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PROJECT UPDATE: ATLANTIC WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT

PROJECT UPDATE: ATLANTIC WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT

June 29, 2010

PC Construction is in the final start-up phase of the $154 million expansion and upgrade of the Atlantic Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The scope of this project increased plant capacity from 36MGD to 54MGD and thoroughly…



PC CONSTRUCTION AND SMRT NEAR COMPLETION ON MARTIN’S POINT HEALTH CENTER PROJECT

June 17, 2010

The 42,000 square foot state-of-the-art primary care health center is situated on picturesque Martin’s Point in Portland, Maine, only seventy-five feet from the Atlantic Ocean.  After careful negotiations regarding the site and building footprint, the LEED-Registered building design received approval from the Historic Preservation Board of Portland and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. That process was aided through the use of BIM (Building Information Modeling) to ensure minimal environmental impact, while upgrading the water, drainage, sewer, and teledata infrastructure of the entire campus. 


A TOUR OF SLUDGE TREATMENT INNOVATION

June 15, 2010

I recently had the opportunity to join PC Construction Senior Estimator Andy Seaton on a trip to England and Ireland to tour several facilities and learn about a new sludge treatment process being used in Europe and that is expected to be introduced in the United States soon. A Norwegian company, Cambi, developed a Thermal Hydrolysis Process (THP) that takes primary sludge and heats it to approximately 165 degrees Celsius (330 degrees Fahrenheit), resulting in hydrolysed sludge. This process kills all of the pathogens that are found in sludge which makes it suitable for creating a Class “A” Sludge that can be land applied as a commercially saleable fertilizer. It also increases the amount of Volatile Organic Compounds that are released during the digestion process (which increases the amount of biogas that can be produced and used to generate electricity and steam that is used in the THP –while reducing the amount of sludge to be handled) and reduces the mesophilic digestion time (which reduces the size of the anaerobic digesters from those that would be required in a conventional process).  Utilization of this process has gradually increased in Europe as many of the technical issues associated with the extreme heat, pressure and caustic environment that are created in the process have been resolved. Engineers are now beginning to recommend the use of the THP at U.S. facilities.


GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

June 8, 2010

When our $55 million project at the R.A. Thomas Water Treatment Plant first started in November 2008, demolition subcontractors and electricians were on site for the complete demolition of the old plant. Since they had…

PROJECT UPDATE: CLARKSON UNIVERSITY STUDENT CENTER

PROJECT UPDATE: CLARKSON UNIVERSITY STUDENT CENTER

June 4, 2010

The $18 million Clarkson University Student Center project in Potsdam, New York, is a 60,000 square foot, three-level, mixed use facility. Upon completion, the student center will include a full university kitchen and dining area…