Water For People–Supporting a Good Cause

Water For People is an international nonprofit working across nine countries to bring safe water and sanitation to 4,000,000 people. They look to create long-lasting water and sanitation infrastructure and foster relationships with community members, governments, and business owners to accomplish that goal. Bell Engineering is proud to support Water For People‘s effort by again making a $1,000 donation to their cause. Kelly Gillespie, President of Bell Engineering, accepted a plaque recognizing our contribution for the year 2016. Bell has donated this money to the organization every year since 2011.

Additionally, Bell staff member Ron McMaine, Senior Vice President and Principal, also supports the organization through volunteer efforts. Mr. McMaine assists each year alongside other volunteers at the Water For People booth at the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Professionals Conference. During the conference, a silent auction of donated items takes place at the group’s booth to raise additional funds. This year these efforts raised an additional $2,400.

Receiving Water for People Award

Groundbreaking for New Water Treatment Plant in McLean County

The McLean County Regional Water Commission held a groundbreaking ceremony October 29, 2015, to mark the beginning of the McLean County Regional Water Treatment Plant. The project includes a new 2 million gallon per day (mgd) conventional water treatment plant along with upgrades to the existing raw water intake and raw water pump station at Calhoun, new transmission mains to serve Sacramento and Livermore, and a new booster pumping station to serve the region. The McLean County Regional Water Commission, created in 2012, includes the cities of Calhoun, Island, Livermore, and Sacramento along with the North McLean County Water District and the McLean County Fiscal Court.

The project is fully funded through a $1,000,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), a $7,416,000 USDA Rural Development (RD) grant and loan package, and a $1,600,000 loan from Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA). Dignitaries in attendance at the event included Joe Bowen, State Senator; Jim Gooch, State Representative; Jerry Cloyd, USDA RD Area Director; McLean County Judge Executive Kelly Thurman; Mayor Betty Howard, City of Sacramento; Mayor David Abrams, City of Calhoun; Former Mayor Sonny Renfrow, City of Livermore; Mayor Charlie Strole, City of Island; Ronnie Dame, McLean County Regional Water Commission; and Jiten Shah, Green River Area Development District (GRADD) Executive Director. The event was also attended by representatives from the McLean County Regional Water Commission, McLean County Fiscal Court, North McLean Water District, GRADD, city council and other community members and Brian Bohrnstedt, CFO of Peyronnin Construction Company Inc.

McLean County New WTP Groundbreaking

UKLA/KY-ASLA Tailgate Event Showcases Bell Projects

Bell Engineering’s Professional Landscape Architect and Certified Planner Josh Karrick recently participated in the UKLA/KY-ASLA Alumni Tailgate event. Several of Bell’s projects at the University of Kentucky (UK) were showcased including the UK/FEMA Nicholasville Road Flood Mitigation Project, UK Arboretum Woods Shared Use Trail, and the Alumni Road Realignment Project. Visit the following link for more information along with pictures from the day.

KSLA Tailgate Event

Alumni Drive Roadway Realignment Completed

Bell Engineering, as a subconsultant to lead design firm CDM/Smith, recently completed work on the Alumni Drive roadway realignment project located near Commonwealth Stadium on the University of Kentucky’s campus. The newly designed, one mile stretch of roadway features a new alignment along with the addition of two roundabouts. The road is very highly traveled and required construction to be completed between the last day of class in spring 2015 and the return of students on August 17, 2015. If meeting the aggressive schedule was not challenging enough, there were also three other major projects ongoing at the same time that tied in to the project area. The largest was the renovation of Commonwealth Stadium. This, along with the FEMA Flood Mitigation project, were ongoing along the Alumni corridor with similar required completion dates. Construction of the new football practice facility was also starting. Bell served as the lead engineer for the FEMA project and had merged the future Alumni Drive realignment into the plan. Bell provided the drainage calculations for the Alumni Drive project, along with landscape architecture services, coordination between adjoining projects and a portion of the inspection services during construction. Both the Alumni Drive and FEMA project were completed by the August 17, 2015 deadline.

Kentucky.com provided this article on the Alumni Drive project, which includes a video flyover.

West Roundabout on Alumni Drive