Posts filed under: Stormwater

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.

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.

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 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.

John Arvai, PE, joined our Water Resources Group as a Senior Project Manager in Detroit, MI, where he will provide construction and project management services for water and wastewater projects. He brings 20 years of experience working for general contractors as a Project Manager and Estimator for facility improvement projects valued up to $30 million involving civil, architectural, mechanical and process-related construction. His clients have included the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, Great Lakes Water Authority, Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner, and various municipalities.

John’s experience includes project bid development and construction project management controls ranging from pre-construction services to project closeout as well as claims resolution. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science degree in Construction Management from Eastern Michigan University.

Wade Trim has opened an office in New York City where we bring our extensive combined sewer overflow (CSO) management experience in addressing wet weather overflows common in older, urban areas primarily in the Midwest and Northeast regions of the US. Working with a team serving the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP), we are providing technical input during the conceptual and final design phases of the Gowanus Canal CSO storage facilities project in Brooklyn, NY. We look forward to assisting NYCDEP with implementing their CSO program and in other improvements to their water and wastewater systems.

Bob DeLorenzo, PE, will lead our New York City office as a new Project Manager in our Water Resources Group. He has honed his project management, wastewater treatment and conveyance and stormwater management skills throughout his 37-year career of consulting in the New York City area. Bob has worked extensively with the NYCDEP on projects to improve water quality through CSO control and floatables removal, CSO sediment removal, and collection system and wastewater treatment plant improvements.

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Oskar Nordstrom, PE, has joined our Construction Group as a Project Manager specializing in design and construction of large water and wastewater infrastructure projects. Working out of our Detroit and Taylor, MI, offices, he will support projects for the Great Lakes Water Authority and Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. Oskar’s 12 years of experience includes combined sewer overflow (CSO) control facilities, sanitary sewer separation and replacement, and a public-private sewer rehabilitation program. He spent the past six years as a Construction Manager working on implementation of the City of Toledo’s Long Term CSO Control Plan. As part of the program management team, he oversaw delivery of completed project design bid packages and construction phase implementation of projects.

Oskar holds an MS in Construction Management from Eastern Michigan University and a BSE in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Mark Coleman, PE, has been elected by the Michigan Section of the American Water Works Association (MI-AWWA) to serve as its Director on the AWWA Board of Directors, where he will lead the section’s involvement with association initiatives over the next three years. Key focus areas include uniting AWWA and its sections around business processes and a common strategic plan to collaborate on membership, education, finance, branding, and communication. He will also continue advancing AWWA’s Total Water Solution efforts to protect source water by addressing wastewater collection and treatment and stormwater management issues.

Mark has been actively involved in MI-AWWA for more than 30 years serving in leadership roles including Chair and Trustee and as a member of various committees. He helped guide the section’s leadership and organizational structure transition and strategic planning efforts to enhance member benefits. On the international level, he is Co-chair of the Management and Leadership Division and acts as its liaison to the Standards Council.

A Project Director in our Detroit, MI, office, Mark has spent more than 40 years in the water industry, helping communities plan, design and construct new water-related infrastructure and rehabilitate existing assets to deliver safe drinking water to consumers.

Kevin Vander Tuig, PE, a Senior Project Manager in our Water Resources Group in Cleveland, was appointed to the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Collection Systems Committee. The Committee serves as a resource on collection system design, management, operation and maintenance and strives to enhance the quality of human life through environmental stewardship.

Kevin’s 28-year career has been built around planning and designing collection system improvements to address combined sewer overflow (CSO) and sanitary sewer overflow problems throughout the Midwest. For the past three years, he has assisted the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) with their CSO Advanced Facilities Plan and Program Support Services project. He is currently managing NEORSD’s Heights-Hilltop Interceptor Local Sewer System Study to identify and prioritize local collection system improvements that can positively impact regional water quality and public health. A prioritized Capital Improvement Plan is being developed for local communities to implement improvements with District assistance.

Alan Stadler, PhD, PE, joined our Water Resources Group in Cleveland, OH, as a Senior Project Manager. He brings 30 years of experience working on heavy civil engineering projects with a focus in water/wastewater, multi-disciplinary program management, and geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering. Specializing in complex near surface and deep structures for conveyance and storage, Alan has provided project and program management for large utility improvements for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and Cleveland Division of Water. He also brings experience with sustainable projects including green infrastructure, wind farm planning and design, and high-performance building design.

Alan holds a PhD from the University of Colorado and Master and Bachelor Degrees in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University. He is involved in the American Society of Civil Engineers, Water Environment Federation, ASCE Geo-Institute and the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering.