Life sciences client joins IDC Architects in supporting first Oregon Bio Women networking event

July 10, 2013 - Architect Kelly Gillard represented CH2M HILL at the first ever Oregon Bio Women (OBW) Women CONNECT event in Portland, Oregon. Through networking and education programs, OBW's mission is to enhance the professional and personal success of women engaged in the life science community.

It was a positive start for this inaugural OBW event, which was sold out with a waiting list. Attendees included member companies, universities, and community advocates.

Kelly's guests were the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Analytical Chemist/Study Director of a new IDC Architects client, Validation Resources. We're designing a new pharmaceutical and medical device testing lab for this client in Bend, Oregon.

Co-sponsored by IDC Architects, the event was a networking opportunity for executive and young professional women in the local bioscience community, with brief presentations from women who have established a reputation of excellence in that community.

Asked to be one of the presenters, Kelly shared thoughts with the group about the programming and design process for advanced technology facilities such as bioscience labs. "We strive to get our clients involved about what a new space means for the dynamic of their workplace and how it can truly begin to reflect the values of the company and inspire better science," she related.

Kelly also commented on the value of networking events such as OBA's Women CONNECT. "It's our association with OBA that actually started our partnership with Validation Resources," she explained. "It is events like the one tonight that encourage these new relationships and partnerships to happen."

OBW will also host a session at the Oregon Bio 2013 annual conference September 16-18 in Portland, where IDC Architects will also be a co-sponsor.

For more information about Oregon Bio Women or getting involved with the Oregon Bio 2013 annual conference in September, contact Kelly Gillard or Jennifer McCarty.

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Electrical engineer promotes CH2M HILL industrial expertise in Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine interview

July 8, 2013 - I&AT Electrical Discipline Manager Brian Martin/PDX was recently asked to participate in an "MEP Roundtable" discussion in Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine with three other industry experts on a variety of topics related to engineering systems in manufacturing and industrial buildings.

The roundtable centered on the fact that manufacturing and industrial facilities have unusual engineering requirements, especially air handling, power needs, and fire/life safety systems.

Here's a link to the discussion in Consulting-Specifying Engineer where you can read Brian weighing in on several related topics including some of the advanced building modeling software CH2M HILL uses, engineering of fire suppression systems, navigating code issues in advanced industrial buildings, designing backup power systems, high-voltage challenges, unique lighting systems, and incorporating renewable energy systems into manufacturing/industrial facilities.

The MEP Roundtable discussion begins on page 8.

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CH2M HILL meets with Brazilian mayor to expand project opportunities in Brazil

June 24, 2013 - In late May our Portland office was visited by a delegation from Jaraguá do Sul (JdS), Brazil to discuss potential development opportunities in Brazil. This follows our recent award of an Economic Master Plan for the 664-square-mile Belo Horizonte Metropolitan Region in Brazil's State of Minas Gerais, where we are developing "smart growth" concepts to improve quality of life for the 4 million people living in the region.

CH2M HILL staff presenting to the Brazilian delegation included CH2M HILL Urban Programs Managing Director Jo Danko/CVO, I&AT Belo Horizonte project manager Alfred Voegels/PDX, Water group Sustainable Cities Program manager Steph Stoppenhagen/PDX and Transportation group technologist Michael O'Halloran/PDX.

The meeting came about through our relationship with the Portland Development Commission's Urban Development Department. The Commission arranged a previous visit by another Brazilian delegation in late 2012 that led to an opportunity we're pursuing for CH2M HILL to develop an Eco Map for the City of Rio de Janeiro.

"We see a real opportunity for leveraging city-to-city relationships (i.e. Portland and Jaragua do Sul) in order to identify new project opportunities for firms such as CH2M HILL that are either not yet formulated or still in concept phase," said a Portland Development Commission representative.

"The current thinking from the JdS Mayor's Office is that they would like to see Portland firms eventually bid as a team on the various projects. They have seen projects here in Portland that were accomplished in that collaborative model and want to replicate that in their city."

Portland has an international reputation for progressive urban planning. Jaraguá do Sul views Portland as a model for planning of urban spaces and transit worthy of emulation. Like Belo Horizonte, Jaraguá do Sul also wants to establish an "Aerotropolis" to serve as an economic development engine as well as transportation hub for the region. There are also aspirations to redevelop ports, rail and highway systems to support the city's projected growth.

During the visit Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Jaraguá do Sul Mayor Dieter Janssen signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two cities to "expand the possibilities for business cooperation, provide support for setting up business and joint ventures, facilitate partnerships between technology and business development institutions, with special emphasis on direct collaborative projects, including public-private linkages, to bolster economic development and export performance."

Feedback from the Portland Development Commission indicated that the Brazilians were much impressed by our team's presentation of CH2M HILL's expertise related to urban planning, smart cities, eco districts and our numerous eco tools.

Our team followed up with a June meeting in Jaraguá do Sul to create next steps with the leaders involved in the region.

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Summit Meeting of Industry Leaders Seeks to Expland LEED Certification Program to Broader Range of Building Types

June 18, 2013 - CH2M HILL, a global full-service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm, hosted representatives from a group of industry-leading companies in a May 7-8, 2013 green building summit meeting at the company's Portland, Oregon office. The purpose of the summit was to broaden the global range of the LEED® building certification program administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is a widely accepted benchmark for design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

This summit's assembly, known as the LEED Manufacturing User Group, is applying its collective sustainability experience to expand the LEED program beyond its original sphere of commercial buildings to other building types.

The summit meeting included a May 8 reception jointly hosted by USGBC and CH2M HILL to coalesce support for this initiative with regional sustainability leaders. Attendees included a number of manufacturers as well as the Cascadia Green Building Council, members of USGBC's Board of Directors, Green Building Services and the Port of Portland.

The LEED Manufacturing User Group is helping shape the next version of LEED standards (LEEDv4) to be compatible with such other building categories as industrial, military, university campuses and other non-commercial building categories. By creating alternative compliance paths, the LEED Manufacturing User Group and USGBC are expanding the influence of green building design to include institutions and companies previously unable to qualify for certification.

LEED Manufacturing User Group member companies collectively manage millions of square feet of building space which consume huge amounts of energy. They understand from their own experiences how much additional environmental benefit the world could realize if LEED standards were applied to other building types. As an example, it's been estimated that applying LEED energy standards to a single industrial manufacturing facility could produce enough energy savings to operate a large university campus for one year, or a community of 10,000 homes.

