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Live feed of the SRWRF project

Construction Updates

July 21, 2017

7 21 2017 Update

This past week:

  • Crews are finalizing the excavation of the administration building footers and sorting of the debris, separating the last of the rubble from the admin building and hauling it offsite for disposal.
  • Started excavation for the aeration basin!  This will be the largest hole of the entire construction project.
  • Crews formed and poured a portion of the sample wall. When finished, the sample wall will contain installed samples of all exterior wall finishes. The sample wall will be examined by the architect for workmanship and quality of materials prior to the full construction to ensure the finished buildings will have their desired appearance.   
  • Crews installed an additional 100 feet of force main. 

In the coming weeks:

  • Continue the excavation for the aeration basin; the excavation will take several weeks.
  • Continue installation of the new force main that will carry wastewater from the southern portion of the City’s collection system along the eastern and southern portion of the site.
  • Coordinate with Atmos energy for gas meter relocation. Coordinate submittal reviews for equipment and construction materials.  

July 12, 2017

Temp power connection photo

This past week:

  • Crews excavated the administration building footers and sorted the debris.
  • Crews began installation of a new transformer and cabling for temporary power for construction.  This is needed because there is no additional power available on the current site to support the additional electrical loads needed for construction.

In the coming weeks:

  • Install more of the new force main that will carry wastewater from the southern portion of the City’s collection system along the eastern and southern portion of the site.
  • Finalize installation of temporary construction power. 
  • Begin excavation of the aeration basins.
  • Receive and setup cranes to be utilized during construction.  


July 5, 2017

Admin Building Demo

This past week: 

  • Have you seen? The Administration building is now rubble! 
  • The City received detail on what products and procedures will be utilized to remove the existing groundwater from below the aeration basin. This will allow a dry surface for excavation and construction work. 
  • Crews installed a portion of below ground piping.  

In the coming weeks:

  • Crews will sort and truck the rubble offsite for recycling and disposal, and remove all waste materials related to the Administration building demolition.  
  • Begin the excavation required for the aeration basins!  This will be a 250’ by 200’ by 20’ deep excavation.
  • Begin installing a portion of the pumped drain pipe along the east side of the site. 
  • The arrival of the large crane is scheduled for mid-July. 

June 22, 2017

The demolition of the Administration Building at the SRWRF is scheduled to begin the afternoon of Thursday, June 22nd. Demolition is expected to occur over the course of a few days, with most the visible changes occurring mid-day Friday, June 23rd. Excavation of the new aeration basins will begin after the Administration Building is removed. You can keep track of the progress from the live cam, linked above!

June 14, 2017


Weekly Update Photos.JPG

This past week:

  • The trickling filter has been demolished. This was part of an old process that the City no longer uses.  It will be replaced with new aeration basins.
  • The “Durango Wastewater Treatment Plant” sign has been demolished. A new sign with Santa Rita Water Reclamation Facility will replace it when the project is completed!
  • The City worked with an electrician to find a site for a live-cam to be installed at the construction site. Functionality is anticipated in the coming weeks! 

In the coming weeks:

  • The demolition of the existing administration building is scheduled to begin next week. City staff who are working in the administration building will relocate to the old Chamber building at Santa Rita Park.
  • The excavation of the aeration basins will begin after the Administration Building is removed. This will be a 250’ by 200’ by 20’ deep excavation.
  • In early July, a large crane will arrive from Chicago. It is very large and will require another crane to assemble it over a week time frame. This crane will be used throughout the construction process to allow access to the whole site. 

May 10, 2017

Don't worry: if you didn't make it to the groundbreaking ceremony, you can watch this short recap!