Jones Edmunds is in the business of solving problems for the communities in which we live. The types of services the firm offers has evolved, since it launched in 1974, and expanded to meet the changing needs of its clients, from an early focus on water and wastewater to expertise that today includes civil design, solid waste management, utility engineering services, water resources management, geospatial solutions, and construction administration.
The engineering firm’s unique blend of expertise has resulted in a number of award-winning solutions that drive efficiency, stimulate economic growth, save precious resources and improve quality of life.
St. Johns County – Water Resources | Civil
Jones Edmunds has assisted the County in developing multiple facets of its Stormwater and Water Resources Program. One of the initial efforts was the development of regional watershed models, which have multiple uses including identifying and assessing flood risks and solutions to flooding problems; planning water quality improvements; and improving the County’s ability to manage stormwater impacts associated with current and projected future growth. The watersheds completed or under model development include the Southwest, Northwest, Southeast, Mill Creek, Moultrie and Moses Creeks, West Central, and West Augustine Areas – approximately 450 square miles. To better streamline the process of converting model results to Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps now and in the future, Jones Edmunds assisted the County in becoming a Cooperating Technical Partner with FEMA.
Additionally, the County is a stakeholder associated with several impaired waters requiring significant pollutant-load reductions, and Jones Edmunds has helped the County become a proactive participant in Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Programs. The primary water quality components that Jones Edmunds developed for the County’s program include data collection and analysis, risk assessment, and mitigation plans that are supported by a central database and analysis tools that allow the County to plan and budget appropriately for water quality improvement. The project already has saved millions of dollars through water quality and flood protection planning, and received a Stormwater Program Excellence Award from the Florida Stormwater Association.
St. Johns County – Geographic Information Systems (GIS) | Infrastructure Asset Management
Keeping track of and maintaining public works and utility infrastructure for assets as fundamental as traffic signs can be daunting and labor intensive. However, advancements in navigation technology have made it possible for local governments like St. Johns County to streamline work and improve efficiencies. Jones Edmunds helped the county implement a GIS-centric asset management solution across their public works and utilities departments, minimizing the overall total cost of owning, operating and maintaining their assets at acceptable levels of service.
Putnam County – Utilities | Water
Jones Edmunds provided all planning, design, permitting and construction services for the new regional reverse osmosis water system that serves east Putnam County. This project, which was recognized by the American Public Works Association-Florida Section as Project of the Year in 2010, required the procurement of eight permits and features a 1-million gallons per day (MGD) Reverse Osmosis treatment facility that is expandable to 4 MGD. Jones Edmunds recognized that construction of more than 25 miles of transmission and distribution water lines with more than 900 meter installations would require significant interaction with the public. To address the questions and concerns of affected residences and businesses, the Project Team established a proactive system that included public workshops attended by County Commissioners and staff, and Jones Edmunds personnel as well as a dedicated phone number for residents to voice their concerns. The firm also played a major role in helping secure the funding for this project which included a grant and a loan from U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development, state legislative appropriation, an Alternative Water Supply grant from the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD), an FDEP State Revolving Fund loan, and an EPA grant.
Gainesville – Utilities | Water | Water Resources
Jones Edmunds provided study and design services for the Sweetwater Wetlands Park. Stormwater runoff and wastewater effluent from the City of Gainesville flow into Paynes Prairie have a marked effect on the water quality and quantity of the Prairie’s wetlands and lakes. In combination with a long history of ranching operations that included the construction of extensive drainage canals, pollution from the Gainesville urban area flowing into Sweetwater Branch onto the Prairie Basin has contributed to the alteration of Paynes Prairie’s wetland and aquatic plant communities. This has created water quality impairment at the Prairie’s primary outfall – Alachua Sink – resulting in the development of a TMDL for restoration. The Sweetwater Branch/Paynes Prairie Sheetflow Restoration Project provides a unique opportunity to rectify these problems, while at the same time protecting the Floridan Aquifer, providing additional wildlife habitat and opportunities for wildlife viewing and public recreation.
Kennedy Space Center – Civil | Facilities
Jones Edmunds provided engineering and architectural study, design, and construction-phase services to construct the NASA Propellants North Administrative and Maintenance Facility at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The new facility consists of a two-story, 9,500-SF administration facility and a one-story, 1,800-SF maintenance facility. Propellants North is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s green building certification program and received a 2012 Engineering Excellence Grand Award from the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers as well as the 2012 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Honor Award.
Propellants North is designed to reach net-zero energy, which means it produces enough energy onsite from renewable sources to offset what it requires to operate. Jones Edmunds was recognized at NASA’s 2008 KSC Awards Ceremony for our environmental leadership, design excellence, and application of innovative sustainability technology in the design of this LEED Platinum-certified NASA facility. This facility supports the administration and management of cryogenic propellants mechanics used for fueling spacecraft and includes:
• A system that provides 100 percent of the building’s electricity via 336 photovoltaic panels;
• Air conditioning with energy recovery technology;
• A 7,500-gallon rainwater harvesting system that supplies the facility’s low flow automated fixtures and irrigation system; and
• Materials reuse that included Apollo-era windows from the KSC Launch Control Center and salvaged materials from previous KSC demolition projects.
