BenchMark, 2009 No. 4
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BenchMark, 2009 No. 4
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The national discussion regarding the environment has centered on decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, but a more imminent challenge is how to protect and conserve our increasingly scarce water resources. This issue focuses on how new projects and technologies are working to preserve this precious resource.

Algae, Biofuel and CO2 Capture

Algae is proving to be useful as a potential fuel source in a world where fossil fuels are on the way out. By converting algae to a biofuel, greenhouse gas regulations could be met by many organizations.

BenchMark 2009 No. 4: Feature Projects

Solar Technology Acceleration Center in Aurora, Colorado, will support equipment testing; Charlotte Amalie Streetscape Design in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, will bring aesthetic solutions, wider pedestrian walkways and pavers, and sustainable features.

BenchMark 2009 No. 4: News in Brief

Our firm is expanding its regional offices in Texas and New England; Puget Sound Energy awards our firm a 1,432 megawatt wind development project; Gillette, Wyoming, Regional Water Supply Project offers 14,000 gallons-per-minute, making it the top project in the state.

How It Works: Large-Scale Atrazine Removal

Few techniques exist to remove atrazine effectively on a large scale, but Burns & McDonnell is using a proprietary advanced oxidation process to remove the pesticide from up to 30 million gallons of water a day.

Major League Communications

Behind the scenes efforts for renovations, supported by continuous communications between teams, will keep sports fans enjoy the games at Kaufmann and Arrowhead Stadiums both during and after sports complex renovations.

Out with the New, In with the Old

While the idea of history repeating itself tends to have a negative connotation, that's not the case for Sunoco's newest hydrotreater. Although it uses older technology, upgrades to cost-effectiveness and energy savings are still viable.

Protecting Our Water Supplies

The national discussion regarding the environment has centered on decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, but a more imminent challenge is how to protect and conserve our increasingly scarce water resources.

Safety Corner: Sustainability and Indoor Air Quality

Indoor pollutants can be two to five times as high as outdoor levels, according the EPA. With most Americans spending 90 percent of their time indoors, this creates a level of occupational hazard that requires green building philosophy to solve.

Smoothing Troubled Waters

Tougher regulations are driving water projects to protect the environment and improve the quality of our nation's water supply. But many municipalities are seeking more sustainable solutions to stay ahead of the curve.

Tech Q&A: Cleaner Coal

The benefits of carbon capture in integrated gasification combined cycle plants is more cost-effective than traditional coal-fired power plants and have successfully proven around the world.

The Leading Spark

Integrity, leadership and an unwavering work ethic catapulted engineer Scott Newland into the role of program manager for a $1.5 billion transmission reliability program.

The Matter of Things

Neutrinos, neutral subatomic particles, may be the key to unlocking the mysteries of our solar system. This is the work of Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, where our firm is designing and constructing part of new facilities needed for this sensitive work.