Category Archives: Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment

How Progressive Design-Build (PDB) Offered New Solutions To A Global Manufacturer And Saved Millions

When a global manufacturer of carbon fiber products announced plans to invest $1 billion in building a manufacturing plant on a 400-acre greenfield site in Moore, South Carolina, it quickly became apparent that PDB was the best model to achieve the “must haves” for project delivery.

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Topics: Haskell, Progressive Design-Build, Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment.

Design-Build Delivery Achieves Chronic Grit Accumulation Relief at Georgia’s Largest Wastewater Facility

To solve a chronic grit-removal issue plaguing the 240 MGD RM Clayton Water Reclamation Center (WRC), Georgia’s largest wastewater treatment plant, the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management (City) required urgent upgrades to the headworks facility involving complete replacement of coarse screening and grit removal systems and installation of new influent flow-monitoring equipment.

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Topics: Brown and Caldwell, Fixed-Price Design-Build, Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment.

How Collaboration in a CMAR Project Successfully Delivered a Treatment Plant Expansion at UTRWD’s Riverbend Water Reclamation Plant

Upper Trinity Regional Water District’s (UTRWD) Riverbend Water Reclamation Plant (WRP), located in north central Texas near the city of Aubrey, needed to increase its capacity from 2 million gallons per day (mgd) annual average daily flow to 4 mgd with a peak flow rate of 16 mgd. This expansion was required to keep up with the economic growth occurring to the north of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In order to increase capacity, a new influent pump station, new screening and grit removal headworks, a new sludge pump station building, modification of sequential batch reactor basins to conventional aeration basins with ballasted activated sludge, and new secondary clarifiers were required.

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Topics: Carollo, CMAR, Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment.

How a Hybrid Procurement Approach was Successfully Used for an $800 Million Regional Wastewater Treatment Program

The Capital Regional District (CRD), located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, is currently in the process of implementing a major wastewater treatment program that includes construction of a new 108-ML/d secondary wastewater treatment plant, two major pumping stations, two large diameter force mains, a 20-km residuals pipeline, a wet weather attenuation tank, and biosolids resource recovery facility. This program culminates a five-year effort in which technical planning was completed by Stantec and district representatives.

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Topics: Design-Build, Fixed-Price Design-Build, Stantec, Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment.

How an Integrated Process System Optimized Delivery Speed and Value for a New Wastewater Treatment Plant

In 2014, the town of Berthoud, located on the Front Range of Colorado, north of Denver along the I-25 corridor, was faced with development requests from a combination of residential, commercial, and light industrial users. This request coincided with the implementation of stringent nutrient regulations by the State of Colorado for new wastewater treatment facilities. With the planned development of the eastern area of the community, particularly a major complex serving the trucking industry, a new east-side treatment facility would be necessary to sustain the planned growth of the city to the east of the existing service area. As a result, Berthoud officials made the decision to build a new wastewater treatment plant under an expedited schedule to accommodate the growth on the eastern part of the town.

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Topics: Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment, Xylem.

What Are the Financial Trends of Municipalities in Funding Water and Sewer Projects?

A featured topic of discussion at the recent August ACEC Environment & Energy Committee meeting was Identifying Financial Trends from federal, state, and private/public partnership (P3) sources. Committee members sought to gain insight and perspective from other groups and organizations also in attendance (Council of Mayors, WDBC, engineering and financial firms).

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Topics: Education, P3, Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment, Water Infrastructure/Treatment, WDBC Admin.

What’s So “Progressive” about Progressive Design-Build

It’s political season and the news is filled with commentary on liberals and conservatives and… progressives. So what exactly is so progressive about progressive design-build? Well, it’s no surprise, but the label for this valuable delivery method doesn’t have any political meaning! Instead, it’s all about evolving the design-build process to meet the needs of owners that could not use – or preferred not to use – fixed price design-build:

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Topics: Brown and Caldwell, CMAR, Design-Build, Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment, Water Infrastructure/Treatment.

We Can’t Afford to Be Reactive About Water and Wastewater Issues

Why does it take a crisis or public outrage to motivate policy officials to take action on water and wastewater issues? In 2016, the water quality and compliance issues impacting the public’s health and environment – with the crisis in Flint, Michigan, serving as a prime example – should not be happening.

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Topics: Design-Build, Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment, Water Infrastructure/Treatment, WDBC Admin.

Haskell Spotlight: St. Mary’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion

Located in the City of St. Mary’s, Georgia, the Point Peter Wastewater Treatment Plant was consistently experiencing flows of 1.2 mgd  and exceeded the capacity and 0.9 mgd discharge limits of its operating permit, primarily due to unanticipated development in the area.

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Topics: CMAR, Haskell, Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment.

Design-Build Delivery: Nitrogen Removal to Benefit the Chesapeake Bay

  The Hopewell Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility (HRWTF) is a 50-mgd secondary wastewater treatment plant, currently treating an annual average flow of approximately 27 mgd of combined wastewater from local industries and domestic sources.

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Topics: HDR, Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment.