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Engineering, ARCADIS team to create new center

July 3, 2013

CSU and ARCADIS are partnering to establish the ARCADIS-CSU Center for Excellence in Remediation Hydrogeology, which will focus on groundwater restoration research that will have application in mining, the oil and gas industry, and other critical areas.

The $200,000 unrestricted, renewable gift from ARCADIS, a 125-year-old company whose U.S. headquarters is in Highlands Ranch, Colo., will allow CSU’s renowned College of Engineering to enhance a decade-long collaboration with the company. The gift will be used to fund several aspects of the Center for Excellence in Remediation Hydrogeology, including graduate students, technical support, research, and an adjunct faculty position within the college.

“Over the past decade, a remarkable collaboration has developed between ARCADIS, an international engineering services company, and Dr. Tom Sale in CSU's Center for Contaminant Hydrology," said Wade Troxell, Interim Dean in the College of Engineering. “We are extremely grateful for this gift.”

The gift will also support the annual Steven B. Blake Water Resources Lecture Series. Blake, a 1978 graduate of CSU in Watershed Science and recently retired CEO of ARCADIS, was central in expanding the relationship between the company and the College of Engineering.

“We are tremendously grateful and pleased to welcome ARCADIS as a partner with Colorado State as we create the Center for Excellence in Remediation Hydrogeology,” said Brett Anderson, vice president for University Advancement. “The incredible reputation of ARCADIS in engineering and water resource development paired with Colorado State’s world-class research and expertise in environment and groundwater restoration is a formula for extraordinary success for our students, our communities, and the world.”

The ARCADIS-CSU Center of Excellence will be directed by Sale and Fred Payne of ARCADIS.

“The research done here will provide new ideas and solutions that will have application in mining, the oil and gas industry, environmental remediation and even water supply,” Payne said.

Highlights of the CSU-ARCADIS relationship

  • ARCADIS was an early adopter of patented CSU technologies, providing royalty revenue on three CSU technologies.
  • ARCADIS has provided numerous career opportunities for CSU students.
  • CSU has trained ARCADIS staff in the use of CSU’s cutting-edge remediation and site characterization technologies.
  • CSU was the first university to use ARCADIS’s text, Remediation Hydraulics, as a course textbook.
  • CSU has provided ARCADIS with new employees with cutting-edge knowledge in modern contaminant hydrology, and collaborated on advancing transformational ideas in the fields of contaminant transport and water resources.