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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.

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.

Dan Brooks, a Professional Engineer, and John Danic, a Mechanical and Electrical Inspector, have been actively involved in the Engineering Society of Detroit’s (ESD) Michigan Regional Future City Competition for more than two decades as mentors for students at Redford Township’s St. Valentine Catholic School. They enjoy educating young people and raising interest about the engineering profession which has led the way for some students to pursue engineering studies. For their many years of community outreach, Dan and John have been honored with the ESD’s 2017 Distinguished Service Award.

The Future City Competition calls for sixth, seventh and eighth grade student teams, assisted by a teacher and a volunteer engineer, to design a virtual city of the future using SimCity software. Teams are required to write an abstract and essay describing their city, and build a scale model of a section of their city using recycled materials. St. Valentine Catholic School’s eighth grade teams won the Regional Competition and competed in the National Finals in 2003, 2004 and 2017.

Dan is a valuable resource for professional associations, drawing on 39 years of experience working with Downriver communities. He has provided day-to-day engineering services and design engineering support for the Charter Township of Redford and the City of Dearborn Heights for the past 32 years. John has been a licensed Electrical/Mechanical Contractor for 45 years, and a State-registered Code Authority/Inspector for 22 years. He is also a State-registered Code and Electrical Apprentice Instructor. John provides building inspection services for the City of Pontiac as part of Wade Trim’s Building and Safety Engineering Division Services contract.

Jeremy Schrot, PE, joined our Municipal Services Group in Flint, MI, as a Project Manager where he works with municipal and private clients and supports business development efforts. He has more than 10 years of experience in local community and transportation infrastructure projects with varied scopes and funding sources.

Currently, Jeremy is managing a Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) pathway project, a dam removal project, and a grit chamber rehabilitation project. He brings previous experience working on MDOT roadway reconstruction and rehabilitation projects, an EPA Superfund water transmission main, and infrastructure improvements for the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University.

Jeremy is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and its Michigan society, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University.

Redford Township’s St. Valentine Catholic School students placed first out of 32 schools in the 2017 Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) Michigan Regional Future City Competition. The competition calls for sixth, seventh and eighth grade student teams, assisted by a teacher and a volunteer engineer, to design and build a virtual city of the future using SimCity software. This year’s Power of Public Spaces theme challenged teams to design a network of innovative, multi-use public spaces throughout their city that serves a diverse population. The St. Valentine team also garnered four sponsored special awards including the Quality Improvement Award (American Society for Quality, Greater Detroit Section 1000), Best City Award (Crain’s Detroit Business), Best Design, Engineering and Construction Award (Walbridge), and the People’s Choice Award (Ford Motor Company Fund).

Wade Trim professional engineer, Dan Brooks, and mechanical and electrical inspector, John Danic, have mentored the St. Valentine students in the competition for the past 21 years. The students will travel to Washington, DC, where they will compete in the national Future City Competition on February 18-21, 2017.

The St. Valentine team built a scale model section of their City, Briviba, using recycled materials. Established in 2168, Briviba is a thriving metropolis located along the Gulf of Riga in Latvia. Community features include the world’s first large-scale underwater public space, solar energy apartments and an electromagnetic transit system.

Over 2 miles of concrete street improvements were completed in downtown Roanoke, TX, in support of the City’s ongoing efforts to improve streets, traffic and drainage. Wade Trim provided design and construction administration services for the reconstruction of Oak, Pine and Main Streets in the historic area of this City appointed as the Unique Dining Capital of Texas.

Oak Street was extended by 3,960 feet to service a 23-acre tract that will include the future Roanoke City Hall, as well as commercial, retail and mixed-used development. The 2-lane concrete roadway matches the existing Oak Street corridor’s design standards and includes sidewalk, curb, gutter, parallel street parking, fire hydrants, and a storm drain system. The area was further enhanced with landscaping and irrigation as well as fiber optics and electrical service. Multiple water services, sewer services, fire suppression lines and storm sewer stub outs were installed throughout to allow for future development.

Pine and Main Streets connect the community’s downtown business and residential districts. These 2-lane asphalt roadways with open ditches were reconstructed and widened as 2-lane concrete roadways with sidewalks to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment. The reconstruction also included curb, gutter and upgraded storm drain systems.

New or replacement utilities were installed for all three projects totaling 1 mile of storm sewer, 1.5 miles of water main and 1 mile of sanitary sewer and force main. The improvements were coordinated with franchise utilities to minimize any potential conflicts. In addition, stamped concrete crosswalks that resemble brick, and decorative streetlights were used on all the streets to maintain a cohesive look throughout the City.


