Val S. Frenkel Appointed to AWWA Technical & Educational Council
June 14, 2018 – Greeley and Hansen’s Val S. Frenkel, Ph.D., PE, D.WRE, Vice President of Process Engineering and Managing Director of Pacific Coast Operations, has been appointed to the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Technical & Educational Council (TEC). Dr. Frenkel, a prominent figure in the water industry and a recognized global expert on water reuse, desalination, and membrane technologies, will serve a three-year term as a Member-at-Large. The TEC promotes the objectives of the Association through its eight divisions and over 60 working committees, as well as the Annual Conference technical program, specialty conferences, and the development of manuals, handbooks, and videos.
In conjunction with his new appointment to TEC, Dr. Frenkel will complete his term as Chair of the AWWA Desalting Committee, but he will continue to serve on the AWWA Planning Committee. “I’m honored to now serve on the Technical & Educational Council to help advance AWWA’s mission to share knowledge and sustainable solutions for the effective management of water resources with water professionals worldwide,” said Dr. Frenkel. “In addition to his extensive experience with conventional water and wastewater treatment technologies, Dr. Frenkel’s advanced work in the development and application of leading edge water reuse and desalination processes, as well as membrane technologies, truly set him apart as an esteemed international expert in our industry,” said John C. Robak, President of Greeley and Hansen and Director of International Operations.
A prolific author of more than 100 articles and presentations on a vast range of water treatment process and technology topics, Dr. Frenkel has also contributed chapters to several industry-wide Manuals of Practice for the AWWA and the Water Environment Federation. In addition, he is a founding Diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (D.WRE) and has authored numerous patents for various water treatment methods and processes.
Joe Dinkel and Mike Hope Named Principals of Greeley and Hansen
January 23, 2018 – Greeley and Hansen has named Joseph Dinkel and Michael J. Hope as principals. Both are accomplished engineers and leaders that exemplify Greeley and Hansen’s core values of client commitment and dedication to providing quality service.
Dinkel is the Manager of the firm’s Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Instrumentation & Control (MEPIC) Group with overall responsibility for directing staff and providing high-level project delivery oversight. He has broad experience in management, engineering, construction, and project execution for a wide range of water, wastewater, and other infrastructure projects with special expertise in complex HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection systems.
Hope currently serves as Co-Managing Director of the North Atlantic Operating Group, leading the firm’s day-to-day business operations as well as business development and strategic growth efforts in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. He has extensive experience in managing a diverse range of large, complex water and wastewater programs and facility projects for utility clients in the northeast.
“In addition to their depth of technical experience, Joe and Mike have consistently demonstrated the strong leadership and management skills that will help us advance our long-range business goals,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Andy Richardson. “Greeley and Hansen is focused on achieving sustained future growth, and Joe and Mike are both highly qualified and motivated professionals who can help accelerate the firm’s ongoing efforts to achieve our growth objectives.”
Dinkel is a registered professional engineer with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University. He is Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) and is also a member of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers.
Hope is a registered professional engineer and a New Jersey Certified Municipal Engineer with a B.S. in civil engineering from Widener University. He is actively involved in a number of professional organizations, including the American Water Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, and New Jersey Water Environment Association. He is a Past President of the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers and has served in officer and committee roles for other organizations, including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Advisory Committee for Standards for Individual Subsurface Disposal Systems.
Dan Coleman Joins Greeley and Hansen as Managing Director of South Atlantic Operating Group
December 20, 2017 – Dan Coleman, P.E. has joined Greeley and Hansen as Managing Director of the South Atlantic Operating Group. Coleman has over 30 years of broad technical engineering experience in managing and designing various water and wastewater collection, treatment, and distribution projects for municipal and industrial clients in Virginia. He also has extensive business development experience with utility clients across the Mid-Atlantic states. Coleman most recently served as Water Area Manager – Virginia for WSP USA (formerly
WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff). Prior to that, he worked for O’Brien and Gere in both their Virginia Beach and Richmond locations.
As Managing Director at Greeley and Hansen, Coleman will have broad responsibility for directing business operations and staff in the firm’s South Atlantic offices, as well as driving business development and strategic growth efforts in targeted market areas for Greeley and Hansen in the region.
