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EBI News for March 08, 2023 – Parsons awarded $30M to improve water quality and seismic stability

EBI News for March 08, 2023 – The following news section contains the latest stories for the environmental industry. Including, Parsons awarded $30M to improve water quality and seismic stability, acquisitions, and more!

Pace acquires Alpha Analytical, adds 11 locations in Northeast

Pace Analytical Services (Minneapolis, Minn.) has acquired Alpha Analytical LLC (Westborough, Mass.), a full-service environmental laboratory services company, adding 11 environmental laboratories and service centers in the Northeast United States. Alpha’s services complement those offered by Pace and include air, water, soil, and testing for emerging contaminants such as PFAS, which are highly regulated in the Northeast. In the past year, Pace has added several labs and service centers in the region. “We are particularly excited about the breadth and depth of capabilities Alpha Analytical offers, including their sediment and tissue analysis and hydrocarbon forensics services,” commented Greg Whitman, president of Pace Analytical. 


Parsons awarded $30M to improve water quality and seismic stability 

Parsons Corporation (Centreville, Va.) has been chosen by Santa Clara Valley Water District (San Jose, Calif.) to provide construction management for the Rinconada Water Treatment Plan Reliability Improvement Project, Phases 3-6. The $30-million contract includes construction management of new facilities, including raw water ozonation, chemical facility upgrades, dual media filtration, and a chlorine contact basin. Parsons will oversee the replacement or upgrade of all major plant components and increase the WTP’s treatment capacity from 80 MGD to 100 MGD.


Clean Harbors posts Q4 revenue growth of 14% to $1.28B

Clean Harbors Inc. (Norwell, Mass.) announced a record 2022 with strong fourth-quarter results, led by its Environmental Services segment. “Favorable market dynamics continued to drive considerable demand for our disposal and recycling assets, while our broad range of service offerings also performed well in the quarter,” said Chairman, President and CEO Alan S. McKim. For the full year, Clean Harbors’ revenues increased 36% to $5.17 billion compared with $3.81 billion in 2021. In the fourth quarter, revenues increased 14% to $1.28 billion, and Environmental Services (ES) revenues increased 15% year-over-year. Utilization of Clean Harbors’ incinerator network was lower than recent quarters due to severe weather, but volumes of higher-value waste streams and demand overall remained strong. Landfill volumes increased 28% in the fourth quarter, as Clean Harbors captured more remediation and waste projects. The firm’s recycling and refining business, Safety-Kleen Sustainability Solutions (SKSS), grew revenues by 9%, reflecting a seasonal slowdown in base oil demand after a record-breaking third quarter.


ERM acquires Latin American sustainable finance consultancy

Sustainability consultancy ERM (London, UK) has acquired NINT, a Latin America-based consultancy providing sustainable finance and ESG advisory services with a focus on the financial sector. A pioneer in the sustainable debt market in Latin America, NINT brings expertise in independent assessments of debt issuances, developing frameworks for sustainable financings, and structuring debt instruments with sustainability benefits. NINT was founded in 2011 and has more than 100 professionals across five countries.


Stantec announces another solid year in 2022

Stantec reported that net revenue increased $821 million to $4.5 billion in 2022 driven by 9.4% organic growth and 12.3% acquisition growth. All of Stantec’s regional and business operating units delivered organic growth, most notably in Global and in Water and Energy & Resources where organic growth was in the double digits. Backlog at year’s end was $5.9 billion, up 14.9% since December 31, 2021. In the fourth quarter of 2022, Stantec grew net revenue 23.4% to $1.1 billion. “With the Cardno integration behind us, we expect our strong financial momentum to continue throughout 2023 and the years ahead,” said Gord Johnston, president and CEO.


GEI named prime consultant Los Vaqueros Reservoir expansion

GEI Consultants Inc. (Concord, Calif.) announced it has been named prime consultant for one of the most important water infrastructure projects in California’s San Francisco Bay Area in decades. The Contra Costa Water District’s (CCWD) Phase 2 expansion of the Los Vaqueros Reservoir will include a significant dam raise, new large diameter pipelines and connections, several new pumping plants, and a new marina and recreation facility. GEI will provide capital project management services, in addition to risk management, cost estimating, contract administration, and peer reviews for design. The Los Vaqueros Reservoir is the largest reservoir in the Bay Area. Originally built in 1998 and raised in 2012, the dam can store up to 160,000 acre-feet of water.


Hazen leads design of first new water plant in Columbus since 1980s

Hazen and Sawyer (New York, N.Y.) has been selected by the City of Columbus to design a fourth water plant, incorporating environmentally sustainable technology. The project marks the first time a new water plant will be built for the city since the 1980s. Three water plants are already operational in Columbus, producing an average of 145 million gallons per day and serving 1.4 million customers. Collaborating with 19 engineering firms – including major partners Black & Veatch and Arcadis – Hazen has assembled a team of local experts to help optimize the new facility. “I appreciate this unique opportunity to design a water plant from conception through construction, especially since it’s taking place in our backyard and will have a significant local impact,” said Hazen Vice President Bret Casey, who is leading the project. Final design plans are expected in late 2025, with the plant projected to be online by late 2028.


Jacobs to design and build advanced water reuse facility in Los Angeles

Jacobs (Dallas) has been selected as the design-build contractor for the Donald C. Tillman Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF). The project is a key part of the City of Los Angeles’ long-term water management objective to fully reuse its water supplies and is one of the largest potable reuse projects in the country. At an estimated cost of $500 million, the new AWPF will treat tertiary effluent from the existing Donald C. Tillman plant to produce purified water suitable for groundwater replenishment. The project will use advanced treatment processes, including 

microfiltration, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet and advanced oxidation to purify more than 15 million gallons per day; reduce the amount of imported water; provide a new groundwater supply source for up to 200,000 customers; and increase the city’s resiliency by providing a sustainable local drinking water source.


ICF reports fourth quarter and full year 2022 results

ICF (Reston, Va.) announced total revenue for the year ended December 31, 2022 of $1.78 billion, an increase of 14.6% from $1.55 billion reported in the previous year. In the fourth quarter 2022, total revenue increased 22.6% to $475.6 million compared to the prior-year quarter. ICF was awarded government contracts with an aggregate value of over $600 million in the fourth quarter, with notable environmental wins including: a new $25-million task order with the U.S. Air Force to provide environmental management services at bases in the U.S. and Middle East; and a re-compete contract with a ceiling of $31 million with the U.S. EPA Office of Water to assess health risks of water contaminants in U.S. drinking and recreational waters.

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