Hopewell Precision Superfund Site

East Fishkill, N.Y.

Award of Merit

Submitted By: Conti Federal

Owner: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2

Lead Design Firm: CDM Smith

General Contractor: Conti Federal

Subcontractors: ECM; TAM Enterprises; Garden State Tunneling; Merritt Construction; Kulkis Plumbing; R&R Plumbing

The project involved providing a new source of clean drinking water for 322 residences and businesses in Hopewell Junction, N.Y., after a groundwater pollution plume was discovered. A 200-gallon-per-minute pump station and a 310,000-gallon prestressed concrete water storage tank were built to provide a clean source of water for local businesses and residents.

The work required extensive team coordination—internally as well as with homeowners and business owners. The team had to disconnect each property from the contaminated groundwater and reconnect each to new water sources until construction was complete on the replacement system. Well inspections also had to be performed at each home and business, with all wells decommissioned at the end of the process to prevent any further use.

In four years, Conti Federal installed tens of thousands of sq ft of water service infrastructure to homes and commercial properties. This included more than 22,000 linear ft of ductile iron transmission main, 25,000 linear ft of ductile iron water main and 49,000 linear ft of HDPE water service connection lines.

The team also employed a full-time community liaison to stay in close contact with local officials and community members. This included ensuring that pump stations and meter vault installations met local architectural review board guidelines. The $38-million project was finished at budget and on schedule in about 42 months.