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Gannett Fleming’s Pioneering Reservoir Design Continues Winning Streak

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Gannett Fleming served as lead designer for the 90-million-gallon Mt. Soma Reservoir.
(Harrisburg, Pa.)

Water & Wastes Digest Magazine named the Mt. Soma Reservoir a Top Project of 2019 during premiere water industry event, WEFTEC.

“The engineering and construction management services provided by Gannett Fleming were critical to the overall success of the impoundment project,” said Barry Suits, Virginia and Maryland American Water president, who was present to receive the award. “This project represented a true partnership between Maryland American Water, local and state officials, and Gannett Fleming to create a safe, reliable water supply solution for our customers that serves as a model for water sustainability.”

Gannett Fleming served as lead designer for the 90-million-gallon reservoir, which features a bituminous geomembrane (BGM) liner, only the second application of its kind in the U.S. The 62-foot-high earthen embankment provides a reliable backup water supply for 20,000 residents of Harford County, Maryland. Sophia Liskovich, PE, also blogged about this project with co-author, Chad Hoover, PE.

The Mt. Soma Reservoir has also won the following awards:

  • Best Project, Water/Environment, 2019, Engineering News-Record MidAtlantic, Regional Best Projects
  • Outstanding Project Award, 2019, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Maryland, Engineering Excellence Awards
  • National Recognition Award, 2019, ACEC, Engineering Excellence Awards.

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