Upgrades to Pa. wastewater facility garner national recognition

Camp Hill Firm’s cost-effective strategy ensures infrastructure supports growth.

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 4, 2016 — Gannett Fleming of Camp Hill, Pa., has earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 49th annual Engineering Excellence Awards for the City of Lebanon, Pa., Authority’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.

A four-pronged approach upgraded a half-century old treatment plant to meet projected long-term growth while also meeting environmental standards. The project team incorporated equipment that increases the plant’s rated hydraulic capacity to 30 million gallons per day, yet fits within the facility’s existing footprint. This strategy sustains the environment, and saves money.

The application of several emerging technologies helped transform the plant into a facility that exceeds Chesapeake Bay nutrient discharge limits, and meets the community’s wastewater treatment needs through 2035. Completed on time and under budget, the project adds value to the wastewater industry by providing a model of optimization for both new and retrofitted plants.

ACEC recognized 151 projects throughout the nation and the world as preeminent engineering achievements, and all were eligible for top national honors. Judging for this year’s awards—known industry-wide as the “Academy Awards of the engineering industry”– took place in February, conducted by a panel of more than 30 engineers, architects, government officials, media members, and academia. Award criteria included uniqueness and originality, technical innovation, social and economic value, complexity, and success in achieving goals.

Winners of the top national awards—including 16 Honor Awards, eight Grand Awards and the prestigious “Grand Conceptor Award” for the year’s most outstanding overall engineering achievement—will be revealed at the annual Engineering Excellence Awards Dinner and Gala, a black-tie event to be held Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is the business association of America’s engineering industry, representing more than 5,000 independent engineering firms and more than 325,000 professionals throughout the United States engaged in the development of America’s transportation, water and energy infrastructure, along with environmental, industrial and other public and private facilities. Founded in 1909 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., ACEC is a national federation of 51 state and regional organizations.

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