A Study In Detention


The The Salt Lake Institute of Religion at the University of Utah sits high on a mountain bench on the eastern side of the Salt Lake Valley. It’s location created some interesting engineering challenges for Mr. David Waldron at Great Basin Engineering. The size and scope of this project and the amount of runoff it would generate were a great concern. On the mountain below there were a number of communities whose storm systems would not be able to handle the additional runoff in the event of a large storm event. The actual property size at the institute was such that the owner and the engineer preferred not to have an above ground detention pond. Therefore, underground detention was designed below the proposed parking area. The original design by Great Basin was a large-scale 72” diameter concrete pipe detention area.

Original Layout
Reynolds Bros. was the contractor that was awarded the job. Mr. Ted Seri with Reynolds Bros. initiated a dialog with engineering at Geneva Pipe. There was some concern about the length of runs and number of specialty pieces necessary to complete the project. The was serious concern over installation pipe creep, and the difficulty of making all the parts and pieces meet and seal together. After numerous phone calls and several drawings between Reynolds Bros., Great Basin and Geneva Pipe the final design was firmed up. The final design was box culvert 13’ x 6’ x 8’ in four rows approximately 120’ in length.
Final Layout
The The Salt Lake Institute of Religion Project is a study in the advantages related to storm water quality and best management practices. It also removes all the liability issues that relate to above ground ponds. Reynolds Bros. has indicated that the new design and the ease of installation saved them as much as two weeks of construction time. This passed along substantial savings to the owner. The results of everyone’s efforts created a premiere project. It is classic example of the best that concrete can offer.