Potable Water Pump Upgrade Continues to Push Through Unforeseen Setbacks

Potable Water Pump Station Upgrade at West Averell Harriman State Office Building Campus

Completed upgraded potable water pump station at W. Averell Harriman State Office Building Campus.

The surge of office campuses began in the 1950’s. Post World War II era, many people were fleeing what was considered the overly populated and polluted city to find solace in the suburbs. In an effort to follow the white collar employees that companies were searching for, corporate campuses were born.

One such visionary to follow suit in New York was Governor W. Averell Harriman. His vision included a campus that would be more accessible for the state employees that were increasing by number as well as provide more space for parking. The campus eventually included the State University of New York at Albany (SUNYA) and now boasts over three million square feet of office space for over 7,000 state employees and 13,000 students of the university.

As one can imagine, the critical potable water and wastewater management needs and designs have changed dramatically from over 60 years ago. Keeping up with the demands is costly, ongoing, and crucial. But progress is fluid, always moving, just like the water.

Emmons Metro, a division of Metropolitan Industries, was first approached by MJ Engineering and Land Surveying, P.C. in 2016 about upgrading the campus’ potable water pump station. Based on conversations between Emmons and MJ Engineering and an understanding of the preliminary specifications, a pump selection along with the custom control panel theory of operation was made and brought to bid in 2018.

Unfortunately, issues with the building specified to house the equipment were identified and all bids were rejected. After a bigger building was selected, the job went back out to bid in June 2019 which brought with it new challenges.

Crew Members of Potable Water Pump Station Upgrade for Harriman State Office Building Project

Crew and Subs responsible for making this project a success.

The volume of water that was being calculated for the new pump system was very high, even at resting hours. The original vertical in-line pumps that Emmons specified for the low flow service were discontinued due to new hydraulic efficiency standards by the Department of Energy. Unfortunately, the new replacement pumps from the same manufacturer met all criteria except for the minimum continuous stable flow (MCSF) requirement. Replacement pumps at a price level that was acceptable to all parties needed to be found.

With Emmons Metro’s commitment to continuous collaboration with the engineers to identify what is needed for each project and the manufacturers to make it happen, Grundfos Paco VL series vertical in-line pumps were approved and furnished for this project.

Another challenge according to Hal Bayly with Kingsley Arms Inc, the general contractor, was the pilings. The estimated depth for the project was 100’ but for other projects on the campus, they had to go deeper. Luckily, the specifications were met and the 5,000 feet of pipe was laid efficiently.

When asking Hal what his most valuable resource on the project was, he noted “the crews and the subs” without missing a beat.

Despite harsh winters, geological unknowns, Department of Energy changes, and a pandemic, the project was a success and finished ahead of schedule.

Kim Emmons, General Manager of Emmons Metro LLC in Albany, N.Y.

Team leader Kim Emmons next to one of the newly installed pumps.

At Emmons Metro, we know the key for successful projects is found in the planning and the collaboration between all project partners. Kim Emmons, general manager of Emmons Metro, adds that one of our most valuable attributes is the ability to overcome and adapt. This mantra has served Emmons Metro and the rest of the Metropolitan Industries family well during our time in the industry. Project partners and end-users will benefit greatly from Emmons Metro’s years of experience.

To provide the best hydraulic solution to the various challenges that each project presents, we review several pump manufacturers’ offerings to ensure the most state-of-the-art mechanical equipment, i.e., pumps and motors, is being used. Customers will also have the added benefit of a well-versed controls provider and expert design team with Emmons’ parent company, Metropolitan Industries.

System owners will have peace of mind knowing the years of experience and the 24/7 field service capabilities of Emmons Metro were ingrained from the project’s very beginnings for their water, wastewater, and stormwater pumping needs.

And while equipment and technology will no doubt change again, the potable water is now flowing without issue and ready for the SUNYA campus to fill up again as well as the New York State office buildings.

Six Pump Variable Speed Control Panel with Double Door Enclosure

New six-pump variable speed control panel with double door enclosure.

Using Variable Frequency Drives to Maximize Energy Efficiency in Our Pump System Designs

Pump System Design Energy Efficiency

Environmental sustainability, the responsibility of preserving the Earth and its natural resources for future generations, is essential for so many reasons.

Working in an industry dedicated to moving and managing a natural resource, water conservation and energy efficiency becomes an added responsibility – one that Emmons Metro and our parent company, Metropolitan Industries, takes very seriously.

