Great Lakes Water Authority

Ford Road Booster Station Improvements

Detroit, MI

Originally constructed in 1961, the Ford Road Booster Station housed five line and reservoir pumps which lacked proper control features to maintain adequate pressure and supply to customers in Suburban Detroit. The Great Lakes Water Authority enlisted Benesch to lead the study of discharge pressure control alternatives, develop a pressure-control solution, develop an implementation plan, and integrate other pump station valve improvements. Project elements included a preliminary and final design, hydraulic technical recommendations, permitting, bid and negotiation assistance, construction administration and system operation and maintenance (O&M) manual trainings.

Project highlights

  • Life-Cycle Cost Analysis
  • Design to supplement supply via reservoir during high demand periods
  • Removing reliance on external plant support