Submitted by: Abshire PR
Local engineering and architectural firm, Hussey Gay Bell, was recently awarded a statewide American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia (ACEC Georgia) award in the “Waste and Storm Water” category for their design of the City of Richmond Hill’s new Sterling Creek Water Reclamation Facility project. Hussey Gay Bell leaders, along with representatives from Richmond Hill, accepted the award at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in front of more than 400 engineering, business and elected/appointed leaders.
“While this award was presented to Hussey Gay Bell, the City of Richmond Hill deserves a great deal of credit for being so forward-thinking about wastewater treatment needs and its direct ties to supporting the long-term growth of the City ,” said Hussey Gay Bell CEO, G. Holmes, Bell, IV, PE. “As the largest single expenditure in the City’s history, this project confronted highly complex challenges and embraced state-of-the-art technologies to provide the community with a renewable reuse of reclaimed water.”
The new plant is able to treat up to 3 million gallons per day – double its previous capacity of 1.5 million gallons per day and utilizes several steps in treating sewage, including biological treatment and solids separation via the membrane bioreactors. Treated effluent from the new facility will be pumped to the City’s current outfall location at Elbow Swamp, as well as reused to sustain the isolated constructed wetlands system. In addition, this facility produces the highest quality effluent for protection of the Ogeechee River Watershed, a critical natural resource for the community of Richmond Hill.
This project was designed, permitted and constructed in accordance with the schedule agreed upon and set forth in the City’s consent order with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
“Having a statewide organization recognize this project is third-party confirmation that Richmond Hill is on the right path,” said Mayor Harold Fowler. “This state-of-the-art system will not only meet today’s needs but all our needs in the near future — and ensure our natural resources are being conserved and protected.”
The City of Richmond Hill received $23.5 million in loans to build the state-mandated wastewater treatment facility from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA), which provides communities throughout Georgia with low-interest loans to fund wastewater infrastructure and water pollution-reduction projects. Constructed by Bainbridge, Georgia-based Bates Engineers/Contractors, Inc., the facility became fully operational by April 2016.
Photo caption: From left to right: Charles Ezelle, ACEC/Georgia Board of Directors Chair; G. Holmes Bell, IV, PE, CEO, Hussey Gay Bell; Jennifer Oetgen, PE, principal, Hussey Gay Bell; Mayor Harold Fowler, City of Richmond Hill; City Manager Chris Lovell, City of Richmond Hill.
ABOUT HUSSEY GAY BELL:
A consistently ranked ENR Top 500 Design Firm, Hussey Gay Bell is a full-service, multi-disciplinary family of five specialized engineering and architecture companies. The firm offers exceptional service and expertise in a comprehensive range of disciplines including civil, water/wastewater, transportation, environmental and structural. Hussey Gay Bell’s service offerings also include architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying/GIS and planning services in addition to program management and construction phase services. Major markets include commercial and residential, education, government, healthcare, industrial, transportation and water. The firm employs more than 110 professionals with offices in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia and Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina. To learn more about Hussey Gay Bell, please visit us at husseygaybell.com.