Flashback to Clardy FoxA TRIBUTE TO PAUL MCMILLEN, PE (1952-2016)
PSC recently announced the passing of one of its Senior Associates, Paul McMillen, PE. Paul was a beloved engineer that spent the last 34 years serving West Texas as an expert in stormwater drainage in the Public Works Sector. Highly regarded as a trusted advisor by clients and colleagues, Paul was a great example of what being a Professional Engineer truly means.
One of the first big projects Paul worked on was the Clardy Fox Pump Station in 1986 in El Paso, Texas.
The Clardy Fox pump station has a rated flow capacity of 665 cubic feet per second — 300,000 gallons per minute. It included approximately 4,000 linear feet of channel shaping and lining, and approximately 3,700 linear feet of storm sewer conduit and associated inlets.
In other words, that is an 8.5-foot deep swimming pool, roughly the size of a basketball court moved every minute through this pump station.
The storm sewer conduits ranged from 42-inch diameter pipe to 120-inch diameter pipe and concrete boxes of varying sizes. Additionally, there were five road crossings with culverts involved in the channel work. These crossings involved construction of box culverts and some unique headwalls in order to remain within the designated right-of-way.
PSC coordinated with the City of El Paso as the project owner, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Bureau of Reclamation (BuRec) and the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) during the project. The pump station and much of the storm sewer were situated on TxDOT right-of-way, a future Bureau of Reclamation irrigation canal right-of-way was crossed by the pump station's 120-inch diameter discharge pipeline, and this same discharge pipeline had to penetrate the IBWC's river flood control levees. Therefore, all of these entities were involved in the review and approval of the project.
It remains one of the most important pump stations to the El Paso community to this day.