Fayetteville, AR. -March 20, 2013
The Fayetteville engineering firm of McGoodwin, Williams & Yates (MWY) received the 2013 Engineering Excellence Award for the design of the new Prairie Grove Wastewater Treatment Plant. The award was presented by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Arkansas (ACEC/A) at the Engineering Excellence Awards Gala in Little Rock on March 8.
MWY provided the planning, design, bidding and construction management services for a large-scale changeover from the existing treatment plant capable of treating 5 million gallons of waste per day to a modern and more efficient system capable of treating 9 million gallons per day. This project was the first in Arkansas to utilize the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding. The project cost was $7.7 million and was completed in October of 2011.
Two aspects of this project provided unique challenges. The facility was funded, in part, by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and ARRA in addition to a city bond issue. The other complexity involved the simultaneous permitting and coordination of two treatment facilities as one was decommissioned and the other brought on-line. “Through all the financial and regulatory complexities, MWY assisted the city of Prairie Grove in successfully providing its citizens with modern, reliable wastewater treatment facilities that will serve them now and into the foreseeable future,” said Lane Crider, P.E. and project manager for MWY.