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Holland Pump in Fort Myers–As seen in Construction Today!

With Holland Pump, Customers Finish Faster

For 37 years, Holland Pump Company (www.hollandpump.com) has been providing fast and effective dewatering solutions for numerous markets. Their expertise ranges from residential and commercial construction to phosphate mining, paper mills, power plants and beyond. Holland Pump works with municipal storm water, utilities, and lift stations and has extensive experience in the sugar industry and on many Florida water management projects including dewatering for the last three ACOE (Army Corp of Engineers) projects in Collier county.

Faka Union Pump Station

Holland Pump’s customers want the overall best value. They look to Holland Pump to save their operations money and help them to finish their jobs faster. To ensure their customers get the best value, Holland Pump delivers top quality equipment with technological advantage, careful engineering and fabrication, professional pump consulting, and excellent field service.

After eight years with Holland Pump, Win Blodgett was appointed President in 2007.  Speaking about Holland Pump Blodgett says, “I am very proud of our company and our employees. We’re an ‘old school’ company with traditional values and we have achieved a strong reputation by consistently satisfying our customers. We are all about teamwork. We demand a lot of our employees because we promise to deliver solutions to our customers on 24/7 basis. Our average employee has been with us for ten years and our Senior Management Team has between 20 and 35 years of service to Holland Pump.”

“For almost four decades Holland Pump has been manufacturing, selling, renting and servicing hydraulically driven submersible and axial flow propeller pumps, manual and prime assisted suction lift pumps, including high pressure pumps.  Another key application for Holland Pump is wellpointing. We have a long partnership with our sister company, LobePro, which specializes in positive displacement rotary lobe pumps most commonly used for wellpointing applications, ” says Blodgett.

Ritz Carlton Parking Garage

In recent years Holland Pump has increasingly focused on wellpoint installations for large residential and commercial foundation projects, as well as for traditional applications like sewer pipe and storm water installations, and for rehabilitation work. “On Florida’s west coast one of Holland Pump’s most exciting projects,” Blodgett says, “is the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa, which is undergoing a  $250 million expansion to add nearly 100 guest rooms, and double its meeting and event space to attract more conferences and exhibits. When construction is complete in 2017, the hotel will become the only oceanfront JW Marriott in the continental United States. There are dozens of contractors working in unison and we have been able to supply several contractors with their dewatering needs.”

Marco Island Marriot Parking Lot

“As professional pump consultants,” Blodgett says, “we help evaluate your needs and craft a cost effective solution, to repair your existing system, to engineer and fabricate a replacement pump system if required and to provide temporary pumping as needed. We have a rental pump fleet of over 500 pumps with branch and service locations in Pensacola, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Ft Myers, and West Palm Beach.”

The Sky’s The Limit!

Holland Pump provides De-watering services to Florida’s Tallest Skyscraper

Holland Pump is proud and honored to partner with Tutor Perini and their team of famed professionals on the Panorama Tower project. With the addition of the Panorama Tower, Florida East Coast Realty LLC (FECR) will take Miami’s skyline soaring to new heights. Reaching 83 stories into the air, the new tower will become Florida’s tallest skyscraper, at an astounding 830 feet.

Centrally located at 1101 Brickel Avenue, FECR’s plans for the tower include “821 luxury residential apartments, along with a 19-story pedestal including a 208-room hotel, over 100,000 SF of medical office space, over 50,000 SF of high-end retail/restaurant space, and a 2,000 car parking garage,” as stated on their website. With an eye toward the future, FECR aims to provide the ideal combination of retail, office, and residential space.

So, you might ask, how does one execute a project of this size on Miami’s watery coast? The answer, says Chris Rhule, Consultant at Holland Pump, “is a very strong foundation.” As Rhule, who has been Holland Pump’s expert on the Panorama Tower project, explains “Miami sits on the Biscayne aquifer, already 6ft below existing grade. For a tower of this height to be safe FECR needed to dig a very deep foundation, reaching 22ft in some areas.” With the site of the tower a mere 2 blocks from the Bay, digging to this level presented unique challenges. This is where Holland Pump’s expertise and experience with the Biscayne Aquifer came into play. Throughout the digging of the foundation and as it was laid Rhule and his team “had to dewater an average 12 feet.” For a project of this square footage this meant lots of water. To complete the job Rhule employed Holland Pump’s 8″ Hydraulic Trash Pump, 6″ Hydraulic Trash Material Sludge, and our PT8TPA Super Silent. As the foundation was poured, the job, taking almost 24 hours to complete, required continuous attention.

 

While dewatering make be a small part in your budget, successful  dewatering is a key element  in overall project profitability. There is no substitute for experience!

