KMK and Black & Veatch team awarded top honor for treatment plant upgrade

July 17, 2007
Black & Veatch announced today that the project team of KMK Consultants Limited and Black & Veatch earned the prestigious Willis Chipman Award from Consulting Engineers of Ontario for its role in the upgrade and expansion of the Lakeview Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) for the Region of Peel. The successful project enables the 46-year-old plant to efficiently meet the region's wastewater treatment requirements and public acceptance goals until 2031. KMK led the team that provided detailed...

• Win recognizes project complexity, technical excellence and innovation

KANSAS CITY, MO, July 17, 2007 -- Black & Veatch announced today that the project team of KMK Consultants Limited and Black & Veatch earned the prestigious Willis Chipman Award from Consulting Engineers of Ontario for its role in the upgrade and expansion of the Lakeview Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) for the Region of Peel. The successful project enables the 46-year-old plant to efficiently meet the region's wastewater treatment requirements and public acceptance goals until 2031.

KMK led the team that provided detailed design, tendering, contract administration and site services to enhance plant performance and increase capacity of the plant, located on the shore of Lake Ontario in Mississauga, from 336 ML/d (89 million gallons per day) to 448 ML/d (118 mgd). Wastewater treatment and solids handling improvements have effectively solved problems and distinguished the Lakeview WWTP as the largest fluidized bed biosolids incineration facility in the world.

According to Mark Schiller, Peel Region Director, Water and Wastewater Treatment, the strategic alliance of the Local Service-Global Expertise team proved successful in evaluation, selection and application of appropriate technology, as well as management of a fast-track project that presented many challenges.

"This project and the planning that preceded it have brought out the best in everyone," Schiller said. "Best project management and wastewater treatment practices came together in the Lakeview WWTP expansion and upgrade to improve the performance and operations of the wastewater treatment plant and quality of life for the people in this region."

Every facet of the facility was reviewed for design, process and optimization to develop the most comprehensive solution, which withstood a rigorous value engineering analysis. The design incorporated flexibility to accommodate future growth; some processes were oversized in anticipation of future requirements. The three-year construction effort required careful coordination to ensure continued operation throughout the expansion.

Technology excellence and innovation that contributed to the award decision include the following:
• The new headworks facility, designed for future requirements of 518 ML/d (137 mgd), is the largest perforated plate screening facility in North America.
• Full-scale pilot demonstration of the integrated fixed-film activated sludge (IFAS) process proved the performance and operability for enhanced nitrification.
• With one new and three replacement 100-dry-tonne-per-day (110-ton-per-day) fluidized-bed incineration units, the Lakeview WWTP is the largest fluidized-bed biosolids incineration facility in the world.

"It was a pleasure for our professionals to team with a Canadian consulting firm known for outstanding service on a project that required true technology leadership and exceptional project management," said Dan McCarthy, President and CEO of Black & Veatch's global water business.

The Willis Chipman Award is the highest distinction in Ontario's consulting engineering community. It recognizes the project that best demonstrates the valuable contribution that consulting engineers make to the social, economic and environmental quality of life in the province.

KMK Consultants Limited specializes in delivering sustainable water, wastewater and municipal engineering solutions. KMK has completed projects for communities throughout Ontario, Canada, utilizing the expertise and experience of more than 100 seasoned professionals. This gives our clients the highest level of integrity and commitment to their projects. Our focus is the creation of customized solutions, using proven and state-of-the-art technologies, along with optimization and innovation to balance cost, quality and performance goals. KMK has been offering quality engineering services since 1959, providing technically sound solutions to complex problems that anticipate our clients' needs and exceed their expectations.

Black & Veatch is a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, telecommunications, management consulting, federal and environmental markets. Its global water business provides innovative, technology-based solutions to utilities, governments and industries worldwide. Local project teams work with multinational water and wastewater treatment process experts to address site-specific challenges through a broad range of consulting, study, planning, design, design-build and construction management services.

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