Staff Project Experience
Partial List (not a complete listing) of Staff Project Experience: Thomas Smith, M.B.A., Ph.D., P.E. Project Experience:
Veterans Administration Medical Center in Nevada (2014 – 2015): Green and Sustainable Services serves as prime contractor providing water treatment services for boiler water, cooling water and closed loop water systems in Las Vegas, Nevada. Specifically, the GSS Team (prime and sub-contractor) provide water treatment products, equipment and services; and perform QA/QC oversight, annual inspections and performance audits that ensure an efficient and economical water treatment program.
Upstate Medical University in New York (2012 – 2017): Green and Sustainable Services (GSS) serves as prime contractor providing water pretreatment and water treatment services regarding boiler water, cooling water and closed loop water systems for the Upstate Medical University Organization in Syracuse, New York. Specifically, the GSS Team (prime and sub-contractor) provide water treatment products, equipment and services; and perform QA/QC oversight, annual inspections and performance audits.
State University of New York at Binghamton in New York (2013 – 2018): Green and Sustainable Services (GSS) serves as prime contractor providing water pretreatment and water treatment services regarding boiler water, cooling water and closed loop water systems for the SUNY Binghamton Organization in Binghamton, New York. Specifically, the GSS Team (prime and sub-contractor) provide water treatment products, equipment and services; and perform QA/QC oversight, annual inspections and performance audits.
Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas (2015 – 2020): Green and Sustainable Services (GSS) serves in the role of sub-contractor to NCH Corporation’s Chem-Aqua Inc., prime contractor providing water treatment products and services to Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. GSS provides QA/QC oversight and conducts performance audits.
Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma (2012 – 2015): Green and Sustainable Services (GSS) is the prime contractor providing pretreatment, preventive and remedial maintenance of the industrial reverse osmosis water purification systems at Tinker Air Force Base facility located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NCH Corporation’s Chem-Aqua Inc. is the sub-consultant for this project. The recommended pretreatment program is designed to help optimize plant processes, improve productivity, and realize cost savings.
Johnson Controls in New York (2013 – 2015): Green and Sustainable Services serves as prime contractor providing water treatment services for boiler water, cooling water and closed loop water systems in Queens County New York. Specifically, the GSS Team (prime and sub-contractor) provide water treatment products, equipment and services; and perform QA/QC oversight, annual inspections and performance audits that ensure an efficient and economical water treatment program.
Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center in South Carolina (2013 – 2014): Green and Sustainable Services serves as prime contractor providing water treatment services for boiler water, cooling water and closed loop water systems in Charleston, South Carolina. Specifically, the GSS Team (prime and sub-contractor) provide water treatment products, equipment and services; and perform QA/QC oversight, annual inspections and performance audits that ensure an efficient and economical water treatment program.
Environmental Management Group (2012 – 2015): GSS is prime contractor providing storm water management oversight to include recommendation of Low Impact Development Approaches, identification of Best Management Practices and storm water pollution prevention plan audits and reviews.
Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland (2012 – 2022): Chem-Aqua is the prime contractor with GSS serving as sub-contractor. They provide water treatment products and services, including the HandiChem™ Solid Water Treatment System, for the school system, which encompasses the 26th largest school district in the United States. QA/QC oversight is also performed and performance audits are conducted.
Nashville Public Schools in Tennessee (2013 – 2018): Chem-Aqua is the prime contractor with GSS serving as sub-contractor. They provide water treatment products and services, including the HandiChem™ Solid Water Treatment System, for the school system in Nashville, Tennessee. QA/QC oversight is also performed and performance audits are conducted.
Texas A & M University in Texarkana, Texas (2012 – 2015): Green and Sustainable Services (GSS) serves in the role of sub-contractor to NCH Corporation’s Chem-Aqua Inc., prime contractor providing water treatment products and services to Texas A & M University in Texarkana, Texas. GSS provides QA/QC oversight and conducts performance audits.
Fountain Quail Water Management (2012 – 2013): GSS is a prime contractor providing environmental engineering, regulatory compliance and consulting services regarding preparation of technical reports associated with economical and efficient onsite treatment of oil and gas wastewater (flow back and co-produced water) that reduces environmental impacts and helps conserve fresh water resources.