We are committed to helping customers and the environment by developing and providing sustainable solutions for our customers. With the improvements of today’s technology, we are innovative and creative in finding solutions to the constantly evolving demands placed on water flow, water quality and water management.

The variable frequency drive (VFD) technology, a type of variable speed drive (VSD), offers one solution that benefits both our customers and the Earth.

VFD booster pump systems are more affordable and include many benefits like:

  1. Energy savings as great as 30%-50% percent when compared to traditional constant speed pumps.
  2. Improved system control as a result of easily adjusting to variations.
  3. Improved system reliability and decreased maintenance as a result of reduced wear to the pump.
  4. Reduced noise due to higher velocities through piping and “water hammer”.

Read more about the steps we are taking to help you save energy and money while also simplifying overall system costs.

Cloud-Ready Lift Station Control Upgrade Brings Practical 24/7 Remote Monitoring for Non-Municipal System

Cloud Ready Lift Station Control Upgrade for Non-Municipal System

Water management professionals are never really off the clock. After all, the systems and processes that they maintain and monitor need to be fully operational at all times. So even if they’re not on-site or it’s after hours, these individuals need to have the ability to make sure operations are maintaining as expected.

Non-municipal water systems, like mobile home communities, can be tricky though. More often than not, they have restricted financial resources and limited manpower. These entities may rely on contractors to provide water management services which can also have its limitations. And what happens when phantom alarms or minor issues arise that end up costing these budget restricted entities unnecessary service bills? It leads to short-term fixes but no long-term solutions.

That’s where our cloud-based SCADA solution, MetroCloud, comes in.

In this most recent case study, MetroCloud examines how their state-of-the-art SCADA solution helped Black Hawk Estates, a mobile home community in Illinois, save money while also creating more efficiencies between onsite management and their water management contractor.

Remote Lift Station Monitoring & Control is More Practical Than You May Realize

Learn how the MetroCloud-ready LMS II Level Control System brings intuitive and affordable remote lift station monitoring to just about any application.

New Treatment System in the Catskill Watershed Protects New York City’s Water Supply Quality

Shandaken, NY

Shandaken, N.Y., an area critical to the water supply of New York City.

January 22, 2021
By Susan Gnirke & Martin Hawrysko

During normal times, New York City is filled with a surplus of people, movement, and activity. Millions of people come and go while going about their business, with hardly any thought towards the many behind the scenes services and processes that allow it to run as it does – at least until something goes wrong.

Of all the processes that New York City is dependent on, one of the most important is its water supply. Any disruption to that availability would without a doubt be catastrophic. As it turns out, such a scenario wasn’t far off from occurring.

The problem began 125 miles north in Shandaken, N.Y. a small rural community compiled of 12 hamlets. Thanks to a 2018 environmental impact study, it was discovered that the septic water systems in Shandaken as well as many other communities were on the brink of failure. Collectively, these areas are an integral part of the New York City Catskill-Delaware Watershed, which is responsible for supplying New York City’s water.

Both the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC-DEP) and Catskill Watershed Corporation, agencies responsible for protecting the water quality in New York City’s Watershed West of the Hudson River, recognized the necessity to work proactively to keep clean water flowing through the watersheds.

After thorough examination, it was decided that the most practical and efficient approach to solving the problem was by adding a secondary treatment system. Evergreen Mountain Contracting was awarded the job, designed by Lamont Engineers based in Cobleskill, N.Y. Their recommendation was to supplement the septic systems with Anua Puraflo systems, which provide an advanced secondary treatment process that purifies septic tank effluent to an extremely high degree before final dispersal.

Based on previous work experience with the Anua Puraflo systems, Evergreen Mountain Contracting knew that Emmons Metro, a division of Metropolitan Industries, had the experience needed to solve the problem in Shandaken.

Kim Emmons, general manager of Emmons Metro, became involved with the Anua Puraflo systems 17 years earlier when it was first introduced as a new process to supplement septic systems. Following a thorough vetting with the manufacturer, researching the science, and examining the capability of its components, Emmons saw the potential in the green-friendly system, and recognized that it would be an efficient, effective, and nature-based solution to protect the integrity of drinking water, especially in New York’s rural areas.

Anua Puraflo System Installed in Shandaken, N.Y.

Anua Puraflo system that Emmons Metro provided, being installed in Shandaken, N.Y

The Anua Puraflo system utilizes a peat fiber as a biofilter to purify septic tanks. This environmentally friendly process uses little to no energy, resulting in clean water at a lowered cost. In addition to being simple to use, its unique peat fiber with high lignin content provides for a longer media life.

