Rust and deterioration are evident on the exterior of the Dunford Drive standpipe in this recent photo. The City of Burlington is considering a proposal to spend nearly $900,000 to restore and repaint the water reservoir. (Photo by Ed Nadolski)

City plans to restore Dunford Drive water tower

By Jason Arndt

Staff Writer

Burlington’s Dunford Drive standpipe, more commonly known as the water tower with the American Flag near the Nestle USA plant, has deteriorated since the city last applied a protective coating to the structure.

The Common Council later this month will consider moving forward with plans to restore, recondition and repaint the 2.2 million gallon reservoir under two separate resolutions presented at Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.

Peter Riggs, director of Public Works, said the first proposal calls for a professional services agreement with KLM Engineering, Inc. for construction management services of the Dunford Drive Standpipe at a total cost not-to-exceed $103,946.

KLM Engineering has led restoration of water towers in Somerset, West Fargo, North Dakota, as well as Farmington, Minnesota, and comes highly regarded in the industry, according to Riggs.

“They are well regarded in this very niche field,” Riggs said.

Riggs added the city selected KLM to design and bid its standpipe cleaning, repairing and painting project based on KLM’s history, experience and specialized focus on these type of projects.


Contractor endorsed

The second proposal consists of awarding Classic Protective Coatings, Inc., the task of reconditioning the Dunford Drive Standpipe for $734,725.

The city selected Classic Protective Coatings, which presented the lowest bid, over two other contractors. Viking Industrial Painting proposed an $834,900 package while TMI Coatings, Inc. offered to complete the work for $1,193,000.

“It is a very large project so not just anybody can do the work,” Riggs said.

Riggs said the reconditioning project consists of an exact replacement of the existing interior design, including retention of the American Flag, and color scheme on the standpipe.

Riggs, who said the standpipe last received a coat of paint in 1988, noted the exterior has exceeded its expected life.

“The coating is deteriorating which looks unappealing and also risks corrosion that could impact water system operation performance,” Riggs wrote.

The restoration project also consists of several structural improvements because some current components are outdated and do not meet modern codes and standards.

Classic Protective Coatings, according to Riggs, agreed to complete the project within the bounds and constraints the city specified.

Riggs said the project requires crews to draw down the standpipe, therefore, putting it out of service starting in early August.

The water tower, according to Riggs, will need to be completed before Oct. 30.

To read the complete story see the July 22 edition of the Burlington Standard Press.