Sewage Plant Engineered for Value

by Wesley F. Mikes, Sr. V.P.; O'Brien-Kreitzberg & Assoc., Merchantville, NJ,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1988, Vol. 58, Issue 1, Pg. 50-52

Document Type: Feature article


The Camden County (NJ) Municipal Utilities Authority was formed in 1972 to cope with suburban growth that had overloaded 34 primary treatment plants. By the early 1990s, the Authority will have spent $600 million to replace the old plants by rebuilding and enlarging the Delaware No. 1 plant in Camden (a $59 million project in itself), 50 miles of interceptors and 20 pumping stations. Value engineering studies shaved $7.5 million from the cost of the treatment plant. Because the objective of value engineering is to improve the value of the project without sacrificing its quality, some of the recommendations actually increased capital costs but reduced operation and maintenance costs. Others confirmed that the designer's original proposed was indeed the most cost effective. Value engineering was also applied to the overall construction management.

Subject Headings: Pumping stations | Sewage | Wastewater treatment plants | Value engineering | Construction costs | Local government | Lifeline systems | Suburbs | United States | New Jersey | Delaware

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