A proactive approach to water management, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s (NYCDEP) Cross River Pumping Station project received the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC/NY) Gold Award. The award was presented in the Environmental category of the organization’s 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards competition. Gannett Fleming, as part of a joint venture with Arcadis, provided engineering design services for the project that included site security, mechanical improvements, and permitting.
The simple yet robust design minimizes maintenance of the newly constructed pumping station and gives New York City residents peace of mind that even during periods of abnormal dryness, they can depend on clean, crisp mountain water to flow from their taps. The station is integral to the city’s drought management plan because it provides a back-up supply in times of drought or other water emergencies. Three 20 million-gallons-per-day (mgd), 1,250-horsepower pumps doubled the pumping capacity of the original station from 27 mgd to 60 mgd. To handle the increased capacity, a new 4,160-volt electrical power substation powers the electric motor-driven pumping system.
“The pumping station ushers in an innovative approach for drought preparation,” said Stephen Hadjiyane, PE, BCEE, project manager and a Gannett Fleming vice president. “We were pleased to support the NYCDEP’s initiative to avoid potential water supply problems.”
ACEC/NY celebrates the accomplishments of the engineering industry each year by recognizing engineering achievements that demonstrate the highest degree of skill and ingenuity among firms. The Gold Award was presented to the project team on March 28, 2015, at the ACEC/NY Engineering Excellence Awards gala in New York City.