PC Construction,The PC/CDM Joint Venture, which brings together the industry-leading expertise in water treatment facility design and construction of PC Construction and CDM Smith, has been awarded the approximately $215 million Tunnel Dewatering Pump Station & Enhanced Clarification Facility project for DC Water.The design-build project will be constructed at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in Washington, DC. The tunnel dewatering pump station (TDPS) and the enhanced clarification facility (ECF) are part of the larger DC Clean Rivers Project, mandated under a Federal Consent Decree between the United States, the District Government and DC Water, to build tunnels to temporarily store combined sewer (sanitary and storm) overflows until they can be pumped to the treatment facility. Currently, rainwater from DC Water’s 725-square-mile service area can overwhelm the system and treatment facilities with a diluted mix of rainwater and sewage, resulting in potential overflow into the Anacostia and Potomac rivers as well as Rock Creek.Major project components include the construction of a 250 million gallons per day (mgd) TDPS which will pump a diluted mix of rainwater and sewage to the ECF. The new, 250 mgd ECF will utilize a ballasted high-rate clarification process. Treated water will be disinfected before discharge to the Potomac River. The TDPS and ECF will be expandable to 500 mgd in the future.The design phase of this project will begin in August, with construction following shortly thereafter. The overall tunnel project for DC Water is expected to be completed by March 2018.Since 2010, PC Construction has worked on four other projects for DC Water with a total estimated value of $375 million.‘We are pleased to work with the PC/CDM Joint Venture on this important component of our wet weather plan,’ said DC Water General Manager George Hawkins. ‘The projects that make up the wet weather plan achieve both nitrogen reduction and CSO abatement, improving the health of our waterways and saving hundreds of millions of dollars.’‘This massive project was awarded to the PC/CDM Joint Venture because of our successful performance on multiple projects with DC Water, and because we go above and beyond on every job,’said Kevin McCarthy, president of PC Construction. ‘This was an ‘all-in’effort throughout the procurement process with PC Construction’s operations, business development, estimating andscheduling groups ‘and our partners at CDM Smith ‘working night and day to meet the needs of DC Water and the residents, businesses and organizations in our nation’s capitol.’‘CDM Smith partnered with PC Construction based on a long history of successful projects and shared values between the firms,’said David Schwartz, vice president with CDM Smith. ‘We have also developed excellent working relationships among our local staff through over $300M of design-build work delivered or under contract in the DC Metropolitan area, including DC Water’s Biosolids Main Process Train, one of the greenest projects in the region.’About PC ConstructionPC Construction offers general contracting, construction management and design-build services to private companies and public entities of all sizes. The company manages projects up and down the East Coast and in the southeastern United States from its corporate headquarters in South Burlington, Vermont and regional offices in Portland, Maine and North Carolina. A construction industry leader for more than 50 years, PC Construction (formerly Pizzagalli Construction) is guided to success by its more than 900 dedicated employee-owners.About CDM SmithCDM Smith provides lasting and integrated solutions in water, environment, transportation, energy and facilities to public and private clients worldwide. As a full-service consulting, engineering, construction and operations firm, we deliver exceptional client service, quality results and enduring value across the entire project life cycle.
Vermont Business Magazine The third meeting of the Solar Siting Task Force will take place on Thursday, October 22, 2015, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm in Room 11 of the Vermont State House, 115 State Street, Montpelier, Vermont. The Solar Siting Task Force was created in Act 56(link is external) of the 2014-2015 legislative session. Details on the membership, duties, and timeframe of the Task Force can be found in Act 56, Sec. 26g.The draft agenda for the October 22, 2015 meeting is listed below. The remaining meetings of the Solar Siting Task Force will occur as follows:Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in Room 11 of the Vermont State HouseFriday, November 13, 2015 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM in Room 11 of the Vermont State HouseThursday, December 3, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in Room 10 of the Vermont State HouseThursday, December 17, 2015 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM in Room 10 of the Vermont State HouseSolar Siting Task Force October 22, 2015 Draft Meeting AgendaI. Welcome and Overview of Agenda and Discussion of Future Meetings (5 mins)- PSD Commissioner Christopher RecchiaII. Approval of 9/17/15 Minutes (5 mins)III. Overview of Act 250 and Section 248 (30 mins)- Lou Borie and Jon Groveman, Natural Resources Board and Jeannie Oliver, Department of Public ServiceIV. Overview of VSA Title 24 Chapter 117, State Land Use Goals and Energy (20 mins)- Sharon Murray, Vermont Planners AssociationV. Town Experience and Suggestions for Solar Development (20 mins)VI. Invitation pendingDeveloper Experience and Suggestions for Solar Development (20 mins)VII. Chad Farrell, Encore RedevelopmentPublic Comments (20 mins)VIII. Other BusinessIX. Next meetings:Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in Room 11 of the Vermont State HouseFriday, November 13, 2015 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM in Room 11 of the Vermont State HouseThursday, December 3, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in Room 10 of the Vermont State HouseThursday, December 17, 2015 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM in Room 10 of the Vermont StateX. Wrap UpAll meetings of the Solar Siting Task Force are open to the public.The Public Service Department is an agency within the executive branch of Vermont state government. Its charge is to represent the public interest in matters regarding energy, telecommunications, water and wastewater.
