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American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) announces Engineering Excellence Awards

Two CH2M projects recognized with Engineering Excellence Awards

DENVER, CO, May 19, 2015- The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) recently announced the recipients of its 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards, and CH2M is pleased to share that two of the firm’s projects received recognition, including the Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility and the Wilson Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. The firm’s projects were among 170 engineering projects throughout the nation and around the world recognized by ACEC at its 49th annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala, held in Washington, D.C., on April 21. Projects were selected based on criteria for uniqueness and originality, and technical, economic and social value.

“We are honored to be recognized by ACEC with Engineering Excellence Awards. These awards reflect CH2M’s legacy of technical excellence and our dedication to solving our clients’ most challenging and complex water and infrastructure projects,” said Greg McIntyre, CH2M Global Water Business Group President.

Recognized with an ACEC Honor Award, the Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility is one of the world’s most advanced wastewater treatment facilities. On behalf of Arizona’s Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department, CH2M delivered the project $77 million below budget, eight months early, and one year ahead of the county’s compliance schedule—saving $2 million in annual operating costs using the design-build-operate delivery model.

CH2M, as the single-entity DBO firm, was responsible for project delivery and construction and now operates and maintains the 32 MGD, $172 million facility, which produces high quality effluent that exceeds expectations—keeping the Santa Cruz River clean and protecting Pima County’s reclaimed water system.

Testament to its importance to the future of water reclamation, the project has received a dozen industry awards for its engineering excellence and best practice delivery approach, including ACEC’s regional Arizona Engineering Excellence Grand Award, which qualified it for the ACEC national excellence award.

Additionally, CH2M earned a Merit Award for designing improvements to the Wilson Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, in Wylie, Texas. The design considered the utility’s need to expand capacity and increase efficiency of the treatment plant’s operations during extreme weather events, as well as protect a vital drinking water supply reservoir—Lavon Lake—which provides drinking water to more than 1.6 million people. Rather than designing separate systems to manage treatment capacity during wet weather and remove harmful nutrients in dry weather, CH2M designed an innovative system to perform both functions—ensuring high water quality for the region’s water supply under all weather conditions. The expansion project, which is projected to save Wilson Creek more than $100 million over the plant’s life, significantly reduced the per-gallon process cost compared to conventional technologies, as well as maintenance requirements.

Get the full list of 2015 ACEC Engineering Excellence Award winners.

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