Mattabassett Big Winner with ACEC

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Mattabassett Project Wins
ACEC State and National Recognition

Water Pollution Control Facility Recognized for Cleaning Up Long Island Sound and Supporting Economic Development

The Mattabassett Water Pollution Control Facility upgrade project in Cromwell, CT recently won the American Council of Engineering Companies of Connecticut (ACEC/CT) Grand Award – the Chapter’s highest award. As an ACEC/CT Grand Award winner, the Mattabassett project earned the status to compete at the national ACEC level at which it earned a National Recognition Award in the ACEC 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition — the "Academy Awards of the engineering industry."

Wright-Pierce, a water, wastewater and civil infrastructure engineering firm serving public and private clients, provided the design and construction administration engineering for the $100 million dollar project.

The ACEC award-winning projects were judged on criteria that included how well the project outcome met or exceeded the client’s needs; the social, economic and sustainable design considerations; originality in finding project solutions; and the complexity of the overall project.

The Mattabassett project was recognized for contributing to the clean-up of Long Island Sound by reducing the facility’s nitrogen levels to below state and federal compliance mandates, while increasing treatment capacity with energy efficient design components that qualified for more than $1 million in incentive rebates from Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P), now Eversource. In addition to the environmental benefits, the upgrade to the facility also supports ongoing regional and state-wide economic development which earned the project a 23.3% grant and 2% interest loan from the State of Connecticut.

At the June 18th ribbon cutting ceremony Connecticut State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Rob Klee remarked, "Today you're putting online an expanded new treatment plant that will handle more water and clean it to higher standards, and hold down costs for our communities and ratepayers."

Wright-Pierce CEO and President, John W. Braccio, (left) served as Principal-in- Charge of the Mattabassett project. Mr. Braccio and Therlin Montgomery, Project Engineer, received the 2016 Grand Award at the annual ACEC/CT Awards reception held January 25.

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Aerial of Mattabassett District Water Pollution Control Facility showing restricted site. The $100 million upgrade project earned both state and national awards from American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

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Photo credit: Aerial Photography by Don Couture, 800.317.8207