Bush Beans Process Water Reclamation Facility

Bush Beans Process Water Reclamation Facility

2018 | National Award — Merit | Water / Wastewater

Bush Beans Process Water Reclamation Facility

Challenge Design-Build Project Delivery Addressed

The design-build team worked collaboratively with the owner to evaluate alternatives to the costly underground tanks that would maintain the aesthetics of the surrounding Great Smoky Mountains region. Balancing these aesthetic goals with acceptable cost and schedule impacts, the team and the owner were able to develop a plan that complements, rather than intrudes on the landscape. This, in addition to several other value engineering initiatives, shaved $13M off the project cost.


Bush Brothers & Company’s new Process Water Reclamation Facility (PWRF) is located in a rural location in the Great Smoky Mountains approximately 40 miles from Knoxville. The area has no public water utility; source water is obtained for processing needs from wells and springs near the PWRF. Following use and treatment, the vegetable wastewater is spray-irrigated over approximately 900 acres of owned property. Safety played a key role in success and as a result: after more than 300,000 hours of work, the project had zero lost-time incidents. This socially responsible project was delivered on time below the guaranteed maximum price and gives Bush Brothers greater sustainability and management over its water use.

Design-Build Team

Client/Owner: Bush Brothers & Company
Design-Builder, General Contractor, Architect, Engineer: Brown and Caldwell/The Haskell Company, Joint Venture (BC/Haskell JV)
Project manager: Brown and Caldwell
Specialty Contractor: MR Systems
Specialty Consultant: Trent-Wyatt
Key Subcontractor: Broadway Electric Service Corporation (BESCO)
Duration of Construction: 24 months
Project Cost: $ 54,800,000