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Continuing a stormwater regulations overhaul program to address wet weather challenges from rising sea levels and protect community assets, the City of Miami Beach is upgrading stormwater and drainage infrastructure in its South of Fifth Street district, also known as SoFi, on the southernmost tip of South Beach. Wade Trim is designing drainage improvements throughout the SoFi area, and repurposing 1st Street with full utility replacement and streetscaping between Alton Road and Washington Avenue.

Located at the convergence of SoFi’s two major drainage lines, 1st Street improvements include a new 60-inch collection pipe and a stormwater pump station in a nearby park that will service SoFi and other neighborhoods during wet weather events. Our preliminary design concept includes elevating 1st Street to the new minimum standard of 3.7 feet and coordinating utility relocation. Wade Trim is also exploring the possibility of turning the park land the pump station sits on into an interactive learning center to educate the public about the City’s overall stormwater management program.

The streetscaping portion of the project will give the 1st Street corridor a “Main Street” feel, separating the more commercial south side of the street from the residential north side and updating pedestrian safety and aesthetics. It will incorporate distinctive reconfigured crosswalks, uniform landscaping of mature oak trees, updated placemaking signage and street lighting, and reconfigured roadway and parking lanes. Design is expected to be complete in 2018, pending approvals by the City, South of Fifth Neighborhood Association, the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board, and other stakeholders.

Wade Trim has assisted Miami Beach in implementing similar stormwater management improvements in the Palm and Hibiscus Islands neighborhood, the Espanola Way pedestrian mall, and the Sunset Harbour neighborhood.

Constructed in 1872 as part of the water supply system for the City of Newport, KY, the Ohio River Pump Station No. 2 (ORPS2) is now an integral component for the Northern Kentucky Water District (NKWD) and the 300,000 customers they serve. After an inspection, it was determined the main operating floor was becoming structurally unsound, and other critical elements of the facility were in need of repair. NKWD is upgrading the facility to help maintain the reliable delivery of raw water from the Ohio River to their water treatment plant.

Structural rehabilitation design efforts were focused on replacing the main pump room floor and repairing the limestone block foundation. In addition, the coarse bar screen, influent sluice gate and other facility components were beyond their useful service life, and needed to be upgraded or replaced.

Alternative replacement materials were presented for the trash rack, which had become encrusted with zebra mussels. This is an issue for many surface water supplies. A copper alloy was chosen due to the retrofit conditions, but also as a material NKWD can evaluate to determine whether it is effective at mitigating zebra mussel fouling.

The location of the pump station within the Ohio River was a unique construction constraint. Three sides of the building contact water, making the logistics of removing construction debris and delivering new materials, a challenge. Replacement of the coarse bar screen, influent sluice gate and inlet suction valve was below the river’s normal water level, requiring divers to perform some work. Foundation repair activities performed by the contractor were staged from watercraft anchored next to the structure, necessitating OSHA requirements for working over water and avoidance of river navigation impacts.

Because ORPS2 is a critical facility, the construction schedule needed to coordinate with the pump operation schedule. The project required coordination with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Kentucky Heritage Council, City of Fort Thomas and Kentucky Division of Water. Construction is scheduled for completion in February 2018.

Wade Trim has been named to the 2017 Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces list – a list of the best places to work in Michigan. The Top Workplace list was based solely on the results of an anonymous employee feedback survey administered by workplace research firm Energage, LLC.

The survey measured multiple aspects of workplace culture including companies’ alignment, execution, and connection to employees. A total of 150 companies out of 250 were selected this year – the contest’s 10th anniversary – for the Top Workplaces award in Michigan. According to the Free Press list, Wade Trim ranks 13 out of 55 midsize companies honored.

Sandra Piccirilli, PE, has joined as Vice President and Florida Transportation Lead where she will oversee transportation operations and business development for our Tampa Bay office.

