We performed a Deicing Effluent Management Feasibility Study for the Akron Canton Airport. The goal of the study was to arrive at a long-term, cost-effective deicer management approach. The study consisted of inventory, aircraft and deicing events forecast, development of alternative sites and processes, and solution of a final concept by the airport. The project consisted of a one-position concrete pad on the north side and a three-aircraft pad on the south side.
Runway/taxiway grading and storm water drainage were designed to capture runoff glycol. An advanced biotic glycol recovery and treatment system was designed to remove glycol from the contaminated runoff, which is then released into a detention pond. The glycol recovery system serves as a model for effective, sustainable engineering and received an Outstanding Achievement Award for Engineering Excellence presented by the American Council for Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Ohio.