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Fargo Membrane Water Treatment Plant Expansion and Improvements

Fargo, North Dakota

Increasing water capacity for the City of Fargo by 50%



Key Services




Virtual Design & Construction

Delivery Method
General Contracting (GC)
Self Perform %
45 MGD
Work Hours

The challenge

Alberici faced the challenge of constructing a major advanced water treatment plant (AWT) in Fargo, ND, while ensuring seamless operation and staying within a budget. The project aimed to enhance capacity, introduce advanced membrane treatment, and remove specific impurities from the city’s water supply.

Key Facts

Rolled out Silica Safety Implementation plan ahead of nationwide OSHA requirements

Value engineering resulted in $13M in savings

Challenge met

In response to cost concerns on initial bids, Alberici utilized value engineering to reduce the project’s overall expense by $13 million. Notably, redesigning the deep foundation system
yielded $4 million in savings. Operating under the multi-prime delivery approach, Alberici coordinated with prime mechanical and electrical contractors while managing mass site
excavation, deep foundations, concrete work, piping, and equipment installation.

The project embraced advanced technologies like submerged membranes, reverse osmosis, and granular activated carbon processes, enabling the removal of impurities from the Red and Sheyenne Rivers. A vital aspect was maintaining the plant’s uninterrupted operation amid a residential neighborhood, achieved through meticulous scheduling to prevent disturbances and minimize community impact. This solution efficiently elevated the city’s water treatment capacity and quality.

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