Three CH2M HILL employees have been named 2013 Fuller Award winners and will be officially inducted into the Fuller Society at AWWA ACE13.

Lawrence Benjamin, Brad Phelps and Tom Walters were recently named recipients of the prestigious American Water Works Association Fuller Award.  Lawrence represents the British Columbia Territory section, Brad Phelps was recognized by the Pacific Northwest Section, and Tom Walters received his award from the Alabama-Mississippi Section. This annual award is presented to selected members across North America in recognition of their distinguished service to the water supply field.  It commemorates the sound engineering skill, brilliant diplomatic talent and constructive leadership that characterized the life of George Warren Fuller. Selected from water professionals throughout their respective geographies, Fuller awardees exemplify the highest standards of professionalism and service to engineering. Mr. Benjamin and Mr. Phelps will be inducted officially into the Fuller Society at the ACE13 conference in Denver Wednesday morning.

Bob Bailey, President of CH2M HILL’s Global Water Business said, “Lawrence, Brad and Tom continue to showcase exceptional and extraordinary performance both at CH2M HILL and in the industry as a whole, and are very deserving of this prestigious recognition. CH2M HILL is proud of all of our talented Fuller Award recipients, and I thank them for their dedication to excellence in engineering and client service.”

Left-to-right: (i) Lawrence Benjamin; (ii) Brad Phelps; (iii) Tom Walters

A senior project manager in Canada’s Water Business Group and Area Manager for British Columbia, Lawrence Benjamin has provided leadership to countless successful projects. During his 36-year career, he has been responsible for developing numerous innovative water and wastewater treatment solutions for clients in British Columbia and across Canada. He was Project Manager for the Arrow Creek Membrane Water Treatment Plant – a project that won the 2006 Consulting Engineers of British Columbia (CEBC) Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence. He also led the Metlakatla Water Treatment Plant project in Prince Rupert, BC. This project won the 1995 Schreyer Award, Canada’s highest honor in consulting engineering.

Brad Phelps is a water supply and conveyance principal project manager and Vice President in CH2M HILL’s Portland, Oregon office.  He has more than 27 years of engineering experience and has led, managed, and designed water and wastewater system improvements throughout the Northwest. He helped lead the landmark wellhead protection program for the Spokane Aquifer Joint Board—one of the leading organizations focused on the protection of the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie aquifer which serves nearly 600,000 people in the Coeur d’Alene and Spokane areas in Washington State.  He is leading some of the largest water works projects in the state, including the Portland Water Bureau 50 Million Gallon (MG) Powell Butte Reservoir #2, the Joint Water Commission 20 MG Reservoir and Water Treatment Plant expansion, and the City of Hillsboro 15 and 10 MG Reservoirs and associated pump stations. Upon presenting the Fuller Award to Mr. Phelps, AWWA Treasurer David Rager noted his “constructive leadership, brilliant diplomatic talent and sound engineering skill.”

Tom Walters is a Vice President and senior water and wastewater project manager with more than 30 years of experience. Tom currently serves a dual role for the Water Business Group as the project delivery and quality manager for the U.S. Public Sector and the East Region.  He also serves as client service manager for a number of clients in Alabama where he has lived for the past 29 years. Tom has long been active in the professional community, having served the AWWA Alabama-Mississippi Section in numerous capacities, including in the offices of Secretary-Treasurer from 2000 to 2003, Section Chair in 2008 and Section Director from 2010 to 2013. During the Fuller Award presentation, AWWA Vice President and South Carolina Section Director Mark Cline highlighted Tom’s commitment and loyalty to his community, his clients and his profession, “He has taken his career in the water industry seriously and has been a staunch advocate for clean water, applying his talents loyally through one company for over three decades,”

The criteria for the Fuller Award state: “It is emphasized that the performance of a nominee must be exceptional and extraordinary.” Clearly, Mr. Benjamin, Mr. Phelps and Mr. Walters amply fulfill these requirements.