Alexandria Renew Enterprises Receives Envision Platinum Award for Sustainability

Congratulations to Alex Renew’s nutrient management facility (NMF) for receiving the Envision Platinum Award for sustainability. The NMF, an 18 MG treatment facility topped with a public athletic field, is only one of 11 facilities in North America to achieve this distinction.

“This award shows that wastewater utilities don’t have to be invisible to the communities they serve, but instead, can, and should, be active partners in creating livable and resilient cities,” said Karen Pallansch, Alex Renew CEO. “We’re fortunate to serve customers and work alongside community partners who value sustainability and support efforts like this that have such a positive impact on our local waterways.”

The facility’s dual-purpose nature, improving the health of local waterways while adding community green space, was key in achieving Platinum certification. Other sustainability efforts included using local and recycled materials, recycling construction waste, restoring a former landfill, and using energy and water monitoring systems.

The NMF is the largest project under Alex Renew’s $160M State-of-the-Art Nutrient Upgrade Program (SANUP), the utility’s response to regulations limiting the amount of nutrients water resource recovery facilities can release into the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Dutchland, Inc. designed, manufactured, and constructed the 18 MG precast concrete tank that enables Alex Renew to process 13 billion gallons of wastewater each year.

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Dutchland Crews Set Potable Water Storage Tank for The York Water Company

Dutchland construction crews set the wall panels for a 300,000 gallon potable water storage tank for The York Water Company on November 15, 2016. The tank has a 59’ diameter and 18’ wall panels and is replacing an aging cast-in-place tank. Since the tank is located in a residential neighborhood, Dutchland installed the overflow pipe along the interior wall and plans to mount a safety shroud over the exterior ladder when the tank is completed. Dutchland also added a form liner on the above grade portion of the tank that will be stained in December. Watch for completed photos of the precast tank next month!

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Dutchland Named Top 250 Privately Held Companies by CPBJ

Dutchland was recently named as one of the Top 250 Privately Held Companies in Central Pennsylvania for 2016. This list is compiled by the Central Penn Business Journal and recognizes the top performing companies in the midstate.

Created by the Central Penn Business Journal (CPBJ), the Top 250 List is an annual project that originated in 2000. In addition to collecting employment, sales, and revenue data, staff at CPBJ question company leaders. Some of the interesting questions on the survey and their respective answers by Dutchland, Inc. President, Ben Kauffman, are listed below:

Q: What is the one thing people in Central PA would be surprised to know about your company?

Dutchland started out supplying tanks locally in Pennsylvania. Many people in Central PA might be surprised to know of the broad geographical area we now serve. Dutchland has designed and built over 1,000 structures and wastewater treatment plants for a remarkable range of clientele in PA, NJ, NY, MA, OH, WV, VA, NC, DE, MD, GA, IN, and FL. Some of our clients include: IBM, United States Military Academy, United States Air Force, Army National Guard, Perdue Farms, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi Pasteur, The Hershey Company, Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Harrisburg International Airport, United States Army Corps of Engineers, MillerCoors Brewing Company, and PA American Water. Dutchland is also currently working on a project in England with our licensee, Balfour Beatty.

Q: What was the most important day in your company’s history? What happened and why was it important?

Construction of Dutchland’s first post-tensioned tank was completed on November 10, 1989. The incorporation of post-tensioning technology enabled Dutchland to significantly enhance the watertightness and durability of precast structures and has been the cornerstone of the company’s product offerings.

Q: What is one thing your company does behind the scenes that makes you successful?

Dutchland’s precast concrete tanks are marked by their structural superiority and durability that is designed by an in-house Engineering and Drafting Department. The Engineering Department is licensed in fifteen states and delivers design solutions that meet each customer’s needs.

Spring Grove, York PA WWTP Upgrade Project

Dutchland has finished construction of two precast concrete SBR basins and one equalization basin as part of a treatment plant upgrade at the Spring Grove WWTP in York County, PA. The footprint of the structure measures130-ft long by 60-ft wide and includes a control building on top of the tank between the SBR basins. Dutchland successfully completed the project for Quandel Construction within the 10 week project schedule which included: base pour, installation, tensioning, grouting, sealing and leak testing of the structure. The new treatment is scheduled to be operational by early 2017.

