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GZA subsidiary Huff & Huff, Inc. receives Engineering Excellence Honor Award from ACEC Illinois

Huff & Huff, Inc., a subsidiary of GZA, a leading environmental and geotechnical consulting firm, is proud to announce that it will receive a 2016 ACEC (American Council of Engineering Companies) Illinois Honor Award for Engineering Excellence for a remediation project associated with redevelopment of a strip mall that housed a former dry cleaning establishment into an athletic recreational center for the Village of Woodridge and the Woodbridge Park District.


Huff & Huff was tasked with remediating the site to maintain a tight construction schedule.  The firm utilized its license from NASA for Emulsified Zero-Valent Iron, or EZVI, to cost-effectively accomplish its goal. EZVI destroys chlorinated solvents using a combination of a chemical reaction with micro-scale iron and microbial degradation stimulated by the fermentation of the vegetable oil contained in the EZVI.


The Engineering Excellence Awards are presented to projects that encompass both the public and private sector.  Huff & Huff was selected for the honor award – the highest designation – for its innovative and effective approach to remediation that maintained the client’s construction schedule, while also creating a significant cost savings.

Each year, ACEC member firms submit projects that are judged on a rigorous set of criteria, including complexity, innovation and value to society.  These projects are judged by a panel of industry experts, which includes military and government officials, ACEC National and International leadership, educators from colleges’ and universities’ engineering departments and leadership from other organizations dedicated to the built environment. 

ACEC-Illinois will recognize Huff & Huff at the Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Luncheon on February 11, 2016 at the Marriot Hotel in Normal, Illinois.


About GZA


Founded in 1964, GZA is a multi-disciplinary firm providing Environmental, Geotechnical, Ecological, Water, and Construction Management services.  GZA maintains corporate offices at 249 Vanderbilt Avenue, Norwood, MA 02062. The firm has over 550 employees and operates 27 offices in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes and Appalachian Regions of the United States. For additional information, please call William Hadge, CEO at 781-278-3801 or visit the company’s website at 




Founded in 1979, Huff & Huff, Inc., located in Oak Brook, Illinois is a multidisciplinary firm providing environmental, civil, and biological engineering services. Areas of expertise include: natural resource assessments, wetlands, remediation design, wastewater design, stream surveys, sustainable solutions, environmental site assessments, air quality, underground storage tanks, risk assessment, hazardous waste management, and transportation-related environmental issues.  Huff & Huff, Inc. became a wholly-owned subsidiary of GZA in October of 2014.  For additional information, please visit the company’s website at



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