CH2M HILL was asked to be part of this historic initiative because of the company's international leadership in sustainable building design, including hundreds of LEED-certified projects. CH2M HILL has also been a pioneer in broadening LEED's use, having designed the first LEED-certified buildings in the semiconductor industry, a major data center firm's first LEED Gold data center, and LEED-certified buildings in other private and public markets in which sustainable certification has either been rare or nonexistent.

CH2M HILL is also contributing its expertise in technological sustainability approaches involving a building's energy, process and water systems. These approaches increase LEED's appeal to building owners because they offer an "Alternative Compliance Path" giving owners more routes to LEED compliance than through design alone.

The LEED Manufacturing User Group is planning to share its recommendations at the USGBC's annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo conference in Philadelphia in November. For more information about USGBC, visit www.usgbc.org External link.

"USGBC is excited to be working with a dedicated group of industry professionals from the manufacturing sector to create more opportunities for greener, healthier, more efficient manufacturing facilities," said Rhiannon Jacobsen, Director, Strategic Accounts, USGBC. "The goal of this group, with leadership from companies like CH2M HILL, is to establish a collaborative community to identify, share and publicize the best-known methods related to the design, operations and maintenance of green manufacturing facilities."

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Article promotes CH2M HILL manufacturing site selection capability

June 17, 2013 - A new article in Photovoltaics International magazine promotes CH2M HILL's site selection capability supporting the solar industry. The article "Optimizing site selection decisions in a changing solar marketplace" was authored by I&AT advanced planning and site selection expert Dick Sheehy and project manager/ technologist Nate Monosoff.

The premise of the article is that while economic conditions have challenged the solar industry in recent years, solar energy has maintained its international appeal as a desirable renewable resource. Solar products continue to be manufactured, and those who figure out how to manufacture them profitably will enjoy the benefits of solar's market expansion.

An important key to figuring out how to manufacture solar products profitably is figuring out where to produce them. This article shares strategies and tools to help owners make the best informed choices about where to locate new manufacturing operations.

The article also addresses the potential trend of "reshoring," or returning of more manufacturing jobs to the U.S. This trend is thought to be driven by multiple factors, including transportation costs, decreases in U.S. energy costs, aggressive U.S. state incentive programs, and increases in manufacturing costs elsewhere in the world.

Reshoring is also being driven by geopolitics. In 2010 President Barack Obama set a goal of doubling American exports around the world by the start of 2015. In 2011, for the second straight year, the number of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. increased, after declining every year since 1998. Since December 2009 the manufacturing sector has added 300,000 jobs, including 50,000 in January 2012 alone, the biggest monthly increase in a year. President Obama has proposed lowering tax rates for manufacturers to further fuel this trend.

Regardless of where manufacturers locate, they will benefit from the kinds of analytical processes reviewed in this article. For solar manufacturers considering U.S. locations, for instance, cost factors can vary considerably from state to state such as taxes (sales, property and income), incentives, labor, site and infrastructure development, construction and transportation costs.

The article discusses an effective quantitative site selection tool to analyze those factors -- the Net Present Value model -- a tool that CH2M HILL is very proficient at using. These models efficiently forecast and compare project cash flows and forecast cost of plant ownership for each manufacturing site under consideration.

For more about the strategic business planning and economic modeling processes CH2M HILL uses to support clients not just in the solar industry but in many industries, here's a link (PDF, 663.5KB) to the Photovoltaics International magazine article.

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Sustainability expert publishes article presenting approaches for greening of semiconductor industry

June 12, 2013 - IDC Architects sustainability expert Ozzie Gonzalez recently published an article in Chip Scale Review magazine with recommendations for improving sustainability among semiconductor manufacturers. The article's titled "Market Forces Drive the Greening of Our Industry and Foster Innovation."

"It takes a lot of water, energy, minerals, chemicals, and human ingenuity to make semiconductors," writes Ozzie. "According to a 2010 survey including 44 different facilities from 18 of the largest manufacturing companies in the world, wafer starts consume, on average, approximately 1.7kWh of electricity, 4.3 gallons of water, and generate 0.06 pounds of waste for every cm2 of wafer output from the fabrication plants.

"When you consider that 25.7 million square inches of silicon per day are projected to be produced in 2013, it is easy to imagine the immensity of this impact worldwide. For semiconductor manufacturing companies, securing a steady supply of high-quality, well-priced, natural resources is more than good business policy -- it is part and parcel of a responsible environmental policy."

"Begin defining your key performance indicators and creating a monitoring plan to measure them…Benchmarking your operations against another like facility (whether inside your company or industry-wide) is a first step toward finding the greatest opportunities for improvements. By taking these initial steps of setting goals, tracking progress, and comparing against others, you will be well on your way toward improving your triple bottom line (Economy, Environment, and Society) and bringing about positive change for the industry."

Here's a link to Ozzie's article in Chip Scale Review magazine (article begins page 42).

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CH2M HILL hosts Chinese delegation to advance nanotechnology research collaboration

May 28, 2013 - CH2M HILL's Portland office hosted a May 15 visit by a delegation from Suzhou, China as an outgrowth of our design of a major Chinese nanotechnology research facility in Suzhou.

We're designing a multi-story microelectromechanical (MEMS) development lab on Suzhou's massive Nanopolis campus. We were asked by Nanopolis President Dr. Xijun Zhang to facilitate introductions to science and technology leaders in Portland, which maintains a "Sister City" relationship with Suzhou.

CH2M HILL arranged for the Nanopolis delegation to meet with representatives of the State of Oregon, Portland State University, a regional venture capital firm, and FEI Company, a preeminent Oregon-based manufacturer of electronic microscopy and related nanotechnology research equipment.

These meetings focused on the increasing role of Suzhou's Nanopolis complex as a model that can be replicated elsewhere in China for attracting entrepreneurs to incubate and commercialize new nanotechnologies.

Suzhou intends to attract over 200 nanotech companies from around the world and 10,000 nanotech experts within the next 5 years. International nanotech collaborations are already forming on the Nanopolis site, such as the China-Finland Nano Innovation Center and The Dutch Science & Technology SME China Centre.

Suzhou launched the "Nanopolis Suzhou" initiative with a commitment of about $1.5 billion over 5 years to provide a complete ecosystem for the growth of nanotechnology and new industries enabled by the initiative.

Areas of focus include micro and nano manufacturing technologies, energy and green technologies, and nano medicine. Nanopolis provides not just incubation facilities for Suzhou's overflowing number of nanotech venture companies, which includes over 200 nano-related ventures, but also an innovation and commercialization base for global companies. The dynamic Nanopolis environment is designed to carry new nanotechnologies rapidly from research and development to pilot production, and then on to mass production.

