Byron, Illinois, Wastewater Treatment Plant upgraded


In 2017, the City of Byron hired Fehr Graham to provide Phase III construction engineering services for a new headworks facility. This facility replaced a manual bar screen with a rotating, mechanical bar screen. At more than 20 feet tall and an average opening of 3 mm in the screen, the rotating mechanical bar screen was sized to accommodate normal daily and peak flow rates. The building also houses a raw sewage pumping station, with three variable frequency drive pumps and a large wet well. The project included significant electrical systems, including a motor control cabinet, controls to allow for integration into the City’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system and a standby generator. This was the first improvement project at the wastewater treatment facility in more than 20 years and is the start of a multi-year, phased renovation program for the facility.

Fehr Graham provided daily on-site observation and construction management services throughout the 18-month construction project. Our team worked with the City and contractor to carefully review shop drawing submittals to ensure equipment, materials and components were as specified in the contract documents. Fehr Graham also provided support during system start-up and assisted the manufacturer’s representatives during troubleshooting exercises. We delivered the project to the City on-time and within 0.1% of the original budget.