October 2013, Vol. 25, No.10

Business

Jacobs Associates (San Francisco) has promoted five associates to principal. Glenn Boyce is an award-winning engineer, teacher, and author with more than 30 years of experience in trenchless, tunnel, shaft, and geotechnical engineering. 

Dave Crouthamel has 23 years of experience in tunnel and excavation design, particularly in developing, implementing, and evaluating groundwater inflow control measures and their impact on underground construction. 

Ted Depooter plays a significant leadership role in the company’s construction management practice. His project experience includes highway, rail, water, and wastewater tunnels. He has 34 years of underground experience. 

Steve Dubnewych has 26 years of experience in design, construction, and project management of numerous projects, including wastewater, water supply, transit, and hydroelectric tunnels. 

Dan Van Roosendaal manages the company’s New York City office and is a project manager for the engineering services contract supporting the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s Rondout West-Branch Bypass Tunnel Design. He has 25 years of experience as a geotechnical engineer, geologist, and project manager in underground design and construction, rock slope design, geologic characterization, and blasting.  

   

The National Association of Water Companies (Washington, D.C.) selected Christopher Parker, a project manager at CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.), to receive the association’s Living Water Award. The award was established to recognize private water industry professionals who are “living water” through their extraordinary commitment to quality, service, and community. 

Parker has dedicated himself to assisting surrounding communities by volunteering in the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality “EnvironMentor” program. In this role, he helps local organizations that lack the necessary resources or expertise to comply with state environmental regulations improve their efficiency and protect the environment.   

For the third consecutive year, the Virginia Department of Health Office of Drinking Water has awarded a division of the Washington County Service Authority(Abingdon, Va.)the highest ranking in operations/performance excellence for water utilities. The authority’s Middle Fork Water Treatment Plant was one of 22 conventional water treatment plants out of 130 in Virginia that received a gold award following a 12-month analysis of data by the Office of Drinking Water. 

Each year, through Virginia’s Optimization Program, the department recognizes drinking water plants that perform above and beyond minimum standards, optimizing their treatment process and running efficiently and effectively. The primary purpose of the program is to reduce the risks to public health associated with drinking water. The authority’s Middle Fork facility, along with 21 others statewide, earned a performance score of 20 — the highest possible score.  

  

Aquatech (Canonsburg, Pa.), a global water-purification technology and services provider, acquired Fluid Recovery Services (Creekside, Pa.), which operates a network of central, satellite, and mobile facilities that deliver environmentally compliant, economically viable water management services. In addition to treatment, the company offers numerous water management service options, such as storage, transport services (rail and truck), and disposal (nonreturn) statewide. The acquisition will expand the company’s network from three to five central water management facilities in Tioga County, Pa., and the cities of Franklin, Josephine, Creekside, and Rouseville. It also will establish an “end-to-end” network for producers in the Marcellus and Utica Shale region.  

Bio-Microbics Inc
. (Shawnee, Kansas), a global manufacturer of decentralized wastewater, water, and stormwater treatment technologies, acquired SeptiTech LLC (Lewiston, Maine), a company that manufactures programmable logic controllers for onsite wastewater treatment systems. 

Harris Utilities (Ottawa, Ontario), provider of utility technology in North America and the Caribbean, appointed Chris Lewis to executive vice president of Harris Utilities SmartWorks, which is the smart grid innovation engine of the company. Lewis has held a variety of leadership roles with retailers and vendors in the energy and utility sectors during the past 15 years.