Nanopolis Suzhou has a total area of 1 square kilometer, with integrated infrastructure for research and development, pilot production and mass production, as well as corporate, education and lifestyle environments. Comprehensive incentives and support are also provided, such as tax reductions, labor/housing subsidies, and thorough commitment to intellectual property protection.

The Nanopolis facility CH2M HILL is designing has highly specialized systems including top level research and development labs, stacked cleanrooms, pilot and manufacturing areas, ISO 5 and 7 cleanrooms, VC-D and VC-C vibration criteria, E-beam metrology and research suites with Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) capability, a technique transmitting a beam of electrons through ultra-thin specimens.

The CH2M HILL team hosting the Nanpolis delegation included I&AT Manager of Business Planning Consulting Adam Youngbar, I&AT Business Development VP John Frank, Senior Technologist Michael O'Halloran and I&AT Industrial Engineer Monty Stranski. In addition, a special welcome was made by Vice President, NW Transit Leader, David Knowles.

As Nanopolis continues to expand, we see other potential projects taking shape with this client. The fact that they took the time to visit us in Portland during this trip to the U.S. indicates that they find value not only in our technical design skill but also in the connections we can offer them in the U.S. technology community.

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Presentation at international research facility conference yields public client praise, new project leads

May 22, 2013 - Jeff Murray and Monty Stranski teamed up for a presentation at a research facility conference that prompted public accolades from one of our clients and leads for at least 4 new projects.

Their presentation at Tradeline 2013 International Conference on Research Facilities in Boston, Massachusetts focused on strategies for saving costs and energy usage in nanotechnology research facilities.

The results included our team connecting with representatives of at least 3 universities and one private sector client interested in discussing near-term research facility projects. Getting project leads isn't the main reason we go to these technical conferences, but it's a nice extra when it happens, especially in multiples.

In analyzing Jeff and Monty's performance, our team felt that Jeff's design insights as an architect blended well with Monty's more technical approach as an industrial engineer. Jeff fielded design-oriented questions from the audience and Monty handled the more process-oriented queries. Together they came off as competent and capable of covering the many dimensions of designing complex nanotechnology research facilities.

The client compliment came about during a presentation by our client SAIC about their new Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF) in Frederick, Maryland, which we designed. Our client gave "CH2M-HILL-IDC Architects" a lot of credit for the project's success during his presentation.

The ATRF is a 340,000-square-foot R&D facility with advanced biopharmaceutical laboratories. The facility has collaborative "think tank" space for a continuum of R&D activities including genomics, proteomics, nanotechnology, molecular diagnostics, bioinformatics and biopharmaceutical development. The ATRF brings together partners from government, industry, academia, and the nonprofit sector to accelerate transition of research findings into treatments for patients with cancer and AIDS.

There's a lot of interest in nanotechnology facility design strategies right now. On reason is that because these facilities are a relatively new building type, there are not well established "best practices" standards for their design. This lack of best practices leads to design decisions that can turn out to be more expensive for owners than they need to be.

For that reason the audience showed a lot of interest on Jeff and Monty's discussion of approaches used on our nanotechnology projects to maximize performance and reducing costs.

An example of this interest was the Vice Chancellor of a university who approached our group interested in getting help with feasibility studies for an interdisciplinary nano research facility. They've been haphazardly developing small pieces of research space throughout their campus and want a more organized way to explore options for consolidating operations.

In another case a professor and student from another very recognizable university expressed interest in hearing more about latest concepts for energy efficiency in cleanroom design. They too appear to have a new nano facility project in the early formulation stages.

These and other contacts our people made at this conference indicate that the nanotechnology market continues to grow, along with our reputation as one of the market's leaders.

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Article by I&AT electrical engineer offers cost-saving ideas for electric system equipment

April 29, 2013 - I&AT senior electrical engineer Debra Vieira wrote an article for the Spring issue of Pure Power magazine offering suggestions of cost-saving ideas for a building's existing electric system equipment.

In the article's introduction Debra explains "It happens too often on projects.  You're working hard on a project when the client decides to check a cost estimate.  The next thing you know, the design comes to a screeching halt because the project is over budget.

Cable tray can be used instead of conduit in situations that prevent underground feeder installation, especially if many conductors must be routed

"The client is asking for ideas to reduce construction costs without changing the facility's function.  Simple items begin to be pulled from the project.  Fancy architectural finishes, angular rooms, and curved walls are replaced with more cost-effective solutions.  High-end light fixtures are replaced with more practical fixtures.  

"As a natural extension to cost-cutting measures, focus then turns to the electrical distribution system because the components are expensive to procure and install. 

"You're tasked with engineering new concepts for the electrical system.  This article presents cost-saving ideas for retrofitting existing equipment and tips for cost savings throughout the new building engineering process."

Here are some of those ideas:

  • Proper Sizing Underground.  Install as many feeders and branch circuits underground or in the concrete floor slab as possible.  This approach reduces costs in multiple ways.
  • Three-Wire System.  Design a system that uses a 3-phase, 3-wire electrical distribution system (three phases plus a ground) even if there are loads that require a neutral.
  • Take Another Look at Aluminum.  Be open-minded about alternative conductor types—consider using aluminum conductors.
  • Performance vs. Detailed Design.  Specifications for circuits and conduits should be rule-based, allowing the electrical contractor to choose where to combine circuits and where to route conduits. 
  • Taking a Multiphase Approach.  Sometimes, even after implementing cost-reducing ideas, the cost is still too high for the client's budget.  Additional options include designing a multiphased installation, installing just enough equipment to allow the facility to function but allowing for future exapnsion at a later date.

In the article's conclusion Debra writes "When developing options for your client, recognize that the initial cost of equipment is not the only important issue.  Equipment and material choices, rewiring, offsite assembly, and multiphasing are approaches that focus on one part of the pie: the initial cost of a product.  Client-owners must be cognizant of how these cost-saving efforts will affect their total cost of ownership, which includes costs for operations, maintenance, and eventually disposal – and how early cost-saving measures will affect operations in the future."

Here's a linkto Debra's entire article in Pure Power magazine.

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Magazine features Portland State University project as example of how "Lab Renovations Yield Big Energy Savings"

April 24, 2013 - A March article in The Chronicle of Higher Education journal cites the IDC Architects-designed remodel and expansion of Portland State University's Science Building 2 as an example of how universities are looking to remodel their lab facilities rather than building new ones to meet certain sustainability standards.

