Replacement Strategy

by Ray Bert, Contributing Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2001, Vol. 71, Issue 8, Pg. 48-53

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Water Works II, a $275-million water treatment plant currently under construction in Detroit, is redefining the way that such projects are let and built. In 1980 the city initiated a program to rehabilitate and upgrade its existing plant, a 320 mgd (1.2 million m³/d) facility originally constructed in 1924. The study showed that replacing the plant would be more cost effective, especially if the water authority used a design/build/maintain approach. To improve its comfort level with this more hands-off approach, the city decided that each bidder could have up to three confidential meetings with the owner to ask questions and float ideas. All bidders had one idea in common: Draining and reusing an existing 300 million gal (1.1 million m³) underground concrete reservoir as the site for the new plant.

Subject Headings: Michigan | Water treatment plants | Construction | Drainage |

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