Des Plaines River Water Reclamation Facility
BUFFALO GROVE, IL
Gibson Electric & Technology Solutions (Gibson) was contracted to provide electrical construction solutions during the remodeling of the Des Plaines River Water Reclamation Facility (WRF).
The WRF required a wide array of complex electrical installations, in over eighteen areas, including in a state-of-the-art biosolids drying facility. The project integrated new buildings with the existing facility systems and featured the plant-wide installation of highly advanced supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) fiber-optic infrastructure.
Gibson utilized cutting-edge corrosion proof methods during electrical installations, which will help expand the life span of the plant and its equipment. The team also furnished hazardous and intrinsically safe electrical wiring systems to help ensure employee safety.
The entire project was performed on a demanding, fast-tracked schedule, all while avoiding interruptions to regular plant operations. Thanks to expert coordination and professional project management, the project was successfully completed on time and under budget.
The Des Plaines WRF was out of date, no longer meeting Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) standards, and ineffectively serving the region’s residents and eco-system. The Lake County Public Works Department (LCPWD) determined that the WRF required a full-scale remodel, in order to stream-line and automate certain processes and equip the plant with the latest technologies.
During the project, Gibson delivered a variety of complex electrical services, including:
- Design-build services for electrical communication and control raceway systems
- Temporary electrical systems for power, controls, and bi-pass pumping operations, allowing for seamless facilities integration
- Turnkey services for all higher- and low-voltage electrical systems
- Motor control centers, variable-frequency drives (VFDs), and operator interfaces connected to instrumentation/equipment control panels and SCADA
- 500-kilowatt emergency power generating plant, automatic transfer switches, and outdoor load-bank tied to mission-critical raw sewage pumping facility
This was the first project Gibson worked with the LCPWD, which they won through a competitive bid process. The LCPWD is tasked with providing the 700,000 residents of its county clean drinking water and an environmentally friendly watershed.