Portland State University's Science Building 2

In an article titled "Lab Renovations Yield Big Energy Savings," the inherent value of remodeling is conveyed in a quote from project architect Scott Barton-Smith, who observes "The most sustainable building is a building that's already there."

The article describes how in research universities, laboratories are often the largest source of energy costs and are where many institutions turn to reduce their carbon footprints. These facilities seek to improve the way labs "breathe"—how buildings are ventilated, heated, and cooled. By doing so they can cut energy costs in half.

Our Science Building 2 project for Portland State University is an example of this. The project replaced nearly 200 fume hoods with high-performance models to reduce the air flow in the building and reduced the number of exhaust fans from 125 individual fans to a system of 10 linked fans.

Our Science Building 2 project for Portland State University is an example of this. The project replaced nearly 200 fume hoods with high-performance models to reduce the air flow in the building and reduced the number of exhaust fans from 125 individual fans to a system of 10 linked fans.

The system now operates more effectively because the fans are networked—if one fan isn't performing, the others can back it up, according to Portland State University's Mark Fujii.

Here's a link (PDF, 2,511.4KB) to the article in The Chronicle of Higher Education journal.

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Innovative modular design meets challenges of new data center vision for National Bank of Abu Dhabi

April 22, 2013 – IDC Architects has been awarded the Preliminary Engineering and preparation of equipment pre-purchase packages for an innovative modular data center concept developed for the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD).

Computer simulated image of new design of National Bank of Abu Dhabi

NBAD is proceeding with development of a new data center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to serve as the Information Technology hub for the bank's regional and international operations. NBAD is the leading financial institution of the U.A.E. operating in 13 regions, with aggressive goals to expand to 35 global regions by 2020.

NBAD initially commissioned IDC Architects to create a Visioning Study proposing a robust data center solution. The solution is based on the principles of modularity, flexibility and expandability consistent with NBAD's "Bank-in-a-Box" modular data center concept as envisioned by Mr. Saher Arar, NBAD's Senior Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer. The success of that initial effort led to NBAD's award of this new phase of work to IDC Architects to move the project forward.

Mr. Arar commented "Bank-in-a-Box is a revolutionary concept which provides the bank with the ability of rapid expansion to support our aggressive growth strategy and at the same time improve our customer banking experience. Having a modular, flexible and cost-effective data center solution is central to this concept."

The proposed solution is to replace NBAD's current production data center in Abu Dhabi with a new state-of-the-art primary production facility. Mr. Arar and his NBAD team developed an IT strategy tailored to NBAD's current and future cloud goals. IDC Architects will provide their patent-pending modular data center (MDC), engineering and project management expertise and oversight for delivering this cost-effective, industry-leading modular data center facility.

The approach reduces first cost, long-term operating cost, and time to start up, as well as being easily adaptable to multiple locations around the globe.

Key to this approach are modular, pre-assembled data centers which are self-contained mechanical, electrical and IT units, factory fabricated and transported as a single package for field installation (plug-and-play). These modular units allow for maximum scalability, flexibility and fast deployment. MDCs can also be rapidly attached together on site to form "PODs" which can quickly scale up or down to meet a specific client's changing data management requirements.

This modular data center concept offers a host of advantages over conventional data center designs, including lower initial capital investment; smaller footprint reducing electrical power and cooling demand; faster time to market (modular data center construction requires about half the time); superior reliability, since modular data centers are factory-built and tested; superior flexibility, since modular data centers can be added or deleted as capacity needs change; superior energy efficiency; and superior "geo independence" since duplicate modular units can be quickly deployed anywhere in the world.

Our project manager is John Mogannam.

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Trio of CH2M HILL water experts author "Best Conference Paper" at American Water Works Association conference

April 8, 2013 - A trio of CH2M HILL water experts authored a paper chosen "Best Conference Paper" at February's American Water Works Association Membrane Technology Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

The paper written by Jim Lozier and Michael Hwang of the Water group and Ralph Williams of I&AT addresses a topic of increasing importance in multiple industries – how manufacturers must adjust to a world facing water challenges, especially in arid and water-constrained geographies.

Jim presented the paper in San Antonio, which was one of a dozen presentations made by CH2M HILL experts at this conference.

Arid-region water supplies have elevated levels of total dissolved solids (TDS) and inorganics. This requires demineralization technologies, most typically reverse osmosis (RO), as a key step to production of high-quality process water.

The disposal of high-salt waste produced from the RO, called reject (or concentrate), is another big challenge in arid regions because of the lack of naturally occurring surface waters in which to discharge. A related problem is limitations of how much reject water manufacturers can dispose into local sewer systems.

These constraints—lack and quality of water supply and difficulties with high-salt discharges—are forcing industries to develop a more comprehensive approach to water management that incorporates water reuse and recycling.

CH2M HILL is a leader in reclamation of brackish waters for industrial users.  Brackish water projects often require multiple vendors, each offering one specialized aspect of capability related to this issue.  CH2M HILL has the depth to provide a full range of water specializations and novel technologies from a single source. 

Another advantage we have on water projects is that unlike some of our competitors, we have no bias toward any particular treatment technology as opposed to vendors with an agenda to sell certain types of equipment. 

Titled "RO Concentrate Treatment and Reuse to Achieve Sustainable Water Management Schemes for Industrial Facilities Located in Arid, Water Scarce Regions," the paper presented at the Membrane Technology Conference offers a number of solutions to water-challenged manufacturers. 

Some of these solutions were derived from a recent CH2M HILL water management study conducted in the arid southwestern U.S.  The study evaluated treatment options for an electronics manufacturer's high-salinity RO reject water that required development of new approaches to reducing overall reject flows.

Technologies considered for this study included precipitative softening using lime, caustic soda and soda ash followed by conventional and novel solids clarification processes, tubular and hollow fiber micro- and ultra-filtration, nanofiltration (NF), electrodialysis reversal (EDR) and various configurations of RO (brackish and seawater spiral wound, high efficiency RO [HERO™] and disc tube), thermally and electrically-driven evaporation and passive and enhanced solar evaporation ponds.

For more details on CH2M HILL's expertise in this area, here's a link (PDF, 384.4KB) to the paper.

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Supporting World Water Day

The March 22, 2013 - United Nations' World Water Day is Friday, March 22. First celebrated in 1993, World Water Day provides a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources, a topic near and dear to CH2M HILL's heart.  This year's theme is international water cooperation, which stresses the importance of working across boundaries to preserve, protect and provide water.