The filtered septic tank effluent collects under gravity in the pump tank. A timed dosing system is activated by a programmable timer, which pumps the effluent through a flow splitting inlet manifold located at the base of the treatment modules. An orifice plate located inside the top of each inlet manifold allows the flows to be split equally and fed simultaneously to each biofilter module.

The inlet manifold is connected to the base of the biofilter module and is fed upwards to a rectangular distribution grid located 6 inches below the top of the lid. The effluent percolates laterally and vertically through the depth of the peat fiber treatment media and emerges as a clear, innocuous liquid from the base of the system. The treated effluent is then collected and dispersed. To ensure long-term safety, Puraflo systems are inspected annually to test the water quality coming out and going in.

The integration of the Anua Puralfo systems for the Shandaken project was recently completed, sparing New York City from a disruption to the quality of its water supply. As a result, the millions of people who live, work, and play within New York City can continue going about their business without a second thought to its water supply process.

To this day, Emmons Metro continues to promote the Anua Puraflo systems for the various watersheds of the NYC-DEP, the Lake George Region, the Adirondacks, and Western New York.

The most recent success in Shandaken further fuels Emmons Metro’s enthusiastic advocating of the system. As a result, New Yorkers have cleaner water and more effective septic solutions that make the application viable for all communities, large and small.

Catskill Watershed Treatment System Installation

A successful installation of the Anua Puraflo system in Shandaken, N.Y

Expedited Lift Station Production & Installation Provides Front Line Boost for Medical Manufacturer in Trying Times

Expedited Lift Station Production and Installaton

Trident Manufacturing headquarters in Pingree Grove, Ill.

2020 was a memorable year. It required a level of resilience, flexibility, and collaboration like we’ve never seen before.

So when Metropolitan Industries, our parent company, was asked how fast they could complete a sanitary lift station project for a Chicago-based medical manufacturing facility wanting to open earlier in order to support COVID-19 relief efforts, Metropolitan let them know the project would be ready in less than a month.

Turnaround times like that are unheard of in our industry. But as a single-source supplier, Metropolitan Industries was able to save time with component sourcing while also building, testing, and programming everything in their facility for a seamless installation. All while also keeping the safety of their employees and customers top of mind.

It’s fair to say that no one wants to tackle rush jobs, but as a company, we strive to be prepared for the unpredictable so our customers know they have someone they could rely on.

To learn more, please continue with the full Trident Manufacturing project story via the Metropolitan Industries website.

Emmons Metro Partners with Ion Technologies to Offer Full Selection of Residential Pumping Products

Ion Technologies, Emmons Metro Partnership in Albany, New York

Emmons Metro is excited to announce the expansion of its business offerings with its new partnership with Ion Technologies.

Ion Technologies, a manufacturer of premium residential pump and control products designed and engineered to provide superior basement flood protection, allows Emmons Metro the chance to offer plumbers and contractors extensive options to handle the most challenging storm and sewage water issues.

Ion Technologies was originally launched as the residential product line of our sister company, Metropolitan Industries. As the inventor of the first digital level controller, Ion Technologies transformed the pumping industry by replacing the mechanical switch with a technologically advanced device.

Today, Ion Technologies is a full-fledged brand representing an entire collection of residential pumping solutions.

Ion Technologies remains on the forefront of the industry with the ultimate goal of utilizing new resources and technology to help protect against the threat of uncontrolled water and the negative ramifications it has towards the home.

As the world continues to grow and evolve, Emmons Metro is excited to stay at the forefront when it comes to offering new resources and technology to its customers.

Contact the Emmons Metro team to learn more.

First Year Anniversary of Emmons Metro Celebrates Increased Investment, Growth, and a Bright Future

Emmons Metro in Albany, N.Y.

Emmons Metro headquarters in Albany, N.Y.

Metropolitan Industries celebrates the one-year anniversary of its acquisition of Emmons Metro (previously Emmons Pump & Control). Based in Albany, N.Y., Emmons Metro has provided Upstate New York with a wide variety of pumps, pumping supplies, and repair services for nearly 30 years. Now as part of the Metropolitan Industries family, Emmons Metro has been afforded an opportunity of investment, new growth, and the promise of a bright future for their employees, project partners and end users.

“The trajectory of both companies is not that far off,”” said Kochan. “Both Metropolitan and Emmons started as small businesses while working towards a single focus, and have grown to expand their capabilities and services for their respective regions. At Metropolitan, we’ve demonstrated how to transition from being just another pump supplier to becoming a manufacturer that provides complete and custom pumping and control system solutions that no competitor can match. We are going to apply the same model with Emmons.”

