Daphne Utilities & Hutchinson, Moore and Rauch
Creative Construction of a New Water Treatment Facility in an Historic Neighborhood
Daphne Utilities (DU) partnered with Hutchinson Moore & Rauch, LLC (HMR) to design and build an innovative potable water production and treatment facility in a historic neighborhood to replace an outdated facility.
“We have an obligation at Daphne Utility to protect the natural environment as well as the human environment,” said Danny Lyndall, general manager for Daphne Utility. “Our goal is to be a good neighbor.”
As such, HMR designed the new structure to preserve the historic character of the surrounding neighborhood by resembling the 1940’s-era residential home originally on the site. Inside the quaint cottage hides a state of the art water treatment facility providing more than 1.5 million gallons of drinking water per day. Due to location, DU chose to install a sodium hypochlorite generation system which disinfects using only salt, water, and electricity. Noise abatement and energy efficiency were primary goals. The system is no louder than a typical residential AC unit and the LED lighting and skylights are economically and environmentally efficient.
The desire to preserve an historic live oak tree on site presented a huge hurdle and added months of planning. “Daphne is designated a Tree City,” said Ray Moore, vice president with Hutchinson Moore & Rauch. “We took as much care as possible to reduce stress. Today the tree looks beautiful.”