U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

  • Duration: 4 months

  • Location: Washington, DC

  • Contract Value: $327,900

HSU was the prime contractor on this highly complex project to replace an aging, steam-driven, Reverse Osmosis Deionizer in the Chemistry Division at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC.   This design-build project required management and coordination of two separate engineering firms.  In addition to engineering and design, the scope of work included demolition and removal of the old deionizer, installation of the new unit, and integration into electrical and piping systems.

HSU coordinated the specialized engineer, fabricator, and installer, Hydromax, to deliver and station the complex Reverse Osmosis Demonizing System.  The system was required to meet very stringent specifications to ensure water purity levels needed for chemistry applications.  The specifications called for an ohm resistivity of 16 megohm.  However, the design-build team delivered a deionizer unit with an even higher level of purification of approximately 18 megohm.

The work was performed in an occupied research building on a highly secure facility.  It involved an upgrade of electrical power systems as well as construction of systems which support the research facility.  HSU fully coordinated their work to ensure that daily operations of the building were not interrupted.  Additionally, all personnel were required to adhere with strict security requirements.