Brown and Caldwell wins DBIA awards; WEFTEC abstract deadline is Dec. 3; Modern Water expands

Nov. 26, 2018

Industry news: Brown and Caldwell wins wastewater design-build projects; WEFTEC abstract deadline is Dec. 3; Modern Water expands in Africa with brine technology.

Brown and Caldwell wins awards for design-build water and wastewater projects

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) announced the winners of its 2018 National Design-Build Project/Team Awards competition. Within the water/wastewater category, two Brown and Caldwell-involved projects received accolades: National Excellence Award — RM Clayton Water Reclamation Center Headworks (City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management) and National Merit Award — Bush Beans Process Water Reclamation Facility (Bush Brothers & Company).

Bush Brothers & Company’s (Bush’s Best Baked Beans) new $55 million process water reclamation facility (PWRF), located rurally in the Great Smoky Mountains approximately 40 miles from Knoxville, Tennessee, was led by a design-build joint venture of Brown and Caldwell and Haskell. The new 2.1 million gallons per day (MGD) facility treats production process water to a high effluent quality for agricultural irrigation along with reuse within the PWRF and nonfood contact production applications at the Bush Brothers & Company main production plant. The design-build team collaborated with the company to deliver a cost-effective, aesthetically pleasing solution that complements the landscape surrounding the Great Smoky Mountains.

For the second winning project — a headworks facility at the RM Clayton Water Reclamation Center, Atlanta’s largest wastewater facility — the city selected a design-build team of Western Summit/Anatek Inc./Brown and Caldwell to mitigate the harmful effects of grit accumulation and facility wear. The $53.5 million project included headworks upgrades, replacement of coarse screening and grit removal systems with a 12-cell, multi-tray HeadCell grit extraction structure and installation of new influent monitoring equipment to integrate with the digital control system at the 240 MGD facility.

Abstract submission deadline for WEFTEC 2019 is December 3

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is seeking relevant, timely and engaging water quality content, with special consideration given for submissions that pertain to three themes: one water, resilience and the water-energy-food nexus. WEFTEC content under these themes may address a single topic or bridge key aspects under the wide range of issues affecting the environment and sector. During the submission process, you may submit to one of the optional themes. Then you will be required to select one topic and one focus area that best relates to your submission.

Reasons for submitting:

• Build professional prestige by presenting your work at WEFTEC.

• Share your environmental knowledge with over 20,000 water professionals worldwide.

• Gain added exposure for your work.

All papers appear in the official conference proceedings as well as the online proceedings of the Water Environment Federation, available to WEF members and via subscription to thousands of water quality professionals.

Abstract submissions are due Monday, Dec. 3, at 11:59 p.m., U.S. Eastern Standard Time.

Modern Water expands in Africa with brine technology

To promote its proprietary All-Membrane Brine Concentration (AMBC) technology throughout Africa, Modern Water entered into a new collaboration agreement with WEC Projects of Johannesburg, a South African engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor in the water and wastewater treatment sector.

"Host to numerous industry sectors, Southern Africa in particular is a potentially large market for AMBC since the region is increasingly subject to strict water treatment regulations brought on by a severe water shortage," said WEC Projects CEO Wayne Taljaard. "Modern Water’s proprietary brine concentrator is an innovative solution capable of reducing wastewater treatment requirements and maximizing clean-water reuse in a wide range of industrial applications, including mining, power, oil and gas and desalination plants."

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