A 35-year industry veteran, Sandra is an accomplished leader who brings a wealth of technical and commercial expertise needed to build world-class projects in both the public and private sectors. With an extensive background in civil design and construction engineering, Sandra has a unique understanding of complex engineering design and has helped spearhead numerous projects in the civil, environmental, and transportation arenas. Notable projects include the Tampa International Airport expansion, New Tampa/Interstate-75 bridge, Houston Shipping Channel Bridge, the Interstate-4 Ultimate PP Design-Build Project, Water Works Park and sections of the Tampa Riverwalk.

Sandra is active in several industry-related organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers and Florida Engineering Society. She serves on the University of South Florida College Engineering Advisory Board. In addition, Sandra is a licensed attorney who has litigated all phases of civil, construction and governmental cases in state and federal courts.

The Engineering News-Record (ENR) Southeast Region is honoring stormwater management and infrastructure improvements in Miami Beach’s Sunset Harbour neighborhood for the project’s environmental and safety accomplishments. The project’s Design-Build team – Wade Trim, serving as designer, and Lanzo Construction Co. – won the ENR region’s Best Project Award in the Water and Environment category, and an Excellence in Safety Award of Merit. The project will be profiled in a future edition of ENR Southeast and honored at a November 2017 awards luncheon sponsored by the periodical.

The City of Miami Beach revised its stormwater regulations in 2014 to address rising sea levels and subsequent wet weather challenges, including higher tides, prolonged flooding after storms and salt water intrusion into infrastructure systems. Wade Trim designed multiple drainage improvements in the City’s Sunset Harbour neighborhood to strengthen stormwater management capabilities and protect community assets. The project team’s detailed roadway reconstruction plan elevated neighborhood streets to two to three feet higher than the adjacent building floors to prevent flooding by directing rainwater into the new drainage system and away from building entrances.

A new pump station discharge route was designed to discharge stormwater through an outfall structure into Biscayne Bay, and the collection system was expanded and upsized to reduce the amount of time it takes to dry the streets after rain events. In addition, control panels for three existing pump stations were raised above the flood elevation. Roadway improvements designed to raise the crown elevation of the roads also featured streetscape and lighting enhancements. Redirecting stormwater away from private property and creating smooth transitions between the new roadway and driveways was key to integrating the changes into the neighborhood.

The Sunset Harbour improvements project has received national attention as one of the first in the nation to address sea level rise. Notoriety has come in many forms, including visits from the Head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, and actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Black, who visited the site while working on climate change documentaries. It was also featured on CCTV in China and in the Florida Water Resources Journal and FES Journal.

The Michigan Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) selected Martin Parker, Jr., PE, to receive its President’s Award. The award recognizes a transportation professional who has made an outstanding contribution to the practice of traffic or transportation engineering. Judges commended Martin’s technical expertise, dedication to mentoring younger engineers, and high-level state and national project experience.

A Senior Traffic Engineer with more than 50 years of experience, Martin provides expert transportation planning and engineering; traffic operations analysis; roadway, traffic signal and highway design; and safety management services to clients. He is involved in almost every Wade Trim transportation project, including traffic impact studies for new developments and campus expansions such as the Ford Research and Engineering Center in Dearborn and Michigan State University. Martin also provides leadership and assistance on multiple Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) roadway design and construction projects, as well as Master Plans and implementation plans such as the City of Battle Creek Non-Motorized Transportation Network Master Plan.

Martin has been instrumental in making Wade Trim a recognized leader in traffic signing and safety, with extensive experience in signing plans, including on MDOT sign upgrade projects in all MDOT Regions, 82 miles of completed freeway sign projects, and over 2,000 miles of non-freeway sign projects.

On the national level, Martin has worked with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to study crash problems and countermeasures for urban arterials, determine safety and operational impacts of median types used on urban arterials, and evaluate right-turn-on-red. He also helped develop the national, knowledge-based expert system for setting speed limits, and wrote several traffic and safety reports and training manuals for the FHWA and various state and local agencies.

Martin was honored on October 12 during the ITE Michigan Technical Session at the Van Buren ISD Conference Center.

Maintaining a Water Master Plan and designing distribution system improvements are ongoing components of our continuing engineering services to the City of Taylor, MI, a longtime client. Priorities include rehabilitating and replacing aging water main, upsizing smaller water mains to improve flows and pressure, and updating the water system computer model to evaluate future needs.

