The ACEC Texas has chosen Parkhill, Smith & Cooper’s Borger Northwest Wellfield project as the gold medal recipient for the 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards in the water and wastewater category. As a result of receiving this prestigious state-level award, the project will be considered for national recognition by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) in spring 2017.

The Borger Northwest Wellfield project is notable for adapting oil drilling technology to surgically drill groundwater production wells. This technique resulted in the discovery of 6.5 million gallons per day (MGD) of potable drinking water in the drought-stricken Texas Panhandle. This additional water supply project clinched a $720 million industrial facility expansion for Borger, came in under budget, exceeded expected production levels by 1.5 MGD and was the largest infrastructure project in Borger’s history. Additionally, the standpipe configuration designed by PSC’s engineers was the tallest of its kind (pre-stressed/pre-cast concrete) in the nation at the time of completion and is the tallest standpipe of its kind in Texas. Finally, integrating this new water source into Borger’s existing system was exceptionally challenging. In a city with four different water sources, including surface water and groundwater, the interconnection required many engineering hours to determine the most suitable configuration.


Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc. (PSC) was established in 1945 in Lubbock, Texas and now has more than 300 employees in nine offices across Texas and New Mexico. PSC is a multidisciplinary firm that provides comprehensive architectural and engineering design services for a multitude of projects in government, commercial and institutional sectors – including K-12 and higher education, public works, environmental, infrastructure, transportation, healthcare and church facilities. PSC’s internal resources include design professionals in architecture, civil engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, MEP engineering, structural engineering and surveying.

About the ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards

The Engineering Excellence Awards Competition has been held by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas since its inception in 1975 to honor and recognize outstanding achievements within the engineering community.

For the 2017 awards, the distinguished panel of judges from around the state selected 10 gold medal and nine silver medal winning projects based on uniqueness, originality, technicality, value to the engineering profession, complexity and how successfully the project met the needs of the client.