Reedy Creek Improvement District Transfer Station – Civil | Solid Waste
Jones Edmunds was awarded the 2013 American Public Works Association Solid Waste Consultant of the Year award for its role in the design, permitting, and construction of a new 275-tons-per-day (TPD) solid waste transfer station for the Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID) to replace an aging transfer station. Jones Edmunds was the prime Architect/Engineer on a design-build team that developed this vacant site into fully functional transfer station facility. The new facility includes a 12,000-square-foot transfer station facility; 6,600-square-foot office and maintenance building, associated parking, circulation roadways, vehicle storage, truck wash, truck scales, and related utility and stormwater infrastructure. The project included FDEP solid waste permitting, FDEP water and wastewater construction permitting, and stormwater management system permitting through the South Florida Water Management District. A significant challenge for the project was developing a site layout that allowed for tractor trailer circulation and parking on a very tight site, while still meeting all of RCID’s site and facilities requirements, and all required stormwater management system infrastructure and treatment areas.
St. Cloud – Utilities | Water
For years the residents of St. Cloud listed poor water quality among the biggest complaints in surveys sent to them by the City. Historic issues in the City’s potable water included elevated color, poor taste, and a rotten-egg smell. Disinfection byproducts were also elevated and when the EPA’s Stage I DBP Rule went into effect, the City fell out of compliance with the new standards. Rather than implement a partial fix, the City opted for a complete and permanent solution. The result was the design and construction of an innovative solution, America’s largest magnetic ion-exchange (MIEX®) treatment plant. Jones Edmunds planned, designed, permitted, and provided construction-phase services for a 9-MGD H. Clay Whaley Senior Memorial Water Plant and its associated well field. The plant treats groundwater with MIEX treatment technology to remove dissolved organic carbon and hydrogen sulfide in the raw water, followed by pH adjustment and deep-bubble aeration, resin-polishing filters, disinfection, fluoridation, and two 1-MG ground storage tanks before distribution. This plant was the first its kind at the time of commissioning to demonstrate the use of this innovative technology for direct groundwater treatment for to mitigate disinfection byproducts in finished drinking water, as well as remove color and odor causing compounds. Within several days of starting to distribute water, the plant brought the City into compliance and now produces 90% of the City’s water.
Jones Edmunds related work for the City included water master planning/well siting/water use permitting/GW modeling; development of the City’s initial WaterGEMS Hydraulic Distribution Model; and Pilot Testing of Ion Exchange Treatment Technology.
Polk County – Solid Waste
Jones Edmunds designed and obtained permitting for modifications to the leachate management system at the North Central Landfill in Polk County, including the design of the landfill’s bioreactor system. Jones Edmunds teamed with the University of Florida to design and permit a bioreactor that is helping the County save more than $1 million a year on leachate treatment and disposal costs. The Jones Edmunds/University of Florida team had previously designed the first permitted bioreactor in Florida (Marion County) and the first full-scale demonstration bioreactor in Florida (New River SWA).
Pinellas County Water Transmission & Distribution System Model Development & Calibration – Utilities
Jones Edmunds developed a WaterGEMS® hydraulic model for the Pinellas County Drinking Water System, a large and complex water transmission and distribution network including six pumping stations, 11 storage tanks, approximately 2,000 miles of piping, and several thousand valves. Jones Edmunds conducted detailed investigations to gather information necessary for model calibration. Unique features of the model include the following:
• Linked customer water billing (demand) records to nodes;
• Used model tracer study to fine-tune model calibration and verify model’s ability to predict water age correctly throughout the system;
• Successfully predicted total chlorine residual concentrations throughout system as a result of total chlorine residual calibration.
Bradenton Reclaimed Water Interconnect – Utilities
The $13-million Braden River Utilities Reclaimed Water Interconnect project will bring reclaimed water to Lakewood Ranch, a residential development, from the City of Bradenton and solve the irrigation issues the development has had since its inception 20 years ago. Designed by Jones Edmunds, this multi-jurisdictional project will significantly reduce, if not totally eliminate, discharge to the Manatee River and allow the water to be beneficially used by the people of Lakewood Ranch. The initiative recently was recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) SunCoast Branch as Project of the Year.
Bradenton Potable Water ASR Membrane Degasification Pilot Project – Water Resources
Jones Edmunds helped the City of Bradenton develop a potable water aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) system that will be an alternative supply, an integral part of its plans to meet its long-term water supply needs, and provide water supply drought protection. The ASR will provide seasonal storage and recovery of water to augment dry-season demands and provide emergency storage to augment supply when raw water diverted from the Bill Evers Reservoir is inadequate or unavailable.
ASR projects in Florida have been severely delayed by arsenic mobilization at the ASR wells. Jones Edmunds has worked closely with the City and the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) to implement a full-scale pilot study to demonstrate a workable solution to the arsenic problem, allowing the City and SWFWMD to move forward with their ASR programs to meet their customers’ water supply needs. Jones Edmunds is a leader in developing innovative treatments to remove dissolved oxygen (DO) in recharged water, which is hoped to prevent or minimize arsenic mobilization.
Charlotte County – Utilities | Water | Modeling
Jones Edmunds developed a County-wide water system model to evaluate planned water main extensions, water age, and flushing requirements. The model was calibrated to accurately predict hydraulic conditions through extended -period simulation. The system includes three pumping stations, 15 pumps total, three storage tanks, approximately 1,300 miles of piping, and several thousand valves. The model was also used to evaluate a proposed water main extension that was required to improve water quality – however, the model results demonstrated it would do nothing to improve water quality, and the results saved the County $1.2 Million dollars in unnecessary infrastructure. As the County continues to grow, the model will be used to plan water extensions, and provide a reliable and high quality water supply to protect the health and safety of the County’s citizens.