Water is an underlying part in much of what CH2M HILL does.  From building water and wastewater plants to cleaning up hazardous waste, water unites most of our work.  CH2M HILL's interest in water goes beyond our projects as we have a number of water-related activities upcoming.  In April, U.S. employees will be encouraged to participate in the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation to compete with other cities by pledging to use less water in your home, yard, community and life.  CH2M HILL's WaterMatch is a sponsor.  In 2012, residents from 1,000 cities in all 50 U.S. states pledged to save a total of 4.7 billion gallons of water over the course of a year, winning great prizes along the way.

In May, Drinking Water Week highlights CH2M HILL's annual Water For People Workplace Giving Campaign.  Stay tuned for ways you can donate to help bring clean water and improved sanitation to people in developing countries through Water For People's innovative programs.

To learn more about World Water Day, visit the website

Questions/comments? Contact Kate Peabody.

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CH2M HILL article showcases nanotechnology research facilities project in China

March 18, 2013 - A new CH2M HILL article in Industrial Engineer magazine describes how facilities such as China's new Nanopolis facility designed by CH2M HILL are applying industrial engineering technologies to support a new era of heightened performance for nanotechnology and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) research facilities.

Nanopolis facility services REVIT model

The article is authored by senior industrial engineer Monty Stranski, who's developed industrial engineering strategies for a number of nanotechnology, semiconductor, solar and flat panel manufacturing facilities internationally.

The Nanopolis project in Suzhou is the first MEMS research facility in its region  dedicated to research and development, prototyping, processing, packaging and pilot production for new MEMS/nanotechnology products.  The facility is considered a keystone project to advance Chinese MEMS/nanotechnology and portends a growth trend for nanotechnology research facilities around the world.

The article reviews such trends related to nanotechnology facility design as modular space configuration, control of vibration and electromagnetic interference (EMI), bio-nano-MEMS integration, acoustics and the use of airflow modeling to reduce energy consumption and airborne molecular contamination.

It also emphasizes the need for facility designers to understand the different sustainable design certification standards that apply in specific locales.  These relate to energy and water efficiency, environmental protection, indoor environmental quality and other "green" considerations.  It recommends approaches for balancing green design goals with the practical considerations of life cycle cost paybacks, recommending approaches to strike a prudent balance between environmental and fiscal responsibility.

The article also explores a "predictive scaling" tool developed by IDC Architects that helps designers more accurately forecast spaces required in a facility's research, development and pilot manufacturing areas, and it reviews the advantages of modular laboratory planning to enhance a facility's flexibility while reducing capital costs.

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IDC Architects named "Innovator of the Month" by GreenBuildingCommunity.com

IDC Architects was selected as "Innovator of the Month" by GreenBuildingCommunity.com, a sustainable design news outlet that uses this monthly feature to focus on companies considered green building innovators.

The team representing the U.S. Air Force edged out the other four teams competing in Pittsburgh's Yellow Ribbon contest to support the troops.

In its article titled "IDC Architects' Secret Sauce? The Melding of Architects and Engineers," GreenBuildingCommunity.com interviews IDC Architects VP & Global Director of Sustainable Solutions Jeff Cross.

The interview covers new developments in the design of green data centers, renewable energy parks and repurposing of aging buildings.

"This green repurposing mindset of commercial spaces makes them a great candidate for this month's new Innovator of the Month pick," explains the editor of GreenBuildingCommunity.com.

The article begins by noting that IDC Architects has carved an "interesting niche" excelling in such advanced technology markets as labs, advanced technology manufacturing, data centers and high-tech office and research facilities. Jeff describes the "secret sauce" as the practice of architects, engineers and constructors working side by side every day.

"It's a 'secret sauce' that's proven its worth many times over by helping us solve a lot of complex challenges that we don't think clients could have solved any other way," says Jeff. "We also have this heritage of pushing the envelope – we're viewed as a company that doesn't just design and build good buildings, but also a company that can solve some fairly formidable problems that companies run into."

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Yellow Ribbon contest rallies Pittsburgh staff to support troops far from home

March 11, 2013 - CH2M HILL's Pittsburgh office held a spirited Yellow Ribbon contest that drew more than 30 staff into a competition to see who could collect more items for care packages shipped to our troops in Afghanistan. 

The team representing the U.S. Air Force edged out the other four teams competing in Pittsburgh's Yellow Ribbon contest to support the troops.

Five teams were formed representing the five branches of the U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.  Hundreds of pounds of donated items later, the Pittsburgh team representing the Air Force had collected the most.

The competition was inspired by the Yellow Ribbon Girls, a western Pennsylvania organization that started with a single soldier's request for needed items on a combat deployment back in 2003. 

Since then the Yellow Ribbon Girls have shipped more than 33,000 care packages to soldiers far from home including such "Most Needed Items" as batteries, energy/granola bars, jerky, ramen noodles, powdered drink mix, packs of crackers and battery-powered fans.

Some 75 boxes a month go to troops stationed in Afganistan, where the packages are often parachuted in to remote bases. 

Says I&AT Design Manager Bob Boyd, "It is so great to have the opportunity to help the troops who are sacrificing for us every day in such a far away land."

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Electrical engineer publishes article on innovative CH2M HILL site selection tools

February 27, 2013 - Congratulations to senior electrical engineer Debra Vieira on her data center economic modeling article published in Mission Critical magazine. 
 
Debra's article "Data Center Site Selection Based on Economic Modeling" discusses CH2M HILL tools developed to help data center owners more wisely choose locations for new data centers. 

At the Lefdal Mine Data Center, mapping allowed planners to take advantage of the site's assets such as a large fjord that is used for cooling.

These include our Opportunity Mapping macro-analysis methodology tool which replaces subjective site selection decision-making with an objective data-driven process, and our Data Center Site Analysis Model, using data-driven methodology to analyze prospective sites and forecast owner costs and returns on investment associated with specific prospective sites.

Her article begins with an explanation of some key reasons why wise site selection and economic forecasting are so important to the data center industry.  A principal reason among those is the industry's growth, especially within the green sector of the data center market.

According to a "Green Data Centers" report by Pike Research, the global market for green data centers is expected to more than double in size in the next four years.  Indicators of this trend are such influential market leaders as Apple, Microsoft, and IBM making large investments in data centers that significantly reduce energy consumption or replace conventional energy sources with renewable energy sources.

The article describes how the Opportunity Mapping tool was used on our green data center development projects for the Niobrara Energy Park in Colorado and the Lefdal Mine Data Center in Norway.

Here's a link  to Debra's Mission Critical article. 

