2014 ACEC-MI Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards: “West Bay County Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrades” and “Kalamazoo River Stabilization”

Michigan’s top engineering and surveying projects recognized at annual ACEC Excellence Awards Ceremony

LANSING, MI – The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC/M) recently honored firms for engineering and surveying excellence during the association’s 49th annual Engineering and Surveying Excellence Awards ceremony. On February 22, design professionals and guests gathered at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids to recognize outstanding Michigan engineering and surveying projects from the past year, as well as engineering professionals who have significantly contributed to the profession. The ACEC/M Awards Program recognizes outstanding efforts of professional design firms to solve clients’ needs through exceptional projects, and offers the opportunity to showcase the year’s best engineering and surveying achievements to an audience of peers, clients and decision makers at all levels. “This program serves as the final celebration of Engineers Week,” said Ron Brenke, PE, ACEC/M Executive Director. “The knowledge and expertise that filled the room on Saturday was astounding! The projects engineered by private sector firms have a profound effect on the quality of life for all Michigan residents. Their efforts result in quality roads and bridges, safe drinking water, and a clean environment for people to live, work and play.” This year’s engineering Eminent Conceptor Award winner was Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering, Inc., Grand Rapids, for the West Bay County Wastewater Treatment Facility upgrades. The $8.2 million project expanded the plant to handle existing flows and add two new communities. Fleis & VandenBrink used an innovative hydraulic design, installed a high rate anaerobic digester which helped eliminate odors, decrease sludge volume, and captured greenhouse gas methane for energy use (thus reducing operating costs). Fleis & VandenBrink saved West Bay County millions of dollars while providing a sustainable design with increased plant capacity for years to come. The firm also took home the surveying Eminent Conceptor award for the Kalamazoo River Bank Stabilization. Fleis & VandenBrink utilized various surveying methods and laser technology to create a thorough site map and model used to stabilize an eroding bluff. Data proved crucial to quickly and accurately analyze the site and develop effective, sustainable solutions. The Eminent Conceptor Award is ACEC/M’s top honor.

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