Combination of Engineering and Construction Management Efforts Wins Outstanding Water Project Award

July 26, 2016

Michael Baker Team’s Replacement of Pump System Receives Recognition from ASCE

On-site of the Marshall R. Bowen Pumping Plan project in Whittier, Calif.
Michael Baker International recently earned accolades for its efforts on the Marshall R. Bowen Pumping Plant project. The Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) presented the Michael Baker team with the Outstanding Water Project of the Year award, which recognizes projects that further advance the field of civil engineering and provide exemplary display of the organization’s values. 

Michael Baker helped to replace Pumping Plant No. 2 with a state-of-the-art system.
Michael Baker partnered with the City of Whittier to replace the most critical facility in the City's water system, Pumping Plant No. 2, with a new state-of-the-art pumping station, which was dedicated in February 2016 as the Marshall R. Bowen Pump System. The original facility, which was constructed in the 1930s, was falling into disrepair, and its reliability had become a major concern. In addition to replacing the existing facility, the project included upgrades to the City’s distribution and SCADA systems, and improved operational strategies, which will enable the City to maintain a high standard of service to its 48,000 customers for years to come

Michael Baker led the design team and provided the City of Whittier with professional engineering and surveying services for the project, including hydraulic studies, preliminary design, environmental documentation, permitting, and final design.  During construction, Michael Baker served as Construction Manager and provided full-time inspection services.

The new facility includes: 
  • -A new 6,400 square-foot pump building, housing a pump room and operations room
  • -Two 2.2 million-gallon welded steel storage reservoirs to serve as forebays and provide emergency storage
  • -Off-site improvements to improve flow control at Greenleaf Reservoir sites
  • -A Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) control center in the pump’s operation room, enabling the city to monitor water supply wells, distribution storage reservoirs and pump stations throughout the city

The award was presented to the team during the ASCE- Metropolitan LA Branch 2016 awards dinner on July 15 in Los Angeles. Michael Baker team members pictured below (Marek Przywara, Kieler Smith, Sal Sheikh, Jerome Ruddins, John Nagle, Cindy Miller).  
The Michael Baker and City of Whittier team at the ASCE-LA awards dinner