Awards + Honors

ACEC California Engineering Excellence Awards Honor Award

American Council of Engineering (ACEC) – California

Sustainable Water Infrastructure Project – Advanced Water Treatment Facility (SWIP AWTF) – Santa Monica, CA

PACE served as the engineer of record for the 1.0 MGD indirect potable reuse facility as part of the PERC Water Team under Design-Builder, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. The AWTF treats a blend of raw wastewater, stormwater, and dry weather runoff for groundwater recharge via direct injection. Among the many unique and innovative features, wastewater treatment to potable reuse standards occurs within a single facility. A multi-barrier treatment process comprised of MBR treatment, cartridge filtration, reverse osmosis, UVAOP, and chlorine contact resides beneath the City’s Civic Center parking lot, out of plain view to the community.

 

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APWA BEST Project of the Year Award – Drainage / Water / Wastewater Category

American Public Works Association (APWA) – Southern California

Sustainable Water Infrastructure Project – Advanced Water Treatment Facility (SWIP AWTF) – Santa Monica, CA

PACE served as the engineer of record for the 1.0 MGD indirect potable reuse facility as part of the PERC Water Team under Design-Builder, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. The AWTF treats a blend of raw wastewater, stormwater, and dry weather runoff for groundwater recharge via direct injection. Among the many unique and innovative features, wastewater treatment to potable reuse standards occurs within a single facility. A multi-barrier treatment process comprised of MBR treatment, cartridge filtration, reverse osmosis, UVAOP, and chlorine contact resides beneath the City’s Civic Center parking lot, out of plain view to the community.

 

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ASCE – Water Quality Mitigation Award

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – San Bernardino and Riverside Branch

Phoenix Storm Drain Diversion to Sewer – Riverside, CA

PACE was contracted to design a diversion structure from the County-owned 72” Phoenix Storm Drain to divert dry weather flows to the City of Riverside owned 24” sewer main. This “Smart” system can also divert wet weather flows, with built-in controls and a rain gauge to allow the end user to limit the flow into the sewer system. The diversion system will divert up to 1 cfs of flow and includes a treatment device to remove floatable trash, oil, and sediments, a valve vault, discharge pipe flow measuring assembly, UPS battery back-up in case of power outage, and controls such as a rain gauge to detect a storm event.

CASQA Outstanding Stormwater Capture and Use Project Award

California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA)

Earvin Magic Johnson Park Urban Runoff Water Recycling Project – Los Angeles, CA

This project represents a model application of sustainable watershed and water supply management that supports the revitalization of a valuable community park. PACE designed an advanced water recycling system that captures urban runoff (dry and wet weather first-flush flows), treats the captured flows using ozone, coagulation, and water conditioning, and recycles the water for onsite irrigation.

 

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ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards Honor Award

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) – California

Earvin Magic Johnson park Urban Runoff Recycling – Los Angeles, CA

PACE was part of the design team for this stormwater system to create a new water source by capturing urban runoff (dry and wet weather first-flush flows), treating the captured flows using ozone, coagulation, and water conditioning to improve water quality, and recycling the water for onsite irrigation.

 

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APWA BEST Project of the Year Award – Stormwater Quality

American Public Works Association (APWA) – Southern California

County of Riverside Phoenix Storm Drain Dry Weather Flow Diversion – Riverside, CA

Rather than designing a costly new lift station for Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District that was initially believed to be necessary to effectively divert dry weather flows from a 72” Storm Drain to a 24” sewer line, PACE identified a gravity option that significantly reduced construction and maintenance costs. These improvements will allow the County and City of Riverside to maintain dry weather diversion and meet the Middle Santa Ana River Comprehensive Bacteria Reduction Plan (CBRP) objectives.

CASQA Outstanding BMP Implementation Project or Program

California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA)

SoFi Stadium Lake and Advanced Water Polishing Treatment System – Inglewood, CA

SoFi Stadium is a 3.1 million-square-foot facility and the home field for two NFL football teams, the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. The centerpiece of this stadium includes a multi-purpose 5-acre lake, designed by PACE. As the site’s central stormwater management system, this lake includes state-of-the-art water conservation and recycling features, including its unique ability to combine reclaimed water and stormwater discharge in the lake, making it among the most advanced integrated lakes in existence.