Current work is focusing primarily on the northwest section of the City, where more than 30,000 linear feet of water main rehabilitation and replacement was designed to improve water quality, increase the life of the system and reduce future maintenance costs. Water main is also being rehabilitated along a street in the City’s southeast quadrant with frequent water main breaks and across Eureka Road to assist in attracting new commercial development.

Construction is scheduled to be complete this fall using trenchless methods such as pipe-bursting and directional drilling to minimize water disruption for residents. Open trench construction is also being used to work around large utilities, including a natural gas line and fiber optic power feeder lines, along major roadways. Wade Trim is providing construction inspection services for this project.

Our New York City office is transforming – both in size and location – to better assist local clients with their water resources and wet weather management issues. From our new location at 1410 Broadway in Manhattan, we welcome Vincent Rubino, PE, and Ivana Nitzova, PE, who bring expertise in the design and construction of wastewater conveyance and treatment facilities as well as combined sewer overflow (CSO) projects. They are currently providing ongoing design assistance for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s (NYCDEP) Gowanus Canal CSO storage facilities project in Brooklyn, NY, along with other projects.

Vincent has built his 43-year career focusing on the water and wastewater fields. His experience encompasses extensive facility planning, design and construction management of various NYCDEP projects. Vincent has managed design and construction of wastewater facilities worth over $500 million as well as more than a dozen facility plans and odor studies for wastewater treatment plants and biosolids facilities. He is actively involved in the Program and Sustainability Committees of the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA). He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology as well as an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Ivana is a civil engineer with 7 years of design experience in wastewater treatment, conveyance, and disinfection systems. She has designed improvements for municipal wastewater treatment facilities throughout the State of New York as well as a large ozone disinfection project for the City of Montreal. Ivana holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and is a member of NYWEA.

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The City of Southfield, MI, is investing in infrastructure renewal as a key factor to achieving long-term sustainability as an independent and thriving municipality. Boosted by the passage of a $99 million Street Improvements Bond in 2014, the City launched an aggressive capital improvements program and has been a leader in active road construction projects in Oakland County over the past two years. Most projects include water main replacement as part of the City’s ongoing efforts to reduce water loss and advance its continuing capital improvement initiatives.

Wade Trim provided design and construction inspection for road and water main replacement through a neighborhood in the south-central part of the City. The $5.19 million project consists of 17,578 linear feet of water main replacement using open cut construction, and more than three miles of paving, which includes asphalt replacement and, in certain areas, new curb installation. Divided into two construction phases, the project met substantial completion in June 2017. It is expected to be fully complete in September 2017.

The Western Westmoreland Municipal Authority (WWMA) is constructing major sewer system improvements to eliminate wastewater discharges into the Brush Creek during wet weather events, as per a Consent Order and Agreement (COA) with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. To support implementation of the COA improvements project, Wade Trim developed a permanent flow monitoring program for the interceptor system and provided hydraulic model development, model calibration, alternative development, cost estimates and alternative evaluation. The preferred alternative advanced through design and permitting includes replacement of 7 miles of interceptor and construction of a 7-MG equalization basin near the Brush Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). A 45-MGD influent pump station is also required to pump wet weather flow into the equalization basin due to the local topography and geology.

The interceptor will be upsized from 8- to 33-inch-diameter to 12- to 48-inch-diameter pipe. Constructability was a major concern as the existing interceptor runs along Brush Creek and Bushy Run with major sections either in the toe of the stream bank or in the stream itself. The design also accommodates three miles of asbestos cement pipe (ACP); a parallel system will be used so that the existing ACP interceptor can be removed from service and left in place. The equalization basin is an above ground wire- and strand-wound, circular, prestressed concrete tank located on a hill adjacent to the WWTP. In addition, WWTP upgrades will be made to improve hydraulic performance and operations.

Due to the size and complexity of the project, construction is phased over four years. The equalization basin, pump station and WWTP improvements are currently under way with interceptor construction scheduled to begin this fall. The entire COA improvements project is required to be complete by May 2020.