AlexRenew and CH2M’s Nitrogen Upgrade Program Wins Top Industry Design Award - Again

Press Release Date: 
March 23, 2016

The Project Was Recognized Nationally for Its Innovation, Commitment to Sustainability and Contribution to Improving Quality of Life

The American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES) awarded AlexRenew’s State-of-the-Art Nitrogen Upgrade Program (SANUP) a Grand Award for Design at its annual Excellence in Environmental Engineering & Science Awards. This is the second award SANUP has received, previously winning the Grand Award for Design from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Metro Washington earlier this month.

SANUP is AlexRenew’s response to recent regulations limiting the amount of nutrients water resource recovery facilities can release into the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The project totals $150 million in improvements to AlexRenew’s facility, which handles more than 54 million gallons of water per day for 320,000 people in Alexandria and parts of Fairfax. SANUP includes an 18-million-gallon underground Nutrient Management Facility (NMF) that is topped with a multi-purpose public athletic field.

“Seemingly every day there is another story highlighting the need for utilities and municipalities to invest in better technologies that protect our waterways, and in turn, the people they serve,” said Karen Pallansch, CEO of AlexRenew. “This project was our effort to do just that. AlexRenew is a leader in both our community and our industry, and SANUP is an example of what can be done when utilities test the limits of their imagination.”

In addition to protecting public health and the Chesapeake Bay, creating a full-size athletic field delivered a community amenity and exceptional public engagement opportunity. The construction of the Limerick Street Field was commemorated in October 2015 and has been covered in The Washington Post and the Alexandria Gazette Packet.

The Grand Award of Design is presented by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists. It is an award meant to identify and reward the best of today’s environmental engineering and science. Entries were judged on their holistic environmental perspective, innovation, performance and customer satisfaction, contribution to an improved quality of life and economic efficiency.