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WESTFIELD — Tighe & Bond was recently recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Connecticut (ACEC/CT) with an Engineering Excellence Award. The project team received the award for the design of phosphorous-removal upgrades at the Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF) in Plainville, Conn.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection set new phosphorous limits after it was determined the nutrient was negatively affecting water quality in the state’s freshwater rivers and streams. While phosphorus is a naturally occur­ring element that is an essential nutrient to support plant growth, excessive amounts contribute to dense growth of algae and suffocation of marine life. This meant the Plainville WPCF needed to reduce the amount of phosphorous leaving the facility by 88%. In anticipation of these changes, Tighe & Bond prepared a phosphorus-removal plan to determine how best to meet the new phosphorus limits.

The plan recommended the addition of a filter building that would house new, multi-point chemical-addition and disc-filtration processes to reduce the amount of phosphorous from the facility’s water. The design also included cost-effective improvements to the existing WPCF, including a larger sludge-processing system, raising the facility’s existing UV disinfection system for improved flood resiliency; new flow-equalization tanks to stabilize the effluent from the facility’s sequencing batch reactors (SBRs); and filter influent pumps to lift the flow up to the disc filters.

The project was completed four months ahead of schedule and $1 million under budget. The upgrades have enabled the town of Plainville to meet its phosphorous limits. The new system continues to remove phosphorus from the treated water the facility discharges daily into the Pequabuck River, which joins the Quinnipiac River and Long Island Sound. The renovations to the WPCF also meets all state and federal environmental regulations and ensures the protection of surrounding bodies of water.

Tighe & Bond and its project partners will be honored at the ACEC/CT Engineering Excellence Awards Gala in June.

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WESTFIELD — Eric Ohanian, structural project engineer at Tighe & Bond Inc., was named a 2020 Young Professional of the Year by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA). This award recognizes the accomplishments of young engineers by highlighting their interesting and unique work, and the resulting impact on society.

Ohanian has been a key contributor to the successful rise of Tighe & Bond’s bridge-design and assessment practice over the last few years. His extensive experience and knowledge of engineering design have greatly contributed to the service the firm provides to municipal and DOT clients, including assisting numerous towns with applications for more than $3 million in grant funding for bridges. Beyond bridge design, his work includes business development, project management, marketing, mentoring, and engineering.

His hard work was recognized early in his career with Tighe & Bond when he was selected to join the first year-long Aspiring Leaders Program. This provided an opportunity to work directly with senior leadership and solve upcoming challenges. His contributions to the program resulted in the development of a new internal quality management committee, of which he is an active member.

“Eric is not only an exemplary leader, but he also embodies Tighe & Bond’s philosophy of giving back to the community,” said Bob Belitz, president and CEO of Tighe & Bond. “He has organized numerous office-wide programs that allow employees to be involved in charity events and a variety of service projects. I am looking forward to seeing him continue to strengthen his community service and have a positive impact on our firm and the engineering industry.”

Ohanian’s extensive volunteerism has led him to hold many leadership and committee roles with professional organizations such as Structural Engineers of Massachusetts and the Boston Society of Civil Engineers. He also started an annual charity mini-golf tournament out of the firm’s Westwood office to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank. The engineers turned the office space into a mini-golf course for an evening and constructed holes for the course. Donations for the food bank were collected in the form of ‘greens fees’ at each player’s discretion. Ohanian then organized an outing to present the group donation and volunteer as a group at the Food Bank, sorting 22,000 pounds of food to provide 15,000 meals to people across Eastern Mass.

Ohanian will be honored by ACEC/MA alongside other award recipients at its 2021 awards gala.