Baxter & Woodman Project Wins Prestigious National Award

Baxter & Woodman, Inc.
Crystal Lake, IL, (April 27, 2015)

ACEC 2015 Spring Conference

Project Manager Harry Harman and Village of Gilberts Utilities Superintendent Jon Castillo accept the ACEC Engineering Excellence Grand Award.

Baxter & Woodman’s Barium/Radium Removal Pretreatment System Project earned the prestigious Grand Award at the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2015 National Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition in Washington D.C. on April 21, 2015. As one of only eight Grand Award winners, the Baxter & Woodman project was also a finalist for the 2015 Grand Conceptor Award – signifying the year’s best overall engineering achievement.

ACEC’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards program honors the year’s most innovative and outstanding engineering accomplishments. Projects throughout the world were evaluated by a distinguished panel of 25-30 judges based upon their uniqueness and innovative applications; future value to the engineering profession; perception by the public; social, economic, and sustainable development considerations; complexity; and successful fulfillment of client/owner’s needs, including schedule and budget.

The award winning patent-pending Barium/Radium Removal Pretreatment System installed at the Village of Gilberts water treatment plant.

The award winning project is a patent-pending Barium/Radium Removal Pretreatment System that was added to the Village of Gilberts, IL existing municipal ion exchange softener regeneration system. The Pretreatment System incorporates technologies not previously utilized at municipal water treatment plants, and complies with new Illinois Environmental Protection Agency National Pollution Discharge Elimination System barium limits and Illinois Emergency Management Agency radium residual disposal regulations in a cost-effective manner.

With the success in pioneering this new process, Baxter & Woodman and the Village have paved the way for other municipalities to consider this process as a viable cost-effective alternative to their traditional treatment methods.