 

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Outstanding Sustainable Engineering Project

ASCE Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch (MLAB) & ASCE – Los Angeles Section (9 Counties) Level

Earvin “Magic” Johnson Park Revitalization Phase 1A – Los Angeles, CA

To minimize potable water use, Earvin “Magic” Johnson Park was re-engineered by PACE to provide a sustainable new water source using a unique stormwater management system to recycle the runoff from the 375-acre watershed. This system captures and treats runoff (dry and wet weather flows) to improve water quality. The stormwater runoff is then directed to a biofiltration area in the form of mitigated wetland surrounding one of the park’s two lakes. The filtered stormwater water fills the lake and is then recirculated to irrigate the Park. This 21st-century park addresses how Southern California might implement the capture and reuse of our stormwater runoff and adds a much-needed amenity to an underserved community.

 

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Water Category, Equity + Environmental Justice, Sustainable Innovation Award for Project of the Year

US Green Building Council – LA (USGBD-LA) Sustainability Innovation Awards for Honor

Earvin Magic Johnson park Urban Runoff Recycling – Los Angeles, CA

PACE was part of the design team for this stormwater system to create a new water source by capturing urban runoff (dry and wet weather first-flush flows), treating the captured flows using ozone, coagulation, and water conditioning to improve water quality, and recycling the water for onsite irrigation.

 

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LABS Engineering Achievement Award

California Water Environmental Association (CWEA)

Las Virgenes – Triunfo Joint Power Authority Tapia Water Reclamation Facility Process Air Improvements Project – Calabasas, CA

The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District was selected as the winner of the 2020-2021 Los Angeles Basin Section (LABS) Engineering Achievement Award for the Las Virgenes – Triunfo Joint Power Authority Tapia Water Reclamation Facility Process Air Improvements Project. As engineer-of-record, PACE improved multiple processes, operational, and system deficiencies associated with the facility’s main process air, reducing energy consumption by almost 40%, reducing environmental impacts, and reducing power costs by an estimated $2.5 million over the next 20 years.

 

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Engineering Excellence Award

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) – California

Las Virgenes – Triunfo Joint Power Authority Tapia Water Reclamation Facility Process Air Improvements Project – Calabasas, CA

ACEC California recognized the Las Virgenes – Triunfo Joint Power Authority (JPA) Tapia Water Reclamation Facility Process Air Improvements Project for the 2021 Commendation Engineering Excellence Award. JPA owns and operates the 12 MGD Tapia WRF utilizing a 4-Stage Bardenpho Activated Sludge Treatment Process and produces effluent that meets CA Title 22 Disinfected Tertiary Recycle Water Standards. PACE was contracted by LVMWD as the design consultant to perform a facility evaluation and design a solution to improve the efficiency and reduce operational costs of the existing Tapia WRF by making improvements to its Process Air System.

 

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BEST Project of the Year Award for the Water/ Wastewater / Drainage Category

American Public Works Association (APWA) – Southern California Chapter

Las Virgenes Municipal Water District Tapia Water Reclamation Facility Process Air Improvements Project – Calabasas, CA

APWA Southern California Chapter recognized the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District Tapia Water Reclamation Facility Process Air Improvements Project as the 2020 Building Excellence, Shaping Tomorrow (BEST) project of the year under the Water, Wastewater, and Drainage Category. To improve energy efficiency and reduce operational costs, PACE served as the engineer-of-record to provide process air improvements for the 12 MGD Tapia Water Reclamation Facility including over 60 retrievable, fine bubble aeration grids; three 400HP magnetic-bearing turbine blowers; conversion of 4160 medium voltage electrical gear down to 480V; and SCADA/controls integration to optimize process controls.

 

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Public Works Project of the Year Small Cities/Rural Communities-Environment

Arizona American Public Works Association (AZ APWA)

Quartzsite Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Improvements and Tyson Wash Manhole Protection – Town of Quartzsite, AZ

AZ APWA (American Public Works Association Arizona Chapter) recognized the Quartzsite Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Improvements and Tyson Wash Manhole Protection Project, designed by PACE, for demonstrating a commitment to sustainability and meeting the needs of the community with minimal impact during construction.

 

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Plant of the Year for Small Systems

Arizona Water Association (AZ Water) – Arizona

Quartzsite Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Improvements and Tyson Wash Manhole Protection – Town of Quartzsite, AZ

AZ Water Association recognized the Quartzsite Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Improvements and Tyson Wash Manhole Protection Project, designed by PACE, for using an innovative approach to existing resources and considering the growing community needs.

 

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Parks and Recreation Project of the Year

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – Orange County

Veterans Park Renovation – Lake Forest, CA

ASCE Orange County awarded PACE in 2019 for the design of the one-acre lake for the 4.7-acre Veterans Park Renovation, formerly known as Village Pond Park, and provided alternatives to improve the water quality of the lake by using the lake as an irrigation reservoir, biological filtration, and chemical addition.

