Tata & Howard assisted Maine Water Company with mechanical, structural, and architectural design of a new high service zone booster pump station on Barra Road within the Biddeford-Saco water distribution system. The new pump station replaced the existing Alfred Road station, providing pumping capacity to meet current demands in a majority of the City of Biddeford as well as room for future expansion. Funding for the project was provided in part by the Maine Drinking Water Program State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).
Mechanical design for the project consisted of sizing and selection of three (3) centrifugal booster pumps, associated piping, and appurtenances. The pumps were sized with input from a hydraulic model of the system developed by Tata & Howard, and they were selected to maximize the available flow from a 16” cast iron pipe line that crosses the Maine Turnpike from the water system’s major storage reservoir. A pipe gallery was incorporated into the slab and foundation design as well as insulated concrete form (ICF) foundation walls. Per the Owner’s request, the architectural design used colors and materials similar to the other buildings within the surrounding commercial office park. Also, a gable roof canopy was added to the design (pictured below) to help shield the emergency backup generator from the elements. Precautions were taken to ensure proper air flow and ventilation was achieved to meet the requirements of the generator. Construction of the pump station was completed in 2015.