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Atkins-OBG to design wastewater treatment plant at West Point

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) has selected the Atkins-O’Brien & Gere (OBG) Joint Venture to provide architecture and engineering services for a new, $70 million wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. The state-of-the-art facility will replace West Point’s aging treatment plant, which was built in 1956 and last upgraded in 1972.

“This selection is a testament to Atkins' exemplary performance on several recent assignments at West Point, including renovation of Scott, MacArthur, and Pershing Barracks, and OBG’s extensive expertise in wastewater design and experience throughout the state,” said Tim Byers, senior vice president, Atkins, North America.

“OBG will handle process engineering for the project, including hydraulic analysis, mechanical engineering, and instrumentation and controls. OBG has been supporting West Point’s wastewater and water programs for the past 10 years and understands the unique requirements of the installation. We have our best engineers on this project and we will deliver a first class WWTP,” said George Rest, senior vice president, OBG.

Atkins-OBG will provide a comprehensive suite of design, engineering, permitting and project management services. Atkins will serve as managing partner of the joint venture, responsible for integrated project management along with detailed site, utilities, and building project components, from planning through commissioning.

The new plant will be designed to increase the capacity of the existing West Point WWTP beyond more than 2 million gallons per day to meet current and projected future needs. Additional features will include installation of closed-circuit television and energy monitoring and control systems.

Because West Point is a designated pilot installation for the U.S. Army’s Net Zero sustainability initiative, energy recovery and generation is a high priority for the project’s design. As a result, all energy consumed in operating the new WWTP will be partially offset by the use of alternative energy systems.

“Our goal is to set the bar high with an attractive, energy efficient plant. We are committed to providing the right resources and look forward to providing outstanding project delivery and technical excellence for USACE and West Point,” said Jim Fox, chief executive officer, OBG.

“We are honored to be supporting our armed forces—one of our most important missions. Our joint venture will deliver the best expertise and experience both companies have to offer and will continue our tradition of service to West Point and USACE,” said L. Joe Boyer, chief executive officer, Atkins, North America. “Enriching the lives of our cadets resonates at a personal level with me and our team, and we’ll do our part to make this highly visible, significant program a success.”

For more information:

Maureen Nayowith
SVP, Marketing & Communications

+1 720.475.7064

Tedd Wheeler
Federal Programs

+1 410.209.9408

Notes to editors:

Atkins (www.atkinsglobal.com) is one of the world's most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, employing over 19,000 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. We build long term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas. You can view Atkins’ recent projects on our website.

OBG (www.OBG.com), also known as O’Brien & Gere, is committed to creating a better future by making a difference each day. Advanced Manufacturing. Energy. Environment. Water. For more than 70 years, OBG has specialized in engineering and problem solving, but the Company’s greatest strength is creating comprehensive, integrated solutions for our clients. OBG – There’s a way. For more information, please visit our website.