Verde Water Treatment Plant Demolition

City of Phoenix, 
Arizona

Verde Water Treatment Plant Demolition

Awards: 
2017 Envision Platinum Award - Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure
Project Highlights: 
  • The Platinum award-winning project is the first demolition project to earn recognition from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.
  • The restoration plan for the Verde WTP demolition includes a return to predevelopment conditions, which directly benefits many of the native species in the area such as the bald eagle.
  • The Verde WTP demolition project targeted 95% material reuse/recycle, and was able to salvage a lot of equipment for other interested municipalities.
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Phoenix’s Verde Water Treatment Plant Facilities Demolition project is the recent recipient of the Envision Platinum sustainable infrastructure award from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), which recognizes sustainable infrastructure across the full range of environmental, social, and economic impacts.

Constructed in 1948, the Verde Water Treatment Plant served the water needs of the City of Phoenix for decades. In 2011, the plant was decommissioned, as water supplies from the facility were no longer required. The site is being restored to a natural, predevelopment condition.

The City commissioned Carollo Engineers, Logan Simpson, and Hunter Contracting to undertake the demolition and restoration design and construction work for the project. During the Verde Water Treatment Plant (Verde WTP) closure plan process, Carollo identified the Envision Sustainability Infrastructure Rating System as a program that aligned well with the City’s sustainability goals for the Verde WTP demolition project. After running through some preliminary sustainability assessments using the Envision guidance manual and checklist, the City decided to use Envision as a sustainability framework for the demolition and restoration design of the Verde WTP.

This is the first demolition project to earn recognition from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.