Turning Pipe Failure to Project Success: West Blue River Interceptor Wins ACEC Award

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Feb. 12, 2018) — An emergency-repair project that quickly restored sewer service, protected against future problems and saved Kansas City, Missouri, more than $600,000 in anticipated costs is being honored among the year’s best engineering projects in Missouri.

The West Blue River Interceptor Sewer Project, a 72-inch aerial sewer crossing Brush Creek, designed and delivered by the team of Burns & McDonnell and Leath & Sons, is a winner of an Honor Award from the Missouri chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies. The chapter presented its 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards during a banquet Feb. 10 in Columbia, Missouri.

Judges honored the team for its quick, efficient and effective work replacing a failed aerial sewer and the emergency bypass that the City had installed on a temporary basis. The bypass had been costing the City $70,000 a month, an expense that could not be sustained.

“This unexpected failure of the interceptor could have become a costly and time-consuming process to fix,” says Karine Papikian, project manager for Kansas City Water Services. “Instead, the Leath & Sons and Burns & McDonnell team quickly delivered solutions to remedy the sewer failure, saving the City money, and made improvements to existing infrastructure to mitigate future issues.”

Jeff Heidrick, project manager for Burns & McDonnell says, “The design-build process allowed us to expedite all facets of the design and construction process. Using a collaborative approach, we were able to quickly discuss ideas and solutions, and provide Water Services a long-term sustainable solution for this aerial creek crossing.”

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