Mount Pleasant TID 5 & Environs Water Project

Posted By: Kirsten Grimes Awards,

2021 Engineering Excellence State Finalist

Entering Firm: Ruekert & Mielke Inc.
Client: Racine Water & Wastewater Utility

The Village of Mount Pleasant made a big move – it finalized plans to add twenty million square feet of manufacturing space. In addition to surface infrastructure, this massive expansion required nearly six million gallons of water for a variety of purposes. This would be one of the biggest water utility expansions in Wisconsin’s history.

It would also be the biggest project in Ruekert & Mielke’s history. To carry this much water out to the new space, the design team laid out nearly 34 miles of new water mains. These ranged from 16” to 48” in diameter, requiring careful placement in areas and soils that can hold such large pipes. In addition to these underground improvements, new water facilities were needed aboveground. Two new pump stations were constructed, and two others were extensively renovated to move the increased volume of water.

The design team expedited the process. Occupants were moving into the new development quickly. Design work that usually takes a year was completed in two months and frequently design, permitting and construction all proceeded at the same time.

The result is a massive expansion of water infrastructure in a short timeframe. The design team’s efforts will result in jobs and tax revenue from the new manufacturing district.

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