In Albemarle County, near Charlottesville, Virginia, a large neighborhood model development was completing Phase One construction of a 65-acre site – Stonefield. This 270,000-squarefoot retail center with a central plaza and 245 residential units was scheduled to open in late 2012.
The original site plans included nearly 1,200 linear feet of a 30-foot-high retaining wall that was necessary to construct two stormwater management ponds. A significant investment was required for the stormwater management portion of the project. So the owner, South Carolina-based Edens, and the engineer, WW Associates of Charlottesville, worked with Contech Engineered Solutions for a more cost-effective solution.
After reviewing multiple Contech stormwater management products, the project team chose a treatment train solution that uses Best Management Practices (BMPs) through integration of pretreatment, detention and treatment. This treatment train not only met all regulatory needs and allowed the developer to retain more usable land than alternative options, it even reduced the cost of constructing the ponds by one third!
The Contech stormwater management system included:
- A corrugated metal pipe (CMP) underground detention system engineered from 2,411 LF of 138” diameter, 10-gage, Aluminized Steel Type 2 (ALT2) pipe
- A StormFilter™ 8’ x 10’ x 48’ box culvert comprised of 98 filter cartridges, using a variety of sustainable media to remove challenging pollutants
- A Vortechs® 3000 hydrodynamic separator – a high-performance, low-energy swirl-chamber system ideal for very fine sediment removal (down to 50 microns) which includes two temporary sediment basins with outfall pipe
With this stormwater treatment train solution, Contech reduced both production time and logistical costs
for the site contractor, Faulconer Construction of Charlottesville, during the early project construction.
This was accomplished, in part, by utilizing the Contech MOBILE PIPE® where Contech
manufactured most of the CMP detention pipe on the project site in just five days.
The Contech MOBILE PIPE® is designed to be an intermodal, self-supporting factory used for quick deployment to produce CMP for diameters from 3-ft to 16-ft, and up to 35-ft long, that are ready for installation in as few as four hours. Using the same quality construction levels as Contech plant-manufactured products, the MOBILE PIPE® is ideal for remote job sites; projects requiring large continuous pipe production, such as windmill foundation forms, vertical shafts or caissons; support for immediate rebuilding and deployment following a natural disaster; and sites with limited storage space or restricted traffic patterns, including mines, military bases or airports.