Baxter & Woodman earns APWA Technical Innovation Award for pretreatment efforts

Jan. 29, 2015
Several local branches of the American Public Works Association has honored Baxter & Woodman with the Technical Innovation Award for its installment of an advanced pretreatment system at an Illinois village.

Jan. 29, 2015 -- Several local branches of the American Public Works Association (APWA), a not-for-profit, professional association of public works agencies, private companies and individuals, has honored Baxter & Woodman, Inc. (B&W), a planning, design, construction, and technology services company, with the Technical Innovation Award for its installment of an advanced water pretreatment system at an Illinois village.

B&W installed a patent-pending Barium/Radium Removal Pretreatment System to the Village of Gilbert's existing municipal ion exchange softener regeneration system, which allows cost-effective compliance with new IEPA NPDES limits and IEMA residual disposal regulations. With success in pioneering this new process, the Village and B&W have paved the way for other municipalities to consider a viable alternative to traditional water treatment methods.

The Technical Innovation Award recognizes an individual, team or organization for the development, management and implementation of a creative idea, device, process, or system that enhances the goals of public works in serving the public and protecting the environment. The APWA also honored B&W with two other 2015 Project of the Year Awards for improvements to Round Lake's Hart Road and Sunset Drive as well as Plainfield's Lockport Street traffic signals and sidewalks.

The Project of the Year Award promotes excellence in public works by recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the consultant/architect/engineer and the contractor who, working together, complete public works projects. All three projects will now advance to compete in the APWA Chicago Metro Area Chapter competition this March.

See also:

"APWA appoints president, names new, re-elected board members"

"National Public Works Week 2014: Public works professionals honored"

About Baxter & Woodman

Baxter & Woodman, Inc. is an employee-owned Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firm which provides planning, design, construction and technology services for water, wastewater, stormwater and transportation facilities for municipalities, counties and state agencies. Environmental, geographic information systems (GIS), water and wastewater operations, and advanced technology needs complement the firm’s civil engineering expertise. Clients are served from seven regional offices in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. For more information, visit

About APWA

The American Public Works Association is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 28,500 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, has an office in Washington, D.C., along with 63 chapters across North America. For more information, visit


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