Michael Baker provided design engineering services and construction phase support, including full-time construction management and inspection services, for the Whittier Utility Authority’s (WUA) Pumping Plant No. 2 Replacement project.
PP2 is described by the WUA as the “heart” of its water system because it’s the City’s most critical facility. It conveys all of the water supplied from the well fields north of Whittier to the WUA’s 48,000 customers. However, after more than 75 years in service, the City determined that Pumping Plant No. 2 (PP2) needed to be replaced.
During the preliminary design phase and final design phase, our team provided the following key services:
Final design of the PP2 Replacement Project addressed several critical design issues, including:
The new facility, named the Marshall R. Bowen Pumping Plant, includes:
“A key challenge that our team faced in executing this project was keeping PP2 open throughout construction so that WUA’s 48,000 customers wouldn’t lose water. To do this, we developed a comprehensive five-phase construction program to ensure continuous water supply throughout the project.”
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