“We’re pleased that Dan has joined our firm in this key leadership role,” said Paul Vogel, Executive Vice President. “Adding someone of Dan’s experience and caliber to our team will be a tremendous asset as we accelerate ongoing efforts to achieve the firm’s growth objectives for serving the needs of both existing and new utility clients in the South Atlantic.”
Coleman is a registered professional engineer and is a member of the Water Environment Federation and the American Water Works Association. He is also an appointed member of the Water Environment Federation’s Collection Systems Committee. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Syracuse University.
Glenn DiGiovanni Joins Greeley and Hansen as Co-Managing Director of Northeast Operating Group
September 6, 2017 – Glenn R. DiGiovanni, P.E., CCM, has joined Greeley and Hansen as Co-Managing Director of the Northeast Operating Group. DiGiovanni has over 30 years of client and program management experience with the planning, design, and construction of wastewater, water, and solid waste facilities, in both the public and private sectors. He most recently served as Senior Vice President at Techno Consult, where he was responsible for the firm’s water, wastewater, and environmental construction management practice. Prior to that, DiGiovanni was Vice President for the New York City Metro operations of URS.
In this new role at Greeley and Hansen, DiGiovanni will be involved in directing the firm’s business operations in the northeast region with a strategic focus on achieving sustained future growth.
“Glenn brings an impressive depth of technical expertise and proven leadership experience in both operations management and business development to our firm,” said Paul Vogel, Executive Vice President. “His professional background and skills will be valuable assets for expanding our operations in the northeast as he works to build solid partnerships with our clients, collaborating with them to address their challenges with creative and sustainable solutions.”
DiGiovanni is a registered professional engineer in New York, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida. He is also a Certified Construction Manager (CCM). Actively involved in numerous water industry organizations, he is a member of the American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation, Construction Management Association of America, Municipal Engineers of the City of New York, and the New Jersey Association of Environmental Authorities. He holds an MBA from New York University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Greeley and Hansen Opens New Midwest Office in Wisconsin
May 1, 2017 – Greeley and Hansen recently opened a new office location in Waukesha, Wisconsin as part of the firm’s long-term growth plan to expand business operations in the Midwest.
“Greeley and Hansen is seeing significant growth and opportunity in Wisconsin,” said Andy Martin, Managing Director of Greeley and Hansen’s Midwest Operating Group. “This new office will allow us to increase local support for current clients and also accommodate the continued growth of our client base in this area.”
“The decision to expand our presence in Wisconsin, a key targeted growth area for our Midwest operations, is a logical step to advance our overall business growth strategy,” said John C. Robak, President and Chief Operating Officer.
Andrew Martin Named Principal and Managing Director of Midwest Operations
February 9, 2017 – Andrew Martin has been named a Principal of Greeley and Hansen and has also been promoted to Managing Director of the Midwest Operating Group.
As Principal and Managing Director, Martin will now be responsible for directing the firm’s technical and business operations in the Midwest, including Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan. He will also continue to serve as Manager of Greeley and Hansen’s firm-wide Design Center.
“Andy’s extensive technical expertise and proven leadership experience in managing multi-discipline teams on a wide variety of challenging and complex projects will be extremely valuable in this key role within Greeley and Hansen,” said Andy Richardson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Greeley and Hansen. “And, his client-focused and collaborative approach to delivering sustainable project solutions will certainly be of benefit to our clients and to our firm as we accelerate ongoing efforts to expand our business operations in the Midwest.”
Martin is a registered Professional Engineers in five states and is an EnvisionTM Sustainability Professional (ENV SP). He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a member of the Water Environment Federation, the Illinois Water Environment Association, and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.
Greeley and Hansen Expands Business Operations with New Office in San Francisco
November 29, 2016 – Greeley and Hansen recently opened a new office location in San Francisco, California to further advance the expansion of the firm’s business operations on the west coast.
