The City of Houston has spearheaded the Northgate Regional Lift Station project as part of its plan to reduce operational and maintenance costs by consolidating 39 wastewater treatment plants and more than 380 lift station facilities. As a result, the project will decommission the Imperial Valley Wastewater Treatment Plan, which handles 4 million gallons of water per day.
As part of the Northgate project, Stiver Engineering successfully delivered to the contractor an expedited alternate design for a 70-foot-deep caisson. Stiver performed a detailed finite element analysis, and the structure was checked against various load cases. We designed the outer shell along with the interior partition wall, bottom slab and the top slab.
The design was performed and checked for each phase of construction, including casting, sinking, and installing the bottom slab, the partition wall and the top slab. Each condition was analyzed and optimized to provide the field crews with a more normalized rebar pattern and installation procedure.