Vogel Bros. Building Co., based in Lakeland, Fla., was recently selected by fellow NUCA contractor and associate members as one of three overall winners of NUCA’s first national Top Jobs Competition–NUCA’s annual recognition program for premier utility construction and excavation projects. The competition recognizes outstanding projects completed in 2015 that exhibited innovative solutions to challenging obstacles and produced the highest quality results.

The Project (Water Treatment Plant Category)
Vogel Bros. upgraded an existing water treatment plant for the city of Sanford, Fla. The upgrade consisted of the construction of a new treatment train utilizing Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) and Ozone. This particular treatment pairing was being used for the first time in an effort to reduce the level of Trihalomethane (THM) in the city’s water distribution system.

Project Challenges and Solutions
Vogel Bros. V.P. of Operations Bill Bocchino said the entire Treatment Train was constructed in the middle of an operating water treatment plant that was required to remain on line throughout construction. This required careful coordination and well-thought-out lifting plans to safely install the large carbon vessels and oxygen storage tanks on a limited foot print. Vogel Bros. also needed to tie in a new supply line, by connecting to a directional drill from a new aquifer well, and replace the high service pumps serving the entire city during a limited, staged overnight shutdown. The entire GAC/Ozone treatment process was an innovative way to reduce the THM in the plant output and to reduce the THM level throughout the entire city’s distribution system without having to clean or line the existing distribution lines.

Key Subcontractors
• Sinns & Thomas Electrical, Pinnacle Ozone Solutions, and Calgon Carbon
• Pinnacle Ozone and Calgon Carbon worked with the design engineers to create an integrated system that exceeded the designers’ expectations

Project Results
Once the completed project was put online, the water quality in the entire city of Sanford improved significantly, and in fact, THM levels remained below threshold levels throughout the city.

Project Owner’s Comments
“The city of Sanford appreciates the professionalism, attitude, and ability of Vogel Bros. during the recent project to upgrade the water plant. The construction was done within our operating plant with minimal disruption to the plant operations,” said Paul Moore, P.E., Stanford’s Utility Director. “The quality of workmanship and willingness to work with us to resolve unforeseen issues in a timely and cost-effective manner were major factors in the overall success of the project. It has been a pleasure to work with Vogel Brothers, and I look forward to working with them in the future,” he said.

Judging
A group of independent judges selected Vogel Bros. as one of three finalists in the Water Treatment Plant category—one of the ten construction project categories contractors could enter. Convention attendees selected the Vogel Bros. project as the winner of the WTP category. Attendees later voted among the winners of each category to selected Vogel Bros. as an overall winner. Incredibly, more than 100 votes resulted in a three-way-tie for the overall winners.

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About NUCA
The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) is the largest national trade association working solely for the utility and excavation industry. NUCA represents roughly 1,500 contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers that provide the workforce, equipment, materials and services that build and maintain the nation’s network of water, sewer, gas, electric, and telecommunications infrastructure.

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As released by NUCA, July 8, 2016