In the first year, Metropolitan has invested many resources to expand Emmons’ reach throughout the state of New York. The hiring of additional sales staff allows Emmons to better serve their existing territory while also providing opportunities to expand. The addition of several new service trucks has also allowed for Emmons to deploy their field service capabilities more efficiently while also increasing its coverage of the state.

“As great as the acquisition has been for both companies, the real beneficiaries are our project partners and end users on the East Coast,” said Kochan, who believes they have been underserved by the one-size-fits-all model commonly available throughout the pumping industry.

“One-size-fits-all may provide adequate results for municipalities and commercial buildings in the short-term, but that model also tends to leave a lot on the table,” said Kochan. “When our people are consulting at such job sites, they usually identify several missed opportunities. Our custom based packaged systems model provides far more streamlined solutions from the beginning all the way through installation that saves time, saves energy, and reduces long-term costs for end-users.”

Moving into year two, Metropolitan will continue to invest its engineering and manufacturing expertise to further aid in the growth of Emmons. As the Albany based company becomes more involved with developing its own packaged systems, the opportunity exists to also expand its capabilities from water and wastewater to also include temperature control, hydronics, and reuse in a variety of applications in municipal, commercial, and industrial settings. Plans to extend MetroCloud, Metropolitan’s custom based cloud SCADA software to Emmons is also on the horizon.

A key component to the future growth of Emmons is their staff members, all of whom were kept on following the acquisition. While there is plenty of room for growth with Emmons, their brand heritage, which includes the people who have helped make the company what it is, will be paramount when it comes to providing continued solutions and services as it expands throughout the East Coast.

Though the acquisition officially brought our two companies together just last year, the relationship between the two businesses date back to the 1980s. Through their respective associations within the pumping industry, Kochan has previously collaborated with Kim Emmons, who continues to run the day-to-day operations of Emmons Metro, on specific projects. A key example was Stratford Farms, a project which was first conceptualized in 2005. Even through a slowdown in the housing market and a major economic downturn, the project’s aspirations survived before eventually resuming, resulting in its completion at the start of this year.

Despite the long-term uncertainties of the pandemic, Kochan says the demand for water movement and management engineering and the solutions provided by Metropolitan and Emmons will always exist.

“There is plenty of work and projects ahead. The future for both companies remains bright!”

Emmons Metro Company Update & COVID-19 Provisional Policy

COVID-19 Response

Updated 6/16/2021

Maintaining a healthy and hygienic environment within our communities is reliant on the continued manufacturing and servicing of various water movement and management equipment. Through the course of the pandemic, Emmons Metro continues to support the needs of our project partners and end users.

At this time, we suggest that anyone entering our building who has not been vaccinated wear a face mask.

For any questions or clarifications, please contact Annmarie Dore at 815-886-9200.

Booster Pump System Design for Stratford Farms Comes to Fruition After Several Years in the Making

Domestic Drinking Water Pressure Project at Stratford Farms

From the outside, it’s easy to look at new housing developments and not think twice about the planning involved. After all, by the time most people take notice of these new developments, groundbreaking has already taken place and houses are beginning to pop up. However, those of us working behind the scenes know there’s more to it than simply building a series of new houses and propping a “For Sale” sign in the lawn.

At Metropolitan Industries, we understand the demands, challenges, and opportunities that every new construction project brings. When we began working on the Stratford Farms project in upstate New York with Emmons Metro (formerly Emmons Pump & Control) in Albany in 2005, due to a slowdown in the housing market, the project did not proceed until recently.

Where Convenience Meets Tranquility

Stratford Farms is a residential development project in Poughkeepsie, NY, and the homebuilder, ABD Stratford, is an award-winning developer with over 30 years of homebuilding experience. When the development is complete, it will include 160 quality-crafted residential units: 134 single-family homes and 26 townhomes. Just minutes from downtown Poughkeepsie and the Metro North train line, Stratford Farms offers the rare combination of convenience and country living in New York.

To ensure this convenience is delivered in full, a number of considerations must be made. In addition to a flurry of new homes, new developments bring the need for new schools, new commercial buildings and, of course, increased demands on existing municipal infrastructure. Early in the development process, it was determined that a booster pump system would be required to increase the city’s available domestic drinking water pressure to the development. ABD Stratford, together with Delaware Engineering of Albany, NY and the City of Poughkeepsie, established requirements for the system, and Delaware Engineering contacted Emmons Metro to provide expertise.

