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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.

Committed to optimizing its wastewater treatment capabilities, the City of Jackson, MI, added a new, circular primary clarifier to its wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) and is preparing to upgrade its disinfection system. Designed to treat a maximum flow of 18.8 million gallons per day (MGD), the WWTP includes two existing rectangular primary clarifiers dating to 1933 and 1959 and one circular primary clarifier from 1977. The new clarifier was designed to improve the WWTP’s reliability, efficiency and maintenance flexibility by allowing existing primary tanks 1-6 to be removed from service while still meeting 10 States Standards requirements.

Construction of the new clarifier required excavation 25 feet below grade into bedrock, below the water surface elevation of the nearby Grand River. Careful consideration was required during the structural design phase to address potential uplift due to high groundwater. Soil borings and exploratory excavation were available to bidders so existing conditions were clear. Determining the clarifier’s weir elevations was also a key design consideration to enable splitting the flow evenly between the new and existing circular tanks and to enhance operations. Wade Trim provided field survey, civil/site layout, process and structural design, permitting and cost estimate preparation, and bid and construction phase services for the new clarifier project.

Wade Trim has begun design of the WWTP’s upgrade to UV disinfection technology to eliminate the use of chemicals, benefitting staff safety and the environment. After evaluating potential UV systems and apparatus, Wade Trim recommended housing the UV process in an existing chlorine tank to avoid construction of new underground structures. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is being used to recommend modifications to the existing structure to accommodate narrow vertical spacing and challenging hydraulics requirements. Only three of the WWTP’s five chlorine contact channels are typically used, leaving two channels available to site the UV system with minimal impact on existing operations during construction. The UV disinfection upgrade is anticipated to be complete in 2018.

Advanced facilities planning optimized $2.1 billion worth of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s combined sewer overflow (CSO) control projects, which are required to capture and treat 98% of combined sewage flows in the Cleveland area and reduce CSOs to Lake Erie by 90%, compared to baseline levels, by 2035. Wade Trim led a team of consultants in advancing planning concepts for 5 deep storage tunnel systems and collection system improvements in 3 sewer districts to a 20% preliminary design level. This improved approach to streamline CSO program implementation reduced costs by approximately $350 million, or 16%, as well as potential risks and neighborhood disruption. The project was honored by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Ohio with a 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award.

The rock and soft ground tunnels span 19 miles to control CSOs for 81 square miles of heavily urbanized combined sewer service area. The scope and cost of proposed facilities were reduced by optimizing use of the existing interceptor system; adjusting routing to minimize disruption; minimizing construction of deep open-cut infrastructure; confirming project interrelationships, basis of designs, schedules, and costs; and identifying real estate required for critical structures. Modifications were supported by extensive sewer system flow modeling. Seven collection system models were updated and converted to InfoWorks ICM and 3D water quality, Computational Fluid Dynamics, and hydraulic transients surge modeling were performed.

The CSO Advanced Facilities Plan has set the stage for cost-effective program delivery by helping to avoid technical conflicts, schedule delays, cost increases and unacceptable risks when design and construction services are procured for proposed projects. With one of the nation’s highest levels of CSO control, NEORSD’s CSO program will help protect Lake Erie as a key freshwater resource. Projected savings are being used to help member communities implement sanitary sewer improvements that will also improve regional water quality and public health by controlling sanitary sewer overflows and basement flooding.

Jeffrey Lowe, PE, joined our Water Resources Group as a Senior Professional who specializes in wastewater treatment and pipeline design using trenchless technologies. Drawing on 30 years of experience in Florida and the Southeastern US, he strengthens our technical bench and will lead efforts to expand our water resources work throughout Florida. Jeff also brings expertise in water, wastewater, reclaimed water, line work, and stormwater conveyance, as well as multiple design delivery methods.

Jeff’s previous experience includes program management and engineering design for Pinellas County’s landmark South County improvements program to become a premier provider of reclaimed water. In addition, he served as a Technical Advisor for the award-winning Water-Hub at Emory University in Atlanta and as the Trenchless Technical Advisor for the Siesta Key to Casey Key emergency repair water main project. He also provided technical leadership and management for the City of Tampa’s Alline Avenue Area Drainage Improvements project.

Active in the Florida Water Environment Association, Jeff has served as the organization’s co-founder, chair of the Wastewater Process Committee, and a member of the Air Pollution Committee. He acted as a judge for Engineering News-Record’s Southeast Project of the Year program and is a member of the American Water Works Association, Florida Engineering Society, and the North American Society for Trenchless Technology. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of South Florida.

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.

Our address and phone number are:
1410 Broadway, Suite 304
New York, NY 10018

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.