The new office will be under the leadership of Dr. Val S. Frenkel, Managing Director of Greeley and Hansen’s Pacific Coast Operating Group and an industry expert on process design, desalination, and membrane technologies. “This new San Francisco office provides Greeley and Hansen with a local base of operation to better serve the water infrastructure needs of clients on the west coast, and demonstrates our commitment to building long-term client relationships in this strategic growth market for our firm,” said Frenkel.
“Greeley and Hansen’s overall growth strategy includes plans for expanding our operations both internationally and domestically,” said John C. Robak, President and Chief Operating Officer. “The expansion of our presence in San Francisco is a key advancement in our U.S. growth plan, as it allows us to now extend our full range of services to municipal utility clients coast-to-coast.”
Dr. Val S. Frenkel Joins Greeley and Hansen as Vice President of Process Engineering
November 22, 2016 – Val S. Frenkel, PhD, has joined Greeley and Hansen as Vice President of Process Engineering. A prominent industry expert with over 25 years of vast experience in water and wastewater treatment and water reuse process design, Dr. Frenkel is recognized as an international authority on desalination and membrane technologies. In this key role at Greeley and Hansen, Dr. Frenkel will lead efforts to expand the firm’s process engineering capabilities and opportunities for future growth in this area. He will also serve as the global leader of the firm’s Water Reuse Technical Center of Excellence.
“We’re excited to have Dr. Frenkel on board with us,” said Paul Vogel, Executive Vice President of Western Operations. “Val brings an exceptional depth of global experience in managing complex water and wastewater projects to our firm. And, his comprehensive expertise in the areas of process engineering and water reuse will further expand our capabilities for providing clients with innovative and sustainable solutions to address their current challenges and future needs.”
Dr. Frenkel most recently served as a Principal Project Manager for CH2M. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of California and Ontario, Canada and is also certified as a Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE) by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers.
Dr. Frenkel is an active member of numerous industry organizations, including the American Water Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Water Environment Federation, among others. In addition, he is a Fellow of the International Water Association and has served on multiple water reuse and membrane processes committees for various industry organizations. The author of more than 100 articles and presentations on a wide range of water reuse and treatment process topics, Dr. Frenkel has also contributed chapters to several industry-wide Manuals of Practice. He is the author of a number of patents for his work and is the recipient of numerous professional awards.
Greeley and Hansen Receives President’s E-Award from U.S. Department of Commerce
May 19, 2016 — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented Greeley and Hansen with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a recent ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.
“Greeley and Hansen has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The ‘E’ Awards Committee was very impressed with Greeley and Hansen’s commitment to including international growth as a core component in the company’s strategic plan. The company’s participation in international trade missions was also particularly notable. Greeley and Hansen’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs,” said Secretary Pritzker in her congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection as a 2016 award recipient.
“International expansion continues to be a strategic pillar of Greeley and Hansen’s long-term growth plan,” said John C. Robak, President and Chief Operating Officer of Greeley and Hansen and Director of International Operations. “We believe the critical need for U.S. technology and intellectual capital to help build sustainable water infrastructure in emerging international markets will support the continued growth and expansion of our firm both in the U.S. and abroad. We’re honored that our firm has been recognized with the prestigious President’s “E” Award for Exports this year.”
U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Award through the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service office network, located within the Department’s International Trade Administration. Record years of successive export growth and an applicant’s demonstration of an innovative international marketing plan that led the increase of international sales is a significant factor in selecting the winners.
About the President’s “E” Award
The President's “E” Award was created by Executive Order of President John F. Kennedy in 1961 to afford suitable recognition to persons, firms, or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase U.S. exports. For more information about the President’s “E” Awards visit http://export.gov/exportawards/.
New UV Disinfection System Improves Water Quality in Chicago Area Waterways
May 5, 2016 – The largest ultraviolet disinfection system in the world is now online at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s (MWRD) Terrence J. O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant (WRP), which serves more than 1.3 million people.
This new application of UV technology to the plant’s wastewater treatment process is the result of a forward-thinking decision made by the MWRD Board of Commissioners in June 2011 to proactively adopt a policy to disinfect its treated wastewater to improve the quality of water throughout the Chicago Area Waterway System.
“This UV system adds a new layer of protection that will safeguard our waterways for generations to come,” said MWRD President Mariyana Spyropoulos.