Dewatering the Everglades 2nd CERP Project, FAKA Union Pumping Station

The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) is the nation’s largest environmental restoration project—the repair of Florida’s Everglades. This “River of Grass,” a collection of sawgrass marshes, freshwater ponds, prairies and forests, covered almost 11,000 square miles of South Florida just a century ago. Today it is half that size, drained by agriculture, development and flood control. Essentially, CERP was approved by Congress as a holistic program to restore and sustain hydrological and biological characteristics that defined the original pre-drainage Everglades. The Water Resources Development Act (WDRA) of 2007 authorized construction of the Picayune Strand Restoration project in Southwest Florida.

The Picayune Strand Restoration is partnership between the state of Florida and the Federal government whereby a large portion of the funding for was provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The project is overseen by the Army Corp of Engineers. The project’s first monumental accomplishment, which illustrates the nature of the partnership that made the project possible, was the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s acquisition of the thousands of individual parcels of property within the Picayune Strand. This purchase has allowed the project to move forward.

FAKA Union Pumping Station is the second of three new pump stations in the Picayune Strand Restoration project. Because the excavation for each pump station is quite large (300’-500’ x 35’-40’ deep) and dewatering water flow is so high (30,000-100,000gpm), the bid documents stated specifically that the proposed dewatering plan would be a critical element in the evaluation and award of the project. The $79 million FAKA Union Pumping Station project was ultimately awarded to Harry Pepper & Associates (HPA) who has had a long history of success in Florida water management projects. HPA was also awarded the first Picayune project, Merrit Pumping Station. Over the years, Holland Pump has worked on many of HPA’s projects as well and submitted a 128 page dewatering proposal outlining their approach for the FAKA Union Pumping Station project.

There were many dewatering methods contemplated for the project including electric driven deep wells and installation of slurry walls. “Deep wells for this project would have had a high initial cost and delayed the excavation a couple of months. In addition, despite bringing the best science one can to the evaluation of dewatering requirements, the actual flows are less predictable. The FAKA excavation is also deeper and wetter than the previous excavation at Merrit,” said Holland President, Win Blodgett.

Holland Pump’s method was to provide a variety of pump types and models at different stages of the excavation but has relied heavily on Hydraulically Driven Submersible (HDS) systems for which they have manufactured since 1978. “Today most contractors are familiar with Suction Lift Pumps (SLP’s) whereby the “wet end” of is indirectly/directly mounted to the engine but these systems generally rely on priming systems and the pump/pump driver must also be located close to the work because most pumps, particularly pumps with higher flow characteristics really have limited suction lift capability because of NPSHr (Net Positive Suction Head Required),” said Blodgett.

“Hydraulically Driven Submersible (HDS) pumps are often the best choice for high volume low head pumping because they are simply more reliable. The pump head can also be place up to 100 yards from the work which allows the power unit to be high and dry where it can be fueled and maintained easily. The pump head is placed in the water and the pump’s impeller pushes the water to the point of discharge. No priming is required. For the most part, our pumps are much more repairable than cast volute pumps because our volutes and are fabricated from steel plate. They are also more serviceable because if you have a problem with the pump head, you can often just swap out the pump head vs. having to change out the system. So in terms of overall reliability and keeping pumps running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, HDS is often the way to go,” says Blodgett.

On-site supervision is a critical part to the success of any dewatering job but was even more critical for FAKA Union Pumping Station that is essentially one large excavation. Holland Pump selected Pump Consultant, Mike Cressman for the job.” Mike is probably the most experienced dewatering man in southwest Florida and over the last 20 years has performed hundreds of projects from golf courses to housing developments to multi—story buildings. He is also a good mechanic. My dad used to say, ‘there is no substitute for experience’ and that is proven to be true because a dewatering man with really solid experience has both good judgment and intuition. I believe Mike’s onsite advice literally saved weeks of time on the total project. This is a reason why we continue to get work with HPA and I am sure it assists the project’s bottom line,” said Blodgett.

“Our greatest challenge is also our greatest asset, providing exceptional customer service which is one of the reasons why we are often able to displace our competitors. For example, Holland Pump was not hired at the start of the Merrit Pumping Station project, but we took the project over and have been there the last 16 months,” continued Blodgett.

During the initial stages of an excavation, the land is cleared and a settling pond was created. The pumps are required to pump a lot of sand and trash and as the excavation proceeds the pumpage becomes crystal clear. “Using HDS pump systems allowed the excavation to proceed immediately and to add pumps as needed,” said Blodgett.

For the first months of the excavation Holland Pump relied on up to twenty 14” HDS Trash Pump systems. “Using a number of pumps for a project like this makes sense because you gain redundancy; if one pump fails then adjustments can be made to maintain the dewatering flows required avoiding project holds up and potential disasters,” said Blodgett.

