CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts – Kleinfelder is proud to announce that John Struzziery, senior program manager, has been named one of Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Top 25 Newsmakers of 2014. The award will be presented during ENR’s black-tie gala, to be held in New York City on April 16, 2015.
ENR editors select Newsmakers for their “outstanding accomplishments, for exceeding expectations, for injecting an original idea or new approach that would take the place of traditional practices, or for performing some special service that benefits the industry and the public.”
Struzziery was chosen for his leadership on Alewife Stormwater Wetland Project in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a public project lauded for applying natural, sustainable techniques to resolve a significant combined sewer overflow problem while restoring the area’s natural hydrology, protecting and enhancing the local ecosystem, and creating new recreational and educational features for the community. Once separation of the combined sewer system is fully complete upstream—by the court-ordered milestone of December 2015—the combined sewer overflows to the Alewife Brook will be reduced by 84 percent, or 43.6 million gallons annually.
The park includes walking trails, boardwalks, and scenic overlooks for the public to view the enhanced habitats, including shallow and deep-water marshlands, open water, and tree islands. The wetland, planted with over 124,000 native plants, is a safe haven for migrating birds and the alewife and blueback herring, both threatened species.
In the article, ENR calls the project a “template for cities to control runoff with green, rather than “gray” infrastructure that also offers a larger public benefit.” Under his leadership, the project has been awarded the 2014 Best Water/Environment Project from ENR Northeast, the 2014 Best Environmental Project of the Year and Best Public Works Project of the Year from the American Public Works Association (APWA), and the 2014 Engineering Excellence Gold Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies Massachusetts (ACEC/MA).
“I’m honored to accept the ENR Newsmaker award for the entire Alewife team,” says Struzziery. “Through creativity, innovation and teamwork, we found a way to solve a very complex and serious problem while providing long-term value to the environment and the public. To lead this project from concept to reality was an amazing experience.”
Struzziery has over 38-years of experience in civil and environmental engineering and construction, including wastewater, water, stormwater and solid waste projects. Since 1998, Struzziery has been Kleinfelder’s senior program manager for the $300-million Cambridge Sewer Separation and Stormwater Management Program and is responsible for the overall program coordination. He is a professional engineer (P.E.) in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire.
To read more about this year’s honorees, please visit www.enr.com
To learn more about this project, watch the Alewife Stormwater Wetland video.
Founded in 1961, Kleinfelder is a leading engineering, construction management, design and environmental professional services firm. Kleinfelder operates from over 60 office locations in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The company is headquartered in San Diego, California.