Miami-Dade High Level Disinfection Upgrade Wins FICE Grand Conceptor Award

The upgrade of the South District Wastewater Secondary Treatment Plant to a 285-mgd HLD facility created the largest wastewater facility in the State of Florida that treats to stringent reclaimed water standards.

The program resulted in one of the largest HLD facilities, and the largest OSHG facility, in the U.S. The plant was successfully placed in service about 15 months ahead of schedule and approximately 10% under the $618 million budget.

The program was previously named a FICE Grand Award winner.

(MIAMI, FL – August 11, 2014) – The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department upgrade of the South District Wastewater Treatment Plant (SDWWTP) was named the Florida Grand Conceptor Award winner at the 2014 Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE) Banquet, held August 8, 2014 at the Marco Island Marriott.

The project, which previously won a FICE Grand Award, was chosen from the Grand Award winners as the overall best engineering project from the state of Florida.

This program, which was designed, planned, and managed by Hazen and Sawyer, involved comprehensive and integrated scheduling of 14 projects to ensure federally-mandated deadlines were met. Deep bed filters and on-site hypochlorite generation (OSHG) facilities were added, and most existing facilities upgraded, using cutting-edge modeling (such as 2D computational fluid dynamics modeling) and equipment that prioritized process optimization. Innovative designs, such as a unique filter underdrain pipe system, aggressive filter loading rates, and implementation of improved operational procedures reduced costs and construction complexity.

The program resulted in one of the largest HLD facilities, and the largest OSHG facility, in the U.S. The plant was successfully placed in service about 15 months ahead of schedule and approximately 10% under the $618 million budget.

In addition to the honors from FICE, the upgrade project was previously named an ACEC National Recognition Award winner.

Since our founding in 1951, Hazen and Sawyer has focused on two things: providing safe drinking water and controlling water pollution. Our range of services encompasses “all things water” including the planning, design, and construction management of water and wastewater-related projects – from clean water treatment, storage, and distribution to wastewater and stormwater collection, treatment, and reuse.

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