Butte-Silver Bow MBR Upgrade Project wins MCA Award
The Butte-Silver Bow WWTP Phase 2 MBR Upgrades project recently won three awards at the Montana Contractor’s Association (MCA) 2016 Excellence Awards. The project team received the top award in the Building category for Best Industrial project and two in the Concrete category: the Judges’ Choice Award and the Industrial Commercial (greater than $5 million).
The project team was Swank Enterprises, general contractor; Morrison-Maierle, engineer; Pioneer Concrete, concrete supplier; and Forterra, precast supplier.
This $31 million project involved the demolition of sections of the wastewater treatment plant and the construction of two bioreactors, a membrane/chemical building, a fine screen/turbo compressor building, a septage receiving building, an administration building, and the retrofit of a clarifier to an equalization basin. All the while, the crews needed to keep the existing wastewater treatment process (6 million gallons a day) in operation. The finished product exceeded expectations, resulting in the cleanest wastewater plant effluent in Montana.
Morrison-Maierle has been a partner with Butte-Silver Bow for the last 10 years in planning and executing this project. With changing water quality standards, Superfund groundwater impacts, and the need to secure an equitable funding source, the Phase 2 Membrane Bioreactor Upgrades Project was challenging to implement. Now that the project is complete the Butte community can realize the benefits to greatly improved Silver Bow Creek water quality. We are proud to have been a part of this significant project and congratulate all who have been instrumental in its success.