Biosolids Processing Facility, Detroit, MI

The City of Detroit selected the Design/Build team of NEFCO (an O’Connell subsidiary) and DOC for the design, permitting, construction, and operation of a new Biosolids Drying Facility. 

Client:   Great Lakes Water Authority
Designer:  Tighe & Bond Engineers, Wade Trim
Size:  47,500 SF
Capacity:  20 dry tons/day

Project Features

  • Constructed on a former industrial site, adjacent to the city’s WWTP.
  • Four dryer trains process up to 420 dry tons per day.
  • Each train includes centrifuges, dryer system and silos.
  • New odor control system.
  • Major process equipment installed prior to the building constructed around it.
  • Piles, various foundations, precast walls.
  • Class A finish product is used as fertilizer and for cement kiln fuel.
  • Extensive use of 3D design allowed for creation of a “3D O&M Manual” for use by facility operators.
  • The entire project, from design to start-up, was completed in 30 months— four months ahead of schedule.
  • It is the largest biosolids processing facility in North America.
  • Awards: ACEC National Honor Award, ACEC/MA Gold Award for Engineering Excellence, ACEC/MI Engineering Honorable Conceptor Award

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