Stamped concrete and decorative lighting enhance the Oak Street corridor’s aesthetics for future civic and mixed-use development.


One block east and parallel to Oak Street, Pine Street’s design carries the same concrete and lighting elements through residential areas and encourages pedestrian use with new sidewalks.


Main Street’s reconstruction strengthens the City’s connection between business and residential districts as well as state highway.

The Public Lighting Authority (PLA) is leading a three-year program to rebuild the City of Detroit’s streetlighting infrastructure. The program is on track to restore 65,000 streetlights with new, energy-efficient LED lights by the end of 2016. Restoration efforts in Indian Village, one of the City’s oldest historic neighborhoods, have been honored by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority with a Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation. Undertaken as a collaboration between the PLA and the Indian Village Historical Collection, the project involved disassembling and restoring 57 early 20th century streetlights, and reinstalling them on updated underground infrastructure.

Wade Trim is providing engineering design services for the overall streetlighting rehabilitation program as part of a Joint Venture with Consulting Engineering Associates. Our primary responsibilities have included pole inspections, traffic engineering, project scheduling and Geographic Information System development. Improvements have been designed for more than 3,000 light poles in downtown Detroit, the Woodward Avenue corridor, and the Boston Edison and Indian Village neighborhoods.

Several residential roads were reconstructed in Van Buren Township, MI, as part of Wayne County’s Local Roads Initiative Program that was established as a matching program for Township road repair, resurfacing or reconstruction projects. Originally constructed in the 1950s, Venetian Avenue, Dewitt Road and Jeanette Avenue had severely deteriorated with potholes and alligator cracking, both indicative of structural failure. With support from the Township’s Board of Trustees and residents who rallied to obtain the necessary signatures, a Special Assessment District (SAD) was formed to move engineering for the project forward.

The Wayne County Department of Public Services will reimburse 80% of the construction costs and the Township’s SAD will provide the other 20% through annual collections over the five-year life of the district. The project was a great candidate for the County’s program because the Township had already completed ditch and driveway culvert improvements along the roads.

Wade Trim provided design and construction administration, and assisted the Township with the SAD and bidding processes. In addition, Wade Trim helped the Township secure a Hazard Mitigation Grant that funded the ditch improvements.

Water service for Canton Township, MI, residents along Fair Oak Drive and Suffolk Court has been improved with a water main replacement project that addresses frequent breaks experienced over the last few years. Located in the northern part of the Township’s 430-mile-long water distribution system, the ductile iron water main was originally constructed in the 1980s. The replacement project included 3,200 feet of 8-inch PVC pipe installed through pipe bursting to limit disruption to residents and property restoration needs. The water main on Suffolk Court was upsized from 6-inch to 8-inch pipe to improve water pressure and flow in the area. Wade Trim provided design and construction administration services for the project.

With 32 years of service under its belt, East China’s Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) was ready to begin a revitalization process. Wade Trim performed a complete evaluation of the plant to identify components and processes that needed attention. Improvements were prioritized as high, medium and low. High priority needs included rehabilitation of the primary digester heating system, waste gas burner, and primary and secondary clarifiers. Wade Trim worked with the Township to design the high priority improvements necessary for the 3.35-MGD WWTP to provide trouble-free service, incorporating newer technology with reduced maintenance requirements and lower energy costs.

The primary digester heating system was replaced with a new, dual-fuel hot water boiler and spiral heat exchanger. The existing sludge tube boiler/heat exchanger had reached the end of its useful life and was losing efficiency and requiring more maintenance. The dual-fuel feature enables the facility to utilize digester gas for process needs. A state-of-the-art waste gas burner was added to replace an obsolete device. New mechanisms in the settling tanks include chain and flight and cross collectors in the primary tanks, and galvanized steel circular sludge removal machines in the secondary tanks.

Construction is wrapping up this fall and startup has progressed smoothly. The next phase will focus on medium priority improvements that will replace all five rotating biological contactor (RBC) machines due to their age and anticipated deterioration of plastic media. These air-driven machines will be updated with the newest generation of electric-motor driven RBCs resulting in lower energy use.

Wade Trim has served as the Charter Township of East China’s Consultant of Record since 1956 and designed the original WWTP. This Michigan community is located along the St. Clair River and jointly provides wastewater and water services with nearby China Township.


New sludge collector equipment in the primary tanks will extend the useful life of the structures for another 30 years.


Use of galvanized steel for mechanisms in the secondary settling tanks will avoid issues with field coating during inclement weather and minimize downtime when major processes are out of service.


Digester gas produced during the treatment process was harnessed to heat sludge as a lower cost energy source than natural gas. The waste gas flare shown burns off any excess gas from the process.