Special to The Gardner News
Representatives from the City of Edgerton and Burns and McDonnell Engineering Company accepted a national engineering award on April 29 in Washington D.C.
The American Council of Engineering Companies(ACEC) held its annual black-tie “Engineering Excellence Awards Gala” at Washington’s Grand Hyatt Hotel.
Edgerton Mayor Donald Roberts, City Administrator Beth Linn, and City Council member Cindy Crooks represented the City of Edgerton at the awards gala.
The ACEC National Recognition Award was presented to the city, and Burns and McDonnell for their work on the Big Bull Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and Conveyance System located near the I-35 and Homestead Lane Interchange in Edgerton. Burns and McDonnell designed the facility and the City of Edgerton was the administrator of the project.
The facility, a collaborative effort between the cities of Gardner and Edgerton, lies on six acres, and was built at a cost of 19 million dollars. It opened on July 31, 2013. It includes nearly three miles of combined gravity sewer and force main and three additional pumping stations. The 500,000 gallon-per-day treatment facility uses energy-efficient technology to meet the most stringent water quality standards in the state of Kansas.
In addition to attending the Engineering Awards Gala, while in Washington D.C., the Edgerton contingent also met with U.S. Congressman Kevin Yoder and staff, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, and staff, and the staff of U.S. Senator Jerry Moran. The meetings with Yoder and Roberts took place in the U.S. Capital.
Edgerton Mayor Donald Roberts said the trip, although somewhat hectic at times, was very rewarding and he was glad they could attend. Roberts said, “We were able to build relationships with our national politicians, but receiving the engineering award was just the icing on the cake.”