DBIA Presents Excellence Award to CH2M Hill

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) has given the 2008 National Design-Build Excellence Award to CH2M Hill for the Bonita Springs East Water Reclamation Facility in Florida. It was granted in the water/wastewater category, according to a Nov. 26 press release.

Bob Bailey, president of the Water Business Group President, said, "We are honored on behalf of our firm and Bonita Spring Utilities to have DBIA bestow this award upon us and recognize CH2M Hill's advanced and innovative application of total integrated project delivery and ability to find unique solutions for project challenges."

The Bonita Springs East Water Reclamation Facility demonstrates the efficiency and effectiveness of the design/build approach. Its state-of-the-art advanced technologies include membrane bioreactors, a centralized sludge drying system, and automation to facilitate community growth, promote potable water savings with high-quality reclaimed water for irrigation, and provide a high-quality Class AA dried solids for fertilizer. In addition, Bonita Springs Utilities is now better positioned to meet more stringent regulatory requirements in the future. When the plant was substantially completed in December 2006, it was the largest membrane bioreactor plant commissioned in Florida to date.

DBIA is an association of leaders in the design and construction industry using design-build and integrated project delivery methods to achieve high-performance projects. Each year project submissions from around the country are judged by a jury of industry experts, including DBIA members, owners, and design-builders.