Replacing Water Mains Through The Middle Of The University Of Nebraska

Campus Improvement
June 2012, Vol. 67 No. 6

“This project,” said McArthur, “ultimately was successful because of collaboration among the Lincoln Water System, Lincoln Engineering Services, the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, HDR Engineering, K2 Construction and local utility companies. Although the project presented many logistical challenges, they were solved proactively during design and construction.”

The new water mains were installed on time, within budget, and with very limited disruption to university campus activities, he added.

“Without the use of directional drilling,” McArthur continued, “the work would have required more time to complete, caused considerable disruption to normal activities, and cost more. This project was a great demonstration of the benefits of horizontal directional drilling technology used by an experienced trenchless contractor.”

The Lincoln Water System serves approximately 70,000 customers, about 10 percent commercial and industrial organizations, 90 percent residential. Water also is provided for more than 9,000 fire hydrants and two local parks and recreational facilities. The system’s pipeline infrastructure has more than 1,000 miles of main pipelines.

With headquarters in Omaha, HDR is a global employee-owned firm providing architecture, engineering, consulting, construction and related services through various operating companies. More than 7,800 professionals assist clients manage complex projects.

Based in Lincoln, K2 Construction is experienced in horizontal directional drilling, open-cut construction, pipe bursting and installation of geothermal systems.


HDR – Lincoln, (402) 742-2900,
K2 Construction, (402) 467-2355,
Vermeer Corp., (888) 837-6337,
Digital Control Inc., (800) 288-3610,
Certainteed, (800) 233-8990,
Tornado, (877) 340-8141, www.tornadotrucks.comcer

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