Brightwater Treatment Plant Marine Outfall

Project overview

Vanir provided extensive pre-construction services, full construction management and inspection for this design-build marine outfall project, which won eight industry awards. Vanir’s QA/QC support covered onshore and offshore work plus offsite locations for pipe fabrication. The project was completed two years ahead of the contracted completion date and within budget.

The outfall begins as an 84” ID steel pipe connecting onshore to conveyance tunnels that extend back 12 miles to the treatment plant. Shortly after leaving the shoreline, the 84” ID pipe branches at a steel wye to two, 5,000 LF, 63” OD HDPE lines. The HDPE pipe terminates at a water depth of 600 feet in Puget Sound, with the last 250 feet of each pipe being diffuser pipe.

The onshore and near shore pipe was installed in an open-cut trench, which was sheeted up to a water depth of 30 feet and unsheeted thereafter to -80 Mean Lower Low Water. From 80 feet deep to
the end of the line, the HDPE pipe was bottom laid. Over a 72-hour period, the two pre-assembled HDPE lines were floated into place and installed using controlled submergence by flooding the pipeline while it was under 60 tons of tension.

Speaking for myself (and I know many others here at WTD) the Brightwater Marine Outfall was a project that was stellar from one end to the other and it will certainly go into my career highlight reel. You folks made a huge contribution to that success and I thank you.

– Jeffrey Lundt, PE, Principal Wastewater Engineer, King County


Engineering News-Record – Best of the Best Heavy Civil Projects 2009 | American Public Works Association, Northwest Chapter – Project of the Year | Society of Civil Engineers, Seattle Section – Structural Engineering Honor | Consulting Engineers of British Columbia – 2009 Award for Engineering Excellence | Construction Management Association of America – 2009 National Project Achievement Award | Northwest Construction Consumer Council – Distinguished Project Award (Honorable Mention) | Northwest Construction magazine – Best Civil Project of 2009 | American Council of Engineering Companies, Washington – Engineering Excellence Gold Award

Woodway, Washington
King County Wastewater Treatment Division

Dayton & Knight


Triton Marine

Construction Cost
$29.8 Million
Start Date
Completion Date