Black & Veatch’s Construction Management Effort Recognized as Best Public Works Project of 2022 by American Public Works Association

The American Public Works Association (APWA) has named a sewer tunnel project managed by Black & Veatch in South Carolina the 2022 Public Works Project of the Year, reflecting Black & Veatch’s excellence in managing construction involving sustainable infrastructure. Renewable Water Resources (ReWa) Reedy River Basin Sewer Tunnel – also known as the “Dig Greenville Project” – won in the environmental category for projects costing between $25 million and $75 million.

The Greenville project responded to the changing wastewater needs of the northern state of South Carolina by increasing wastewater capacity to meet rapid population growth while maintaining cost and environmental impact to a minimum. Because rebuilding the existing sewer line would have been too disruptive to Greenville and the river basin, ReWa – the local sewage utility – and Black & Veatch took a creative approach, opting to install a new sewer tunnel. sewer about 100 feet below the town of Greenville. Gravity-fed, the sewer tunnel will promote sustainable growth by mitigating overflows during wet weather.

“‘Dig Greenville’ is a great example of the progress that can be made when public works planning, design, engagement and adaptability are seamlessly integrated for a project,” said Mike Orth, President of Government and Environmental Operations at Black & Veatch. “We are proud to have contributed to the sustainable growth of Greenville and are honored to be recognized by the APWA for our work with ReWa on this project.”

Black & Veatch provided alternative planning and evaluation, design engineering and construction management of the tunnel, which will increase the Greenville area’s sewer capacity, protect the local environment and support a responsible residential and industrial growth.

The APWA Award recognizes publicly developed, owned and maintained infrastructure projects that promote excellence in construction management and administration. These awards recognize the alliance between the managing agency, the entrepreneur, the consultant and their cooperative achievements.

“The winners are examples of infrastructure projects planned, designed, built and maintained to improve the quality of life for everyone in their communities. Public works projects are essential to addressing the challenges of failing infrastructure in North America, rebuilding our resilience and telling our story to support infrastructure funding,” said Stan Brown, President of APWA. “I am proud and inspired by all of our Public Works members who continue to provide exceptional and selfless service to their communities. »

Editor’s notes:

  • To learn more about Black & Veatch’s work on the Reedy River Basin Sewer Tunnel, click here.
  • Black & Veatch’s Reedy River Basin Sewer Tunnel was also recently named the Underground Construction Association Project of the Year.
  • APWA will recognize this year’s Project of the Year award winners in a video posted on August 31.
  • For more details on Black & Veatch’s water and wastewater solutions, click here.

About Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch is a 100% employee-owned global engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company with more than 100 years of experience in sustainable infrastructure innovation. Since 1915, we’ve helped our customers improve the lives of people around the world by improving the resilience and reliability of our most critical infrastructure assets. Our revenues in 2021 exceeded US$3.3 billion. follow us on and on social networks.

About Renewable Water Resources (ReWa)

Since 1925, ReWa has been committed to providing high quality wastewater treatment services to upstate South Carolina while promoting a cleaner environment, protecting public health and water quality upstate waterways and developing the sewer infrastructure needed to support our community and economic growth. Serving nearly 500,000 industrial, commercial and residential customers in Greenville County and parts of Anderson, Spartanburg, Pickens and Laurens counties, ReWa’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our community by transforming the wastewater into renewable resources thanks to responsible and innovative solutions. To learn more about ReWa, visit

About APWA

The American Public Works Association ( is an international non-profit organization with more than 30,000 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and knowledge exchange. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, MO, with an office in Washington, DC, 63 chapters and 97 branches across North America.

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