PRESWERX was brought in to support its client on the design-build delivery of a reverse osmosis plant. A reverse osmosis plant is a manufacturing plant where the process of reverse osmosis takes place. Reverse osmosis is a common process to purify or desalinate contaminated water by forcing water through a membrane. Water produced by reverse osmosis may be used for a variety of purposes, including desalination, wastewater treatment, concentration of contaminants, and the reclamation of dissolved minerals.
Working with its design-build client, PRESWERX helped devise a concept that addressed supplying the planned reverse osmosis facility with the electricity it needed. An average modern reverse osmosis plant needs six kilowatt-hours of electricity to desalinate one cubic meter of water, but the remoteness of the proposed facility meant there was insufficient electricity at the site to meet the operational requirements of the facility.
PRESWERX helped its design-build client narratively and visually communicate its plan to reduce energy consumption, use sustainable energy sources, improve the process of desalination and to innovate in the area of waste management to deal with the waste. The effort to develop these solutions took place over a series of in-person inter-team meetings, where all design disciplines were represented, and where solutions were thoughtfully and efficiently fleshed out.
PRESWERX led the pre-presentation effort to develop these solutions by serving as lead facilitator of the process, ensuring that the communication between the various design disciplines was also effectively shared with the team’s external construction partner, and that feedback then flowed the other direction, from contractor to designer. This multi-week engagement culminated a presentation that the end-user said, “set the bar for ‘reverse osmosis facility’ presentations.”