Byrd Park Reservoir Rehabilitation Project 

Project Summary and Scope

This project is required to maintain compliance with the treatment requirements of the City’s Waterworks Operations Permit.  This project provides for replacement of the roofing cover system on the 55 million gallon finished water reservoir that provides potable water to the City of Richmond and portions of Henrico and Hanover counties.  The existing 1970’s roofing system is nearing the end of useful service life and has structural deficiencies that warrant full replacement.  The project will also make improvements to the basin inlet and outlet gates, install a mixing system, and replace aging piping and valves.


Information and documents authorizing, depicting or outlining details about the project, including, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Documents containing details about the project design are available from the Procurement office, however these documents should be considered as protected by the Homeland Security exception and should not be shared unconditionally with the public.  Anyone requesting access to these documents should complete and sign a FOIA request form with DPU.

Written Studies, Reports, Presentation prepared for the other authorities.

 City of Richmond Agenda- Final Urban Design Committee

Project Milestones

Reinspect reservoir roof - November 2017

Award Design Task Order to Engineering Firm  – April 2018

Project Design - April 2019 - June 2020

Bid & Award Construction Contract  – June 2021 - August 2021

Construction – September 2021 - June 2025

RFQ Posted to procurement web site May 2021

RFQ completed, 9 companies chosen to bid on the project.

Anticipate advertising for bid January 21, 2022.

Project Awarded to Crowder Construction October 24,2022

Project Funding

DPU Water Utility Enterprise Funds in the amount of $48,068,600.  Funds for this project were appropriated in various years through FY2020.

Project Status Updates

Procurement of a design-build contractor was cancelled on August 2, 2017, due to the inability to negotiate a satisfactory contract with the proposing firm.  Project is currently in the design phase for a design, bid, build delivery method.   

  • February 26, 2019 - Byrd Park Tank Roof Replacement Project Presentation to Museum District Association
  • March 7, 2019 - Urban Design Committee recommended approval with conditions (see UDC 2019-09 for details)
  • March 12, 2019 - Byrd Park Tank Roof Replacement Project Presentation to Carillon Civic Association 
  • March 18, 2019 - Planning Commission approval
  • April 16, 2019 - Byrd Park Tank Roof Replacement Project Presentation to Byrd Park Civic League
  • January 7, 2020 - Byrd Park Reservoir 1 North Valve 95% designed
  • January 17, 2020, Byrd Park Reservoir 1North RFQ Processed
  • January 21, 2020, Byrd Park Reservoir Tank Roof 60% design
  • October 8, 2020, Byrd Park Reservoir Tank Roof 90% design
  • January 2021 Byrd Park Reservoir Tank Roof 95% design
  • May 2021 Anticipate project being advertised for RFQ.
  • May 20, 2021, RFQ advertised.
  • Bid were opened March 18th, DPU is currently reviewing the bids. 
  • DPU is in the process of negotiating with the apparent low bidder.
  • Crowder Construction Company was awarded the contract for this project and was given notice to procced on October 24, 2022. We should begin to see activity at the site in January 2023.
  • Crowder Construction has started to mobilize equipment and the site, demolition of the western side of the reservoir roof should begin in May of 2023. 
  • DPU held a public meeting on March 23rd to inform residents around Byrd Park that delivery of equipment and materials has started. Anticipate security fence to be installed in April. West roof demolition will follow soon after. 
  • Crowder Construction have divers entering the North and South Wells to remove old gates that no longer operate and to install bulkheads so that the west basin can be dewatered. Demolition of the west roof will begin after this work is complete. 
  • The west reservoir roof demolition is 90% complete, the next step is to pour new concrete floors and footings to support the new aluminum roof. 
  • Demolition of the West Tank Roof is complete, the contractor is now pouring the concrete footers for the new roof and laying 36". overflow piping.  
  • Work is continuing on concrete footers and walls that will support the new roof, working is nearing completion of the new overflow piping. 
  • Work is still continuing on concrete footers and walls that will support the new roof, working is nearing completion of the new overflow piping.

Permit, information is listed below. For details, please call the Department of Planning, Development and Review at 804-646-4169.

Virginia Department of Health Waterworks Construction Permit (once design is complete).

City Building Permit (once design is complete).

Expenses (costs are reported quarterly)

RAPIDS Project # 107314

Total expenditures as of 02/11/2020:  $4,762,552.00 (includes $1,458,048 from prior remediation & inspection work).

Project Contact Information, if you have questions about this project please contact this individual.

  • City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities Media Contact:  Rhonda Johnson RHONDA.JOHNSON@RVA.GOV (804) 646-5463
  • City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities Project Contact:  Ricky Hatfield RICKY.HATFIELD@RVA.GOV  (804) 646-1933

Performance Measures and Benchmarks

Once construction begins details concerning technical details and schedule are reviewed at weekly construction progress meetings.

Project Overall Status (Active, Pending or Complete)


Ordinance Information

Authorized though adoption of City Capital Improvement Program - Water Utility.

Contract Information