Huff & Huff, a subsidiary of environmental and geotechnical consulting firm GZA, has announced that it will receive a 2016 ACEC (American Council of Engineering Companies) Illinois Honor Award for Engineering Excellence for a remediation project. This involved redeveloping a strip mall that housed a former dry cleaning establishment into an athletic recreational center for the Village of Woodridge and the Woodbridge Park District.

Huff & Huff was tasked with remediating the site to maintain a tight construction schedule.  The firm used its license from NASA for Emulsified Zero-Valent Iron (EZVI), to cost-effectively accomplish its goal. EZVI destroys chlorinated solvents using a combination of a chemical reaction with micro-scale iron and microbial degradation stimulated by the fermentation of the vegetable oil contained in the EZVI.

The Engineering Excellence Awards are presented to projects that encompass both the public and private sector. Huff & Huff was selected for the honor award for its innovative and effective approach to remediation that maintained the client’s construction schedule while also creating a significant cost savings.

Each year, ACEC member firms submit projects that are judged on a rigorous set of criteria, including complexity, innovation, and value to society. These projects are judged by a panel of industry experts, which includes military and government officials, ACEC National and International leadership, educators from college and university engineering departments and leadership from other organizations dedicated to the built environment.

Founded in 1964, GZA is a multi-disciplinary firm providing environmental, geotechnical, ecological, water, and construction management services. With corporate offices in Norwood, MA, GZA has over 550 employees and operates 27 offices in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes and Appalachian regions. For additional information, visit  

Founded in 1979 and located in Oak BrookIllinois, Huff & Huff is a multidisciplinary firm providing environmental, civil, and biological engineering services. Areas of expertise include natural resource assessments, wetlands, remediation design, wastewater design, stream surveys, sustainable solutions, environmental site assessments, air quality, underground storage tanks, risk assessment, hazardous waste management, and transportation-related environmental issues. Huff & Huff became a wholly-owned subsidiary of GZA in October 2014.  For additional information, please visit