December 2, 2016 – The Florida Association of County Engineers and Road Superintendents (FACERS) awarded Lake County Public Works, and their collaborative team, the recipients of the 2016 State and Local Collaboration Project of the Year. The award ceremony was held at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace.
The team consisted of the Lake County Public Works Department, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Booth, Ern, Straughan & Hiott, Inc. (BESH), and HDR Inc.
BESH was the Engineer of Record and handled the survey, permitting, roundabout design and project management. This project was funded through a Federal Safety Grant and Local Agency Project (LAP) program.
Prior to the roundabout, the intersection had a 61% higher crash rate than the Florida state average. Since it opened in June of 2015 there have been no reported accidents.
The roundabout project has been so successful that it is being referenced by FDOT District V to other agencies considering roundabouts in rural areas.
Pictured (left to right) is Jim Stivender, Lake County Public Works; Tony Nosse, FDOT District V Safety; Richard Atta-Armah, HDR; Brad Bublitz, Lead Engineer, BESH; Wendy Breeden, Lake County Commissioner; Welton Caldwell, Former Lake County Commissioner; Fred Schneider, Lake County Public Works.
Not pictured but recognized for their participation in the project are: Lori Koontz, Bill White, Alan Kirkland, Terry Scott, Lake County Public Works; Steve Ferrell, Jamie Kreminski, HDR Inc.; TJ Fish, Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (LSMPO); J. Malaver, J Malever Construction.
October 10, 2016 – Umatilla, Florida – The Groundbreaking Ceremony for Umatilla’s Water Treatment Plant Expansion was held on Monday, October 10th to commemorate the start of construction.
The project will improve and upgrade the existing facility to accommodate not only the current demands but also with an eye towards anticipated projected growth and demand on the water system. Improvements include a new ground storage tank, addition of an altitude valve to the existing elevated storage tank, replacement of 3 vertical turbine can pumps with 3 new split case horizontal pumps, replacement of the existing fluoride and chlorine chemical feed systems. Modifications to the existing building will be made to accommodate the electrical and control system.
Robert Ern, P.E. of Booth, Ern, Straughan & Hiott, Inc. (BESH) is the Engineer of Record. Mr. Ern has a solid track record in water utility projects in and around Lake County and has spearheaded many similar projects. Says Ern about the project, “We are proud to have been selected by the City of Umatilla to provide engineering design and construction management services on this highly-anticipated project, providing reliable water service to the citizens of the City for years to come!“
Pictured are the members of the Umatilla City Council and Senator Alan Hays. Senator Hays assisted the City in receiving legislative appropriation funds for the project. Photo credit goes to Matt Newby of the North Lake Outpost.
The project is expected to be completed in June, 2017.
BESH is a civil engineering firm located in Tavares, Florida that provides a comprehensive range of Engineering, Land Surveying and Land Planning Services to public and private clients. For more information, please contact Carrie King at 352-343-8481 or visit www.besandh.com.
BESH was out in full force for the 2016 League of Cities in Mount Dora. The Florida League of Cities was formed to unite cities within regional clusters to identify and solve shared challenges that cross municipal boundaries. Some of the main benefits of the Florida League of Cities are as follows: