Construction

Work Completed

August/September 2021

    • Asbestos removal from solids building incinerators.
    • Removal of the inner brick and asbestos layers in the incinerator smoke stake.
    • Trailer park (lay down area).
    • Temporary belt filter presses (BFP) hooked up and running.
    • Temporary solids rerouting from DAF 3 to the temporary BFPs.
    • Temporary power has been rerouted to the Administration Building.
    • Selective demolition has started on the Solids Building.
    • The pad has been poured for the radio tower control building.
    • The radio tower has been erected.

October 2021

    • The smoke stack is gone!
    • Boilers to provide heat to the Admin Building were installed just in time for winter.
    • Concrete pads for temporary dewatering facility were installed.

November/December 2021

    • Temporary building placed around the relocated and refurbished belt presses.
    • Solids Building demolition continues with sorting debris and hauling off site to be recycled.
    • Demolition of gas storage tank cover and mechanisms for possible reuse for equalization in new sidestream treatment process.
    • Temporary facilities installed for digester microaeration pilot.
    • New boiler system installed to provide heat to the Admin Building.
    • Installed test piles to evaluate foundation requirements for new Solids Building.

January 2022

    • Digester feed switched from east holding tank to DAF 3.
    • East holding tank cleaning has started in preparation for modifications.
    • Building demolished and cleanup wrapping up.

February/March 2022

    • The east holding tank has been cleaned out.
    • Selective demolition has been completed in DAF 1 and DAF 2.

April/May 2022

    • Helical pile installation in the truck loadout area.
    • Helical pile caps in the Biosolids basement.
    • Shoring in East Holding Tank in preparation for roof demolition.

Upcoming Construction Plans

August/September 2021

    • Installation of a new natural gas line to the Administration Building to replace an aging pipeline.
    • Solids Building demolition, anticipated to last approximately 12 weeks, will remove the existing building down to the current foundation. A new Solids Building will be constructed in its place.
    • A Microaeration Pilot Study to test an air injection system to reduce hydrogen sulfides in the digesters.

October 2021

    • Demolition of the Solids Building is ongoing.

November/December 2021

    • Complete Solids Building and incinerator demolition.
    • Begin microaeration pilot for reducing H2S concentrations in digester biogas.
    • Sludge Phasing Plan 3 – temporary facilities will route sludge to DAF 3 and allow the East Holding Tank to be removed from service for cleaning and required improvements.
    • Pressure testing of Birmingham and Westside forcemains.
    • Assessment of whether gas storage tank will be structurally suitable for reuse as equalization basin for new Sidestream treatment process.

January 2022

    • Inspection of the existing solids building basement and foundation.
    • Installation of deep piles for the new foundation.
    • Switching communications back over from cellular to radio.

February/March 2022

    • Demolition of the east holding tank roof and installation of a geodesic roof.
    • Completion of helical pile caps.

April/May 2022

    • Concrete cap foundation on the helical piles.
    • Electrical ductbank.
    • East Holding Tank roof demolition.
    • Columns and shear walls in Biosolids building.

Construction Timeline

Project Timeline

The image above reflects a general project timeline, which is subject to change.

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 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 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.