Before we begin offering solutions, we want to make sure that we understand the problem. Taking a complete look at all the factors involved in a project allows us to identify the actual problem as well as understand the concerns of those impacted by any potential solution.
What if you could use sewer water – after it is cleaned but before it flows – to not only conserve water but also provide a major user with a more efficient supply source? In keeping with their tradition of pioneering innovation, the City of Wichita in conjunction with Spirit AeroSystems, a global leader in aerospace manufacturing, is doing just that. True to form for MKEC, we were eager to support this forward-thinking, difference-making water recycling project.
Guaranteeing the proper, efficient and environmentally-safe treatment of wastewater is one of the core commitments the City makes to this rapidly-growing community. Delivering on that commitment is what we call engineering success.
We were asked to create an upscale development with dominant water features and view-out basements resulting in desirable lots that would sell in a down economy. All of this needed to be accomplished within a budget that would make economic sense for the developer.
The Kansas Star Casino development covers 206 acres including a 162,500-square-foot casino with hotel, parking lots and equestrian facilities. Site drainage design was a challenge as a result of multiple adjacent watersheds, downstream flow restrictions and shallow groundwater that had a history of causing problems within an adjacent residential development.