Institutional, Commercial and Industrial Cooling Water Conservation Management (2010 – 2014): Thomas Smith is an experienced water resources and conservation planner. Industry, commercial and industrial cooling towers can attribute significantly to high municipal per capita water consumption. Water conservation measures are needed to help sustain fresh water resources and reduce the high volumes of makeup water utilized by cooling towers within municipality jurisdictions. Limiting the cycles of concentration has been one of the principal means of eliminating over concentration of contaminants and impurities within circulating cooling water systems. Blow down is needed to remove a portion of the concentrated circulating water, which is then replaced with fresh makeup water. This lowers the concentration of contaminants and impurities in the circulating cooling water system. However, maintaining low cycles of concentration is often necessary due to high concentration of specific impurities and/or contaminants. Low cycles of concentration lead to higher than desired makeup water usage, increase chemical treatment consumption and large blow down volumes discharged as wastewater. GSS is working on commercialization of innovative cooling water treatments that can economically and efficiently remove select impurities and contaminates that limit cycles of concentration within circulating cooling water systems. This will enable operation of circulating cooling systems at higher cycles of concentration, reducing makeup water volume, reducing consumption of chemical treatment and reducing blow down as wastewater in municipalities across the United States. This is an example of a green and sustainable application that can help reduce per capita water consumption in municipalities across our nation.
Texas State Technical College (2012): GSS is a sub consultant to NCH Corp.’s Chem-Aqua, Inc. providing Technical Audits, Site Reviews, QA/QC Analysis to support water treatment products and services program. The recommended treatment programs are designed to increase efficiency & conserve energy, reduce chemical consumption & treatment cost, reduce makeup water volume & helps conserve freshwater and reduce wastewater discharged as blow down to municipal wastewater treatment system.
Commercialization of Emerging Technology (2006 to 2013): Green and Sustainable Services, LLC (GSS) assist with commercialization fo emerging technologies for water and wastewater treatment. With proper application and commercialization of emerging technologies, what once would have been considered wastewater can be treated, reclaimed, and reused. GSS is engaged in the commercialization of innovative treatments to meet the needs associated with water and wastewater streams generated in the Oil and Gas Sector; as well as, Agricultural, Municipal, Commercial, Desalination, Environmental, Institutional, Process, Utility and Industrial Markets. GSS’ intention is to expand the business model across the US and internationally upon meeting the Texas goals and operating objectives.
Storm Water Peer Review and Feasible Option Study, Fort Worth, Texas (2010 – 2012):
Sub-consultant on Michael Baker Jr. Inc. Team. Identify low impact development measures to complement other plan approaches, support for public involvement activities and provide oversight from a public utilities and community programs perspective. Project overview: provide professional services for the development of a general strategy and selection of feasible options for addressing storm water issues in the Central Arlington Heights and Forest Park/ Berry Storm Drain Watersheds and other areas of Fort Worth.
Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan Review Audit, Austin, Texas (2010):
Environmental engineering consultant to McGuyer Homebuilders, Inc. Reviewed Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) to insure low impact development strategies and smart growth storm water best management practices were utilized to the extent practical. Evaluated SWPPP to ensure compliance with Clean Water Act, Construction General Permit and all other applicable EPA, TCEQ and local regulations.
Water Resources, Wastewater and Storm Water Professional Services, Quebec city, Quebec, Canada (2009): Consult and advise BPR-CSO, service customers and develop business opportunities for BPR CSO in water, wastewater and storm water services in the Southern and Western regions of the United States. GSS was engaged in multiple technical disciplines because of Mr. Smith’s background and experience in Civil Engineering, Low Impact Development and Environmental Sustainability.