Integrated Floodplain Management Award

Floodplain Management Association (FMA)

Gobernadora Multi-Purpose Basin – South Orange County, CA

In 2018, the Floodplain Management Association (FMA) recognized the Santa Margarita Water District, in partnership with Rancho Mission Viejo (RMV) and Orange County Public Works (OCPW) for the Gobernadora Multi-Purpose Basin project. PACE served as the engineer-of-record for the design of this locally-approved multi-objective flood management system that demonstrates innovative advancements in water management as well as collaborative partnerships with local community groups and the general public.

 

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Mentorship Award

Floodplain Management Association (FMA)

Bruce M. Phillips, MS, PE – Sr. VP of Stormwater Division

Bruce Phillips, PACE’s Sr. VP of Stormwater Management, was recognized by the Floodplain Management Association (FMA) in 2018 with the Mentorship Award for contributing to the emerging professional community and academia.

 

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California Best Projects – Water/Environmental

Engineering News Record (ENR)

City of Pacific Grove ater Recycling Facility – Pacific Grove, CA

The City of Pacific Grove’s Water Recycling Facility was selected for an Award of Merit in Engineering News-Record-California in 2018. PACE worked with Overaa and PERC Water Corporation on this design/build project as the project engineer-of-record. The design included a 0.25 MGD MBR water recycling facility to produce 125 acre-feet per year of nonpotable water supply for irrigation use. The WRF features noise and odor controls with architectural design to blend in with the surrounding community.  A new recycled water pump station was also constructed to deliver a peak demand flow of 800 gpm.

 

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Building Excellence, Shaping Tomorrow (B.E.S.T.) Award – Drainage, Water, Wastewater

American Public Works Association (APWA)

City of Huntington Beach Well 9 Hydrogen Sulfide Odor Reduction & Removal – Huntington Beach, CA

In 2018, APWA recognized The City of Huntington Beach Well No. 9 Hydrogen Sulfide Odor Reduction & Removal project. PACE partnered with the City Operations and Engineering Staff and Trussell Technologies to complete pilot development, design, construction management, permitting, control integration, and startup services on a 3,000 gpm biological potable water treatment system, comprised of six 10’ diameter filters using biologically activated carbon with oxidizing bacteria to reduce hydrogen sulfide and ammonia.

 

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Excellence in Action Award

WateReuse Association

City of Show Low Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade – Show Low, AZ

The City of Show Low was recognized by the WaterReuse Association in 2018 for the successful completion of its wastewater treatment plant upgrade, designed by PACE, to achieve production of high-quality effluent for use in the preservation of the Show Low Wetlands. The Show Low WWTP produces 600,000 gallons per day of high-quality effluent to be fed to the wetlands system to support waterfowl reproduction and other beneficial fish and wildlife habitat.

 

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Water Project of the Year

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – Orange County

Gobernadora Multi-Purpose Basin – South Orange County, CA

The Gobernadora Multi-Purpose Basin was recognized by ASCE OC (American Society of Civil Engineers Orange County) in 2015 for its unique multi-functioning 26-acre basin system where urban nuisance runoff is captured, while providing additional key benefits including regional flood protection and improvement of water quality. Orange County is highly dependent on imported water resources and Rancho Mission Viejo (RMV), in partnership with Santa Margarita Water District (SMWD) and Orange County Public Works (OCPW) took this innovative approach to securing local water by recycling a wasted water source, urban nuisance runoff.

 

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B.o.B Sustainable Award for Community Development Award of Merit

Urban Land Institute (ULI) Orange County/Inland Empire

Gobernadora Multi-Purpose Basin – South Orange County, CA

In 2015, Urban Land Institute (ULI) recognized Rancho Mission Viejo (RMV), in partnership with Santa Margarita Water District (SMWD) and Orange County Public Works (OCPW), and PACE as the design engineer for identifying a unique opportunity to capture and utilize an untapped water resource to service existing and future community developments in southern Orange County while cleaning up pollution within the local watershed by developing a 26-acre multi-purpose basin facility.

 

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Marketing Effectiveness Excellence

Communicator Awards

2015 Annual Client Calendar

Our 2015 PACE calendar was recognized by the Communicator Awards for it’s unique communication approach by featuring 12 breathtaking scenes of water’s many forms, as well as samples of our tactics and techniques used for our projects to ensure that future generations benefit from clean and plentiful water supplies.