Baxter & Woodman’s Barium/Radium Removal Pretreatment System Project earned the prestigious Grand Award at the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2015 National Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition in Washington D.C..   As one of only eight Grand Award winners, the Baxter & Woodman project was also a finalist for the 2015 Grand Conceptor Award, signifying the year’s best overall engineering achievement. 
ACEC’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards program honors the year’s most innovative and outstanding engineering accomplishments. Projects throughout the world were evaluated by a panel of 25-30 judges based on their uniqueness and innovative applications; future value to the engineering profession; perception by the public; social, economic, and sustainable development considerations; complexity; and successful fulfillment of the client/owner’s needs, including schedule and budget.
The project is a patent-pending Barium/Radium Removal Pretreatment System added to the Village of Gilberts, IL existing municipal ion exchange softener regeneration system. The Pretreatment System incorporates technologies not previously used at municipal water treatment plants and complies with new Illinois Environmental Protection Agency National Pollution Discharge Elimination System barium limits and Illinois Emergency Management Agency radium residual disposal regulations in a cost-effective manner. With the success in pioneering this new process, Baxter & Woodman and the Village have paved the way for other municipalities to consider this process as a viable cost-effective alternative to their traditional treatment methods.

Baxter & Woodman is a consulting engineering firm that specializes in municipal engineering, transportation services, water and wastewater management, construction services, and stormwater management. Based in Crystal Lake, IL, the firm has six locations in IL and WI. For more information, visit