Significant Experience Prior to 2008
Green Building Projects (2006 – 2008):
Thomas Smith has worked on many LEED Projects while serving as Vice President of Green Engineering at Trinity Green Services, i.e.: LEED for Homes Project in Coronado, California, City Center Mixed-Use Complex in Las Vegas, Nevada and Kohl’s LEED for Retail pilot projects in Santa Clarita, California. Mr. Smith provided green engineering services, low impact development expertise, sustainability guidance, environmental compliance oversight, green & sustainability design and supervised teams of support professionals who perform green program and site inspection services. Mr. Smith has volunteered for Green Building Certification Institute’s LEED AP Certification Maintenance Work Groups, LEED AP Job Task Forces and Item Development Workshops. Thomas serves as a Member of GBCI Credentialing Steering Committee, helping shape the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Professional Accreditation Program.
Brackish Groundwater Desalination Study Plan, San Antonio, Texas (2004 – 2006):
Functioned in a project coordination and management role for San Antonio Water System (SAWS). Conducted a preliminary Brackish Groundwater Desalination Feasibility Assessment based on available data gathered through research efforts. The brackish groundwater sources studied near San Antonio were the Edwards, Trinity, Carrizo, Wilcox, Queen City, Gulf Coast and Sparta aquifers. Study plan approach would assemble, review and analyze data/information regarding aquifer recharge, groundwater water quality and occurrence, mineralogy, hydraulic properties, well yields, and current uses listed in the public domain and the commercial geophysical log libraries for the seven aquifers in the study area. Preliminary project cost estimates varied depending on source location and economies of scale considerations associated with anticipated project yield projections. Total project cost would be estimated upon completion of the brackish groundwater desalination study plan evaluation.
Seawater Desalination Project, San Antonio, Texas (2004 – 2006):
Functioned in a project coordination and management role for the San Antonio Water System. Preformed resources investigation, researched and gathered information regarding seawater desalination. Project approach: desalination of seawater in the proximity of San Antonio Bay and conveying water to San Antonio. Planned facilities: intake, treatment, pipeline, pump stations offshore concentrate disposal system. Total project estimated cost was $988,138,000.00.
Lower Colorado River Authority – San Antonio Water System Water Project, San Antonio, Texas (2002 – 2006):
Performed project coordination and management for SAWS. Project overview: develop groundwater, conserve water and retain unallocated surface water to meet future water demand. Review WAMS and GAMS of existing and future SAWS water resources projects. Groundwater study: assessed aquifer recharge, modeled effects of project on Gulf Coast Aquifer and groundwater needed for agricultural irrigation. Analyses of the water supply were performed using modified version of the Water Availability Model. Total project estimated cost was $1,620,871,000.00.
Lower Guadalupe Water Supply Project, San Antonio, Texas (2002 – 2006): Performed project coordination and oversight for SAWS. Project overview: provide new and additional water resources to meet the future demand in the South Central Texas Region, protect flows of the Comal and San Marcos Springs and preserve inflows of the San Antonio-Guadalupe bays and estuary system. Water Availability: conjunctively manage surface water and groundwater. Possible additional water sources to include regional surface water, other viable groundwater and desalination. Total project estimated cost was $932,812,000.00.
Technical Specialist for Water/Wastewater Treatment and Environmental Services in the Municipal, Industrial, Commercial, Institutional, Utility & Process Marketplace, North America (1987 – 1998)
Mr. Smith served as the engineering consultant for central energy plants, central heating and cooling plants including cogeneration of heat and power. He is knowledgeable in all phases of operations, monitoring, maintenance and master planning aspects of heat generation (to include boilers, feed-water, steam generation, turbines, and condensate systems) and cooling process (to include cooling towers, once through cooling, makeup water, blow-down, chillers and chilled water systems). Thomas was very successful at improving the water quality of feed-water and makeup water to increase cycles of concentration, reduce chemical treatment, reduce fuel consumption, conserve water and reduce blow-down to the extent practical. He has provided proactive service and overseen construction of special process systems. Mr. Smith promoted environmental compliance and stewardship by helping clients acquire air, water, wastewater and waste permits from the appropriate regulatory agencies and ensured that clients complied with and abided by all local, state and federal regulations.
