Five Projects Named National Award Winners

The Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, serves approximately one million residents within a 15,000 acre drainage area.

AWT’s design guidance recommended Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) as New York City’s backbone technology for its Nitrogen program.

The New York City Wastewater Resiliency Plan presents an assessment of the facilities identified as at-risk for flooding, potential costs of future damages, and suggested protective measures, such as elevating and water proofing critical equipment to reduce the risk of damage and loss of services.

The upgraded South District Wastewater Treatment Plant was successfully placed in service about 15 months ahead of schedule and approximately 10% under the $618 million budget.

The C-51 reservoir is capable of providing enough potable water to serve about 345,000 households and reduce stormwater discharges to the Lake Worth Lagoon by about 17 percent.

(NEW YORK, NY – March 11, 2014) – Five projects, all managed wholly or in joint venture by Hazen and Sawyer, were recently named ACEC National Recognition Award winners. These projects (three in New York and two in Florida) were all previously named Diamond Award winners by the respective state ACEC chapters.

The award-winning projects are:

• At the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, the project team applied innovative design and construction techniques and a groundbreaking method of wastewater treatment that pushes the limits of the activated sludge process. This approach allowed NYCDEP to achieve its secondary treatment goals almost two years ahead of schedule at a far lower cost than using conventional treatment.
• For the Advanced Wastewater Treatment (AWT) project, pilot, bench, and demonstration-scale testing led New York City to determine Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) was the most cost effective process backbone for the program. BNR is estimated to have saved the City billions of dollars in comparison to other technologies under consideration.
• The New York City Wastewater Resiliency Plan presents an assessment of facilities identified as at-risk for flooding, potential costs of future damages, and suggested protective measures. The study, the first to assess coastal flooding risks based on fine resolution maps and a detailed analysis of the elevation of individual components of the wastewater system, will serve as a national model.
• The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department upgrade of the South District Wastewater Treatment Plant ensured that effluent meets reclaimed water High Level Disinfection (HLD) standards and increased the capacity of the SDWWTP nearly 30 percent. The program resulted in one of the largest HLD facilities, and the largest on-site hypochlorite generation (OSHG) facility, in the U.S.
• For the C-51 Reservoir public-private partnership (P3) in Palm Beach County, seven water utilities in South Florida collaborated to investigate the potential to harvest and store stormwater and use it to recharge the surficial aquifer. The stored water in the C-51 Reservoir will recharge the surficial aquifer, enabling water utilities to extend their existing water source and provide a cost-effective water supply to south Florida residents.

Since our founding in 1951, Hazen and Sawyer has focused on two things: providing safe drinking water and controlling water pollution. Our range of services encompasses the planning, design, and construction management of water and wastewater-related projects – from clean water treatment, storage, and distribution to wastewater and stormwater collection, treatment, and reuse.

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