Sports physician Dr Akshai Mansingh says that the Jamaica Football Federation’s (JFF) decision to end the 2019-20 football season, including the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), may have come down to a question of ensuring a prompt start to the next campaign or being willing to push back the schedule to complete the 2019-20 season. Last Friday, JFF President Michael Ricketts declared the football season null and void at all levels. No champions will therefore be named for the various competitions, as well as no promotion or relegation. The reaction has been mixed with RSPL clubs Mount Pleasant and Harbour View voicing their disappointment, while the managements of Waterhouse, Dunbeholden and Arnett Gardens have supported the move. When asked if the federation made the right decision, Mansingh said that it was difficult to determine but believes that the JFF would have had to take major factors into consideration, including the remaining RSPL schedule, players’ readiness and the state of lower league competitions that would have had promotion and relegation. He believes that these factors would have left the federation with a choice of trying to start the following season on time or be willing to delay to complete the season. “First and foremost, in my view, would be the remaining schedule and how it would infringe upon the start of a new season because football usually starts in September. So what you don’t want is to run one season into the other,” Mansingh who is also dean of the Faculty of Sport, University of the West Indies, Mona told The Gleaner. “And I think the decision that had to be made is – do you sacrifice the ending of this season to try and save the start of next season? Or do you delay everything down the line?” Other countries have taken the stance to end their seasons, while other top European clubs are deciding on a pathway towards resumption. Jamaica joins Scotland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Argentina as some of the countries that ended their seasons. While Scotland, Belgium and Argentina declared champions based on their current rankings, Jamaica, like the Netherlands, will have no champions and have suspended promotion and relegation. Mansingh said that the players’ well-being would also have been a factor in the decision-making, as it would be difficult for local top-flight players to be brought in from different communities, thus increasing the risk of infection. “Unlike developed countries where club footballers can be kept in isolation for a week, you are looking at a scenario in Jamaica where players come from the communities and they are still under some amount of social distancing,” he said. “The reality is that if you bring footballers in Jamaica together to play a competition, you are potentially increasing the risk of exposure of these players, even without spectators, because they are coming from different communities.” Germany’s domestic leagues (Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2) made their return this past weekend under strict health protocols, which include isolation of players and staff, testing before matches and games played in empty stadiums.
Phoenix Members Golf SocietyWith carts being allowed on fairways we decided not to implement the winter rule of ‘lift clean and place’ for our outing on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Although the course is still a little wet in places, this turned out to be justified. There were a few places where the ball picked up a bit of mud, but generally the course is in great shape considering the amount of rainfall we are experiencing at present. Luckily the rain kept away again, albeit sometimes threatening. Considering the conditions the scoring today was very good with all first four places breaking handicap. We were playing stroke play for the Trattoria Italiana Restaurant voucher today on the Ocean and Mountain course.Richard Baldwin and Mike Gerrard pose with the staff members at The Relax Bar.Richard Baldwin has been playing some steady golf of late, always being around his handicap of 12. However today he blitzed the course with a superb net 66 (gross 78). Some way back with net 69 were Paul Taylor and Frank Hughes, with the scribe claiming fourth spot with a net 71 (other days this would be good enough to win).Near pin prizes were awarded to Richard Baldwin, Joris Goetschalkx & Mike Gerrard. The rest of the field’s names, who did not win anything, were put into the hat for a lucky draw chance. The lucky draw prizes are donated by our hosts, The Relax Bar at Ban Amphur, and the recipients were John Bartley, Bill Hewitt, Sergo Volpi & Adriano Reale.Anyone interested in joining in the golf or (sea fishing at weekends), please contact me (Mike) on 087 091 7565 for further information.