What Is Design-Build and Why Is It a Good Idea for Your System?

As you may have heard from us and the press in recent months, RJN recently received national recognition for its design-build project, West Park Wet-Weather Storage Facility, completed for the Village of Wilmette with Boller Construction Company as Design-Build Partner. The APWA recognized this as a Project of the Year.  Learn more about this project on the RJN website, in our press release, and elsewhere on the RJN blog.

On September 26, 2016, RJN CEO/President Alan Hollenbeck, P.E., BCEE, will be presenting at WEFTEC 2016 about this award-winning project and how the design-build model allowed for it to be such a great success. For more details about this presentation, including time, location, title, and description, read our press release about WEFTEC 2016.

In anticipation for this presentation at WEFTEC 2016, we have decided to further elaborate on what “design-build” is and how it can be a very effective means to a successful final project. Continue reading

Industry Trends: The Importance of Multiple Rain Gauge Sites

Within a single study area, the rainfall levels can vary dramatically. For instance, one of RJN’s clients saw 1.56 inches of total rainfall in 50 minutes throughout the center of the study area, but during that very same 50 minutes, the eastern part of the study area had only .1 inches of total rainfall.  Had RJN not been measuring at multiple rain gauge sites, the overall analysis of the entire study area would be both incomplete and inaccurate.  Continue reading

RJN Client Offers “Best Tasting Drinking Water in North America”

AWWARecently, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) honored City Corporation, the water and wastewater utility serving the City of Russellville in Arkansas, as the People’s Choice for “Best Tasting Drinking Water in North America.” This City’s water competed against 22 other locations across the U.S. and Canada that also won local, state, and regional competitions. RJN would like to congratulate City Corporation and the City of Russellville for this distinguished honor.

An Interview with RJN Senior Project Manager Cathy Morley about Her Upcoming Webinar

Morley_CathyRJN Senior Project Manager Cathy Morley will be presenting a webinar about “Inflow and Infiltration on Private Property” on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, from 12 to 1 PM Central through the ISAWWA (Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association).  Registration is open until Tuesday, August 9, 2016.  To register, visit this website:
www.isawwa.org/event/08-10-16
We caught up with Cathy to discuss her upcoming webinar.  Here is what she had to say about it. Continue reading

Industry Trends: The Rising Costs of Crumbling Infrastructure, Part IV

Industry Trends: The Rising Costs of Crumbling Water and Wastewater Infrastructure and How RJN Can Offer Sustainable Solutions, Part IV

How RJN Can Offer Sustainable Solutions

As you might have gathered from this ongoing feature series, there is no easy fix for solving the problem of crumbling water and wastewater infrastructure. As engineers and technical specialists in infrastructure, we at RJN aim to develop solutions that not only meet the needs of today but also provide cost-effective solutions that can fit into yearly budgets.  What is more, as specialists we provide long-lasting solutions that are both innovative and cost-effective. Continue reading

Industry Trends: The Rising Costs of Crumbling Infrastructure, Part III

Industry Trends: The Rising Costs of Crumbling Water and Wastewater Infrastructure and How RJN Can Offer Sustainable Solutions, Part III

Government Intervention

Numerous times in recent years, the federal government has attempted to address the problem of crumbling water and wastewater infrastructure. From funding assistance, to creating new offices to help communities, to conducting Senate hearings and publishing EPA reports, the federal government is aware of the problem and is working to figure out how best to solve it. Continue reading

Industry Trends: The Rising Costs of Crumbling Infrastructure, Part II

Industry Trends: The Rising Costs of Crumbling Water and Wastewater Infrastructure and How RJN Can Offer Sustainable Solutions, Part II

Crumbling Infrastructure—Background and Scope

While it is easy to look at the staggering financial figures and wonder how our country could require upwards of trillions of dollars to solve these problems over the course of only a few decades, it is important to consider the scope of the work to be completed and possible solutions to the problems associated with the rising costs of crumbling water and wastewater infrastructure. Continue reading

Industry Trends: The Rising Costs of Crumbling Infrastructure, Part I

Industry Trends: The Rising Costs of Crumbling Water and Wastewater Infrastructure and How RJN Can Offer Sustainable Solutions, Part I

The Rising Costs

Recently, negligence and possible misconduct of Flint government officials concerning the lead poisoning of that Michigan city’s water supply has brought crumbling infrastructure to the national spotlight. But this is not an isolated incident; every day, additional infrastructure problems and subsequent neglect are discovered in more and more cities across the U.S.

RJN Group, Inc., knows this too well, having been evaluating, studying, designing, and rehabilitating collection system pipelines for the last 40 years. Fortunately, from our perspective, there is no shortage of engineering workforce, talent, and solutions; unfortunately, on the other hand, there is a lack of funding in the industry to meet the dire needs of the crumbling infrastructure.  What is an engineering consulting firm like RJN to do when there is not enough money to go around?  The best we can do is develop sustainable, pragmatic solutions that stretch every dollar and offer effective long-term plans.

MISC069_lowThrough this feature, we intend on discussing the rising costs of the crumbling water and wastewater infrastructure; the government’s approach to ease the problems involving this issue in recent years; and how engineering firms like RJN can help remedy this national epidemic.

The rising costs of crumbling water and wastewater infrastructure are twofold: There is a substantial financial cost in upgrading and rehabilitating collection systems, and if these systems are not improved, there is an even more significant cost to the environment and health and safety of the public. Continue reading