West Blue River Interceptor Project Wins ACEC Award

The West Blue River Interceptor Sewer Project. (Photo courtesy of Burns & McDonnell).

Burns & McDonnell and Leath & Sons’ West Blue River Interceptor Sewer Project, a 72-inch aerial sewer crossing Brush Creek, recently received an Honor Award from the Missouri chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies. The chapter presented its 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards during a banquet Feb. 10 in Columbia, Missouri.

Judges recognized the companies for their quick, efficient and effective work replacing a failed aerial sewer and the emergency bypass that Kansas City had installed on a temporary basis. The bypass had been costing the city $70,000 a month, an expense that could not be sustained.  The emergency-repair project quickly restored sewer service, protected against future problems and saved Kansas City more than $600,000 in anticipated costs.

“This unexpected failure of the interceptor could have become a costly and time-consuming process to fix,” says Karine Papikian, project manager for Kansas City Water Services. “Instead, the Leath & Sons and Burns & McDonnell team quickly delivered solutions to remedy the sewer failure, saving the city money, and made improvements to existing infrastructure to mitigate future issues.”

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