Greeley and Hansen worked with the MWRD to design and oversee construction of the new disinfection system which is an innovation of traditional UV technology. “MWRD officials instituted a blue ribbon panel in 2011 to evaluate available disinfection technologies and devoted eight months to research and testing to determine optimal solutions for disinfecting at the most economical cost,” said David St. Pierre, MWRD Executive Director.
Through this effort, the MWRD was able to provide this added disinfection step to the O’Brien plant’s wastewater treatment process at less than half the cost of the original estimate.
The plant’s multiple UV channels have the capacity to treat 450 million gallons of water per day (mgd), using 896 UV lamps that provide a low pressure, high output performance. “Innovative design features and the type of UV lamps selected for the disinfection process were key to reducing energy consumption, which resulted in both significantly lower capital and operating costs for the project,” said Paul Vogel, Greeley and Hansen’s Executive Vice President of Western Operations. “The unique configuration of the UV system also allows for easy maintenance and lamp replacement while the UV lamp banks are in the channel and the system is in operation. “
“With the UV system at the O’Brien plant combined with disinfection upgrades implemented at the Calumet WRP last year, MWRD now has a system in place that will dramatically improve the quality of water throughout the Chicago Area Water System, while protecting the region’s drinking water supply in Lake Michigan,” said St. Pierre.
“This is another visionary, cutting-edge project by MWRD that demonstrates the agency’s continual efforts to improve water quality and enhance opportunity for the development of Chicago area waterways for the benefit of area residents today and in the future,” said Vogel.
For more information about the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, go to www.mwrd.org.
Greeley and Hansen Receives Top Engineering Excellence Honors
April 29, 2016 – Two innovative projects recently completed by Greeley and Hansen have received 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) at the state and national levels.
The ACEC of Illinois presented its top level Honor Award for Engineering Excellence to Greeley and Hansen and the City of Moline for its leading-edge application of ultraviolet (UV) disinfection technology to cost effectively inactivate cryptosporidium in the city’s Mississippi River source water. The city’s Water Division worked with Greeley and Hansen to proactively develop a solution that has successfully achieved the division’s goals of employing a multi-barrier approach for microbial inactivation to continue to protect the public and supply high-quality water under all operating conditions, while controlling capital costs. This project also received a National Recognition Award from the ACEC.
“Greeley and Hansen is honored to be recognized for our collaboration with the Water Division on this challenging and complex project,” said Nicole Spieles, Greeley and Hansen Managing Director of Midwest Operations. “The innovative application of UV technology at the Moline treatment plant will benefit the residents of the city by reliably providing high quality drinking water now and well into the future”
In addition, Greeley and Hansen and the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (RWSA) received an Honor Award from the ACEC of Virginia for the Meadow Creek Sanitary Sewer Interceptor project, which required replacing a critical 60-year-old sewer interceptor that had reached the end of its service life. A precision bypass-pumping “leap-frog” approach enabled replacing pipe sections while maintaining the pipeline in full operation as each pipe section was being replaced. Trenchless “pipe-bursting” and “slip-lining” pipe rehabilitation techniques minimized surface impacts to nearby structures, and all construction was planned and executed to minimize environmental impact.
The ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards recognize outstanding engineering accomplishments based on innovative applications; future value to the engineering profession; perception by the public; social, economic, and sustainable development considerations; complexity; and successful fulfillment of client/owner's needs.
For more information about the Moline UV System project award, go to http://acec.mys1cloud.com/2016BrochureWinners.pdf. Learn more about the Meadow Creek Sanitary Sewer Interceptor award at: http://www.acecva.org/2016-honor-award-recipients.
Greeley and Hansen Joins Regional Partners in Collaborative Effort to Advance Water Innovation
April 1, 2016 – Greeley and Hansen is part of a newly launched water initiative, called Current, focused on advancing the Chicago region as a global leader in water innovation. Current is a joint effort of public and private partners (including water and wastewater utilities, research institutions, water system engineering firms, and other businesses) committed to working together to leverage the strength of the Chicago region’s water industry.
