Solids Management Upgrade (12565)

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May 12, 2022

MSD Begins Process for Design-Builder Selection

MSD Project Clear (MSDPC) has initiated the process for selecting a design-build team for the design and construction of biosolids improvement facilities at its two largest treatment plants: Bissell Point, and Lemay. Three teams were shortlisted based on qualifications submitted in January 2022 and will develop and submit their price-based proposals for the project. The shortlisted teams are (listed alphabetically):

  • Alberici-CDM
  • Goodwin-MMC
  • Kokosing-Plocher

Interested parties wishing to contact these teams for further discussion, may do so to the contacts provided below.

Daniel Rosemann, P.E. | Assoc. DBIA
Director of Estimating | Alberici Constructors
P: 314.733.2309 |
C: 314.603.9774 | F: 314.733.2005

Joe Yager
636.931.6084 x105

Dennis Tinkler
Project Manager
Cell 614-565-8269

Anthony Eckinger
Deputy PM
Cell 614-679-0891

Nick Kampwerth
Deputy PM
Cell 618-781-4082

Lisa Gourley
Cell: 614-787-8563

Technical and price proposals are due in October 2022; with a Notice to Proceed expected by March 2023 and overall project completion expected by December 2027.

Thank you,

Bently C. Green, P.E.
Associate Vice President, Black & Veatch Corporation

About the Project

What is the Solids Management Upgrade project?

MSD Project Clear (MSDPC) has operated multiple hearth incinerators at two wastewater treatment facilities for nearly 60 years. These are used to stabilize the biosolids in St. Louis’ wastewater, which makes them much safer and easier to dispose of. Though still effective, the technology these facilities are based on is more than a century old.

Although the existing facilities have served the region well and continue to meet or exceed all air quality standards, their age and the development of better processes makes replacing them a priority. Newer technology now available is more efficient, more environmentally friendly, and cost-effective; significantly reduces air emissions; provides cleaner operations and is a critical component of protecting public health and the environment.

The Solids Management Upgrade (SMU) project will modernize a major step in the region’s wastewater treatment and benefit our region, improving air and water quality for generations to come.

How will the SMU project benefit the community?

Modern wastewater treatment is essential to human health and the environment. In the 19th Century, before wastewater treatment, a series of Cholera epidemics devastated the region. One of these, in 1849, killed nearly 10 percent of the total population and at the time the link between untreated wastewater and Cholera was not understood.

Even though the cause of Cholera was discovered by the end of the 1800s, and the importance of wastewater treatment was well-known, when MSDPC first began operations in 1956, only about five percent of the population in its St. Louis city and county service area received wastewater treatment. Today, MSDPC operates seven wastewater treatment facilities, cleaning more than 350 million gallons of wastewater each day—a process which includes the essential step of biosolid stabilization.

The SMU project has three main benefits for the community:

  1. Water quality: Biosolid stabilization, the part of wastewater treatment these new SMU facilities will perform, is a critical part of MSDPC’s commitment to water quality. The first step is to dry the biosolids by raising their temperature to a level that water evaporates. At this stage, the new facilities will heat the remaining biosolids, eliminating toxins and pathogens, and leaving an ash that is stable and non-toxic.
  2. Improved air quality: While MSD’s current biosolids stabilization facilities meet or exceed all air quality standards, the new facilities are a leap forward that will further improve air quality for decades to come. They will significantly reduce the volume of material emitted into the air by more than 99%.The efficiency and clean operations of the new facilities will be far ahead of the older technology they replace. In addition, this approach also improves air quality by eliminating the need for hundreds of trucks each year on neighborhood streets.
  3. Cost effective: MSD existing facilities use technology that is nearly a century old. The technology is a century old, but would it be better to state the age of the MHI that we are replacing? Just like maintaining a car is increasingly expensive the older it gets, maintenance of the current biosolids stabilization facilities is no longer cost effective. Improved facilities with new technology will reduce ongoing maintenance costs.

Where will these facilities be built?

The Bissell Point and Lemay wastewater treatment facilities are MSDPC’s two largest operations. These sites include the existing biosolid stabilization facilities, and their replacements will be in the same locations.

Bissell Point is located on the Mississippi River, in an industrial area of north St. Louis city. The site is the location of St. Louis’ first major water treatment facility, completed in 1869. Thomas Whitman, brother of poet Walt Whitman, was chief engineer for its construction. Since 1970, Bissell has been MSDPC’s largest wastewater treatment operation.

To understand the site, what it does and the people who work to keep our waterways clean, MSDPC produced a video celebrating Bissell Point’s 50th year of service to the St. Louis region:

The second facility, the Lemay Wastewater Treatment location, became operational in 1968 and is also along the Mississippi River, but downstream, in south St. Louis County.  Lemay’s 50 years of service to St. Louis are also distinguished in a recently produced video by MSDPC:

How will these facilities be built?

The $575 million SMU project is a significant undertaking for MSDPC, requiring specialized skills, resources and relevant experience from the contractor selected to build the new facilities. MSDPC has chosen a design-build (DB) method for this project. The design-build method is typically faster, more cost efficient and well-suited to complex construction since it promotes collaboration and timely communication within the construction team.

On April 8, 2022, three design-build teams were short-listed from the qualification submittals received. These teams then received a Request for Proposal (RFP), which will include design concepts that have been developed to approximately 30% completion. The short-listed teams will have ample time to develop the design concept to a completion level (roughly 60% complete or more) that will allow each team to submit a fixed price proposal for the SMU project.

What is the timeline?

Proposals from short-listed firms are due to MSDPC in Q3 2022, and final selection is expected by the end of 2022. Construction should begin in mid-2023 and both facilities are expected to be complete by the end of 2026.

  • Design-build contractor selection: End 2022
  • Final design: 2023
  • Construction: 2023-2027

This schedule is tentative and is subject to change.

Frequently Asked Questions

Proposals from short-listed firms are due to MSDPC in Q3 2022, and final selection is expected by the end of 2022. Construction should begin in mid-2023 and both facilities are expected to be complete by the end of 2026.

  • Design-build contractor selection: End 2022
  • Final design: 2023
  • Construction: 2023-2027

This project will utilize fluidized bed incineration with centrifuge dewatering as the primary process. Other ancillary processes will of course support these systems. 

MSDPC is not anticipating implementing a direct energy recovery system for this project with the initial construction project; but will incorporate space provisions for including it in the future. 

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