Broomfield, Colorado Prepares for New Development with 3.2 Miles of Fusible PVC® Force Main


In recent years the City and County of Broomfield, Colorado has received strong attention from real estate developers interested in developing the northeast section of Broomfield, an area just east of Sheridan Parkway and north of 160th Avenue. Gorgeous mountain views and easy access to Interstate 25 and E-470 make the location highly desirable. Prior to the North Area Lift Station Force Main Phase I Project, this area did not have a wastewater collection system in place to support any proposed development. In early 2012, developers secured building permits that required utility infrastructure as soon as possible. The City and County of Broomfield selected the design-build team of Burns & McDonnell/Moltz Construction to spearhead the project with the following requirements: tie into the existing wastewater collection system west of Sheridan Parkway and design the collection system to accommodate future expansion that would carry wastewater from a new lift station (the first of three) to the Broomfield Wastewater Treatment Facility located eight miles south of Colorado Highway 7.

The City and County of Broomfield considered numerous pipe materials for the new force main, but ultimately selected Fusible PVC® pipe. Bell-and-spigot PVC pipe was eliminated from consideration because of the desire for a fused pipe system with no potential leakage at the joints. HDPE pipe was considered, but ruled out due to the high anticipated force main pressures and need for specialized fittings. Andrew Waddoups of Burns & McDonnell commented: “We were not opposed to HDPE, but Fusible PVC® pipe's compatibility with standard mechanical joint appurtenances really made it stand out in comparison. Also, Broomfield trusted Fusible PVC® pipe because they've successfully used it many times before."

Pipeline Details and Project Summary
Project: Northlands Force Main, Phase I
Location: Broomfield, CO
Length: 16,910 LF
Pipe Size: 12" DR18, 14" DR21, and 18" DR21 Fusible PVC®
Pressure Test: 150 psi
Installation: Direct Bury, HDD, and Jack-and-Bore
Owner: City and County of Broomfield, CO
Engineer: Burns & McDonnell
Contractor: Layne Heavy Civil

Fusion During High Wind Conditions


12" Line to Tie into Existing Collection System


Dual 18" and 14" Lines for Future Flows


Direct Bury of Dual 18" and 14" Lines


In-pit Fusion