By John Barker
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, is partnering with the Anniston Army Depot, or ANAD, in a four-year modernization, overhauling the depot’s utility system and preparing it for tomorrow’s mission.
ANAD was constructed in 1941 with the mission to rebuild and refurbish superior quality combat-ready vehicles, weapons and secondary items, assuring readiness for the nation’s warfighters, wherever and whenever they are called to serve.
“The industrial area is where the majority of the work for ANAD is accomplished,” said John McLain, resident engineer, Anniston Resident Office. “Over the years the industrial area’s existing utilities have been repurposed and expanded to meet today’s demanding requirements.”
In 2014, ANAD and the Corps developed a master plan to overhaul the utilities there. The initial project was the Water Line Distribution Repair project that replaced 8-inch water line at a cost of more than $1 million. The project’s duration was 400 days. The next overhaul project was the Industrial Area Water and Sanitary Sewer project that replaced a significant amount of 8-inch water line and 8-inch gravity sewer.
“The uniqueness of the Industrial Area Waste Water System Upgrades projects have required the Corps to consider three different types of waste: industrial, general and steam,” said McLain. “This $6.5 million project is nearing completion, projected in mid-July. This project’s duration was 650 days.”
The biggest overhaul project to date is the Industrial Area Waste Water System Upgrades. In Phase 1 of these upgrades, the Corps is replacing approximately 15,800 linear feet of 8-inch sewer and waste lines. The $10.2 million project is about 45 percent finished, with an expected construction completion time of 830 days.
Mobile District is now preparing to put out the bid proposal for phase 2. Phase 2 of the Industrial Area Waste Water System Upgrades has an expected cost of $3 million and a contract time of 400 days. The Phase 2 project contract will be awarded before the end of this fiscal year.