The American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia (ACEC VA) bestowed an Honor Award on the Norchester Pump Station during the 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards on February 1.
Nestled in the heart of a Norfolk, Virginia, residential community, the Norchester Pump Station helps collect and transport raw sewage to the wastewater treatment plant. Built in the 1940s and owned by HRSD, the pump station struggled to meet customer demand and excessive microbial corrosion had caused significant damage to the facility’s wet well.
“We worked closely with HRSD to resolve these concerns and were pleased by the engagement of the Norfolk community,” said Gannett Fleming Vice President Jessica Hou, PE, BCEE, ENV SP. “The result is a new pump station that effectively manages both average day and wet weather conditions and blends seamlessly into the surrounding neighborhood.”
The new Norchester Pump Station includes several first-in-the-region innovations, including a self-cleaning, trench-type wet well, which is efficient and easily cleaned, as well as an advanced, high-strength odor control system with a biological trickling filter and secondary carbon scrubber.
The completed pump station boasts a beautifully designed façade that fully conceals the sewer infrastructure and provides aesthetic continuity with the rest of the community. National industry publication Water Environment & Technology featured the Norchester Pump Station’s technical innovation and exterior design in its January edition. Learn more about this project on the Gannett Fleming website.