New Filtration plant in North Bronx
By Bill Hohlfeld
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Currently, one of the most massive reinforced concrete projects in recent years is taking place in the North Bronx. A water filtration plant is being constructed which, according to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, will treat hundreds of millions of gallons daily, or approximately 10% of the city’s demand.
As is usually the case in projects of this scope, Local 46 is at the center of the process. Its sizable crew of 62 Lathers, will be responsible for the cutting, bending and placement of over 21,000 tons of reinforcing steel. The DEP estimates that the plant will be 100% completed by July of 2011.
Any public work of this size and of this much importance to New Yorkers is subject to strict quality control, as well as tight security, and the Croton Plant is no exception. When I toured the facility in progress, I was escorted by Robert Barnes, Community Outreach Director for the DEP and Jim Mac Donell, Projct Manager for URS Malcolm-Pernie, Construction Managers. Both men are obviously proud of their connection with the project, and with good reason.