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Awards & Recognition

2012

  • Pacesetter Plant Award by the Combined Cycle Journal for The University of Texas at Austin Carl J. Eckhardt Heating & Power Complex.
  • Norman R. Taylor Award by the International District Energy Association to Juan Ontiveros.

2011

  • The Excellence in Construction Award by the Central Texas Chapter Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. for The University of Texas at Austin Thermal Energy Storage Facility Pump Station and Site Restoration.
  • Certificate of Avoided GHG Emissions by CHP and EPA in recognition of The University of Texas at Austin's contribution to efficient U.S. energy production.
  • Recognition by the Mechanical Engineering Department for support of the design project: Design of Exhaust Stack Heat Recovery System for UT Gas Turbine.

2010

  • The Excellence in Construction Award by the Central Texas Chapter Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. for The University of Texas at Austin Gas Turbine No. 10 & HRSG No. 10.
  • Recognition by the Mechanical Engineering Department for support of the design project: Energy Audit Method for UT Campus Chilled-Water Consumption.
  • Recognition by the Mechanical Engineering Department for support of the design project: Design of a Heat Exchanger Performance Model for Chillers.
  • Certificate of Partner GHG Reduction by CHP and EPA in recognition of The University of Texas at Austin's contribution to efficient U.S. energy production.
  • Corporate Energy Management Award for Region IV by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).
  • Pacesetter Award by APPA to Juan Ontiveros.

2009

  • Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement in District Energy by the International Energy Agency.
  • CHP Greenhouse Gas Reduction Report by CHP and EPA in recognition of the emission reductions of the university’s CHP Project(s).
  • Recognition by the Mechanical Engineering Department for support of the design project: Design of a Reverse-Osmosis Feed Water Preheating System.

2008

  • Texas Environmental Excellence Award by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for outstanding efforts in environmental protection and pollution prevention in the state of Texas.
  • Recognition by the Mechanical Engineering Department for support of the design project: Design of a Water Recovery System for the Hal C. Weaver Power Plant.
  • Recognition by the Mechanical Engineering Department for support of the design project: Thermal Energy Recapture for Power Boilers.

2007

  • CHP Greenhouse Gas Reduction Report by CHP and EPA in recognition of the emission reductions of the university's CHP Project(s).
  • Recognition by the Mechanical Engineering Department for support of the design project: Analysis of Gas-Turbine Blade Air Cooling and Supporting Systems.
  • Texas Association of Physical Plant Administrators (TAPPA) Outstanding Service Award presented to Miles Abernathy (retired) in appreciation of outstanding service, dedication and support of the facilities industry.

2006

  • Certificate of Recognition by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts-State Energy Conservation Office for the university’s efforts in energy efficiency and improving the air quality in the state of Texas.
  • Engineering Excellence Awards (Gold Medal Winner/Texas and National Finalist) by the American Council of Engineering Companies for the university’s project: Hal C. Weaver Plant Upgrades.
  • CHP Greenhouse Gas Reduction Report by CHP and EPA in recognition of the emission reductions of the university's CHP Project(s).
  • Recognition by the Mechanical Engineering Department for support of the university’s design project: Utilities Fuel Oil Distribution System.
  • Recognition by the Mechanical Engineering Department for support of the design project: Survey Assessment and Recommendations of Existing Steam Trap Equipment and Operation.
  • Recognition by the Mechanical Engineering Department for support of the design project: Waste Heat Recapture in a Heat Recovery Steam Generator.

2005

  • Energy Star System of the Year Award for 2005 presented by the EPA and US Department of Energy for excellent leadership in energy use and management.
  • Recognition by the Mechanical Engineering Department for support of the project: Design of Superheater Drain Water Collection System.
  • Recognition by the Mechanical Engineering Department for support of the design project: Sediment Removal System for Cooling Tower Basins.
  • Recognition by the Mechanical Engineering Department for support of the design project: Motor Database Creation and Economic Analysis.
  • The Rex Dillow Award by APPA/Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers to Leonard Friesenhahn for the Outstanding Article of 2004-2005: "The University of Texas Sewer Rehab: Using Trenchless Technologies."

2004

  • Recognition by the Mechanical Engineering Department for support of the design project: Improving Cogeneration with Reverse Osmosis.
  • Recognition by the Mechanical Engineering Department for support of the design project: Cavitation Elimination in Cooling Water Pumps at The University of Texas at Austin Power Plant.
  • Recognition by the Mechanical Engineering Department for support of the design project: Design of a Chemical Delivery System for University System Chilling Stations.
  • Certificate of Appreciation by the International District Energy Association (IDEA) to Juan Ontiveros for promoting energy efficiency and environmental quality through the advancement of district energy and for contributing to IDEA.
  • The Excellence in Construction Award by the Central Texas Chapter Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. for The University of Texas at Austin Utility Infrastructure Renovation.

2003

  • Recognition of Excellence in Pretreatment by the City of Austin Water and Wastewater Department.

2002

  • Certificate of Partnership by CHP, EPA, and IDEA in recognition of efforts to improve the environmental performance of power generation in the United States through the promotion of pollution-preventing district energy and combined heat and power.
  • Certificate of Appreciation by The University of Texas at Austin to UEM for supporting and contributing to the Economic Opportunity Forum.
  • Recognition of Excellence in Pretreatment by the City of Austin Water and Wastewater Department.

2001

  • ICI Conservation Award by the Water Conservation Division Water and Wastewater Department, City of Austin.
  • Recognition of Excellence in Pretreatment by the City of Austin Water and Wastewater Department.

Other

  • Certificate of Partnership by CHP and EPA in recognition of efforts to improve the environmental performance of power generation in the United States by supporting combined heat and power.
  • Recognition of Excellence in Pretreatment by the City of Austin Water and Wastewater Department – 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997
  • Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission – 1998
  • Reclamation and Reuse Award by the Water Conservation Division of the Planning, Environmental, and Conservation Services Department, City of Austin – 1996
  • Conservation and Reuse Award, Direct Program for a Non-Utility by the American Water Works Association – 1995
  • Recognition of Exemplary Water Conservation Programs by the Texas Water Development Board – 1993