BURGAW –  The Pender County’s wastewater treatment facility in Pender Commerce Park was recognized for its engineering excellence by the American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina.

“The Melinda K. Knoerzer Adaptive Ecosystem Reclamation Facility in Pender Commerce Park is an environmentally friendly and unique facility,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director. “We are very honored to accept this award with our construction project engineers, McKim & Creed.”

The adaptive ecosystem reclamation wastewater treatment facility is unique because of its 500,000 gallons per day hydroponic reactor design. The design includes a greenhouse enclosure which supports a diverse community of plants.  This “green” technology takes advantage of a natural process providing a cost effective and energy efficient treatment solution. It is currently the only adaptive ecosystem reclamation facility in the southeastern United States.

“This is a state-of-the-art facility serving our growing commercial base in Pender Commerce Park,” said Randell Woodruff, Pender County manager. “This is another example of Pender County’s future-thinking development.”

Each year the American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina selects the top projects in the state to honor the year’s most outstanding engineering accomplishments.

The Melinda K. Knoerzer Adaptive Ecosystem Reclamation Facility was presented the 2019 Grand Award at the annual Engineering Excellence Awards Dinner in Raleigh.

Inside the greenhouse

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