D&B To Be Project Arbiter

Posted on June 6, 2012

Project-ArbiterPalm Beach County’s 1.4 million residents are served by an integrated solid waste management system, including recycling, composting, waste-to-energy (WTE), and landfilling. The WTE Facility began operation in 1989, and processes 2,250 tons per day (“tpd”) in a refuse derived fuel (“RDF”) process operated by Babcock and Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc. (“Babcock and Wilcox”).

The growth in population and economic activity since 1989 resulted in the landfilling of excess amounts of post-recycling waste. In year 2005, the Solid Waste Authority (“SWA”) of Palm Beach County undertook an assessment of alternatives for managing the excess waste. The SWA concluded that a 3,000 tpd WTE should be developed adjacent to the existing RDF Facility. The new Facility would employ mass burn technology. The approval of the SWA recommendation by the Palm Beach County Legislature led to a competitive procurement process, the selection and contracting with the Babcock and Wilcox, and BE&K Construction Company, LLC (“BE&K”) (“the Contractor”). The Contractor will design and build the WTE Facility for a cost of approximately $668 million. Upon acceptance, the Facility would be operated by Babcock and Wilcox. Construction is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2015.


D&B Engineers and Architects, P.C. (“D&B”) is providing Independent Engineer Services to the SWA, Babcock and Wilcox, and BE&K. The Design/Build Agreement between the SWA and the Contractor requires the appointment of a nationally recognized firm to provide independent engineering services to the parties. The SWA, Babcock and Wilcox, and BE&K have recognized D&B as an independent engineering firm meeting the criteria established in the Design/Build Agreement. D&B will serve as project arbitrator rendering decisions on technical disputes referred to it by the SWA and the Contractor. D&B will receive the plans and specifications for the Facility and review them as they are generated during the design and construction process.

D&B staff have over four decades experience in WTE at more that 35 facilities throughout the United States. The firm is knowledgeable regarding every type of technology for recovering energy from waste, including mass burn, refuse derived fuel, gasification, pyrolysis and anaerobic digestion. Design, permitting, financing, construction, testing, operations review and system upgrade services have been provided for WTE facilities ranging from 100 to 3,000 tons per day capacity. For more information on this project or WTE technologies in general, contact Ted Pytlar, Vice President for Solid Waste Division at (908) 668-4747 or tpytlar@db-eng.com.