The 14” HDS Trash Pumps were later supplemented by their A22000DS Axial Flow Pump system which provided 10,000gpm at 50TDH. “Right now is this economy it is difficult not only for us but for most of our competitors to build really large pumps because the investment is high and the payback horizon is many months. With the A22000DS we were able to innovate by taking two A22000 pump systems from our fleet and put them in series with the second pump at a higher elevation acting as a booster pump for the first. We tested the idea in Palm Beach County by creating a 50’ tall hill with the same slope as the excavation at FAKA and making sure the pump system would perform as promised,” said Blodgett.

When the bottom of the excavation was reached, large diameter suction lift pumps were brought in. Holland Pump’s PT14TPA 14” Trash Pump features Cornell’s 12NNF and can pump about 6000 gpm at 45TDH. The PT14TPA-D6081A is a wonderful pump for mid-head applications when the suction lift is 10’ or less.

“Because of the 50 CFM diaphragm priming system, the pump primes three times faster than most competitive models and can even overcome small leaks on the suction side. At a depth of 35’ or more, these pumps are more fuel efficient also but it was essential to wait until the excavation was really stable and under control before we brought in these pumps; if there is a major rain or the slope of the excavation is compromised, SLP’s could have been washed in,” said Blodgett.

With some 70 employees with an average of 9 years employment at Holland Pump, 600 pump systems available for rent, and a 40,000 square foot manufacturing facility, Holland Pump will travel anywhere there are major pumping projects required. “Holland has proved over the last 34 years that we can provide turnkey dewatering solutions that help our customers finish faster. When we are successful at accomplishing that it is really satisfying.” said Blodgett.

To learn more about Holland Pump, visit www.hollandpump.com or to speak with Holland Pump Consultant please call our Customer Service Center at 1-888-997-PUMP.

Finish Faster….. Holland Pump’s Super Silent bypass pumps provides critical assistance for gravity sewer line repair

Holland Pump was contracted by Estep Construction to assist in the replacement of a gravity sewer line for the City of Altamonte Springs, Fl. Two force mains were flowing into one very shallow 5 foot man hole; a 4 foot concrete riser was added to the top of the man hole for added storage and to compensate for the fast influx of sewage during the pump station cycles.

The primary pump was Holland’s Twin Prime Super Silent PT6 Unit, at 67 decibels a very quiet pump, and with the pumping capability of 1200 gallons per minute, a very efficient pump. The stand-by pump was Holland’s PT6 open unit and was set up with floats for auto turn on/off as required. 8 inch HDPE pipe was used for discharge and had a total length of 1,160 feet, with several elbows added. Some of the discharge was buried under the road so that having all fittings and connections being leak proof was critical to the success of this job.

The pumps were also outfitted with the Holland Automatic Notification System (HANS), which sends texts and e-mails out to computers and cell phones to notify the customer of any pump issues. With several roads blocked off during this repair, it made it imperative that Holland’s pumps stay running with no problems. Holland Pump completed this job on time and to the customer’s specifications. A Great Sucess!

Holland Pump’s PT6TPC-E60

Holland Pump’s PT6TPC-E60 is the ideal midsize electric bypass pump &handles solids and slurry using a Cornell Redi-Prime high head engine mount pump. With 6” suction and discharge flanges and a 2 vane enclosed impeller, the PT6TPC-E60 can handles up to 3” compressible spherical solids with flows of 1037gpm@ 120TDH is 79% efficient. The 60HP electric driven pump also features our Prime3 priming system. This automatic priming system features a 50 cfm water tolerant, diaphragm vacuum pump driven by the main drive shaft that primes 3 times faster that competitor pumps. Holland Pump’s electrically driven pumps are available with a wide variety of control options including Dual Voltage panels, Auto-Start/Stop with Floats, HANS (Holland Automatic Notification System), Auto-Dialers, and Softstart. Units are packaged as skids, site or DOT trailers, or with enclosures.

For more information, please contact Holland Pump at 1-888-997-PUMP, www.hollandpump.com.

Holland Pump’s PT4TMS-E25

Holland Pump’s PT4TMS-E25 is the ideal small electric bypass pump & handles solids and slurry using a Cornell 4NNDH-EM engine mount pump. With 4” suction and discharge flanges and a 2 vane open delta 10.09” diameter impeller, the PT4TMS-E25 can handles up to 3” compressible spherical solids with flows of 750gpm@ 72TDH. The 25HP electric driven  pump also features our Prime3 priming system. This automatic priming system features a 50 cfm water tolerant, diaphragm vacuum pump driven by the main drive shaft that primes 3 times faster that competitor pumps. Holland Pump’s electrically driven pumps are available with a wide variety of control options including Dual Voltage panels, Auto-Start/Stop with Floats, HANS (Holland Automatic Notification System), Auto-Dialers, and Softstart. Units are packaged as skids, site or DOT trailers, or with enclosures.

