BenchMark, 2009 No. 1
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BenchMark, 2009 No. 1
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In the wake of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, our firm is determining our part to play in the building of new roads, transit, water, wastewater or energy infrastructure. This issue covers the trends in the market and how the industry is making moves to prepare for new infrastructure projects.

An Electric Revolution: Smart Grid

Smart grids employ a combination of program management, business analysis, distributed generation, equipment monitoring, data acquisition, telecommunications and other technologies that will bring the grid of 2009 into the future.

BenchMark 2009 No. 1: Feature Projects

A fast, reliable replacement boiler for Frontier Refining Inc. is delivered on budget; An AmerenUE manufactured gas plant site is remediated for volatile organic compound; The 24,000-square-foot Peace Vanguard Singapore hangar takes collaboration; A retrofit for MidAmerican Energy's Louisa Generating Station introduces draft fans, dry scrubber, filters and ash and lime handling systems.

BenchMark 2009 No. 1: News in Brief

Burns & McDonnell is awarded an International environmental leadership award; for our work on energy audits, project financing, design, construction management, commissioning, operations and maintenance, our firm achieves NAESCO accreditation; the Chicago Architecture Foundation honors the University of Chicago for our work on the south campus chiller plant.

Formula for the Future

Paul Fischer, new head of Burns & McDonnell's regional offices, has a plan for growth that puts clients first.

How It Works: Bioremediation of Chlorinated Solvents in Groundwater

Chlorinated solvents in groundwater can be treated with bioremediation techniques to clean chemicals left behind by manufacturing and dry cleaning facilities. Using food-grade vegetable oil products is proving to be an efficient and cost-effective method.

In-House News: New Year, New Board

The Burns & McDonnell board of directors welcomes new faces for a fresh start this year, with a new chairman and three new faces.

Jump-Starting the Future

The stimulus package offered by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will bring funding for highway construction and clean water, flood control and environmental restoration investments, allowing firms to scratch the surface of the infrastructure needs.

Middletown|Norwalk Bulk Transmission Project: The Complete Package

Transmission systems belonging to Northeast Utilities and Connecticut Light & Power were due for a major system upgrade. The 69 miles of new 345-kV lines included 45 overhead and 24 underground lines, improving system reliability in southwestern Connecticut.

Stimulus Funds Won't Avert Infrastructure Crisis

In the wake of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, our firm is determining our part to play in the building of new roads, transit, water, wastewater or energy infrastructure. The task is to identify opportunities to advance projects and execute them efficiently and rapidly, which will help avert an infrastructure crisis.

Technical Q&A: Show Me the Money

Uncertainty in financial markets creates challenges in obtaining project financing, but the right projects can get the money they need through applications for federal assistance and stimulus bills.

The Conundrum of Surplus Generation

Remote wind power generation creates challenges for the electrical transmission system. Developing a transmission system plan robust enough to accommodate the scattered locations of wind interconnections required new lines for power transfer.

The New Bat Cave

Street flooding from outdated stormwater systems meant new culverts and piping were needed in Pittsburg, Kansas. But it was soon discovered that the sewers were home to the endangered gray bat, requiring permitting and a new approach to completing the project.