- Company: IHC Construction - F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen Joint Venture
- Industry: Water/Wastewater
- Location: Stickney, Illinois
- Expected Completion Date: October 2018
- Project Website
Stickney Water Reclamation Plant is the largest wastewater treatment facility in the world, serving 2.3 million people across Chicago and 46 surrounding suburbs. IHC Construction Companies, LLC, in a joint venture with F.H Paschen, S.N. Nielsen & Associates LLC is constructing 9 new Primary Settling Tanks (PSTs), 4 new Tunnel Access Pump Stations (TAPS), a new Aerated Grit Facility and more to update the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant. The nine 160 ft. diameter PSTs are replacing 108 Imhoff tanks originally built in 1930.
What impact does this project have on America?
A water reclamation plant converts wastewater into water that can be reused. Stickney Water Reclamation Plant impacts recycled and reused water to the greater Chicagoland area resulting in the preservation of Lake Michigan, the source of drinking water for 6 million people living in Chicago and the surrounding communities.
What interesting obstacles or unusual circumstances did you overcome to complete the project?
Constructing a project within a functional wastewater treatment plant was a challenge that required accurate scheduling and coordination to avoid any disruptions. Additionally, poor ground pressure required the use of additional pile foundations.
What dangers and risks did you encounter, and describe any extraordinary methods used to keep workers safe?
Earth retention was needed to protect our employees and the facility that we are working on.
How did you leverage new technologies to work faster and reduce waste?
iPad tablets are utilized on the jobsite by Superintendents for daily reports that include real-time up-to-the-minute photos of pertinent jobsite details. iPads also allow access to project documents for immediate analysis in the field via the online cloud based ProCore Construction Management Software. All communication is documented and tracked so that all team members are up to date. This provides the Owner, Architect & Contractors appropriate levels of project access.