Bay Area Treatment Plant Earns National Engineering Honor
The plant’s innovative technology supplies higher quality drinking water
Stantec, of Rocklin, Calif., has earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 48th annual Engineering Excellence Awards for the Tesla Water Treatment Facility in Tracy, Calif.
More than 2.5 million residents of the Bay Area now have some of the best drinking water in California thanks to this new treatment plant, which uses advanced ultra-violet disinfection technology to meet increasingly stringent federal quality standards. Producing 315 million gpd, the plant is among the largest of its type in the U.S., and the largest in the state.
Despite its high-tech attributes, the campus-style facility is also a model of sustainability. An innovative power design reduces annual energy costs by $500,000, while an on-site solar array saves on electricity. The low-maintenance plant is also designed to meet strict seismic criteria, assuring its continued reliability in the event of an earthquake.
The project is among 143 engineering projects throughout the nation and the world recognized by ACEC as preeminent engineering achievements for 2013. Judging for the Engineering Excellence Awards—known as the “Academy Awards of the engineering industry”—took place in February, conducted by a panel of more than 25 engineers, architects, government officials, media members and academics. Criteria for the awards include uniqueness and originality, technical innovation, social and economic value, complexity and success in meeting goals.
Final top winners, including 16 Honor Awards, eight Grand Awards and the prestigious “Grand Conceptor Award” for the year’s most outstanding overall engineering achievement, will be announced at the Engineering Excellence Awards Gala, a black-tie event to be held Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at The Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C.