Above the Deluge

The elevated structure at Houston's Simms Bayou wastewater treatment plant protects key equipment such as pumps from potential floodwaters such as those which affected the city during Tropical Storm Allison in 2001.

An Easi-Set precast concrete building is set atop cast-in-place concrete piers to protect pumps from corrosive saltwater during floods. Photos: Lonestar Prestress Mfg. Inc.

To address future flooding concerns at wastewater treatment plants in coastal Texas, Lonestar Prestress Mfg. Inc. capitalized on the idea of using precast concrete structures by installing them on cast-in-place floor slabs where extra height was needed.

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