Project Description


New Nixon-Kocher Water Treatment Facility
Ferguson Township, PA

The State College Borough Water Authority operates a water supply system serving the State College area. To provide additional filtered water capacity, the Authority initiated planning of a new 5.0 MGD water treatment plant at the Nixon-Kocher well field. Long time consultant, Gwin, Dobson & Foreman (GD&F), was tasked with designing a treatment facility for enhanced particle removal and to address emerging contaminants from a karst aquifer in an agricultural setting.

GD&F successfully pilot tested an advanced treatment process using micro/ultrafiltration, granulated activated carbon and ultraviolet disinfection. GD&F was responsible for preparation of pilot testing protocol, coordination with equipment suppliers, erection and connection of test equipment and instrumentation, ongoing system monitoring and sampling, data compilation and analysis and final report. Pilot test results and reports were approved by the DEP North Central Region – Safe Drinking Water Program.

Final design resulting from pilot testing work included new submersible well pumps, chemical feed and storage facilities, membrane filtration system, GAC facilities and ultraviolet disinfection (compatible with a future advanced oxidation [AO] process).

A consultant to Gwin Dobson & Foreman, L.R. Kimball provided architectural, mechanical engineering, and plumbing design services for this new 18,000 SF water treatment facility for the State College Borough Water Authority.

Special considerations and features were incorporated into the building design:

  • The architectural design is that of a traditional barn to reflect its rural Central Pennsylvania location. The façade mimics that of many typical barns found in rural PA with its board and batten siding and stone foundation. The typical maintenance required of wood siding has been eliminated with the use of fiber cement and the steep slope sections of the roof are covered with standing seam metal roofing. The rustic barn style is achieved with barn sash window, wood trim and gooseneck barn lights.
  • A monitor style roof and inviting porch directs visitors to the entrance of the building.
  • The building has been oriented on the site to take full advantage of solar energy with the solar panels located on the roof, while still maintaining the beautiful barn aesthetics.

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