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Brightwater Earns ‘Best Project’ Honors in Regional Engineering Competition

The competition is based on innovation, craftsmanship and site safety. Brightwater will compete at the national level later this fall.

An independent jury of engineering professionals has selected King County’s Brightwater Project as one of the Northwest’s best achievements in design and construction for 2012.

“The award represents a tremendous honor for the talented team of county employees, contractors and skilled tradespeople who contributed to Brightwater’s project success,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine.  

In a regional competition sponsored by Engineering News Record magazine, King County and its contractors earned a “Best Project” award in the Civil Works/Infrastructure category for the successful completion of the Brightwater Treatment Plant north of Woodinville. The jury selection focused on projects that overcame significant challenges; adopted innovative approaches; executed exceptional design and craftsmanship; and maintained safe sites.

Brightwater will compete with other projects at the national level this fall.

CH2MHill led the treatment plant pre-design with sub-consultants Brown & Caldwell, Mithun Architects, Hargreaves and Associates and many others.

Hoffman Construction served as the General Contractor/Construction Manager and Kiewit was later brought in to build the solids facility under a traditional design-bid-build contract.

One of Brightwater’s most significant features is the advanced treatment technology that will produce an effluent 70 percent cleaner than conventional wastewater technologies. The treatment facilities were also built to meet or exceed some of the region’s most stringent seismic safety codes.

Brightwater’s 114-acre plant campus features a number of amenities, including a LEED® Platinum-certified education and community center, 70 acres of open space and restored wildlife habitat, and three miles of publicly accessible trails.

Construction on the Brightwater project began in 2006. Designed to treat 36 million gallons of wastewater a day, the plant has been operating since September 2011.

To learn more about the Brightwater project, please visit www.kingcounty.gov/brightwater.

The county’s Wastewater Treatment Division serves 17 cities, 17 local sewer districts and more than 1.5 million residents in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties.

--Information from King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks

John Patrick Coughlin October 09, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Brightwater is presently working at less than 10% of it's projected levels. The waste from the area is being transferred to another plant to be treated. It was not needed, the cost were outrageous....a fitting memorial to Ron Simms, whithout whom, we would have been much richer!!!!!
Ron Olson October 09, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Brightwater was built to handle FUTURE sewage disposal needs. Construction costs will be paid for by new development. Come back in 50 years when projected use is up to capacity. Tee hee hee he hee.
Bob Martinek October 11, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Well, so far the Nimby's lose. Crock Pot smelled A LOT worse! Puget Sound is safer and developers can let it rip! Not that I like that part.
Ron Olson October 11, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Give me 2 billion tax dollars (Plus interest) and I will provide you with the "Best" of practically anything. I will admit, the Brightwater facility is a work of art and a technical wonder, but given the amount of money that was thrown at it, I wouldn't call Brightwater the best of anything except spending money that King County doesn't have.

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