Patience Prevails at Stratford Farms

We understand the demands placed on municipalities because we’ve been working with them for decades to help them move forward with confidence. Similarly, we know the onus is on the developer when it comes to building out infrastructure such as sewer lift stations and water booster systems because we’ve been helping these teams meet local codes and develop systems that will work for their needs.

At Stratford Farms, the primary challenge was designing a fully packaged system that could handle both domestic and fire flow in the same station while meeting local codes. More specifically, it was a challenge designing a system that can fluctuate from high fire flow rates to low domestic flow rates without losing pump functionality. Understandably, the design process to get this right was iterative. The water pressure system would need to be configured to supply up to 500 gallons per minute while boosting the available city water pressure by 35 PSIG. Together with Metropolitan, Emmons Metro initially designed a five-pump system: Two small pumps, two intermediate pumps, and one to handle fire flow. However, we knew we would be able to create a more efficient design, and, with continued effort and collaboration, we did exactly that by reducing the total number of pumps down to only three.

Triplex Water Booster System

Triplex Booster System for Stratford Farms.

Metropolitan fabricated the booster system—three endsuction type booster pumps driven by three 15 horsepower close-coupled motors—in our Romeoville, IL factory. Each of these pumps is capable of 350 gallons per minute, creating a margin of safety and redundancy, meaning the flow can be met at the hydrants if one pump is out of service. Each pump also includes isolation butterfly valves on the inlet and outlet to facilitate service and inline, center-guided, spring-assisted check valves on each discharge line to minimize the risk of water hammer. Finally, the Metropolitan-installed, MetroTech III PLC-based controller eases operator use with an intuitive touchscreen interface.

Clearly it doesn’t take 15 years to simply reduce the number of pumps in a design, but there were several factors to consider as we worked together with the development team to ensure the system would be compliant at delivery. And, because we fully test and certify everything before it leaves our facility, we knew it would be operational when it arrived at Stratford Farms.

Though Delaware Engineering could have contracted this project with multiple sources to acquire the various components needed for a successful system, working with Emmons Metro allowed them to take advantage of decades of expertise. And, just as important, it means they’ll enjoy the benefit of single source responsibility. With our engineering
expertise and our extensive experience designing systems to meet all sorts of custom situations, the developer—and eventually the municipality—can count on our field service technicians if any issues arise.

As our companies continue to work together and Emmons Metro settles in as part of the family, there are likely many challenging projects on the horizon. While most stations are designed and installed much faster than 15 years, one thing is certain: We’ll see it through to the end just like we did with Stratford Farms thanks to the steadfast dedication of the developer, the engineer, and everyone in between.

Emmons Pump & Control Acquired by Metropolitan Industries

Emmons Pump & Control - Previous Logo

We are excited to announce that Emmons Pump & Control has been acquired by Metropolitan Industries.

As of Aug. 27, 2019, our new company name is Emmons Metro LLC. Coinciding with our new name is a new logo (below), both of which symbolizes the synergy with our new parent company. While our name has changed, our commitment to providing our project partners and end users with the most dynamic pumping and control solutions has never been greater. That endeavor continues with the same dedicated group of Emmons leadership and staff who you have come to know and rely on over the years.

Emmons Metro and Metropolitan Industries Logos

The family owned Metropolitan Industries, based outside of Chicago, IL, is a manufacturer of custom engineered packaged pump and control systems. Metropolitan has been an established supplier to Emmons since the very beginning, which demonstrates the long and steady relationship between the two companies.

Serving the municipal, commercial, industrial and residential markets, Metropolitan’s custom engineered systems have been implemented in some of the world’s largest and most prominent buildings, structures and cities. With a footprint spanning throughout North America, Metropolitan’s complete system solutions are used to solve a vast variety of water movement and management challenges involving flow distribution, pressure control, treatment, collection, temperature control, hydronics and reuse. Metropolitan is comprised of over 150 employees with a collective set of skills and expertise involving sales, marketing, engineering, programming, fabrication, welding, field service maintenance and equipment repairs.

Now as part of the Metropolitan family, their vast resources will play a pivotal role in allowing Emmons Metro to expand our own system capabilities and repair services, which is advantageous to our project partners and end users within Albany and throughout all of Upstate New York.

As new projects and challenges arise in your field, we hope to play a key role in the solving of your water movement and management challenges — just as we always have.

New Emmons Metro LLC Company and Logo

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