Government Services IPT to Provide Services for Poplar Point Pumping Station in Washington, D.C.

Largo, MD- Government Services Integrated Process Team (Government Services IPT), teaming with O’Brien & Gere (OBG) Engineers Inc., has been selected to provide architectural design, LEED, Low Impact Development and other services necessary for the design and preparation of contract documents to obtain bids for the construction of the Poplar Point Pumping Station (PPPS) Replacement Project in Washington, D.C.

The PPPS Replacement Project is part of the DC Clean Rivers initiative, a $2.6 billion multi-year effort being led by the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority to nearly eliminate combined sewer overflows to the Anacostia and Potomac rivers and Rock Creek, helping improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. The initiative is the largest construction project in the District of Columbia since Metro, consisting of massive underground tunnels to capture the combined sewage during rainstorms, and releasing it to the Blue Plains wastewater treatment plant to be cleaned before entering into nearby rivers.

Poplar Point is a 1.1 acre site, situated between S. Capitol Street, Suitland Parkway and Anacostia Freeway. It is one of four sites where shafts will be constructed: one at Poplar Point, two at Blue Plains, one at the Joint Base Anacostia (Bolling) base, and one near Nationals Ball Park.

Key elements of the PPPS Replacement Project include:

• New Anacostia Main Interceptor (AMI) Diversion Structure and the associated new AMI Extension Sewer, which will be constructed using trenchless technologies under the roadways;

• New Poplar Point Pumping Station Discharge Sewer to the existing Main Outfall Sewers and the associated Poplar Point Pumping Station Main Outfall Structure;

• And, a new Poplar Point Emergency Overflow Structure and the associated new Poplar Point Emergency Overflow Sewer.

The PPPS Replacement Project is expected to be completed by 2016.

About Government Services IPT:
Government Services IPT is a multidisciplinary professional services firm providing architecture, capital asset management, engineering, information technology, program management and sustainability services for government agencies. We are an SBA 8(a) certified woman-owned business that combines the talent and experience of a large firm with the customer focus and attention of a small firm.

We provide project lifecycle services from studies and RFP development to inspection services. We specialize in providing innovative, cost effective solutions to meet the changing needs of our clients. Our staff has more than a decade of specialized experience in for a variety of federal facilities and clients, including the Department of Defense (DoD), US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), US Air Force, US Army, US Navy, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and various state governments.

For more information please contact Susan Ballard Hirsch, President, at

About the DC Clean Rivers Project:
Combined sewer overflows (CSOs) occur during heavy rainstorms, when the mixture of sewage and stormwater cannot fit in the sewer pipes and thus causing overflows to the nearest water body. CSOs direct about 2.5 billion gallons of sewage and stormwater into Rock Creek and the Anacostia and Potomac rivers in an average year.

The Clean Rivers Project is necessitated by a 2005 federal consent decree that mandates DC to drastically reduce the amount of raw sewage that flows into nearby rivers due to CSOs. The project, which planning began in 1998, is aimed to protect the public from possible harmful substances in our wastewater, and to cleaning up our waterways by reducing the pollutants that enter nearby rivers.