By Kim Chaney-Bay
In 2017, when Pellissippi State Community College applied for an ATE grant through the National Science Foundation to fund the establishment of a new program to prepare students for careers in water and wastewater treatment plants, LDA Engineering enthusiastically supported that effort. We understood fully the need that public utilities and private companies have for water/wastewater certified operators and the crucial role they play in our communities.
Future City is a STEM program for middle school students to imagine, research, and design sustainable cities of the future. These students use their creative minds to collaborate in teams to design innovative solutions and sustainable cities of tomorrow. The student teams work with engineering professionals and teachers as mentors throughout the year in the development of their future city.
By Kim Chaney-Bay, M.Ed.
Congratulations to Johnson City, Tennessee on its 150th anniversary! The city kicked off its year of special commemorative events last January with the revealing of the 1969 time capsule and finished up in December with a community celebration in King Commons Park and the sealing of a new time capsule.
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.