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Robert Ern

Robert A. Ern, Jr., P.E.
Vice-President/Principal

Mr. Ern is a licensed Civil Engineer with over 18 years experience in all aspects of utility design. Mr. Ern is experienced in civil engineering project management, and has applied his knowledge to a variety of utility related projects, having been involved in all aspects and phases of design, from preliminary to final. His experience includes design and permitting of wastewater treatment plants, water treatment plants, sewage pump stations, water booster pump stations, collection, transmission and distribution systems, as well as master planning of utility facilities and impact fee studies. Mr. Ern also has extensive experience in the construction management of utility projects. Mr. Ern is experienced in multiple project delivery methods including Design/Bid/Build, Design/Build and Project Manager-at-Risk for both public and private clients. Mr. Ern also has experience with assisting clients with funding utility projects through the State Revolving Fund Program.

Mr. Ern has been the City Engineer for the Cities of Tavares, Mount Dora, and Minneola, providing design services as well as continuing engineering services including creation of Utility Design Standards and Land Development Regulations. Mr. Ern also has extensive experience in the review of development applications on behalf of his municipal clients to ensure compatibility with current codes and regulations.

Select Projects:
City of Mount Dora, Eastern Service Area WTP – Engineer of Record for new 4.0 mgd water treatment plant. Treatment will include iron sequestration, aeration and disinfection. Plant also includes ground storage and VFD controlled high service pumping.

CSU Water Treatment Plant, The Villages – Engineer of Record for new 4.32 mgd water treatment plant. Treatment includes forced draft aeration, pH adjustment and disinfection. Plant also includes ground storage and VFD controlled high service pumping.

SWCA Pump Station #3, The Villages – Engineer of Record for new 5.76 mgd irrigation and fire protection pump station. Treatment includes influent screening, effluent filtration and disinfection. Pump station collects and treats stormwater runoff, which is supplemented by groundwater.

CSU WWTP, The Villages – Engineer of Record for new 2.6 mgd wwtp. Treatment includes influent screening, anoxic/oxidation biological treatment, clarification, filtration and disinfection. Reclaimed water is utilized for golf course irrigation.

VWCA Pump Station #10, The Villages – Engineer of Record for new 5.76 mgd irrigation and fire protection pump station. Treatment includes influent screening, effluent filtration and disinfection. Pump
Station collects and treats stormwater runoff, which is supplemented by groundwater.

Wooton Park Marina & Multi-Modal Downtown Redevelopment Project, City of Tavares – Project Manager and Lead Designer for a waterfront events venue. Project highlights included children’s splash park, 84 slip marina with boat and seaplane fueling and mooring facilities, historical recreation of Woodlea House as retail ship’s store, rail passenger station and historical recreation of Tavares Pavilion, a 2-story structure over the waters of Lake Dora.

Education:
B.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Central Florida – 1994

Professional Registrations:
Florida #54013, Alabama #28365, Georgia #033701

Professional Affiliations:
American Society of Civil Engineers, Water Environment Federation, American Water Works Association

Experience Highlights:
Wastewater Treatment Plant Design and Permitting
Water Treatment Plant Design and permitting
Potable Water Pumping Station Design
Wastewater Pumping Station Design
Hydraulic Modeling of Water Systems
Collection, transmission, distribution and reclaimed water system design and permitting
Design-Build Utility Construction
Construction Engineering Inspection
Cost Estimating
Utility Master Planning
Utility System Impact Fee Analysis

Community Involvement:
Vice-President, Ocala Mountain Bike Association
Member, Tavares Chamber of Commerce
Member, Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce
Sponsor Member, Lake County League of Cities
Leadership Lake County – Class of 2000