Access Water Client Newsletter: 4th Quarter 2015
As we look to the end of 2015, it is with great pleasure that I share some exciting news—I will be taking on an expanded role as President of CH2M’s Global Business Groups, and Peter Nicol has been named the new president of our Global Water Business Group (WBG). Peter has been a valuable member of CH2M for more than 35 years and is a long-time veteran of the water industry. In his new role, Peter will be responsible for all water activities within CH2M. I will still be supporting you and our water team in my role, where I am primarily responsible for overseeing the operational performance of our businesses.
Most recently, Peter has been serving as CH2M’s Global Business Development and Client Sector Director for our water business. He has held many leadership and management positions throughout his tenure with the firm, including WBG International Operations Director, Client Account Manager, Canada Regional Managing Director and Canada Regional WBG Manager. With his most recent background in business development and sales, Peter is particularly well-suited for this role.
I hope you will help me welcome Peter to his new role. I have enjoyed serving you, as CH2M’s Global WBG President and look forward to continuing to serve you, our valued clients, in my role.
Leading CH2M’s Water business has been an extremely rewarding experience for me, and one of the responsibilities I’ve enjoyed the most is serving our trusted clients, as well as connecting with our project and technical teams, who deliver innovative solutions and technologies for our clients around the world.
It’s been fun to visit project sites and see how our clients, project teams and technologists put their minds together to solve our world’s most complex water challenges. Together, we’ve achieved numerous accomplishments.
Greg McIntyre, CH2M Global Business Groups President
CH2M receives award for trenchless technology
CH2M ranked #1 on the Trenchless Technology magazine’s 2015 list of the Top 50 Trenchless Engineering Design Firms. The list was based on 2014 revenue and results from the annual survey measuring overall billings, trenchless billings, numbers of trenchless professionals and total number of completed projects in the past five years.
Trenchless technologies provide a good solution for clients looking to repair or replace aging underground infrastructure or install new buried infrastructure. CH2M trenchless experts have worked on complex projects around the world to manage and extend the useful service life of existing infrastructure, as well as new drinking water and wastewater systems without disrupting the surrounding communities.
Additionally, on December 3, Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company’s Strategic Tunnel Enhancement Programme (STEP) received the Tunnelling Team of the Year Award from the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association, during the NCE tunnelling awards. The project was also shortlisted for the Global Tunnelling Project of the Year in the over $500M category. CH2M is serving as Program Manager for STEP, which started in 2008 and includes a 41-kilometer long sewer tunnel and also 43 km of smaller diameter new link sewers up to 3 meters in diameter, and a large pumping station. The infrastructure will triple the capacity of Abu Dhabi’s sewerage network, with the aim to alleviate pressure on its existing system.
Global Water Intelligence hosted the American Water Summit in Denver
Global Water Intelligence (GWI) hosted its annual American Water Summit—now in its 6th year—in Denver, Colorado, October 20-21. More than 400 senior executives, thought leaders and water practitioners from the public and private sectors, along with top decision makers from water, energy, finance, technologies and cities, participated to discuss approaches to project financing and operations to ensure a thriving water industry for a strong and resilient 21st century economy.
Our CEO and Chairman Jacque Hinman spoke during the Opening Plenary on Scalable Solutions, highlighting the water cycle, public private partnerships, technology innovation, sustainable water management and reuse, as well as public outreach. Jacque was joined by Harlan L. Kelly Jr., General Manager, City & County of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and Richard Adkerson, CEO Freeport-McMoRan Inc., who also spoke on the importance of sustainable water solutions, leaving communities better than they found it and the power of public outreach.
Taking attendees through a world water tour of projects that CH2M has worked with visionary clients to implement, Jacque highlighted how CH2M has contributed to the water industry, providing scalable solutions to advance sustainable water management.
In November, GWI compiled a list of the top 20 women in water, including Jacque, as head of the biggest engineering firm in the international water business.
