North Duck Creek Utility Expansion

Smyrna, Delaware

KCI provided planning, funding, design and construction administration services to the town of Smyrna to extend utility services north of Duck Creek in order to create an economic development area to attract businesses and developers.

Founded before the Revolutionary War, the town of Smyrna has a rich history of commercial trade that has led the municipality to grow to three times its pre-1900s size. For nearly a decade, the town government has been working to expand their infrastructure network north of Duck Creek, the dividing line between the historic downtown and a small business district that includes significant developable properties. With infrastructure in place, town officials were confident they could entice builders and larger businesses to come to Smyrna, bringing with them the potential for economic growth.

Since 2008 KCI has been working with town officials through the entire project lifecycle, from concept to construction, to develop an affordable solution. KCI played a vital role in the funding process, developing an overall strategy and bringing funding sources to the table, including grants and low interest loans through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, among others. Our team assisted the town with development of the preliminary design necessary to scope out the project and submit necessary applications, as well as required reporting and budgeting.

KCI worked in sync with the developers and engineers on these projects to maximize the cost savings, constructability advantages and proper sequencing for implementing the utility upgrades and extensions.

Jason L. McClafferty, PEProject Manager

Jason L. McClafferty, PE

As town engineer, the firm provided civil, structural, mechanical, and geotechnical engineering for a new pump station and water, sewer and electrical utilities. Critical challenges included working with potential developers and businesses to meet their needs and instill confidence in their proposed investments, while maximizing cost-efficiency and flexibility. The design allowed for varying future demands and uses as development opportunities evolved.

This $2.2 million project included installation of 22,200-linear-feet of 10-inch looped water main and all appurtenances to be interconnected with Smyrna’s public water system. A new 750,000-gallon elevated water tank will connect with the proposed water loop to maintain adequate water flow and pressure. A new well and well house was constructed to increase the capacity of the town’s water system. The sewer improvements consisted of a new sanitary pumping station, force mains and several thousand feet of gravity collection piping. Other services include surveying, permitting, hydraulic modeling, and alignment studies.