Dutchland partners with the Factory Ministries in Paradise PA

The Factory Ministries is a community benefit organization that serves as a hub to connect needs and resources. They address poverty in the local community through Social Services, Youth Center, and Community Training. Dutchland is the Premier Sponsor for the Cultivating Communities Event, which is on October 6, 2016 at 6:00 PM at the Shady Maple Banquet and Conference Center. You can find more information about the Factory at

Dutchland Receives Contract from Veolia Water for Nozzle Slabs & Channel Covers

Dutchland received its third project in 2016 in New York. Veolia Water has awarded a contract to Dutchland for 264 precast nozzle slabs and 360 precast channel covers for the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant in Vestal, NY. The treatment plant is retrofitting their existing cast-in-place structure which was heavily damaged due to flooding and old age. The Owner is planning on building additional chambers as well as replacing their biological filter with the Kruger Biostyr process. Installation is scheduled for spring 2017.

This project is a collaboration between Dutchland, Veolia Water, and PC Construction, the general contractor for the job. The Binghamton-Johnson City project will be Dutchland’s fifth nozzle slab project with Veolia Water and the fourth project with PC Construction.


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Dutchland Wellness Award

Dutchland has won the Lancaster County Platinum Well Workplace Award for the third consecutive year. The award was created by The Lighten Up Lancaster County Coalition to recognize companies that have incorporated wellness into their corporate plans. Dutchland won Platinum Award status, which is the highest achievement. Competing companies were evaluated on twelve measures, including their efforts to address physical activity, nutrition, weight management, stress management, tobacco control and high blood pressure. In July, Lighten Up Lancaster came to Dutchland to write an article on the company garden. Check out the Lighten Up Lancaster facebook page and “Like” it!

The Alexandria Renew Enterprise Project

School is back in session and children have begun practicing soccer on the multipurpose field on Limerick Street in Alexandria, VA.  This field is quite different than most, however: beneath it sits an 18 million gallon tank, divided into four water holding tanks for the storage of high nutrient loaded primary effluent during peak loading at Alexandria Renew Enterprises.

The turf field was part of a $145 million project by Alexandria Renew Enterprises to build new headquarters and has been given to the city under a 15-year easement. Dutchland, Inc. constructed the precast post-tensioned tank and multi-purpose field that enables Alex Renew to process 13 billion gallons of wastewater each year. The project was built by Clark Construction / Ulliman Schutte under the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) delivery method. Dutchland was a subcontractor to Clark/Ulliman Schutte for the tank structure.

Dutchland’s precast tank measures 415-ft long by 256-ft wide and consists of three levels with a building integrated into the tank. The main levels include a central pipe gallery buried 50-ft deep, twelve wet wells buried 47-ft deep, and the main tank structure buried 37-ft deep, with 12-ft above ground. The tank rests on 1,800 14-inch prestressed concrete piles that are used for both compression and tension and are attached to the base slab with strand. The tank is covered with a flat precast roof topped with granular fill and a synthetic playing surface to accommodate regulation soccer and lacrosse fields.

The tank was originally designed as a cast-in-place reinforced concrete structure. As a VE proposal, the tank was changed from a cast-in-place concrete structure to a precast post-tensioned structure. The justification for the change included net cost savings, schedule savings, and a significant reduction in construction-related impacts to the surrounding community.


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Interested in seeing a time-lapse video of the project? Check it out here:

Dutchland is working with Balfour Beatty in the UK to build a Precast Concrete Post-Tensioned Tank

Dutchland and Balfour Beatty signed a License Agreement to build Dutchland engineered tanks in the UK and Ireland. Balfour Beatty / Shay Murtagh has secured its first project with United Utilities for a wastewater tank. The project has been designed and submitted for approval and is expected to be built in the last quarter of 2016. Dutchland will supervise the installation of the project.

Dutchland To Build 0.3 MG Potable Water Storage Tank in York, PA

Dutchland received a contract from the oldest investor owned utility in the nation, The York Water Company, to build a 300,000 gallon circular tank for potable water. The new precast tank will have a 59’ diameter and is needed to replace an existing cast-in-place tank that is over 100 years old.

The tank will be partially buried with 10’ above grade. Dutchland will be adding a form liner and staining the portion of the tank that is exposed as the tank is located in a residential neighborhood. The project is scheduled for completion in December 2016.York Water