Iselin, N.J. — The American Public Works Association (APWA) selected the Keswick Effluent Outfall project as one of its Public Works Projects of the Year for 2014. As prime consultant for the project to increase the effluent capacity of the Keswick Water Pollution Control Plant, Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM) recommended a combination of open-cut trenching, microtunneling, and marine dredging. The project included the first curved microtunnel drive completed in Canada, the first underwater reception of a microtunnel drive completed in Canada, and the first compound curve microtunnel drive completed in North America.

Notifying HMM of the honor, APWA chapter coordinator Rhonda Wilhite wrote, “Your selection puts you in a very elite group of winners and APWA is proud to have those on this project epitomize the public works profession and our association.”

The awards ceremony will take place on August 18 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The project was carried out on behalf of the Regional Municipality of York, in collaboration with McNally Construction, the general contractor, and Ward and Burke, the microtunnel subcontractor.

HMM President and CEO Nick DeNichilo said, “Protecting our water resources is one of our most important goals. The Keswick outfall project grew out of our work to upgrade and expand wastewater treatment in Keswick, Ontario. We are proud to be doing our part to safeguard the critical watershed of the Great Lakes region.”

The project has already been recognized as a 2013 Project of the Year by the Ontario Public Works Association and as the New Installation Runner Up for Project of the Year by Trenchless Technology, which wrote, “The project has proven to be a tremendous success.”

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