Virginia county uses precast transportable buildings to conform to tight guidelines
As part of the $10.7 million North Fork Regional Pump Station project, Virginia’s Albemarle County Service Authority (ACSA) demolished the existing Camelot Wastewater Treatment Plant and its Research Park pump station. Two remotely located regional pump stations replaced the outgoing stations. The two stations are located across from each other on the busy Route 29 divided highway—the major approach road into historic Albemarle County—and are joined by 1,500 ft of 12-in. force main. Each pump station includes emergency standby generators, instrumentation and SCADA systems.
ACSA met its budget in part by specifying Easi-Set precast concrete transportable buildings. The design—which had to conform to the guidelines of the gateway zone—called for a brick finish with a metal standing seam roof. Cost savings in materials were achieved by using an Easi-Brick grid in the Easi-Set licensed producer Smith-Midland Corporation’s precast plant to simulate brick on the ten wall panels that comprised the 20-ft-by-30-ft buildings. This method also produced savings by removing the cost of onsite masons.
The design also called for a non-standard height of 13 ft. The use of 13-ft-high precast wall panels simplified construction and eliminated the use of knee walls. Delivery and assembly of the wall and roof panels was completed in only two days, saving weeks over onsite construction methods.