Platinum Award for Manhattan Pump Station
(NEW YORK, NY – July 16, 2012) – The American Council of Engineering Companies – New York has bestowed the 2012 Platinum Award for the construction of the Manhattan Pump Station in New York City.
Facing a Consent Decree to increase capacity, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) completed a $240-million expansion of the Manhattan Pump Station to pump up to 400 mgd of wastewater from the lower Manhattan combined sewer system to the Newtown Creek WWTP in Brooklyn, NY. The upgraded pump station, placed in service mid-2011, actually pumped up to 460 mgd during Hurricane Irene. The station features a full emergency generator backup to ensure long-term reliability and continuous service.
The project faced several critical challenges. The station, one of NYC’s largest, had to remain in operation at all times to handle continuous flows. It was located on a tight site (with community facilities and residences nearby) and sits upon silty soils, which complicated the structural design. Hazen and Sawyer’s design addressed all these challenges and the station was placed in service in advance of the Consent Order deadlines, while also incorporating sustainable and energy-saving features.
In addition to demonstrating how innovative techniques could be used to construct a major upgrade while keeping a critical station in service, the project considered community needs by minimizing odors and noise. Its architecture presents an aesthetic water motif with glassed walls through which visitors can observe operations. The design also emphasized use of sustainable features, reducing energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions and providing a healthier work environment.
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 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.