Farr West Engineering recently completed the design and construction management of the City of Reno’s 5.3 MGD Valley Road Lift Station.
This facility is currently the largest lift station in the City. We were able to get involved in the project early on to assist with site selection, preliminary concept drawings, flow planning and analysis, final piping and site design, mechanical design, electrical and controls design, and permitting. We were challenged with designing and placing the municipal facility within the City’s University land-use designation area with residential homes in the area.
Farr West worked with the City and stakeholders to accommodate the site parameters and design the lift station to handle wastewater with higher than normal odor concerns, large size/high flows, and still provide the flexibility for future expansions. We worked with the City to select an odor and corrosion control system. This system uses cutting edge technology and the manufacturer’s design had to be reworked by our team to meet the City’s needs. The expansion of the City’s SCADA system for the lift station came at an opportunistic time when the City was considering near term future redesign of their entire system. This meant we had to find a control schema capable of compatibility with a future, unknown system and integrator, but we had the in-house expertise to make this possible.
We designed the project to keep all equipment underground or behind view-obstructing walls and solar panels to make the site more appealing to the neighborhood.