Published on January 1st, 2013 | by UC&D Magazine


JBWRF Earns ACEC ‘Grand Conceptor’ Award

In awards competitions for the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (A/E/C) industry, visually appealing, aesthetically pleasing projects are generally the ones that turn heads and elicit responses of ‘ooh’ and ‘ah’. It’s much like society, where the sexy blonde with long legs and 36-24-36 measurements is the first one asked to dance. So it was quite a pleasant surprise for some in the engineering community that at ACEC Utah’s 2012 ‘Excellence in Engineering’ awards this past November 28, the $98 million Jordan Basin Water Reclamation Facility was presented with the chapter’s ‘Grand Conceptor’ award among three finalists.

“We’ve felt the same way about that in the past,” said Ken Spiers, a principal at Draper-based Bowen Collins & Associates and senior project manager on the job, about the perception that a high-profile building project is better or more widely recognized than a utilitarian infrastructure project. “We think the project is very deserving of this award and fulfills the criteria they laid out for that award. It was a very unique and challenging project with interesting aspects to it. We’re grateful South Valley Sewer District had the Built by the joint-venture team of PCL of Denver and Alder Construction of Salt Lake City, this 15 MGD WWTF is one of the largest membrane bioreactor (MBR) facilities in the United States, according to Spiers, and will service an area of 108 square miles in south Salt Lake County and northern Utah County. The plant has the potential to be expanded to 30 MGD capacity.

Completed June 30, 2012, the project includes nine major buildings and 14 miscellaneous vaults on the 39-acre campus and took 2 years, 9 months to build. It is one of the largest and most technically-challenging projects Alder has ever built.

“The process building, basins and influent pump station required 1,800 auger cast piles,” said Alder project manager Shane Harris. “We’ve been in this niche market for more than 25 years and this
is one of the largest projects we’ve ever been a part of. Our team had just under 150 workers during our peak.”

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