergency repairs and service disruptions. This horizontal directional drilling project under the Raritan River between Perth Amboy and Sayreville, New Jersey, set the world record as the longest fusible polyvinyl chloride pipe pullback project for a diameter of 24 inches or greater.
ACEC of New Mexico Large Firm Winner
Project: City of Hobbs Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project
Client and location: City of Hobbs; Hobbs, New Mexico, USA
Description: Under an aggressive schedule, CDM Smith partnered with the city of Hobbs to help expand an existing conventional wastewater treatment plant to a nitrogen removal plant with full odor control. CDM Smith’s design reused existing plant structures and equipment to reduce project costs, and included unique design features, like a highly efficient digestion process and an indirect heat sludge dryer, to significantly reduce waste biosolids. The original plant, plagued with odor problems, was successfully converted to an essentially odor-free facility using a covered pre-stripping basin and state-of-the-art biofilter. The plant’s improved effluent and Class A dried biosolids can now be beneficially reused by the community.
ACEC of New Mexico Honorable Mention—Water and Stormwater
Project: Little Dam Arroyo Tire Bale Bank Reinforcement
Client and location: South Central Solid Waste Authority; Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
Description: CDM Smith helped the South Central Solid Waste Authority encapsulate an old trash dump on the edge of Little Dam Arroyo by baling together 18,000 scrap tires to reinforce the bank of Arroyo Seco. This reuse of scrap tires helped clean up an old tire stockpile, stabilize an eroded arroyo bank, maintain natural habitats and restore recreational use of the arroyo for the community.
ACEC of North Carolina Grand Award for Engineering Excellence
Project: Biodiesel Research Facility
Client and location: Catawba County, North Carolina, USA
Description: CDM Smith, Catawba County and Appalachian State University collaborated to complete the EcoComplex biodiesel research facility, a sustainable energy business and research park under development at the county’s Blackburn Landfill. The LEED Silver certified facility allows researchers to use different feed crops and production methods to generate biodiesel mixtures, which will be tested for efficiency and effectiveness as a gasoline substitute. The purpose of this research is to generate results that spur development of a new alternative fuel industry in North Carolina, which will provide opportunities for local farmers and other workers.
ACEC of Oregon Grand Award—Wastewater and Stormwater
Project: Deicing Collection and Treatment System Enhancements
Client and location: Port of Portland; Portland, Oregon, USA
Description: CDM Smith and the Port of Portland’s 5-year, $74 million deicing system enhancements project at Portland International Airport includes an expanded collection and pumping system, a new outfall into the environmentally sensitive Columbia River, and an onsite treatment plant with anaerobic fluidized bed reactors—the largest application of this treatment technology in the world. This project enables the Port of Portland to continue deicing aircraft and runways while reducing biochemical oxygen demand discharged into the Columbia River by 89 percent, protecting aquatic and plant life and preserving the local salmon fishing industry.
ACEC of Pennsylvania Diamond Award
Project: Intermodal Administrative Facility Design
Client and location: Crawford Area Transportation Authority (CATA); State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Description: CDM Smith’s design for a new, LEED Silver certified intermodal administration facility expands CATA’s visibility within the community and enables the authority to consolidate organizational functions, as well as improve patron accessibility and operational efficiency.
ACEC of Pennsylvania Diamond Award
Project: Transit Operations Center Renovation Design
Client and location: Red Rose Transit Authority (RRTA); Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Description: CDM Smith designed the renovation of the RRTA transit operations center, which includes several sustainable and energy-efficient design features like solar voltaic panels, a geothermal heating and cooling system, waste oil burners and a green roof.
ACEC of South Carolina Engineering Excellence Award
Project: McEntire Joint National Guard Base Modernization
Client and location: South Carolina Air National Guard; Eastover, South Carolina, USA
Description: CDM Smith provided comprehensive engineering design services, project management and construction inspection for the McEntire Joint National Guard Base airfield modernization. This $18 million effort included several individual tasks that covered runway and taxiway resurfacing, aircraft arresting system modification, runway overrun construction, aircraft parking apron demolition and replacement, aircraft sunshade foundation modifications, lighted runway guidance sign repair and replacement, runway approach lighting system repair and modification, and the construction of a new Aerospace Control Alert taxiway and associated parking apron.
ACEC of Tennessee Grand Iris Award
Project: John J. Duncan Jr. Knoxville Station Transit Center
Clients and location: City of Knoxville, Knoxville Area Transit; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Description: CDM Smith provided a variety of planning and engineering services related to development of the John J. Duncan Jr. Knoxville Station Transit Center. Owned by the city of Knoxville and operated by Knoxville Area Transit, the facility is the first LEED Silver certified public building in Knoxville. The station’s pedestrian plaza and busway serve to spatially and culturally bridge the gap between the downtown and East Knoxville neighborhoods and annually serves more than three million public transit passengers.
ACEC of Utah Grand Conceptor Award
Project: West Valley Light Rail Design
Client and location: Utah Transit Authority (UTA); Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Description: CDM Smith partnered with UTA on the design and implementation of the West Valley TRAX Line—a new, 5.1-mile light rail line linking West Valley City to Salt Lake City and the University of Utah. The new track alignment through urban areas intersects highways and crosses major rivers and a Union Pacific rail yard. In addition to the design of five bridges, the project also included three rail stations, a new intermodal transportation center, engineering for the train electrical systems and traffic impact analysis.
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