+National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) record.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional
As the consultant manager for Meridian’s class A reclaimed water program, David also helped Meridian to be the first city in Idaho to be permitted and use class A recycled water. During David's work with Meridian, the City was awarded the 2009 Idaho Water Reuse Program of the Year.
David was Chair of the Annual Conference of the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association in September 2009. David orchestrated the opening session with guest speakers from Gallatin Public Affairs, EPA Region 10, and the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) - to provide conference attendees with contrasting public policy, regulatory, and technical perspectives.
Under his leadership, David's previous engineering firms became better recognized as respected wastewater engineering consulting firms in Idaho.
As business group area manager at a top 10 water/wastewater engineering firm, leading the water/wastewater business group across four states, David was responsible for the business group's overall profit and loss in the area. He actively developed business with new clients in new markets, was liaison to key clients, and promoted quality assurance and best practices. He managed a wide range of projects - from water, wastewater, and recycled water planning to pilot testing the best available technology for low effluent phosphorus - and designed other water, wastewater, and stormwater systems.
David left this position in 2012 to spend more time with his family and to engage in a new venture helping to grow a local small business enterprise engineering firm.
He managed Coeur d’Alene’s effort to increase its ammonia reduction using a combination of Integrated Fixed-film Activated Sludge (IFAS) and Rotary Screen Thickener. Installed in 2008 and 2009, this is one of the first IFAS installations in North America, the first in Idaho, and the first at a trickling filter solids contact wastewater treatment facility.
In addition, David led a fast-track digester cover replacement project for Coeur d’Alene where the time from notice to proceed for engineering services to cover installation and startup was a little over three months. David was also contract manager of a preliminary and final design for a new $13 million solids handling capacity upgrade and a $4 million low phosphorus and water reuse demonstration pilot facility.
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David led the services of an engineering firm Small Business Enterprise Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with the National Park Service. Revenue from this client grew 10 times in the second year and doubled again in the third year. Services included project scoping, preliminary engineering, value analysis/choosing-by-advantages, schematic design, construction documents, and construction management.
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David successfully marketed engineering services related to a first-of-its-kind full scale "Hypertrophic" biological treatment process developed by Algal Scientific Corporation. The system grows a mixed algae culture biomass which can be harvested and re-sold, adding source of revenue derived from resources recovered from wastewater.
Building on the experience of the full scale facility, David led the design, construction, operation, and reporting of a pilot test facility of the Hypertrophic process in a membrane bioreactor configuration.
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As principal engineer for a small, water-focused engineering business, David made an impact almost immediately by forming a team of architecture and engineering consulting partners to win and execute the design of a $7 million administration, laboratory, and operations control center facilities. This project was recognized as a finalist for the 2014 Top Projects by the Idaho Business Review.
He also led the firm's effort to meet federal contracting requirements for work with federal agencies, implemented workload planning tied to project financials, enhanced proposal preparation, and initiated tracking of booked new business by client type and path to market for near real time assessment of the firm's year-to-date marketplace activity.
Owner/Founder David Keil has served on the board of directors for the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA) since 2012. He is currently the association's Vice President. He has also served on the association's executive committee. He influences the association's policy through monthly board meetings, strategic planning, and the annual conference.
The PNCWA is a 501(3)c not for profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing water resources in the states of Idaho, Oregon and Washington, promotes the professional development of members, the dissemination of information to the public and policy makers, and the advancement of science and technology needed to protect human health and the environment.
David has experience in wastewater program management, water reuse, water system design, and wastewater treatment and water resource recovery planning, design, and construction throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Through David’s hands-on experience with managing the planning and design of advanced water resource recovery systems, he recognizes the critical times to engage technical specialists and experts. Balancing technical depth with cost control has been the primary reason his projects have been consistently delivered on schedule and on budget.
Another of David's strengths is an ability to deliver innovative solutions for either common or advanced wastewater treatment challenges. For example, David assisted the City of Coeur d’Alene with engineering and management of its wastewater program from 2001 to 2012.