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Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge recognized for engineering excellence

February 25, 2013 - CH2M HILL's Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge project in Portland, Oregon (now officially known as the U.S. Congresswoman Darlene Hooley Pedestrian Bridge at Gibbs Street) recently received the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Oregon Chapter 2013 Engineering Excellence Grand Award.

Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge

As one of only six Grand Award recipients, Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge is recognized for its engineering achievements, demonstrating the highest degree of merit and ingenuity.

"My sincere congratulations go out to the resilient and excellent project team," said James McGrath, Oregon Business Development leader. "More than 252 CH2M HILL staff touched the project over 42,000 hours of work. This project is a conspicuous example of our design excellence, technical prowess and management acumen. It's also a long-promised link from one of our oldest neighborhoods (Lair Hill) to one of our newest and most dynamic (South Waterfront). It is truly a signature span for the city and for our portfolio, and we should anticipate replicating and building on this success."

About the Project

The Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge opened to the public in a grand opening ceremony on July 14, 2012, that was marked by numerous accolades from the community, stakeholders and public officials. The firm's Transportation and Water Business Groups, as well as IDC Architects staff, delivered planning, public involvement, environmental, design and construction management services for the pedestrian bridge.

The 700-foot bridge was welcomed by residents of Portland's Lair neighborhood, which was bisected by a freeway constructed back in the 1960s; the neighborhood then had no access to the Willamette River Waterfront. The recent emergence of the South Waterfront District raised residents' awareness of the issue; residents wanted an easy way to travel, by bicycle and on foot, between the neighborhood and to the Waterfront.

The Gibbs Street Bridge now reunites the neighborhood with an iconic gateway and sustainable link for pedestrian and bike traffic. The bridge was built below the aerial tram that links Portland's South Waterfront district to the hilltop Oregon Health and Science University campus.

Read more about the project here.

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Glasgow senior electrical engineer featured in magazine interview of data center design experts

February 20, 2013 - Thanks to Kerr Johnstone, Senior Electrical Engineer in CH2M HILL's Glasgow, Scotland office, for doing a great job of representing CH2M HILL's range of data center design expertise in a new edition of Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine.

Johnstone, Kerr

Kerr was one of six experts interviewed in the magazine's "MEP Roundtable" about a variety of issues vital to the design of mission critical facilities such as data centers, including fire and life safety, electrical and power, HVAC, sustainability and codes and standards.

Kerr's contributions to the interview reinforced CH2M HILL's image as a company of creative solutions.

For example, when asked "How do you balance the need for reliable power with the desire for efficiency and sustainability?" Kerr described a strategy used on our data center project in the Netherlands for Digital Realty Trust, with the end client being data center network Terremark.

"We implemented a static flywheel UPS system, which provided reliable backup power until the facility's standby diesel generators started and were available to take the facility's full load," explained Kerr.

"The flywheel's autonomy was 15 seconds at full IT design load. While this appears insufficient time in terms of UPS autonomy, it was proved during factory tests—and more importantly on-site during commissioning of the electrical systems—that we were able to have the generators online and supporting the full load of the facility in less than 10 seconds.

"This meant we didn't have a large quantity of batteries that are typically found in traditional data center designs; by removing these batteries we became considerably more efficient in terms of not just the space and the requirement to condition the rooms to tight environmental tolerances, but also the sustainable aspect of disposal/replacement of a large quantity of batteries over the facility lifespan was an added benefit."

For more of Kerr's insights about data center design, here's a link to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer issue with the entire article, " Focus on Data Centers."  The MEP Roundtable interview of Kerr and the five other industry experts begins on page 10 of the issue.

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Latest published article adds to world reputation for CH2M HILL structural engineer

February 6, 2013 - Congratulations to structural engineer Julio Miranda for publishing another article on structural engineering technology appearing in the Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics journal.

Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics

This is the latest of more than 20 published articles and technical conference presentations that Julio has made on structural engineering in Nicaragua, Spain, Panama, Japan, and the U.S.

This article continues to refine theory in an area in which Julio has particular expertise; tuned mass dampers (TMDs).

TMDs are spring-loaded weights that are strategically placed in a structure such as a building or bridge. The TMDs are precisely positioned or "tuned" to offset seismic movement or wind and thereby stabilize a structure during an earthquake or high winds. When a structure begins to sway in such extreme conditions, the TMD's counteracting mass moves in a direction opposite of the force.

Refining the tuning of the TMD is what keeps Julio and other leading structural thinkers to keep returning to this topic, testing new theories with complex formulas.

It is a tribute to Julio – and to CH2M HILL – that he is among the world's most respected specialists in seismic-resistant structural design.

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CH2M HILL sponsors 12th Annual AmCham Shanghai Government Appreciation Dinner

February 4, 2013 - CH2M HILL was a corporate sponsor for the Twelfth Annual Shanghai Government Appreciation Dinner held at the Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Center on December 3.

About 450 guests participated in the event including U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke, AmCham Shanghai Board of Governors chair Kenneth Jerrett, Shanghai Vice Mayor Ai Baojun, Shanghai Commission of Commerce Chairman Zhang Xinsheng and more than 120 Shanghai government officials.

AmCham Shanghai Government Appreciation Dinner

The event celebrated the long-standing partnership of the U.S. business community, the U.S. government and the Shanghai municipal government, which has greatly contributed to the rapid development of Shanghai, China's commercial, industrial and financial capital.

The Ambassador highlighted the important role Shanghai plays hosting U.S. foreign direct investment in China, stating that U.S. investment in the city has reached almost $16 billion.

"We look forward to working with the new leadership in the city and building on the long-standing cooperation between Shanghai, AmCham and the U.S. Consulate," said Locke.

AmCham board members expressed their interest in continuing to support Shanghai's ambitious development goals by offering the services and expertise of American corporate leadership as the municipal government sets its sights on becoming an international economic, financial, trading and shipping center by 2020.

Deputy Director Mr. Du Jian from the Shanghai Transport and Port Authority and Vice President Mr. Zhang Hao from the Shanghai Jinqqiao (Group) Limited Company were invited to CH2M HILL's table to join in some good discussion with our senior executives and clients including our Regional Managing Director John Quarandon, new Greater China Managing Director Stephen Ellison and clients from Tianma Microelectronics Group and Sinopec Shanghai Oil & Gas company.

