TSPE South Plains Chapter Gives LAN Trailblazer Award for Canyon Lakes Sanitary Sewer Interceptor Improvements

(LUBBOCK – March 06, 2015) The South Plains Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) awarded civil engineering firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) the Trailblazer Award for its work on the Canyon Lakes Sanitary Sewer Interceptor Improvements. The award, given for the best engineering project, product, or invention in the Lubbock area, was presented during the Chapter’s Engineer’s Week Banquet held on March 3, 2015, at the Museum of Agriculture.

The Canyon Lakes Sanitary Sewer Interceptor conveys peak wastewater flows of almost 10 million gallons per day (MGD) from over 30,000 people in northwest and northeast residences and businesses in Lubbock, including Texas Tech University, Lubbock Lake Landmark, Joy Land Amusement Park, American Wind Power Center and the American Museum of Agriculture. The interceptor also travels adjacent to the Canyon Lake System, one of the most scenic areas of Lubbock used extensively for outdoor activities such as city festivals, golfing, biking, fishing, disc golf and general recreation.

Over the years, the City experienced overflows and infiltration problems as the interceptor surpassed its design life. To solve this issue, LAN teamed with Clean Serve Inc., Hugo Reed & Associates, aci Consulting, and environmental professional Paige Ginn to perform a condition assessment and design improvements for the 45-year-old sewer pipeline.

“The project will improve the reliability of the Canyon Lakes Sanitary Sewer Interceptor and minimize possible overflows and infiltration problems along the sewer line,” said Drew Hardin, P.E., LAN’s vice president.

The improvements will also enable the City to accomplish two key goals: Adequately convey all wastewater flows from Northwest Lubbock to the Southeast Water Reclamation Plant (SEWRP) without overflows; and protect the existing Canyon Lakes System and associated parks. Additionally, the project team’s design solutions, which resulted in an estimated $5 million savings, will allow the City to utilize more than 70 percent of the existing interceptor while still addressing the key problem areas causing system overflows.

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