Whalen New MACTEC Office Manager

Richard P. Whalen, P.E., has been named Orlando office manager at MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc. (MEC), according to an Aug. 29 press release.

Whalen has more than 25 years experience in water, wastewater, reclaimed water, and utilities engineering, including business development, master planning, permitting, project management, budgeting, and strategic planning.

"[Whalen] has a proven track record of managing large capital projects for engineering consulting firms, water utilities, municipalities, and governmental utility authorities," said. J. Allen Kibler, Jr., company president. "He'll play a pivotal role as we continue to expand the scope and breadth of our services to public and private sector clients in central Florida."

Key Florida projects he supervised include:

• Hillsborough County fire flow deficiency program – encompassed 500+ new fire hydrants and water line extensions;

• Pinellas County reclaimed water system – over 44,000 linear feet residential reclaimed water distribution mains;

• Lee County stormwater master plan;

• Orange County Utilities -- $50 million wastewater infiltration/inflow study and corrective action program; and

• Orange County Eastern Service Area Wetlands Experimental Water Reclamation Project.

Whalen was also selected as a project manager for the New Orleans-Baton Rouge Wastewater Authority's $100-million sewer system evaluation survey and corrective action program.

In the public sector, Whalen spent four years as water engineering manager for Lakeland Electric & Water Utilities, which serves more than 200,000 customers. He supervised the Water Engineering Division and was responsible for preparing and administering a $21 million budget and $30 million capital improvement plan. During his tenure, the division completed more than 70 Florida Department of Transportation and Polk County utility relocation projects and coordinated 25 different computer hydraulic modeling software packages to help with water master plan updates.

Whalen received a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from the University of Florida. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Florida and a Florida Class C Certified Drinking Water Plant and Wastewater Plant Operator. Whalen is a member of the American Water Works Association and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

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