The design and construction replaces a Waste Water Thermal Decontamination System (WWTDS) facility at Plum Island Animal Disease Center for the Department of Homeland Security. The center is a diagnostic, research and education laboratory for foreign animal disease identification and control located on Plum Island, New York. The project redirects effluent from existing Bio-Safety Level (BSL)-2, 3, and 3-Ag laboratories to a new WWTDS facility. The new system will utilize batch flow processing and sterilize the effluent using steam as the heat source. To conserve energy, heat from the cooked batch is used to preheat the next batch. The cooked batch is further cooled by a seawater heat exchanger before being discharged to the sanitary system.

The equipment is housed in a new structure connected to the existing building. The new facility will be classified as BSL-3E (enhanced) and includes an “N+1” configuration on all process equipment and all critical mechanical exhaust and supply systems. The mechanical systems include single pass air and HEPA filtration for the exhaust systems. The electrical systems were designed and sized to minimize a single point of failure shutdown.

Summer Consultants, Inc. received the DHS 2015 Small Business Achievement Award for its work on this project.
DHS 2015 Small Business Achievement Award
Facility Name
Plum Island Animal Disease Center

Location
Plum Island, NY

Project Name
Waste Water Thermal Decontamination System at Plum Island Animal Disease Center

Client
Department of Homeland Security