In a second recent innovation award for Larson Design Group, the Beaver County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers has selected the firm’s design of the Beaver County Transit Authority compressed natural gas fueling station, in partnership with Trillium CNG and PennDOT, for its 2017 project of the year. The project in Rochester is one of 29 CNG stations designed by LDG that Trillium is constructing across Pennsylvania. The Trillium/LDG collaboration recently received the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania’s prestigious “Innovative Project of the Year Award.”
Christopher Wulff of LDG’s Beaver office served as project manager in collaboration with Matthew Nealis of the firm’s Williamsport office. Wulff is a past recipient of Beaver County PSPE’s Young Engineer of the Year award.
The P3 funding has allowed Pennsylvania to leverage $84 million for the design and construction of 29 sites to be repaid in 20 years with royalties from public CNG sales and the savings realized with CNG. Trillium is operating and maintaining each station over 20 years at zero cost to the Commonwealth.
“We are honored to be receiving this award as confirmation of the innovation and creativity of our project team,” said Dave Martin, chief operating officer of LDG. “As a member of the Beaver County community, we are proud to be involved in a project that benefits the community.”
Using CNG for transit buses reduces operating costs for BCTA and reduces harmful exhaust emissions. Ultimately, BCTA will be able to better meet community transit needs while providing cleaner air for Beaver County. In addition, natural gas is generated locally, which supports local jobs.
The award will be presented at PSPE’s Engineer’s Week Dinner on Feb. 23.