Charlotte, NC – December 4, 2017 – The team of Wharton-Smith, SKA Consulting Engineers and Arcadis G&M of North Carolina was recently recognized with the 2017 Award for Excellence in Concrete by the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Carolinas Chapter for complex structural improvements made to the Mitchell Water Treatment Plant in Greensboro, NC. The ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards recognizes concrete projects that are at the forefront of innovation and technology inspiring excellence in concrete design and construction around the world.
Originally constructed in the 1950’s, with additions in the early 1960’s, the Mitchell Water Treatment Plant’s primary structural system of it’s filter house had experienced distress and reinforced steel corrosion over the years due to chemical exposure. The goal of the project was to restore structural integrity to deteriorating members and extend service life to the structure. Repairs included full replacement of the structural concrete slab and beams while providing temporary support to adjacent sections during work in order to keep operational equipment at the plant functional. Because of the high level of cooperation and communication between team members during construction sequencing, the complex repair was completed in a timely manner without any impact to delivery of clean water from the plant.
“Thanks team for your hard work on this project,” said Danny Briggs of the City of Greensboro Department of Water Resources. “This is an award-winning work and I am so glad ACI acknowledged that. What a challenging job with so many obstacles to work around and yet such high quality…I do not see that level of quality obtained every day,” he added.
The project team was based out of Wharton-Smith’s Water/Wastewater Division in Charlotte, NC.
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