The economy is thriving in 2019 and everyone is attempting to make the most of it, including developers. Land prices are increasing as large tracts are not as readily available near municipalities. Whether commercial or residential, development increases the tax base for municipalities, which helps fund the local and state infrastructure programs.
The City of Alcoa was chartered by the Tennessee General Assembly on July 1, 2019. Only two months later, the City began its first paving and sewer program. As the City of Alcoa celebrates this centennial year, LDA Engineering salutes the City and its Public Works and Engineering Department, which envisions a quality community built on foundations of the past and continuously improved services of the future.
By Bart Netherland, EI
For the past year and a half, a small team of LDA engineers has been using innovative design approaches to help transition an existing mid-century wastewater treatment plant to a more efficient, durable, environmentally sensitive facility. At the center of this large project is the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant, which was built in 1958 in Nashville on the banks of the Cumberland River where the Kerrigan Tunnel empties into the river.
Underground sewer infrastructure is an often-forgotten piece of the public infrastructure puzzle that creates the opportunity for us to live and build strong, happy communities. Although it’s not something we think about daily, it is one thing that provides value to the quality of our daily lives. We don’t worry about sewer infrastructure on a daily basis because it’s typically out of sight, unlike roadways and buildings; however, the underground infrastructure is just as important. Just as the condition of our cars requires maintenance and may even deteriorate over time without it, so does the condition of our sewer infrastructure.
What is our why at LDA Engineering?
Simply put… We serve communities to help make them stronger and happier. Hmmm…so what does that look like?
Strong communities have reliable, adequate and accessible infrastructure for basic needs and mobility, along with good capital improvement plans to meet the growing needs of today and well into the future.
The Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association (TCAPWA) and the Solid Waste Association of America (SWANA) held their annual conference from October 21 – 23, 2018. Hosted by the TCAPWA Middle Branch, the event was held at the Doubletree Downtown Hotel in Nashville.
By Emily Kelly, PE
While we wish there were a free lunch, or in the case of drinking water and wastewater project funding, a grant, those days appear to be gone forever. Increasingly, financially strapped communities find themselves looking at repairing aging infrastructure. In many cases, however, the aging infrastructure can no longer be repaired; it is unsafe for public health or is inadequate for the population. When repair is not possible and replacement is necessary, there are several options for cities, counties, utility districts, and water authorities searching for lower-cost loans, such as the State Revolving Fund (SRF) Loan Program, USDA grants/loans, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, Tennessee Municipal League (TML) loans, and the bond market.
By Stephanie Livingston, PLA, EI
Our last blog post, “Global Streets: Part 1”, focused on how streets around the world are transitioning to become quality spaces for all. As we continue to examine the National Association of City Transportation Official’s (NACTO) Global Street Design Guide, it is important to consider how these concepts can be applied to our local communities in Tennessee and surrounding areas. While streets around the world are transitioning to become quality spaces for all, Tennesseans can not only follow strong examples for creating a stunning and functional backdrop for public life but also lead in activating positive change in our own environments.