By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Everything has gone very well so far in the construction of Lester Prairie’s new water treatment plant, according to Brian Gulden of Bolton & Menk, site engineer for the project.
Work on the plant, which is located east of the city park along Second Street South, started in early July with installation of underground utilities, including water and sanitary sewer, and connections to the existing well.
This process took a month to six weeks, Gulden said.
The area around the installation was brought back to the original grade, and then the building site was excavated.
This process involved some de-watering due to the high water table in the area.
Footings have been installed, and the south and east masonry walls have been started.
During the next few weeks, interior plumbing and footings will be installed, and some electrical conduit will be put in place before the floor slab is poured.
Construction of interior and exterior walls will continue, The exterior of the building will be rock-face block.
“The goal is to have the building up and enclosed before winter,” Gulden said.
This will include installation of the roof, and will allow work to continue inside the building over the winter.
City residents should see no changes in their water during the construction process, Gulden said.
The new treatment plant is expected to begin operation next June.
Gulden said the general contractor for the project, Eagle Construction of Little Falls, has been making good progress.