CH2M Hill led the cleanup team that returned the islands of Johnston Atoll—located in the Pacific Ocean 800 miles southwest of Hawaii—to their natural state as a wildlife refuge. Photos: American Academy of Environmental Engineers

The American Academy of Environmental Engineers announced the winners of its annual Excellence in Environmental Engineering competition at its April 14 awards luncheon. Englewood, Colo.-based CH2M Hill received a Superior Achievement award for the design of the Johnston Atoll closure project in the South Pacific.

The Academy also presented grand prizes to firms in each of the competition's categories, as follows:

  • Research: Black & Veatch, Kansas City, Mo., for evaluation of ozone and ultraviolet light in Clinton, Mass.
  • Planning: Malcom Pirnie, White Plains, N.Y., for integrated planning for Station 6 Ground Management in South Jamaica, Queens, N.Y.
  • Design: CH2M Hill and Boyle Engineering, Newport Beach, Calif., for design of the Denver Water Recycling Plant in Commerce City, Colo.
  • Operations/Management CDM, Cambridge, Mass., for the worldwide Environmental Health Project II
  • Small Projects: Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, San Francisco, for the Lake Bard Hypolimnion Oxygenation project in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
  • Six other entrants also received Honor Awards for their achievements. For more information, visit