The city of Reading, PA planned to upgrade the Fritz Island Wastewater Treatment Plant to meet U.S. EPA requirements for the next 20-plus years. The city wanted to receive the best value for the large capital expenditure and have an easily maintained and operated plant that controlled noise and odors and reliably met the effluent limits of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Balancing costs, functionality & reliability
A five-day value engineering (VE) workshop was facilitated by an ARCADIS certified value specialist, and included professionals from Hill International, Hazen and Sawyer, and Weston Solutions. The workshop was performed at the preliminary engineering report stage of completion and utilized the VE Job Plan in accordance with the International Society of Value Engineering (SAVE Int'l).
The VE team generated 25 ideas with the potential to save identifiable project costs. In addition, five ideas were developed that would enhance functionality or reliability while adding to the project's cost.
The VE team also developed a minimum build option, to significantly reduce near-term capital costs. This option required that the plant be expanded once influent flows grew sufficiently to warrant additional treatment capacity.
The VE team also developed a minimum build option, to significantly reduce near-term capital costs.