- Everglades Protection Project
Burns & McDonnell assisted the South Florida Water Management District in developing conceptual, preliminary and final designs for the Everglades Construction Project, mandated by Florida's Everglades Forever Act. The project features several stormwater treatment areas encompassing roughly 42,000 acres and consisting of constructed wetlands designed to reduce nutrient levels (primarily phosphorus) discharged into the Everglades from the C-51 West, West Palm Beach, North New River, Miami and L-3 canals. The project also included substantial modification of existing flood control works.
The project was defined by a Technical Mediation Group, made up of representatives from a variety of interested parties, including those involved in litigation surrounding efforts to implement the district's Surface Water Improvement and Management Plan for the Everglades. Burns & McDonnell was the primary engineering consultant to that group. When deliberations were complete , Burns & McDonnell prepared the conceptual design for the Everglades Construction Project, which was then incorporated into the Everglades Forever Act. When the act passed, Burns & McDonnell prepared the preliminary design for the entire $660 million project. This effort resulted in the preparation of a series of General Design Memoranda that defined the basic nature and design requirements for all significant elements of the project. Burns & McDonnell then prepared the detailed design for the 4,800-acre, $25 million Stormwater Treatment Area 5 and the 812-acre, $1.25 million Stormwater Treatment Area 6, Section 1, both of which have been constructed and are operational.
Burns & McDonnell also prepared the design for the now complete 17,000-acre, $250 million Stormwater Treatment Area 3/4, completed in 2003. That project included stormwater pumping stations with capacities up to 3,670 cfs; gated spillways and numerous automated control structures; roughly 40 miles of levee; and an additional 18 miles of major canal enlargements. This project was honored with the Grand Conceptor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies.
- Technical mediation
- Extensive data analyses
- Hydrological hydraulic modeling
- Design of:
- Pumping stations
- Water control structures