Central Heating Plant, Chicago, Illinois

Mr. Smith was Project Manager and Lead Mechanical Engineer for the replacement of five (5) existing 20,000 gallon underground storage tanks USTs with three (3) 35,000-gallon USTs compliant with the 1998 Fire Marshall design standards. The UST and associated ancillary equipment was designed so each of the three USTs could supply fuel to any of the five boilers at the facility. The existing manual valves were replaced with pneumatic actuated ball valves controlled from a programmable logic controller (PLC). Junction vaults providing secondary containment were installed at all locations where double-walled plastic piping used outside the heating plant was connected to single-walled steel piping required inside the heating plant. A remote fill station with locking hatch cover was designed and installed so any UST could be filled from one (1) location. Other engineering activities included the design of concrete pads, asphalt paving, an improved lighting and UST alarm system, and an upgrade to the PLC. Mr. Smith also oversaw the sheetpile shoring design activities.

Prior to the installation of the new UST, a leaking UST was removed and the soil impacted by the release from this tank was excavated and disposed off-site. Shoring was installed to reduce the amount of soil removed and groundwater pumped from the excavation was treated using activated carbon prior to discharge to the municipal sewer system.

The installation of the new USTs was performed in two phases so the Heating Plant had fuel oil available at all times. The removal of the existing tanks and installation of the new USTs required the installation of shoring and use of dewatering pumps due to the proximity of the water table. A storm sewer serving the area was rerouted to accommodate the new USTs. Over-excavation of the area for the new USTs was necessary to remove unstable soil and replace it with load bearing material. The first phase of the new UST installation was completed and the system made operational prior to the December 22, 1998 deadline.

During the removal of the second set of existing USTs a major fiber optic cable was encountered within one (1) foot of the existing USTs. Approximately four (4) feet of each existing UST was cut, filled with soil, and remained in place to protect the fiber optic cable. The new UST was then placed into the reduced area of the excavation.

Aboveground Tank Installation, Evanston, Illinois

Mr. Smith served as the Project Manager and Design Engineer for the replacement of a UST serving an electric generator. He prepared specifications for the removal of an existing UST and replacing it with an aboveground storage tank. The existing UST was removed to minimize disruptions to the facility. Mr. Smith prepared the design of the new aboveground storage tank system. The new tank was located in a confined space but complied with all of the state and municipal design requirements.

Steel Manufacturer, Northern Illinois

Mr. Smith was Project Manager for a variety of projects involving several on-site landfills, including a hazardous waste landfill, closed landfill containing hazardous wastes, and a non-hazardous landfill. For the hazardous waste landfill, managed the design and permitting of a major vertical expansion of the landfill. The vertical expansion allowed a multi-layer cap to be installed only on the top portion of the landfill. The expansion proceeded in phases with the outside berms constructed as steps, significantly reducing the overall footprint of the landfill.


Municipality, Northern Illinois

Mr. Smith was Task Manager for the permitting of an expansion of a municipal landfill in Illinois. Responsible for the permitting activities associated with the landfill expansion. Worked with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Historical Society, and other agencies to obtain the documentation necessary to obtain approval of the landfill expansion.

Sludge Stabilization Facility, Western Illinois

Mr. Smith prepared the Part B permit modification for the installation of an on-site stabilization facility to allow treatment of 35,000 tons per year of hazardous waste in accordance with the "land ban" regulations. The treated waste was accumulated on-site until analytical data demonstrated the treated waste was acceptable for land disposal.

The stabilization facility included several tanks, the largest of which had a capacity of greater than 30,000 gallons. Mr. Smith reviewed the designs to insure the tanks complied with RCRA requirements for design, secondary containment, and monitoring. He oversaw the initial testing of these tanks and certified their integrity and secondary containment. Mr. Smith has performed the annual tightness testing required for these tanks.

Construction Equipment Manufacturer, Central Illinois

Mr. Smith designed a physical-chemical treatment facility to remove oils and heavy metals from the wastewater at a complex heavy manufacturing facility. The manufacturing processes included: heat treating, painting, degreasing and others. Mr. Smith's had a variety of project responsibilities, such as: designing and implementing both a wastewater sampling program and pilot-plant study, process design, report preparation, and preliminary design.

Paperboard Manufacturer, Central Illinois

Mr. Smith designed an aerated lagoon system for the treatment of process wastewater from the production of corrugated cardboard. Project consisted of sampling the wastewater discharge and using the analytical data for the design of the aerated lagoon system.

Organic Chemical Manufacturer, Central Illinois

Mr. Smith designed an activated sludge system for the treatment of process wastewater associated with the production of organic chemicals. Activities included wastewater sampling, data analysis, and process design. Several years later, Mr. Smith evaluated the efficacy of sand filtration and activated carbon as means to comply with additional regulatory requirements. Negotiated effluent limitations with the IEPA allowing the company to meet regulatory requirements while minimizing capital and operating expenses.

Health Care Manufacturers, Various States

Mr. Smith prepared construction and operating permit applications and designed control equipment for the emission of ethylene oxide (a hazardous air pollutant) from equipment sterilizers. He has negotiated with regulatory agencies to obtain acceptable permit conditions for these batch operations.

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