Atkins’ design for City of Del Mar 21st Street Pump Station project continues to win awards; garners “Award of Excellence” from ASCE San Diego - June 8, 2012
San Diego, CA — Atkins, the industry-leading engineering and design firm, is pleased to note that the Atkins-designed City of Del Mar 21st Street Pump Station continues to win industry awards: On May 19, the project received the 2012 Award of Excellence in Wastewater Collection and Treatment from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) San Diego Section. At ASCE San Diego’s 23rd Annual Awards Dinner in San Diego, California, Atkins’ Carmen Kasner, PE, was recognized during the awards ceremony. As the project manager and former city engineer, Kasner was responsible for evaluating all of the major pump station system components and providing overall project management.
As a key component of the City of Del Mar’s wastewater system, the 21st Street Pump Station prevents sewage from spilling onto Pacific Ocean beaches and into the San Dieguito Lagoon. The new station replaces its 30-year-old predecessor and provides reliable operation for the variable wastewater flows that come from the nearby Del Mar Fairgrounds, which hosts 350 events annually. The Pump Station also features a public restroom and even a basketball court.
After carefully evaluating the major components of the pump station system, Atkins recommended cost-effective repairs and upgrades to maintain reliability. Atkins also managed the construction effort, which called for careful monitoring due to the risk of spills and the nearness of the site to area facilities and landmarks. Construction involved excavating 30 feet below ground and less than 75 feet from rail tracks that carry thousands of passengers and a large amount of freight every day.
“The City has a small public works staff and needed a system that is reliable, is easy to maintain, and can stay operable in all situations. In response, we designed a user-friendly piping and building layout that enables operability with minimal staff,” says Kasner.
The building has an aesthetically pleasing design that resembles a residential house surrounded by native vegetation. Architectural enhancements include stone veneers, a stucco finish over the exterior concrete masonry unit walls, and a roof of concrete tiles.
The $5 million pump station became fully operational on November 1, 2011. “This multiple-award-winning project helps keep the beaches clean and safe for a community that is heavily dependent tourism and surfing. It’s great to be a part of protecting valuable natural resources for the residents of Del Mar,” says Kasner.
On May 10, the 21st Street Pump Station was also recognized as the 2012 Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association San Diego/Imperial Chapter.
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- Critical program management of storm protection works in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Southern Louisiana, providing expertise in coastal restoration, engineering, environmental and GIS support to rebuild defenses and protect habitats.
- Architectural and construction phase services for the new Tyndall Air Force Base Fitness Center, meeting LEED Platinum standards without impact to project cost.
- Equal partner in a joint venture that is providing full-service program/project management support for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, a $7.8-billion project encompassing ecological restoration, water storage, flood control, and recreation.
- Key transit projects – member of joint venture providing general engineering consultant team for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority and project management oversight contractor for the Federal Transit Administration for major transit projects throughout the US.
- Lead firm on the Ascend, Joint Venture, LLC team, which is designing the $1.2-billion Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jr. International Terminal roadway system at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
- Meeting stringent nutrient removal requirements for wastewater treatment plants in the Chesapeake Bay area through design of upgrades to Howard County, Maryland’s Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s Seneca Wastewater Treatment Plant, and design and construction of enhanced nutrient removal facilities at Anne Arundel County’s Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant.
- Multi-year architecture-engineering construction management services for the National Park Service in the USA, including projects such as rehabilitation of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center and Administrative Complex at California’s Death Valley to meet the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification standards.
Accepting the ASCE San Diego Award of Excellence in Wastewater Collection and Treatment on May 19 (L-R): Atkins associates Kirt Bjoin, Gail Masutani, Joe Bride, Eric Minicilli, Carmen Kasner, and Todd Engstrand.
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