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Everything you ever wanted to know about BIM

Everything you ever wanted to know about BIM

Not only will the Blue River Biosolids Facility have the latest technology to process human waste into a useful agricultural product, the facility is also being designed using the latest architectural technology. Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology takes the place of traditionally-drawn 2D plans and physical 3D building prototype models. Instead, it allows designers to create a digital, visual representation of a future construction project that includes multiple disciplines (e.g. structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and cost estimating).

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A strong foundation: Building down to build up!

A strong foundation: Building down to build up!

A big part of recent construction at the Blue River Biosolids plant is the installation of over 200 helical piles. Chances are these helical piles, while not “piles” in the familiar sense, will be all but forgotten once building foundations are laid, but are undoubtedly unsung heroes.

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The ins and outs about Envision verification

The ins and outs about Envision verification

The City of Kansas City, Missouri made a commitment to sustainable infrastructure decades ago. According to the World Commission on Environment and Development, sustainability is the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

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Now you see it, now you…see it somewhere else

Now you see it, now you…see it somewhere else

Click the link to watch a video of Suzie Carpenter, Black & Veatch design manager, explaining how recycling is a big part of KC Water's new biosolids project. The former KC Water Blue River solids processing building and incinerator stack have been demolished to...

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Design-Bid-Build vs. Design-Build: What’s the Difference?

Design-Bid-Build vs. Design-Build: What’s the Difference?

The Blue River Biosolids Facility is being delivered as a Design-Build project, rather than going through the traditional Design-Bid-Build process. So, what’s the difference? Every construction project has three phases: Planning, Design and Construction. Until...

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Changing landscape around the site

Changing landscape around the site

Due to the implementation of the new Thermal Hydrolysis Process (THP), the smokestack that has been a fixture on the Blue River Campus for decades will no longer be needed. Although it wasn’t visible from the outside, the demolition of the smokestack began May 2021...

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