ACEC Award Winning Design

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Wright-Pierce Design Wins ACEC/MA
Engineering Excellence Award

Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade to Meet Improved Water Quality Standards
Earns Green Project Reserve Status and Rhode Island Clean Water Funding

The Smithfield RI wastewater treatment project has recently earned an Engineering Excellence Award from ACEC/MA for design to the Smithfield, RI wastewater treatment plant. The winning design met multiple treatment process challenges to bring the facility, sited on the environmentally sensitive receiving waters of the Woonasquatucket River which flows to Narragansett Bay, into compliance with state and federal regulatory permitting requirements.

Ballasted Flocculation Tertiary Treatment
A ballasted flocculation tertiary treatment system, the first use of this technology in Rhode Island, and one of the first in the region using this newly manufactured technology, will allow the facility to reliably meet very stringent effluent discharge requirements for zinc and phosphorous removal, resulting in long-term water quality improvements for the community and state.  The Wright-Pierce project was funded through the Rhode Island Clean Water Finance Agency, and also qualified for Green Project Reserve status, granting the Town approximately $1.4 million in loan principal forgiveness. Wright-Pierce performed engineering for all project phases, including facility planning, pilot testing, design, permitting, and construction administration.      

"Wright-Pierce is honored to be among the projects selected by ACEC/MA for engineering excellence,” stated John Braccio, PE, Wright-Pierce President and CEO. "The stringent regulatory permitting presented challenges, but our team of committed and highly skilled engineers designed a facility that met and exceeded the client’s needs. A satisfied client is our greatest reward.”

David Bowen, PE
Senior Project Manager

Bryan Weiner, PE
Acting Project Manager