August 28, 2015
Water treatment facilities are amazing structures. The large-diameter color-coded piping, the spinning high service pumps, and the state-of-the-art control systems are some of the most visible components to those who tour these facilities. But hidden inside all of the concrete is something that, once construction is complete, no one will ever see again. Even though it’s not visible, it’s absolutely critical for the ensuring the facility is able to serve generations of thirsty customers. What is so important? Reinforcing steel bars, or “rebar.”
At the current stage of construction for the new Ames Water Treatment Plant, there are huge bundles of rebar visible at every turn. How much rebar, you may ask? Well, based on the contractor’s construction bid price, the facility will have an iron skeleton valued at just under $2 million! Here are a few recent pictures that show just how integral reinforcing steel bars are to the strength and longevity of this essential infrastructure project.