BenchMark, 2011 No. 2
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BenchMark, 2011 No. 2
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A new approach to providing water is essential for the future. Water utilities are having to overcome some serious challenges to provide clean water. This issue covers design solutions to preserve our water supplies.

BenchMark 2011 No. 2: News in Brief

Projects earn LEED certification; Groundbreaking marks beginning of Kansas City's first landfill gas facility; Work continues on Kansas City Overflow Control Program; KDOT pavement management study begins.

Changing the Cycle of Water

Clean water is arguably the most important resource we have. Utilities are struggling with aging infrastructure and increasingly stringent regulations, requiring that new systems and plants are developed to create a new approach to water treatment.

Ensuring Water for the Future

Water is the most important component of our daily lives and our communities. Securing the safety and availability of our water supply for the future is paramount to continuing to prosper. Innovative approaches to cost-effective solutions are the next thing, and our firm is focused on mastering these tools.

Harmony on the Road

Cars and bicycles have long had a strained relationship, but new design solutions are making it easier to share the road. Bike-friendly roads and trails allow for bicycles to become a viable form of transportation.

Home Again

He's traveled the world and returned to his roots in Minnesota. The rapid growth and success of the Burns & McDonnell Minneapolis-St. Paul office sits comfortably on Gene Sieve's shoulders.

How It Works: Process Hazard Analysis

Required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a process hazard analysis is a systematic, detailed study designed to identify potential hazardous scenarios within a specific process.

How Low Can It Go?

Northwest Arkansas is growing fast, requiring new focus on pollutants that affect wastewater treatment plants. Increased loads on treatment plants and changing regulations challenge the municipal wastewater plant's initial design, but technology additions lead to success.

Safety Corner: Task Safety Observation Program Measures Performance

To proactively correct issues before they become incidents, Burns & McDonnell Safety & Health will implement a new Task Safety Observation Program that require regular field work to identify any deficiencies that might create an unsafe condition.

Sustainable Expansion to an Active Airfield

The rapid growth of the Marshall Army Airfield campus at Fort Riley, near Junction City, Kansas, presented an opportunity to outfit the installation with environmentally sound development strategies focusing on energy, water and resource conservation.

Technical Q&A: Planning Solar Generation

Utilities can evaluate opportunities for solar-powered electrical generation by examining the region to estimate the total megawatt hours an installation would generate in the course of its life. This data informs other steps for cost-of-energy analyses.

What Will It Mean?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is issuing stricter emissions requirements for the power houses operated by universities, hospitals and industrial facilities. This new Boiler MACT Rule will affect thousands of industrial and institutional boilers found to be a source of hazardous air pollutants.

Wildlife Hazard Assessments

Part 139 Certification requires that airports mitigate for the possibility of bird strikes. Biologists work closely with airports to improve safety and meet these standards by observing wildlife movement and making recommendations to airport projects.