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Case Study

Advanced wastewater treatment plant helps U.S. Military Academy achieve net-zero energy goals

Every Challenge Has a Backstory

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) sought to replace the aging Target Hill wastewater treatment plant, which serves the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, to address Garrison capacity and master planning needs, outdated equipment, and current federal standards and guidelines for efficiency and energy.

USACE looked to OBG, a longtime partner for water and wastewater solutions at West Point, to provide engineering services for a new state-of-the-art, $65 million facility that also would provide additional capacity to meet current and future needs at West Point.

OBG’s Focus on Solutions

OBG, in a joint venture with Atkins, is providing investigation, design, engineering, permitting, and project management services for a new 3.5-million-gallons-per-day advanced treatment plant that employs modern treatment methods and advanced technology to meet state environmental permits for wastewater treatment. The plant also features sustainability elements to achieve multiple net-zero energy goals, including food waste processing and enhanced digester gas utilization, along with nutrient removal. Additional features will include installation of efficient building systems, energy monitoring, and process control systems.

Results that Matter

The new Target Hill plant design addresses new and pending restrictive discharge limitation requirements, as well as federal energy program goals and West Point’s 50-year planning and regulatory horizon. The design is considered by the U.S. Military Academy to be the showcase plant in the Lower Hudson Valley region and will serve as an educational facility to cadets and others staffing the Garrison.