WK Dickson wins Grand Conceptor engineering excellence award for unique raw water main project

November 15th, 2019

WK Dickson has received a Grand Conceptor Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina for our work on the USDA Raw Water Main Project in Boone, North Carolina. This $42M raw water project that serves approximately 20,000 people for the Town of Boone is not only the largest public infrastructure project that the town has ever completed, but the infiltration gallery constructed is the first and only one of its kind in North Carolina.

WK Dickson provided planning, environmental assessment, permitting coordination, funding assistance, engineering design, and construction administration for this project that consisted of the expansion of the town existing water treatment plant from 3.0 MGD to 4.5 MGD, construction of a new 4.0 MGD raw water intake and booster pumping station, and construction of 12 miles of water transmission main.

Completion of this raw water project provides the town of Boone with much-needed additional water capacity but does so in a way that pays respect to the natural environment surrounding it. The South Fork New River is a recreational destination for many water enthusiasts, and this project not only successfully protects the community’s ability to enjoy the river from an environmental standpoint but does so in a way that’s aesthetically pleasing since the pump station was designed to resemble a barn and blends seamlessly with surrounding rural setting.

Additionally, this work would not have been possible without a means to pay for it. WK Dickson assisted the town in acquiring a $1.8 million USDA-RD grant, a $32.5 million USDA-RD low interest loan, and $450,000 loan from the NC Rural Center to make the project possible.

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