Updated Effluent Limitation Guidelines and Coal Combustion Rule hot topics at International Water Conference
Today, with increasing regulations governing coal combustion residuals (CCRs) and wastewater, power plants are facing a perfect storm of regulations. In April 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a final rule in the Federal Register to regulate the disposal of CCRs as solid waste, as part of its Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Under this rule, CCRs consist of fly ash, bottom ash, boiler slag and flue gas desulfurization (FGD) solids produced at electric utilities and independent power producers, where coal is more than 50 percent of the fuel burned.
To raise awareness of the impacts these new regulations will have on the industrial sector and help utilities start planning ahead to ensure they can face the regulatory storm and efficiently evaluate, select, design and build new wastewater and solid waste systms, CH2M’s Tom Higgins attended the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania’s International Water Conference, the premier source of technical infromation and training in the industrial water and wastewater business today, where he presented best practices and tips for helping utilties comply with the CCR and ELGs. Tom highlighted several hot topics of interest to the industrial water market, including implementing enhanced pond treatment to meet stringent effluent limits, challenges in FGD for mercury and arsenic treatment, as well as ways to comply with anti-circumvention provisions proposed in the updated effluent limitation guidelines (ELGs). Read his blog, “Complying with the Coal Combustion Residuals Rule and Preparing for the Effluent Limitation Guidelines,” for more information.
NEORSD’s Julius Ciaccia to receive annual Utility Infrastructure Management honor at December conference
Water Utility Infrastructure Management (UIM), the journal of finance and management for water and wastewater professionals, recently announced Julius Ciaccia, chief executive officer of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD), as its 2015 Water Infrastructure Management Award Winner.
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CH2M CEO Jacque Hinman receives two industry awards
In September, the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies honored three individuals who embody the School’s mission of meeting global challenges through practical knowledge and innovative thinking, as well as two community leaders, including Jacqueline Hinman, CH2M Chairman and CEO, who received the University of Denver’s International Bridge Builders Award.
“Under Jacque’s energetic and visionary leadership, CH2M continues to turn global infrastructure challenges into opportunities for positive change,” said Ambassador Christopher Hill. The result is a more connected international community.
Watch this tribute to Jacque to see what global leaders have to say about her leadership and the work we do at CH2M.
Jacque was also awarded the Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG) CEO of the Year Award on October 22. She was selected from the roughly 220 CEOs of the engineering/consulting firms that attend the annual EFGC CEO Conference. The award is presented to a CEO who, from EFCG’s perspective, has providing outstanding leadership qualities in the industry, either over time, or in a particular time period or situation.
Jacque was selected based upon her extraordinary leadership in her first year of being CEO of one of the largest, most respected engineering/consulting firms in the world, the decisiveness she demonstrated and her ability to make key decisions and implement changes to support CH2M’s corporate strategy, according to Paul Zofnass, EFCG CEO.
AWWA awards Quirien Muylwyk with Golden Spigot Award
On November 16, CH2Mer Quirien Muylwyk, Canada Region Business Development and Technology Manager on our Water team, was named the 2015 recipient of the Golden Spigot Award by the American Water Works Association (AWWA). The trustees of AWWA’s Water Quality & Technology Division voted to bestow this award upon Quirien for helping to develop and distribute technical and educational resources that inform the water community on the latest issues and best practices in the water profession, in accordance with the Division’s mission and goals.
CH2M people and projects earn distinction at WEFTEC
Three CH2M employees, including Rhonda Harris, Terry Krause and Tim Shea were named Water Environment Federation (WEF) Fellows for their distinguished achievements, stature and contributions to the global water profession, during WEF’s 88th annual technical exhibition and conference (WEFTEC), held in September, in Chicago, IL.
CH2M also earned the Rudolfs Industrial Waste Management Medal for our industrial waste management research and the best practices captured in the paper, “Start up and Commissioning of a Membrane Bioreactor Plant Treating a High TDS Refinery Wastewater,” from the Bahrain Petroleum Company’s innovative technical solution to treat complex refinery wastewater, including hazardous spent caustic wastestream.
