Westfield, Massachusetts – March 28, 2013 – Last month, the State of Connecticut House of Representatives appointed Joseph Balskus, P.E., PTOE to the Connecticut Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board. A Principal Engineer and Director of Traffic & Parking at Tighe & Bond, Balskus brings more than 24 years of professional transportation experience to this appointment and his fellow board members.
A resident of Portland, Connecticut, Balskus has a long history of providing engineering services for numerous traffic, parking, transportation management, and land development projects in Connecticut and throughout Southern New England. He has been involved with Complete Streets projects where the needs of all users are considered in the new paradigm of transportation improvements. He recently served as President of the New England Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (NEITE), and is currently serving as Co-Chair of the 2013 Northeastern District Annual meeting in May, which takes place in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Balskus is also an avid runner and tri-athlete, competing at many events, which has given him an acute understanding of the transportation system from the pedestrian and bicyclist vantage point. He holds a bachelor of science in engineering technology from Connecticut State University.
The mission of the Connecticut Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board is to achieve full integration of walking, bicycling, and transit use into Connecticut’s transportation system.
Created in 2009 by the State Legislature, the Connecticut Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board consists of 11 members. The board examines the need for bicycle and pedestrian transportation, promotes programs and facilities for bicycles and pedestrians in this state, and advises appropriate agencies of the state on policies, programs and facilities for bicycles and pedestrians.
Tighe & Bond
Founded in 1911, Tighe & Bond is one of the most experienced engineering firms in New England, with offices in Pocasset, Westfield, and Worcester, Massachusetts; Middletown and Shelton, Connecticut; and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Engineering News Record annually ranks Tighe & Bond among the top design and environmental engineering firms nationally. ZweigWhite also recognized Tighe & Bond as one of the best engineering firms to work for in the nation at its 2012 Best Firms to Work for Summit in Seattle, Washington. Tighe & Bond provides engineering and environmental services for clients in government, industry, healthcare, education, real estate, energy, and water/wastewater markets.
Ms. DePass will discuss the Obama Administration’s efforts to democratize environmental participation with groups that are non-traditional power holders, both domestically and internationally. With an introduction by Dr. William Moomaw, Professor of International Environmental Policy and Director of The Fletcher School’s Center for International Environment & Resource Policy.
Hors d’oeuvres and a hosted bar are provided, as well as ample time for networking both prior to and after the Keynote Address. Registration is $10. For more information and to register click here.
Westfield, Massachusetts – April 4, 2013 – The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) presented Tighe & Bond with a Gold Award during its 2013 Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala on March 20, 2013 at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge. This annual competition recognizes recent engineering achievements that demonstrate the highest degree of merit, ingenuity, complexity, and client satisfaction. This Gold Award recognizes innovative upgrades that Tighe & Bond recently completed for the Town of Sturbridge’s wastewater treatment facility (WWTF), which became the first full scale combined BioMag/CoMag wastewater system in the nation. The implementation of two new cutting edge and effective treatment processes, BioMag and CoMag, have increased wastewater treatment efficiency, improved water quality, as well as reduced costs and overall environmental impact.
Unlike typical wastewater treatment processes, BioMag uses magnetite – a relatively inexpensive and readily available iron ore – that mixes with sewage microorganisms to improve processing, and double the pace and capacity of wastewater treatment. This system also uses magnets to recycle and reuse the magnetite for repeated and ongoing WWTF usage. These new processes enabled Tighe & Bond to almost double the plant capacity without adding new tanks or substantially increasing the WWTF footprint. At the same time, this technology improves nutrient removal and decreases phosphorous levels for improved water quality and reduced algae growth.
And the financial savings have been considerable. This $17 million project was completed for $3 million less than the original estimate approved by the Town of Sturbridge’s 2008 Annual Town Meeting. Plus, costs were further reduced by a grant of ARRA funds that will reduce the impact on water and sewer rates.
This upgrade to Sturbridge’s 40-year-old WWTF, which serves approximately 10,000 residents, came about due to its aging infrastructure, a pending shortfall in the capacity to support future economic and population growth, and deterioration in the water quality of several local lakes and ponds. In addition to treatment process improvements, Tighe & Bond provided permitting, site design, structural, HVAC and electrical engineering for several facility buildings.
Beyond the Sturbridge benefits, this upgrade will improve water quality in the Quinabaug River, and ultimately in Long Island Sound. In addition to water quality improvements, sustainable elements were built into the design that include: reusing blower waste heat for building heat, implementing process and HVAC equipment that match facility demands, and low impact design stormwater management techniques.
It gives me great please to announce that Daniel (Danny) Mendelsohn, Principal at Applied Science Associates, Inc. (ASA) is now the new chairman of the EBC Ocean and Coastal Resource Committee. Please join me in welcoming Danny to this chairmanship.
Leadership Team – If your company is a member of the EBC and you are interested in being considered as a member of the EBC Ocean & Coastal Resource Committee’s Leadership Team, please send an email with a brief statement of interest, your contact information and a brief bio to Danny Mendelsohn at dmendelsohn @ asascience.com
The members of the EBC Ocean & Coastal Resource Committee’s Leadership team will meet routinely with the committee chair and vice chair to identify topics for future EBC programs. As part of their responsibility, members of the leadership team will also take on the role of program chair to organize and moderate EBC programs for this committee.
Current members of the EBC Ocean & Coastal Resource Committee’s Leadership Team include:
·Mark D. Curran, Vice President, Battelle, Duxbury, MA
·John J. Wiggin, Director, Urban Harbor Institute, UMass Boston