Mead & Hunt Wins ACEC Honor Award for Wastewater Treatment Facility Expansion!

December 12, 2019

water treatment tankEach year, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida’s (ACEC-FL) Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) honors engineering firms for ground-breaking, innovative and complex projects that serve to better the State. This year, Mead & Hunt won an Honor award from ACEC-FL for the Brevard County South Central Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) Expansion project.

The project comprised expanding the existing 6 million-gallon-per-day (MGD) treatment facility to a total capacity of 12 MGD. In addition to capacity expansion, the project included numerous upgrades to the existing plant, a new laboratory and a 12,000-square-foot maintenance and administration building. The new, state-of-the-art facility now provides pretreatment, advanced nutrient removal, reclaimed water distribution upgrades, and effluent discharge to a treatment wetland and bird sanctuary.

The upgrades and expansion were necessary due to the high rate of population growth in the service area. Integrated Fixed Film Activated Sludge (IFAS) process was used to reduce energy use while still meeting Advanced Wastewater Treatment (AWT) standards. In addition, the project supports continued development of the region as it is expected to generate significant increases for demand of wastewater treatment capacity. The reclaimed water upgrades serve to reduce freshwater demand for non-potable use, further reducing our ecological footprint.

According to project manager Kevin Lee, “The project team was able to go above client expectations to provide a highly efficient WWTF with lower capital and operating costs, providing ease of operation and maintenance for the lifespan of the facility. This allows the county to provide quality service to a rapidly growing population, all while meeting AWT standards and staying under budget.”

Ultimately, the team worked to overcome several design challenges to provide Brevard County Utility Services with a WWTF that not only accounts for current growth but will also serve their needs for years to come.