Additionally, Roseburg Urban Sanitary Authority’s (RUSA) Natural Treatment System (NTS) earned the 2015 Water Quality Improvement Award, which is presented annually to the water quality improvement program that best demonstrates significant, lasting and measurable excellence in water quality improvement or in the prevention of water quality degradation in a region, basin or water body. The NTS polishes treated wastewater effluent from the Roseburg Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility to protect the South Umpqua River, in Roseburg, Oregon. CH2M designed and manages the NTS for RUSA. The NTS operates year round and treats up to 8 mgd of secondary effluent during summer months, significantly reducing total phosphorus and nitrogen discharged to the river.
Elisa Speranza receives Water For People volunteer award
- Water For People presented CH2Mer Elisa Speranza with the 2015 Robert W. Hite Outstanding Leadership Award (named in honor of longtime volunteer Robert W. Hite) for her passion and enthusiasm in advancing Water For People’s mission. The award, given annually at WEFTEC to an individual who inspires a shared vision, is forward thinking and truly envisions a world where all people have access to safe water and sanitation facilities, celebrated Elisa’s dedication and years of leadership and service to Water For People.
WateReuse Association awards Hunter Water Industrial Project of the Year Award
The WateReuse Association awarded the 2015 WateReuse Award of Excellence to nine leaders in alternative water supply development during its 30th Annual WateReuse Symposium, held in Washington this September. Hunter Water’s Kooragang Recycled Water Scheme in New South Wales, Australia, earned the WateReuse Industrial Project of the Year Award. The project provides high quality recycled water to industrial users and saves drinking water supplies for Hunter Water’s nearly one-half million users. It is estimated that one industrial user alone will save more than 2.3 billion liters of drinking water annually by using recycled water for industrial processing systems.
Hunter Water also received the Global Water Award earlier this year.
Gwinett County’s Allenhurst Phase II Stream Restoration project wins ASCE Georgia’s Outstanding Civil Engineering Project Award
CH2M recently received an Outstanding Civil Engineering Project Award in the Natural Environment category, from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Georgia Section, for our work on Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) Allenhurst Phase II Stream Restoration Project.
For years, Gwinnett County has been implementing an exceptional watershed improvement program to evaluate and improve water quality, in concert with other stormwater practices. The Allenhurst project evolved from the County’s Chattahoochee Tributaries Watershed Improvement Plan, as a way to address the impacts of urbanization and the resulting pollutants entering the Chattahoochee River and watershed. CH2M supported Gwinnett DWR by providing engineering, public involvement and project permitting. Over the last 15 years, CH2M has designed 14 stream and watershed restoration projects with Gwinnett DWR; the Allenhurst Phase II project is the fourth project recognized for award and the second project award from the Georgia Chapter of ASCE.
Work on the project began in 2011 and was completed this month. The project included rehabilitating approximately 2,000 linear feet of stream and reducing downstream sedimentation, reconnecting the stream to the floodplain, protecting sewer infrastructure and improving stream habitat quality for fish and other wildlife in the area.
CH2M staff recognized with International Desalination Association’s Research & Development Award
A conference paper jointly prepared by CH2Mers Jim Lozier, Andrew Hodgkinson and Michael Hwang, and Santos’ Dierdre Walsh was recognized with the Best Paper Award in the Research & Development category during the 2015 International Desalination Association’s (IDA) World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse. The paper, presented by Lozier, and titled Innovative Membrane-Based Treatment Method for Brines from Coal Seam Gas Production, was the outcome of a process concept jointly developed by Lozier and Hodgkinson, who serve as CH2M’S Global Desalination Technology Leader and Asian Pacific Region Technology Leader, respectively, while working with Santos to address their coal seam gas water treatment needs.
