PAR 1085 – Denver WWTP South Secondary Improvements

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Project details

  • Location: Denver
  • Project Type: Public (Municipal)
  • Project Timeline: 36 months
  • Project Service Area: 715 square mile
  • Concrete: 80,000cy
  • Structural Engineer: Carollo
  • General Contractor: Western Summit/McCarthy Joint Venture
  • Concrete: Western Summit

PAR 1085 addition was part of the process of upgrading the aging 1960s-era treatment facility by adding capacity, improving operating capability and upgrading treatment methods to meet more stringent effluent requirements for nitrogen and ammonia removal, as required by the district’s discharge permit. The South Secondary Improvements project included adding six activated sludge aeration basins, plus associated centrate and return activated sludge re-aeration basins, five new pump stations and other upgrades to existing systems.

 

Project Challenges:
PAR 1085 presented several challenges as the construction schedule was key to keeping the existing treatment plant functional and getting the new systems on line before the January 2015 deadline. High strength mass concrete was the majority of the placements and strict quality control measures were in place throughout the project. The specification for the mass concrete had tight parameters and delivery schedule was fast paced in order to get each component built. Many high rate and large volume placements took place in the summer’s heat. This was problematic, because of the required low concrete placing temperature needed for the thermal protection plan.

 

Project Solutions:
When the mass concrete placements started the project was behind schedule and the contractor looked to BURNCO (formerly Bestway) to help catch up. In order to meet the schedule, BURNCO (formerly Bestway) implemented the use of ice in concrete batching to lower the starting temperature of the mix before delivery. The mass concrete mix called for a low water/cement ratio, a consistent low thermal temperature, and a water proofing admixture was specified. BURNCO (formerly Bestway) designed a mix that met this criteria by working with our team of vendors, Western Summit, and Carollo. To help control the temperature, we placed most of the concrete starting at midnight or early in the morning. Placing 900 cubic yards in 5 hours required great coordination with the onsite personnel and plant batch personnel. The project finished on time because of great teamwork and innovative thinking from the entire construction team.