Thanks to Jane Zeng

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CH2M HILL assists Oregon Asian trade delegation

January 21, 2013 - On October 17 at the Shanghai Center's Shanghai Portman Ritz-Carlton Hotel, U.S. Oregon state Governor John Kitzhaber and his Asian trade mission hosted a seminar titled "Doing Business in Oregon." The seminar focused on sustainable business practices and increasing trade between Oregon and China. CH2M HILL was invited to participate in the event as a co-organizer.

Seminar at the Shanghai Center's Shanghai Portman Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Around the theme of sustainable development, the seminar emphasized four highlights:

  • The Oregon business climate: tax advantages, logistics, workforce
  • Legal aspects of doing business in the U.S. and Oregon
  • Oregon's energy advantage
  • A company testimonial by CH2M HILL on doing business in Oregon

John Zhang (AT Director, I&AT China) also delivered a speech on CH2M HILL in China and the strong ties between CH2M HILL's U.S. and China operations.

The day before the seminar, the Oregon business trade mission visited CH2M HILL's Shanghai office and held a preparatory meeting there.

The delegation consisted of eight individuals representing interests in state business development, utilities, research, sustainability, development and global trade. They were welcomed by Dick Sheehy (I&AT Director of Advanced Planning), John Zhang and Jeff Sheng (Managing Director, I&AT China).

The participants had a productive discussion on the following four topics:

  • China-based manufacturing capacity
  • Status of central government/bank financial support to industry
  • Anticipated new innovative industrial products/technology emerging in the Chinese market
  • Status of Chinese solar inverter manufacturing and global market penetration

During the stay of Governor Kitzhaber and the Asian trade mission to Shanghai, CH2M HILL also facilitated an interview for the Mayor of Taicang City of Jiangsu Province with the Governor and some members of the mission, and discussed the possibility of setting up a "Sister City" relationship between Taicang City and the Beaverton community in the Portland area where Nike's world headquarters is located. Both sides believe this relationship would have far-reaching significance in promoting bilateral trade.

Thanks to CH2M HILL's Asia Pacific Regional newsletter.

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CH2M HILL supports American Planning Association's promotion of solar energy at community level

January 28, 2013 - CH2M HILL is collaborating with the American Planning Association (APA) to promote the use of solar PV in communities throughout the U.S.

Water group Client Service Manager for Sustainability Steph Stoppenhagen co-authored an article with the APA on the increasing use of solar mapping tools to help a city's residents take advantage of the benefits of solar power. The success of CH2M HILL's solar map led to such related sustainability initiatives as CH2M HILL's Urban Wind Map, Green Energy Dashboard and Smart City tools, whose technologies have been supported by I&AT engineers.

Solar Map

Solar maps are Internet-based tools that help inform users about solar technology by estimating the solar energy potential of building sites or open land and providing information about associated benefits. They also calculate the costs associated with a given installation and maintain a running tally of the environmental benefits solar maps CO2 emissions.

The article explains how solar maps work and how communities can benefit from their use. CH2M HILL is an established leader in this field, having created the first municipal solar map for the City of San Francisco in 2008. The tool's creation included the impressive achievement of mapping every building – more than a half million of them throughout the city.

It also factors in such variables as roof obstructions (air conditioning units, chimneys, vents), azimuth (the direction of the sun), shadowing from other buildings, roof slants, usable roof area for solar panels, the amount of electricity the panels can produce, the electricity cost reduction, and resulting CO2 reduction.

In the two years after San Francisco's map came online, the city saw solar installations grow by 60% and the amount of solar electricity generated in the city doubled. Since then solar energy has produced more than 28,000 megawatts per year for San Francisco, saving $4.5 million in energy costs and nearly 6 million tons of CO2 per year.

Following its San Francisco debut, CH2M HILL's Solar expertise is being used by nearly all of the 19 U.S. communities that now use solar mapping tools.

The APA initiated the article through its participation in the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs), a U.S. Department of Energy-funded initiative to help accelerate solar energy adoption at the community level.

Here's a link to the American Planning Association article.

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Article promotes CH2M HILL success with Life Cycle Safety

January 24, 2013 - Cathy Myers has published an article in the Daily Journal of Commerce drawing from CH2M HILL's success with Life Cycle Safety, which is a preventative rather than reactive approach to keeping projects safe.

Cathy is senior vice president of I&AT's semiconductor market. She was asked to write the article in her role as president of the Greater Portland Construction Partnership's board. The GPCP is a nonprofit organization working to achieve incident-free construction projects by transforming workplace cultures.

Cathy Myers

In her article "Hailing a successful safety philosophy," Cathy describes how Life Cycle Safety is a radical departure from the traditional safety management strategy of mitigating safety hazards in the field. Instead it brings owners, designers and constructors together early on to identify potential safety issues prior to construction. The Life Cycle Safety process then mitigates those issues earlier rather than later by integrating remedial safety responses to each identified issue directly into the design process.

The Life Cycle Safety philosophy's origins trace back to the mid-1990s, when Safety in Design became an important design criteria consideration. The next major step occurred in 2000, when a leading semiconductor company created a task force committed to developing a breakthrough approach to considering safety during all phases of a facility's life. This approach has since continued to gain positive recognition and results.

A spirit of partnership is the most important prerequisite for the success of Life Cycle Safety. Safety in design is most successful when input is encouraged from design, construction, maintenance and operations experts as well as the people who will occupy and operate the building throughout its life cycle.

Field experience is also a vital part of this approach. This experience is gathered through on-site services during construction to help design teams continue to incorporate best construction practices into the ongoing design process.

The Life Cycle Safety process is backed up with solid tools, such as a Safety in Design checklist that guides project teams with questions related to such critical safety factors as fall protection, work in confined spaces, hazardous materials, physical hazards and emergency response procedures. As a project progresses, the checklist reinforces safety vigilance, continuously reminding teams of the importance of addressing the safety concerns associated with construction and operation of the design solutions.

For one of I&AT's large manufacturing building projects, for example, nearly 1,000 safety-related design actions resulted from Life Cycle Safety reviews. Those issues were addressed efficiently through the design process rather than remedial action during the downstream construction phase. That's one of the ways that Life Cycle Safety cannot only improve safety but also lower overall project costs – by reducing the need for rework in the field.

Here's a link to Cathy's GPCP article in the Daily Journal of Commerce

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"Love and water" combine to improve quality of life in remote Haitian villages

January 14, 2013 - CH2M HILL has built an impressive record of volunteer service to improve quality of life in challenged parts of the world. One of many examples of this outreach is a December expedition to Haiti that included volunteers from CH2M HILL and ESCO. The team's mission was to install a water chlorination system in the town of Port-Salut on Haiti's South coast.