The award, which came with a $5,000 cash prize, recognizes fundamental or applied research of a technology or concept related to desalination or water reuse that is at a pre-commercialization stage, but shows promising signs of development that could lead to significant discoveries or technologies upon maturity. The authors received critical support by a CH2M team of about 30 people located in Australia, the USA and Canada, with specialized testing services provided by the Applied Sciences Laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon. The paper’s authors agreed to donate the cash prize to WaterAid Australia to help further their vision of a world where everyone, everywhere has safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
City of Cullman, Alabama’s Duck River Dam nears completion
The Cullman Utility Board spent more than a decade developing and permitting a sustainable water supply solution for the City of Cullman and surrounding counties. These efforts resulted in a decision to design and construct a new dam and reservoir on Duck River, just 10 miles east of the City of Cullman. The dam and reservoir, expected to reach completion by February 2016, will provide a reliable water supply for the next 75 years and offer the community additional drought resistance.
CH2M’s team assisted the Board with their initial planning and permitting activities and in 2010 was commissioned to complete the design of the new 140 foot high and 2,400 foot long dam that will impound approximately 26,000 acre feet.
CH2Mers selected a “hybrid” dam design to deal with significant challenges posed by the geology of the Appalachian Plateau, namely highly variable foundation conditions. The hybrid design included a roller-compacted concrete spillway at the river channel with earth and rock fill embankments along both abutments. The design was completed in March 2014, and the project was put to bid several weeks later. The low bidder was awarded a $51.8 million contract in May 2014 and construction began in earnest July 2014.
An aggressive schedule required the construction to progressed at a fast pace. Major milestones have now be met and the project is nearing completion. It is expected that the dam will be finished on schedule and likely within 2% of the contractor’s bid. This is a major accomplishment for any dam projects where it is common to exceed the low bid amount by as much as 10 to 20 percent. When completed, the dam and reservoir will provide the Utility Board a minimum yield of 32 million gallons per day—making it a reliable water supply for future generations. Our team has served as the onsite construction manager, providing full construction management services and construction observation throughout the project.
Cullman County supports one of the nation’s largest chicken farming industries, and over the last decade, the City and the surrounding communities have progressively attracted new industries to diversify the economy. As a result, Cullman is a vibrant city experiencing steady economic growth and increased population. The Duck River project provides additional water supply that is key to sustaining long term economic growth for this community. In addition to sustaining the economy, the project will also provide additional recreational benefits to the community, including: camping, boating, fishing and trail hiking around the lake perimeter.
“The City of Cullman and their leaders recognized a need for a more sustainable water supply more than 20 years ago and are now very excited to see their vision become a reality. The project is one of the largest in river water supply dams currently under construction in the United States,” said Rick Riker, CH2M Dam Practice Lead. “When finished, this project will provide the City of Cullman a second water supply that can be routinely used to meet the growing needs of this community.”
Alexandria Renew Enterprises and CH2M join efforts to help youth
This summer, Alexandria Renew Enterprises hosted 12 high school students from the INROADS College Links program in collaboration with CH2M and the CH2M Foundation. College Links provides year-round, out-of-school college and career readiness programming to high school students in Chicago, Washington, DC, Cincinnati and Hartford. The primary focus of College Links is to increase high school students’ knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and business careers and expose them to viable careers requiring college degrees. College Links scholars transition into INROADS interns and are matched with companies according to their majors and career interests.
A tour of the AlexRenew wastewater reclamation facility and panel discussion with site personnel was completed as part of the College Links “Job Shadow Day” in which students were to be exposed to various careers. Prior to arriving at AlexRenew, the students explored engineering careers in consulting at the CH2M Herndon, Virginia office – attending presentations on CH2M and wastewater treatment plant design. While on-site, Janelle Okorie, Director, Engineering & Technology Programs, James Gittens, Principal Engineer, and Lisa Racey, Engineering Aide, briefed the students on managerial, engineering, operational, and construction management roles at the facility. At the end of the tour, the students asked questions on the reclamation process, uses of reclaimed water, and the pathway to careers in the STEM and construction management fields.
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