Vineyard Surface Water Treatment Plant
The Vineyard project is a model of care for the environment, Zero Harm, recycling and protection of endangered species
Balfour Beatty Infrastructure’s largest self-perform contract ever, the $207m Vineyard Water Treatment Plant in Sacramento County, California, is a model of earth-friendly construction and sustainability.
Work began in March 2008 and wrapped up in 2012. The plant, which includes a 7,000 horsepower pump station, receives its water from the Freeport Water Intake Facility, another major Balfour Beatty Infrastructure project. The Vineyard facility is designed to treat 50 million gallons of drinking water per day.
Before the plant could begin pumping water out to the community, the California Department of Health Services had to certify the facility. During this water quality testing, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure treated and released more than a billion gallons of test water into nearby waterways, which were free of all environmental incidents.
The workers also had a neighbour to watch out for the Swainson’s hawk. These birds of prey, which subsist on a diet of grasshoppers and dragonflies, are on California’s list of threatened species. A nest on the corner of the site forced the team to exercise caution and remain hundreds of feet away at all times. That care paid off: Each year of the project, the hawks had hatchlings occupying the nest.
The team took pains throughout the course of the job to recycle as many discarded materials as possible: 75 percent of the project’s waste was diverted from landfills to be recycled. On the worksite, dumpsters were designated for waste, others for such recyclable materials as metals and wood. Workers used recycled steel and other green alternative materials to build the plant. A contractor brought in heavy equipment to furnish the road base by crushing stone and other materials taken from the site. 15 percent of all building materials were procured from nearby sources, a move aimed at reducing vehicle emissions.
Balfour Beatty Infrastructure’s safety record on the Vineyard project was solid: the Vineyard project made it through the entire three years without a single recordable injury.
The Vineyard project is a model of care for the environment, Zero Harm, recycling and protection of endangered species. Balfour Beatty Infrastructure managed the project in a sustainable, earth-friendly manner, while benefitting the surrounding area with one of the most precious of all resources: drinking water.
A bird of prey nest on the corner of the site forced the team to exercise caution and remain hundreds of feet away at all times. That care paid off: each year of the project, the hawks had hatchlings occupying the nest.