Operations & Maintenance (O&M)
Building Improvements Project
Operating and maintaining regional wastewater treatment facilities includes ongoing assessments of infrastructure needs to continue effectively and efficiently meeting the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission’s (MWMC) core mission of cleaning water.
An evaluation of the wastewater treatment facilities determined the Operations and Maintenance buildings are in need of upgrades. These support facilities, constructed in the late 1970s and early 1980s, house staff and tools necessary to treat our regional wastewater including the Water Quality Lab where the safety of cleaned water is ensured. Since original construction, the uses of these buildings have changed substantially due to advances in technology, increasingly stringent environmental regulations, and changes in staffing levels to meet regulations.
These changes, along with the age of the facilities, prompted the MWMC to review specific needs for support facilities and consider options for upgrades.
The MWMC awarded a contract to MWA Architects in November 2014. In fall 2015, the MWMC selected one of three design proposals to improve existing Operations and Maintenance buildings and to construct a new water quality laboratory.
A preliminary design is complete and construction is planned for 2017. The project will take up to 3 years to complete. This will allow for phased construction so that operations and maintenance staff is able to continue to manage the treatment facility.
The goals of this project are to provide facilities that will continue to support the core mission of cleaning water – now and into the future – while maintaining the MWMC’s commitment to fiscal responsibility.
Mark Van Eeckhout
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