Hapman Congratulates Baxter & Woodman on Prestigious National Award for Excellence in Engineering for their Gilberts Wastewater Treatment Project

Kalamazoo, Mich. – Hapman congratulates customers Baxter & Woodman on earning the prestigious Grand Award at the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2015 National Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition in Washington, D.C. on April 21, 2015.

Village of Gilberts Wastewater TreatmentBaxter & Woodman partnered with Hapman on their patent-pending Harman Barium/Radium Removal Process (HBRP) Pretreatment System for the Village of Gilberts, Ill. The municipality needed to meet increasingly stringent discharge requirements for permissible levels of Barium set by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

"Congratulations to Baxter & Woodman for the award of the Grand Award from ACEC for their innovative system for the Village of Gilberts,” said, Greg Patterson, Vice President of Hapman. “Both Hapman and Gull Material Handling, the Hapman Representative in Illinois, are proud to partner with such a reputable engineering firm to provide a customized bulk material handling system to benefit the Village of Gilberts, and its citizens."

Harry Harman, P.E, and his colleagues of Baxter & Woodman pioneered the HBRP method to divert wastewater from Ion Exchange softeners into a batch operation treatment tank designed to remove high-levels of Barium and Radium. Harry worked closely with Gull Material Handling and Hapman to create a custom Bulk Bag Unloader with integral feeder to precisely and effectively deliver ballast material into the tanks as part of the settling process. “Hapman’s Bulk Bag Unloading System gave us the ability to control the settling process,” noted Harman. The system proved extremely successful for the Village of Gilberts, reducing Barium levels well within the EPA requirements without increasing levels of Radium. The system allowed for safe discharge of water into natural sources and for the biosolids to be used as fertilizer on local farm fields.