Jeff Rogers, PE, MBA Project Experience:
Williamson County 2006 Road Bond and Pass Through Financing Programs (2007-2010):
GEC to Williamson County for Utility Coordination. Performed utility coordination oversight and utility coordination services for over 50 projects within Williamson County’s $228 million Road Bond Program and $175 million Pass Through Financing Program. Coordinated with more than 21 utility companies throughout the project areas, creating project schedules, organizing utility coordination meetings, reviewing and approving utility adjustment plans. Managed conflict identification and resolution as well as needed SUE quality levels A, B, C, and D. Prepared, reviewed, and recommended approval of permits, reimbursements, and betterments. Negotiated utility agreements between utility providers, program management, the County, and TxDOT. Provided oversight for design firms with utility coordination and managed subsurface utility engineering for all projects, mapping and GIS, and utility relocation design services for electric, telecommunications, gas, water, and wastewater facilities. Communicated the permit and driveway process for the owners’ use in the installation or relocation of infrastructure. Coordinated with program management and ROW acquisition to ensure project and utility relocation schedules. Also was responsible for the oversight of utility construction management and verification, which included the coordination of utility construction activities, utility installation verification, monitoring, record management, status reporting, and as-built surveying oversight. In addition, had extensive interaction with municipal, county, and state representatives.
183A Turnpike Project Utility Coordination, Austin, TX (2004-2007):
ROW/Utilities Project Manager sub-consultant on the Granite/JD Abrams JV Team. Provided ROW oversight and coordination for 135 parcels as well as utility coordination and relocation for 12 different utility companies for the 11.6 mile, $220 million 183A design/build turnpike project around the central business districts in the Cities of Cedar Park and Leander in the southwestern section of Williamson County, Texas. Utilities impacted include electric distribution and transmission, cable television, telecommunications, water, wastewater, and natural gas pipelines. Included researching and identifying conflicts with the proposed roadway and drainage design, prepared a Utility Corridor Conceptual Relocation Plan for the project, conducting coordination meetings with each utility owner, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA), and the design team, prepared and reviewed utility agreement assemblies, providing constructability reviews for each relocation design, designed relocation plans for utilities, and coordinated utility relocation schedules with the roadway construction schedule. Provided construction services for conflicts encountered during construction. Coordinated all SUE and SUE surveying services and ROW staking services with the roadway construction schedule and the roadway and structures design teams.
TxDOT Evergreen Project WA#1 SH 195 – Segment 1, WA#3 RM 2338, WA#4 IH 35 at Lakeway(2007-2008):
GEC to TxDOT for Utility Coordination. Coordinated with utility owners’ conflicts and relocation efforts in regards to the roadway design. Coordinated with roadway designers and TxDOT to accommodate utilities and their relocations. Managed and reviewed all utility relocation designs, verified UAR compliance, and constructed Utility Assembly packages.
Capital Metro Commuter Rail Program, Austin, TX (2007-2008):
Sub-consultant to URS. Utility Specialist providing Utility Coordination Services and relocation design for several utilities within the project limits in the Downtown Austin area. Responsible for managing all utility engineering services, which included the identification of utility conflicts, monitoring, managing, and reporting on the utility adjustment agreement process prior to construction, evaluation of alternatives, providing constructability reviews for each relocation design, review of the utility adjustment phasing and completion of time lines and resolution of utility conflicts.
TxDOT, Austin District, Utility Coordination Evergreen (2007-2008):
GEC to TxDOT for Utility Coordination. Utility Specialist providing Utility Coordination Services for several TxDOT roadway projects in the Austin District. These services included Subsurface Utility Engineering, Utility Coordination, and Utility Construction Management and Verification. Tasks include researching and identifying conflicts with the proposed roadway and drainage design, preparing a Utility Corridor Conceptual Plan for the project, conducting coordination meetings, with each utility owner, TxDOT, and the design team, reviewing utility agreement assemblies for each utility, providing constructability reviews for each relocation design, coordinating utility relocation schedules with the roadway construction schedule, and reimbursing utilities for relocation work. Utilities impacted by the proposed roadway improvements included electric distribution and transmission, cable television, telecommunications, water and wastewater, and gas distribution and transmission.