The Water Tower Global Innovation Hub at Gwinnett features a 55,459 SF, three-story Class (A) office, educational, and research facility, 286 vehicle parking lot with new entrance road, outdoor educational amphitheater, field training facility and pavilion, and pilot trailer canopy and parking for six tractor trailer vehicles. The facility also features multiple laboratories, a state-of-the-art control room, and a multipurpose auditorium that seats 250 attendees. The lobby areas include interactive educational displays to communicate the value of water and learning opportunities for visitors and the community. It also features a co-working suite that will serve start-ups and companies interested in leasing office space at the facility.
The Water Tower campus incorporates urban water distribution infrastructure and enables collaborating utilities to experiment and assess new monitoring equipment such as in-flow sensors and meters, and devices such as pumps and valves.
Reeves Young was selected as the Program Manager for this expedited design-build project. Designed specifically for the Phillip Morris USA facility, The WaterHub reduces consumed water by 40% and eliminates 55% of wastewater discharge. Major equipment installation included influent pumps, rotary bar screen, odor control system, EQ/tank/pumps, fine screen, weir gates, membrane system, UV System, RO system, fiberglass reclaim tank with reclaim pumps, and a greenhouse. The overall plant capacity is 710,000 GPM expandable to 1.5 MGD.
Reeves Young was chosen as the builder for The WaterHub, an on-site water recycling system on the Emory University campus which utilizes eco-engineering processes to clean wastewater for future non-potable uses. It is the first system of its kind to be installed in the United States, and is capable of recycling up to 400,000 gallons-per-day – nearly 40% of Emory’s total campus water needs. The cleaned water is then used as process make-up water in Emory’s steam and chiller plants and toilet flushing in select residence halls. The system was built to reduce Emory’s draw of water from Atlanta’s municipal water supply by up to 146 million gallons of water annually. It also includes a 50,000 gallon emergency water reserve which will allow Emory’s heating and cooling systems to function for an average of seven hours in the event of any disruption in water availability.