Key goals are to propel the Chicago region to develop greater public and industrial water system efficiency, increase development and use of new water technologies and processes, encourage economic growth, enhance resilience to climate change, and increase awareness globally of Chicago's strengths in water.
Current will focus on three strategic programs for achieving its goals: a research consortium of industry, public utilities, and universities to facilitate applied research; a technology demonstration network that assembles regional assets to demonstrate, prove, and advance innovative water technologies; and a circular economy/business-model innovation program to encourage public and private entities to reuse resources from wastewater and water streams.
Current is a separate non-profit corporation governed by a board of directors with representation from the following organizations:
- Argonne National Laboratory
- City Digital at UI LABS
- City of Chicago
- Chicago Department of Water Management
- Greeley and Hansen
- McKinsey & Company
- Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
- Northwestern University
- True North Venture Partners
- University of Chicago
- University of Illinois
- World Business Chicago
“This is truly an exciting and unique opportunity for the various Chicago area public utilities, universities, and private industry companies involved in Current to drive economic development and water investment growth in the Chicago region,” said Greeley and Hansen Chairman & CEO Andy Richardson, who is serving on Current’s board of directors. “These collaborative efforts will also help increase global awareness of the region’s water advantages and further brand Chicago as a global water hub leading a new era in water infrastructure.”
“By strengthening our water ecosystem and promoting collaboration, we can better leverage the Chicago region’s tremendous base,” said Jeff Malehorn, President & CEO of World Business Chicago, one of the lead partners of Current. “Greeley and Hansen’s participation will certainly add value to our joint efforts to advance the vision of Current.”
For more information about Current, please see http://www.worldbusinesschicago.com/current-initiative-to-address-water-challenges/ or visit http://currentwater.org/.
Reed Meriwether Joins Greeley and Hansen as Managing Director
February 25, 2016 – Reed Meriwether has joined Greeley and Hansen as the new Managing Director of the Southeast Operating Group. Meriwether has 25 years of comprehensive engineering and project management experience in the water and wastewater field, and most recently served as Principal Water Resource Engineer for Arcadis in Tampa, FL.
As Managing Director at Greeley and Hansen, Meriwether will have broad oversight responsibilities for directing day-to-day business operations, as well as driving business development and strategic growth efforts for the firm’s Southeast Operating Group. He will be based in the firm’s Tampa office.
“With his proven technical expertise and strong leadership skills, we’re excited to bring Reed on-board to direct our operations and to serve the needs of both our long-term and new clients in the southeast,” said John C. Robak, Greeley and Hansen President and Chief Operating Officer. “His commitment to collaborating with clients as a trusted advisor is definitely in line with our core values and ongoing strategy for growing our business.”
“For me, this is a great opportunity to have an active role in expanding the firm’s business in this region and to continue to provide clients with outstanding service and sustainable solutions through operational and technical excellence,” said Meriwether.
A registered Professional Engineer in Florida, Virginia, and Texas, Reed holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Lamar University, Beaumont, TX. He is also a member of the American Water Works Association, the Florida Water Environment Association, and the Florida Stormwater Association.
Sundaram Solai Named Principal and Managing Director of Northeast Operations
Chicago, February 12, 2016 – Sundaram Solai has been named a Principal and also Managing Director of Greeley and Hansen’s Northeast Operating Group. Solai has 30 years of specialized wastewater engineering and project management experience for major wastewater treatment plant upgrades and solid waste facilities for large municipal utilities. He most recently served as Office Director for the firm’s New York operations.
In his new role as Principal and Managing Director, Solai will have overall responsibility for directing the firm’s technical and business operations in the northeast, including New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. “Solai is an accomplished engineer and leader with a proven track record for successfully delivering high-quality projects and sustainable solutions that benefit our clients,” said Andy Richardson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Over the years, Solai has been a key contributor to the success of our firm, and we’re pleased to promote him to Principal and Managing Director. He’s a collaborative and results oriented leader committed to advancing our operations and business development efforts in the northeast to achieve our strategic vision for future growth.”
A registered Professional Engineer, Solai holds an M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology. He is an active member of the Water Environment Federation, the New York Water Environment Association, and the New Jersey Water Environment Association. He is also a member of the Municipal Engineers of the City of New York.