Industrial operations facility - Tobyhanna army depot


Courtesy of Burns & McDonnell

Client: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
Completion Date: 1999 
Services Provided
  • Design charrette
  • Facility planning
  • Design of facility and processes
  • Shop drawing review
  • Engineering assistance during construction

Project Summary

This project at Tobyhanna Army Depot required the consolidation of existing refinishing areas into one efficiently laid out, state-of-the-art Industrial Operations Facility. This facility streamlines the production processes for optimum utilization of space, correcting the functional, operational, safety, health, environmental and waste treatment problems of the existing facility. Hundreds of communications and electronics systems are designed, manufactured and repaired at Tobyhanna Army Depot. The depot’s equipment mix includes telephones and switchboards, satellite terminals, radar equipment and airborne surveillance instruments.

The new 91,000-square-foot Industrial Operations Facility houses three major shop areas: plating, painting and sandblasting.

The Industrial Operations Facility makes a strong statement about the Army’s commitment to the environment. Features include the reduction of hazardous waste generated, water reuse systems to minimize consumption, removal of contaminants from exhaust gases and wastewater treatment that ensures effluent with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. The industrial wastewater treatment area provides continuous treatment of wastewaters from the cleaning and plating processes which include chrome, acid, caustic and oily rinse waters. Additional capacity to treat concentrated wastes has also been implemented, such as reverse osmosis, microfiltration, diffusion dialysis, dummy electrolysis, ion exchange and atmospheric evaporation.

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