Group of volunteers.

The trip was organized with the help of Voice of Haiti, a group dedicated to motivating "agents of change" for Haiti. It was led by Esco Corporation Project Engineer Carolyn Shapiro, a mechanical engineer who previously served as the lead for Engineers Without Borders Haiti water projects since 2008. She teamed up with Voice of Haiti in 2011 to bring clean water solutions to more Haitian communities.

Waterborne illness is a leading cause of death for Haiti's children. Cholera has been a serious concern across the country since the 2010 earthquake. In under-served areas like Port-Salut, chlorinators can mean the difference between healthy and contaminated water for thousands of people. This was the fourth system installed and there are plans to provide chlorination to almost a dozen communities on Haiti's sometimes forgotten South Coast.

This is the third Haiti water volunteer project in three years for CH2M HILL engineers Steve Blaine of I&AT and Dave Kelly of the Water group. Carolyn recruited Steve and Dave because of their engineering skill, affinity for teamwork and personal passion for working in Haiti. Carolyn's brother Steven Shapiro was in charge of the tools, materials and basically making everything work – an amazing feat for a project of this kind.

With each trip there, Steve and Dave have felt their bond with and admiration for the Haitian people grow stronger. That spirit is epitomized in the name of the Haitian host group, Tout Bagay, that arranged for the team's equipment, trucks and hospitality. The group's name derives from Tout Bagay Deja Byen, the Haitian expression translating to "Everything is Already Alright!" It's an expression tirelessly repeated in the face of poverty, disease, famine and drought.

"After the last few trips, I was not sure I wanted to go again. It's never a convenient time and frankly, it's not the easiest or safest place to travel. Luckily, Carolyn was very persistent and I'm very glad Dave and I were able to do this together. How many opportunities do you really get to work on something so important? Haitian people are quite amazing and it really is a beautiful country."

"Working in a place like Haiti gives you a sense of understanding about the challenges facing emerging countries that no documentary or article can convey," adds Dave. "They appreciate the help and we appreciate the opportunity to make life a little easier for some very impressive people."

On the Voice of Haiti website http://www.vwaayiti.org/ is the observance by poet W.H. Auden that "Thousands have lived without love, not one without water."  Thanks to the growing bond between CH2M HILL  and Haiti, the lives of thousands in Haiti are getting a little better thanks to love and water.

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CH2M HILL offices bring benefits to multiple communities in many ways

January 9, 2013 - 2012 turned out to be a generous season of giving for CH2M HILL employees in many offices. Here's a sampling of activities reported from a few of our U.S. offices.

From Pheonix:

We adopted three families from the Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family program.  We also adopted one family from an organization called Family Promise, an organization that helps families who have a family member with a long-term or terminal illness (the PHX office took donations for this family). 

We also donated to the Child Crisis Nursery which cares for homeless and neglected children, donated money for books to the Concordia School which is a charter school in Mesa, and donated to a Hamilton High School club called Vivid that is involved in community activities.  For example, they used donated funds to take a group of foster children to a children's play center here in Arizona. 

We also donated to Arizona Children's Association for the emergency foster program after one of our employees told us a story about a child who was placed in emergency foster care with only a teddy bear and some necessities.  Next year hopefully our list of contributions will also show some donations to animal shelters.

From Cincinatti:

Seventeen members of the CIN and CVG offices visited the Freestore Foodbank warehouse on 11/12/12 and after a most interesting and surprising tour, were able to:

  • Scan and sort through ~1000 lbs. of food items donated by Kroger (mostly damaged packages and slightly out of date) and reclaim items that meet the USDA guidelines for shelf life (often longer than the sell-by dates on the packages).
  • Pack 318 PowerPacks that will sustain that many Cincinnati Public School kids who are on lunch support programs.

Thanks to all who participated, we had a very successful United Way of Greater Cincinnati fundraising campaign for 2012.  CH2M HILL's participation in and support of a cause that directly impacts our community is something of which we are very proud (see attached graphic for United Way fundraising results).

A special thank-you goes to Sonja Barnes for bravely taking on the role of CVG campaign leader and for organizing the very successful iPad raffle.  Thanks also to the group participating in the Freestore Foodbank tour, the CVG group that participated in the GE Softball Tournament, those who contributed to the food drive and to Michelle Stradford for amping up the corporate gift this year.

A Volunteer Recognition Luncheon held 12/7/12 recognized volunteer efforts of the CIN office (91 out of approx. 250 employees). The lunch was provided by Cincinnati Cooks Catering, which is part of the Freestore Foodbank initiative to educate and provide working opportunities for people who wish to enter the food service industry.  Thanks to everyone for their generous donations to the Free Store Food Bank and for making our "toiletries" drive a success.   We estimate that we have collected 700-800 full-sized items and would have never guessed that we would collect anywhere near that number of items.

Through St. Vincent de Paul, we adopted 5 families (4 for CIN and 1 for CVG) providing needed items for families in need.  Items included gloves, coats, toys for children, socks, etc.  CH2M HILL also contributed $200.00 per family in Kroger gift certificates to provide food for the adopted families.

From Pittsburgh:

We are having a competition in the office to bring in supplies for the troops in Afghanistan.  We are working with an organization called the Yellow Ribbon Girls (http://www.yellowribbongirls.com/).  Their website lists items that are needed.  We have divided the office into five teams.  The teams are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. 

We have been accepting contributions of the listed items, in addition to cash donations to help the organization with shipping.  We had one of our employees in Afghanistan a few years back who told us how important these packages are for the troops.  The contest runs through February with a catered lunch brought in for the winning team. 

From Portland:

The Portland office has supported nearly 40 community groups throughout the year.
 
Our "Season of Giving" included a Community Giving and Year-End Celebration held at the Community Warehouse, an organization that collects donated furniture, kitchenware and basic household items for Portland families in need.  CH2M HILL donated a rental fee to Community Warehouse, and additional matching donations to Community Warehouse made through a local newspaper Give!Guide program.  In the weeks prior to the celebration, Community Warehouse barrels were placed in the kitchens on each floor in the PDX office and at Oregon's Ronler Acres project site to collect donated items. 

Other year-end activities included a coat drive for Foster Closet, Inc. which supplies clothing and other items free of charge to children in foster care; a Giving Tree for Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals (OFOSA), a nonprofit dedicated to finding adoptable animals loving homes; and the Oregon Food Bank. 

Thanks to the hundreds of CH2M HILL volunteers, celebrants and donors who demonstrated that making a difference in our communities can also be an enjoyable experience truly worth celebrating.

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