Wharton-Smith Selected to Build $54 Million Hollywood Wastewater Treatment Plant

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Jupiter FL – February 6, 2018 – Wharton-Smith’s South Florida Water/Wastewater Division was recently selected to construct a new 3 MGD wastewater treatment plant located at the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Hollywood Reservation. The new treatment plant will support residential and business growth on the reservation, including the $1.5 billion expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino which is currently underway.

The 497-acre Hollywood Reservation is the headquarters of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and one of six Seminole reservations in the state. Currently, the wastewater treatment plant services about 300 homes and businesses located on the Reservation, but due to residential and business growth a new plant is needed.

As general contractor, Wharton-Smith teams will construct the new reclamation facility which features the Sequence Batch Reactor (SBR) process, a five-step method for treating wastewater. In this type of treatment wastewater is added to a single batch reactor providing the benefit of equalization, biological treatment, and primary and secondary clarification within a single vessel. The SBR system also allows for increased operating flexibility and a minimal footprint necessary for construction.

The challenging project will be built in three phases occurring concurrently in order for the project to be completed in a two-year time frame. During phase one, teams will install 4,000 linear feet of 24” force main through residential neighborhoods and underneath the Florida Turnpike to the location of the new plant. In phase two an injection well pump station will be installed to discharge wastewater into the new deep injection wells. Phase three will consist of construction of the new plant including SBR tanks, digesters, headworks, an operations building, electrical building and other structures. Once the new plant comes online, the reclaimed water will be discharged down a deep injection well.

The engineer for the project is Hazen and Sawyer. The project is expected to begin in April 2018 and completed by April 2020.