ALCOSAN Regional Tunnel Facilities Program Management & Outreach

Project Overview

ALCOSAN has adopted the Clean Water Plan (CWP) to improve and protect the quality of the region’s streams and rivers by controlling combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and eliminating sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). The CWP is part of the modified Federal Consent Decree to comply with the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s CSO Control Policy. The CWP is made up of four components: 

  1. preventing excess water from entering the sewer systems;
  2. expanding the wastewater treatment plant; 
  3. taking ownership of multi-municipal sewers; and
  4. constructing a new regional tunnel system

Core Services Performed:

  • Municipal Coordination
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Public Outreach
  • Review Meetings & Presentations
  • Material Design
  • Mapping & GIS

Client: Allegheny County Sanitary Authority

Prime: Jacobs Engineering

Timeline:  2020 – Present

Program Management & Outreach

E. Holdings, as part of the Jacobs Team, is supporting ALCOSAN’s Tunnel Program.  The current plan includes the design and construction of approximately 16 miles of wet weather tunnels that will reduce 70% of CSOs in the region.  Our team supports this vital infrastructure improvement program in a variety of tasks such as Stakeholder and Public Engagement, GIS and Data Management, and Utility Coordination. 

A key component of the Tunnel Program is the communication and coordination with elected officials, stakeholder groups, communities, and the general public.  Engagement with the groups started early in the program in order to build community support for the tunnels.  This early engagement is also a necessary step in order to start the permitting and design processes for each of the tunnel segments.  Our team has focused on building consensus with elected officials, working with the communities affected by the construction, meeting with community groups and key stakeholders to coordinate and help spread the word, and engaging with the public to provide information and answer questions. Informational materials have been customized for each audience with the goal of transparency and inclusion.  Additional engagement with key stakeholder groups and the general public will be vital during the design and construction of the tunnels to ensure all voices are heard and input/feedback is incorporated as much as possible.

Learn more on the ALOCSAN project website

McKees Rock Community Meeting
Contrator Outreach Event

Dave Broniecki
Data Engineer, Associate Project Manager

Dave is a NASSCO certified Mechanical Engineer. Specializing in retrieving and analyzing data from various sources to support condition assessment and capital improvement planning activities. Utilizing data to coordinate and track progress on key organizational performance indicators, he assists stakeholders in making decisions related to strategic planning. He has been integral in establishing data management programs essential for planning the future repair and management of large-scale sewer networks.  David works with clients to develop training programs and SOPs that address current maintenance needs and future Capital Improvement Planning.


Christine Barton, PE, PLS
Project Engineer

Christine Barton is a registered civil engineer and land surveyor with expert experience in site design, land development, water resources design for civil/site projects including layouts, utility plans, and permitting, and coordination/management of field survey work.  She has successfully held positions as project manager, project designer, and office manager to serve the needs of the clients within the residential, commercial, military, industrial, and healthcare industries. Core proficiencies include coordination with local land development planning agencies, county conservation districts, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and the  Pennsylvania Department of Environment.


Irvin Williams, President

As the President and founder of E. Holdings, Irvin is currently focused on the company’s succession, strategic growth, and development. He has both a professional and personal interest in Pittsburgh’s success.  A Pittsburgh native and founder of several development companies, he has an extensive understanding of finance and business, which are vital to the success of this company. He has served in numerous management positions including financial advisor, senior vice president, project manager, general contractor, developer, and construction manager. Active in the local community, he made the decision to dedicate his expertise to rebuilding economically sustainable communities with the approval of their existing residents. In 1996, he and his wife became the first African Americans in Western Pennsylvania to develop and own a commercial office building, Williams Square. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with an AAS in Mathematics.

Contact: | 412-434-6290

Amy Wiles, AICP
Manager of Planning & Design

Amy’s professional experience crosses a variety of disciplines, ranging from county and multi-municipal comprehensive plans and land use ordinances (zoning and subdivision and land development) to specialized planning studies, such as wayfinding master plans and parks, recreation, trails and greenways plans. She has been employed by E. Holdings for two years and has 20 years of professional experience.

Contact: | 724-448-0286

Alexis Meier, MPP
Director of Communications

Alexis is the Director of Communications at E. Holdings. There she has worked as the Municipal Coordinator for an in-depth municipal assessment project for the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN). She oversees all of E. Holding’s public relations and public outreach efforts. She also brings experience as a Government Affairs Manager for Duane Morris Government Strategies. She worked on community development projects and developing and executing government relations strategies as well as fundraising efforts. She has also spent time navigating our political system in Washington D.C. as the Legislative Staff Assistant for U.S. Senator Rick Santorum. Her understanding of legislation and politics gives her a unique viewpoint when collaborating on civic projects. 

Contact: | 412-656-8850

Janai Williams Smith, MCP
Managing Director and EVP

Janai Smith is the Managing Director and Principal of E. Holdings, Inc. Janai is a versatile, goal-oriented Program Manager with 20+ years of experience supporting the strategic direction of large-scale programs, setting budgets and managing risks while achieving overall company goals and exceeding customer expectations. As a planner and economist, Janai has been involved in a diverse array of projects, among them master plans, urban revitalization plan, visioning studies, brownfield and infill redevelopment projects, strategic planning and infrastructure improvement programs.

Janai’s interest in urban planning, design and infrastructure programs is rooted in a passion for the creation of sustainable communities that deliver equity in planning and implementation by making connections with people and their built environment. Her affinity for complex problem-solving can be seen in the diverse array of projects in which she’s been engaged from revitalization plans for depressed urban neighborhoods to brand new communities and programs. Leading a process-oriented, multidisciplinary team, Janai’s dedication to achieving consensus in her client’s goals and stakeholders’ vision has made a significant contribution to the successful development of numerous projects. 

Contact: | 412-728-5726