The Fort Smallwood Elevated Water Storage Tank Transmission Main Project is a 1900 LF - 20-inch transmission main which crosses through both State and County rights-of-ways. Development Facilitators, Inc. (DFI) conducted an environmental study along with topographical and boundary surveys to aid in creating the alignment of the main. A geotechnical study was performed to analyze subsoil conditions for structural stability, water levels as well as suitability for backfill. Research was performed, including coordination with Verizon and BGE, to determine the types and locations of existing utilities that would affect the alignment. The project includes jacking and boring operations under a State Right-of-Way. DFI participated in meetings with Anne Arundel County personnel at kickoff, 30%, 60% and 90% phases along with preparation of meeting minutes. Detailed construction plans were prepared included plans, profiles and details that incorporated jacking and boring, fire hydrant relocation, house connections, air relief valve, locating wire terminal stations, cathodic protection and various other items along with traffic control plans. Further, a detailed project manual with specifications was prepared including an itemized cost estimate. DFI Coordinated with both the Anne Arundel County and State to obtain the necessary permits for construction, including a grading permit along with a State utility permit. After receiving plan approval by Anne Arundel County, bid packages were prepared and submitted. DFI attended a pre-bid meeting, assisting with answering contractor questions as well as assisted with the bid selection, preparing an analysis of the bids along with an engineer’s recommendation of award.
DFI specializes in Infrastructure Design providing engineering services for both public and private sectors. Areas of expertise include analysis and design of sanitary sewer, water, storm drains, culvert analysis, roadways, stormwater management facilities and floodplain studies. DFI prides itself in providing sound designs utilizing the latest technology and practices to deliver a cost effective solution. DFI also provides analysis of existing infrastructure and provides recommendations for improvements to extend the life of facilities.