RETTEW Receives Engineering Excellence Award for New Sports Complex

Multi-Purpose Facility Created on 10 Acres of Abandoned Mine Land

Lancaster, Pa. — The American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania (ACEC/PA) awarded RETTEW, a multidiscipline engineering, planning and environmental consulting firm, a 2009 Diamond Award for the firm’s design of the Mary D Fire Company Sports Complex, Schuylkill County. RETTEW and its client, the Schuylkill Headwaters Association, Inc. (SHA), received the award honoring excellence in engineering at a ceremony held Thursday, February 5, 2009, in Hershey, Pa. 

“RETTEW is truly honored to have worked with the Schuylkill Headwaters Association as well as all the partners on such a great project,” said Mark P. Lauriello, PE, president, RETTEW. “The Mary D Sports Complex will serve the community well for many years to come.”

RETTEW’s involvement with the project included working with 18 stakeholders to design the facility, which is located on 10 acres of donated abandoned mine land and includes a regulation Little League field, an all-purpose field, an ice-skating pond, a walking path and parking area. In addition to meeting facilitation, RETTEW provided a master site plan design, NPDES permitting, erosion and sedimentation control permitting, survey, wetland delineation, stormwater management, as well as grant administration and construction administration services for the Mary D Fire Company Sports Complex.

“I am grateful to RETTEW and all the organizations that played a pivotal role in making the Mary D Sports Complex a reality,” commented William Reichert, president, SHA.

Reichert spearheaded the Mary D Fire Company Sports Complex project after realizing that the community’s existing ball field was the only possible site on which SHA could place wetlands for a passive abandoned mine drainage (AMD) treatment system to treat the Mary D Mine Discharge. Working with a collective total of 18 state and local government agencies, private foundations, community organizations and local businesses, SHA obtained grants totaling nearly $600,000 for the new facility and retained RETTEW to engineer the project. Among the agencies providing grants were Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, William Penn Foundation and Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission.

“The Mary D Fire Company Sports Complex demonstrates the importance collaboration plays in improving our communities,” added Clayton Bubeck, PE, RETTEW, project manager for the Mary D Fire Company Sports Complex. “I’m very glad RETTEW was able contribute to the project’s overall success.”

Established in 1969, RETTEW is a full-service firm providing engineering, land development, planning, surveying and environmental consulting services. With nearly 230 employees, RETTEW has offices located in Camp Hill, Chambersburg, Chester Springs, Lancaster, Nazareth, and Schuylkill Haven, Pa.; and Liberty and Margaretville, N.Y. For more information about RETTEW’s services, please call 1-800-RETTEW-5 or e-mail