Awards success in US - WSP win awards on major projects


Source: WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

We are delighted to announce that WSP Environment & Energy (WSP E&E) is the recipient of two business achievement awards from the respected US publication Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) for two of our most notable environmental projects.

WSP has received a 'Project Merit Award' for our work at a 10 acre site in Darlington, South Carolina, on behalf of our client Vishay Intertechnology Inc., and with fellow environmental engineers Mabbett & Associates, we also received a 'Project Merit Award' for our work at the $435m site of the new U.S. Coast Guards HQ in Washington D.C.

Jan Chizzonite, Managing Director of WSP E&E in North America comments: 'We are delighted to have won these awards which are a testament to the talent, hard work and outstanding focus on excellent client service demonstrated by our employees.'

WSP will be joining other award winners in San Diego, California to collect our awards at the official awards ceremony and executive meeting at the Environmental Industry Summit in March 2011.

The project in Darlington reflected a pragmatic and community inclusive approach to characterizing and remediating a site developed in the 1880s as a cotton mill and repurposed for manufacturing electronic components from 1958 to 2005. Our client is the corporate successor to a company that briefly owned the facility from 1963 to 1968.  Since 2005, the site has been vacant, its owner now defunct in the U.S.  Our client, Vishay, voluntarily addressed the environmental issues in cooperation with state and local authorities. Our environmental engineering work included community engagement with a group whose families worked at the plant for generations. Our approach to explaining the importance of demolishing the structures resulted in the community accepting the work and expressing gratitude that the site was being responsibly addressed.

In Washington D.C., WSP is part of a team working for the U.S. General Services Administration handling a major excavation project and providing environmental compliance to enable a redundant site to be developed as the new headquarters for the U.S. Coast Guard. In less than 10 months more than 1m tons of soil has been excavated and over 600,000 tons of ash and contaminated soil have been removed and appropriately managed at this site.

For further information on our award wins, please contact: Graham Munday

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