North America, United States
CDM Smith Projects Honored by the American Council of Engineering Companies
Eleven prizes awarded from U.S. state-level organizations in several categories
June 24, 2011
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 California Merit Award
Project: Seawater reverse osmosis desalination pilot test program
Client and location: Santa Cruz Water District and Soquel Creek Water Department (scwd2), Santa Cruz, California, USA
Description: CDM Smith conducted a comprehensive pilot testing program with scwd2 to advance the scientific and economic feasibility of desalinating seawater, as well as develop recommendations for a new 2.5-million-gallon-per-day (mgd) drinking water plant. The project also educated and informed swcd2 facility visitors on water resources, conservation, desalination, energy usage and recovery, and environmental responsibility.
ACEC of Massachusetts Grand Conceptor Award
Project: Hydropower tunnel surge tank replacement
Client and location: Springfield Water and Sewer Commission (SWSC), Granville, Massachusetts, USA
Description: CDM Smith provided design and construction services to help SWSC replace an 80-year-old hydropower surge tank. This project included the reuse and retrofitting of the existing foundation to meet modern standards, and fabrication of a new lean duplex stainless steel tank—the first application of its kind for a U.S. public or municipal water tank project.
ACEC of Nevada Honor Award
Project: Drinking water treatment facility upgrade
Client and location: City of Fernley, Nevada, USA
Description: CDM Smith teamed with the city of Fernley in this fast-track program to modify and upgrade the city’s water system to comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency arsenic rules and prepare for anticipated growth. Using an innovative treatment process that features iron coagulation, high-rate clarification and state-of-the art microfiltration, the facility is the largest advanced treatment arsenic removal plant in the United States.
ACEC of New Hampshire Engineering Excellence Awards Overall Winner
Project: North Conway renewable energy project
Client and location: North Conway Water Precinct (NCWP), North Conway, New Hampshire, USA
Description: To reduce energy consumption and create new energy sources, CDM Smith helped NCWP upgrade its wastewater treatment plant with solar panels, geothermal wells and high-efficiency boilers. CDM Smith completed feasibility studies, design and construction services for this progressive client to help preserve the area’s natural environment while creating cost savings for NCWP and the community.
ACEC of New Mexico Small Project Award
Project: Sandoval County desalination study and pilot report
Client and location: Sandoval County, New Mexico, USA
Description: CDM Smith created a detailed study and pilot report to evaluate and test processes for treating a highly brackish groundwater source in Sandoval County for potable water use.
ACEC of New York Gold Award
Project: Peekskill wastewater treatment plant aeration system upgrade
Client and location: Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities, New Rochelle, New York, USA; New York Power Authority, White Plains, New York, USA
Description: When the Peekskill Wastewater Treatment Plant activated sludge aeration system was in serious need of repair, the county of Westchester, New York, turned to the New York Power Authority's award-winning energy services program for a comprehensive solution. This project gave Peekskill a state-of-the-art, highly efficient aeration system that reduced overall operating costs and resulted in significant energy cost savings.
ACEC of North Carolina Grand Award
Project: Nutrient removal master plan and pilot project
Client and location: City of Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Description: CDM Smith and Hazen and Sawyer helped Greensboro investigate nutrient reduction treatment strategies to comply with new Jordan Lake regulations at the T.Z. Osborne and North Buffalo wastewater treatment plants, including innovative integrated fixed-film activated sludge treatment technology. The resulting nutrient removal master plan provides an efficient, effective and reliable strategy to achieve nutrient regulatory compliance and protect water quality.
ACEC of North Carolina Honor Award
Project: Fred Fletcher Park extended detention wetland project
Client and location: City of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Description: In the headwaters of one of Raleigh’s most polluted streams, the Fred Fletcher Park wetland was created to improve water quality and reduce pollution in the Pigeon House Branch tributary. This aesthetically pleasing wetland garden is removing more pollution than originally anticipated and demonstrating how engineered wetlands can improve water quality.
ACEC of North Carolina Honor Award
Project: Energy action plan, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) strategy project
Client and location: City of Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Description: CDM Smith helped Charlotte develop a strategy to use $6.7 million of EECBG funds to create a comprehensive energy plan for long-term, community-wide energy and GHG management. A total of 18 projects were identified that will save 37,000 metric tons of GHG and $2.54 million in energy costs.
ACEC of Pennsylvania Diamond Award
Project: Butler Transit Authority intermodal transit center design
Client and location: Butler County, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Description: The CDM Smith-designed intermodal transit center helps Butler improve mobility, reduce costs and increase sustainability with a new administrative office building, bus maintenance area and storage facility. Sustainable design elements—including radiant floor heating, waste oil burners and a geothermal heating and cooling system—will result in the center becoming Pennsylvania’s first LEED®-designed transit facility.
ACEC of Tennessee Iris Award
Project: Biologically enhanced high-rate clarification pilot studies
Client and location: Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB), Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Description: To provide secondary treatment for all wet-weather flows without blending, CDM Smith developed a pilot study to help the KUB Kuwahee and Fourth Creek wastewater treatment plants implement biologically enhanced high-rate clarification. This innovative process—developed by CDM Smith and Kruger Inc.—combines a biological contact zone with a high-rate clarification process.
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