For more information, please contact Holland Pump at 1-888-997-PUMP, www.hollandpump.com.

Holland Pump releases SuperSilent PT8TPB

Holland Pump’s PT8TPB-1104.44T 8″ Prime 3 Trash Pump model, ideal for many sewer bypass applications, is a SuperSilent Prime Assisted Suction Pump featuring indefinite dry run capabilities. The tier 3 diesel driven pump features a very durable canopy manufactured with 12 gauge steel with noise levels at not more than 67 decibels at 23 feet, lockable doors, eco- friendly fuel and oil drip collection base, SCADA compatible HANS – Holland Automatic Notification System with auto start/stop with floats and various trailer options. With Holland’s Prime 3 automatic 50 cfm self-priming and 20’ of Suction Head, the PT8TPB model will pump over 2200 gpm at 75TDH at 1800rpm/ 54 bhp and 79%  efficiency.  The 8”x 8″ pump size passes 3″ compressible solids, has 175′ Shutoff Head, and  at 1800 rpm has maximum operating range flow of 2,600gpm at 65 TDH. For more information on Holland Pump, please call 912-466-0304 or 1-888-997-PUMP (7867) or visit www.hollandpump.com.

Holland Pump Standby Lift Stations

Holland Pump Standby Lift Stations provide 100% redundancy and double protection from both electrical failures and mechanical failures. Holland Pump has models available from 3” to 18” in capacities from 400 to 40,000 gpm with solids up to 6” and can be powered with diesel or natural gas engines. Holland’s Prime 3 priming system has suction lift capability to 28’ and has 50 CFM priming power. The control panel software permits the user to readily and remotely instruct the control system to do a broad range of activities including both texting and emailing of warnings, shutdowns, GPS location, and is fully SCADA compatible. Using the Contractor Pump Bureau method, Holland Pump’s Standby Lift Stations are generally 67 dBA at 23’ or quieter. Customizable options including single point lifting bars, interior lighting, flood lighting, AC/DC Inverters, GFI receptacles, fuel polishing systems, float systems, flow monitors, flow transmitters, auto-dialers, extended warranties, and maintenance plans. For more information, please contact Holland Pump at 1-800-451-0796, www.hollandpump.com.

Got a Dirty Job? Win Blodgett and Holland Pump can engineer a solution

On October 24, 2005, Hurricane Wilma slammed into Florida’s southwest coast. The third hurricane of the 2005 season to reach category 5 status, Wilma remains the most intense hurricane on record in the Atlantic, with wind speeds topping 175 miles per hour. Although the storm passed over the state in a short but intense four hours, rainfall exceeded 9 inches in some places. By the time it tore through Florida’s most heavily populated area of Miami and Fort Lauderdale, more than 25 people were dead and the storm surge had submerged much of South Florida.

When flooding like this occurs, all that water doesn’t just magically drain away. Within days of Wilma’s landfall, Holland Pump and the company’s president, Win Blodgett ’86, were on the scene, helping farmers pump millions of gallons of water away from their fields, and cities deal with water and sewer systems overwhelmed by the storm.

Whether creating the storm water and sewer systems for a development or trying to pull millions of gallons of oil out of the ocean, most people don’t give much thought to the critical piece of equipment that makes these feats possible. Through his first 13 years in the construction industry, Blodgett didn’t think about pumps much either. He used them, of course—dewatering is a key step in many construction projects. But in 1999, when he and his father purchased Holland Pump, he had no idea that today they’d be involved in projects from hurricane cleanup to restoring the Everglades.

He actually had no idea that he’d end up in business at all. Blodgett started out as a music major at Ohio State University. He transferred to Evergreen as a junior, where he continued to study music, but also found a deep interest in social anthropology. He studied the work of seminal anthropologists Victor and Edith Turner, who had lived with and studied the Ndembu tribe of Zambia in the early 1950s. In 1985, after Victor’s death, Edith returned to Zambia, and Blodgett went along as her assistant, studying the tribe’s healing rituals and completing his thesis on the topic. Their book, Experiencing Ritual, was published in 1992. “That was my first real exposure to being in an area with no electricity, no stores, nothing we’re used to, and experiencing traditional culture,” he says. “It was a complete change. I gained a lot of self-confidence from that, knowing that whatever you do, you can be successful at it.”

And even though it was unexpected, Blodgett has been very successful with Holland Pump. Holland manufactures, sells, rents and services pumps with capacities up to 150,000 gallons per minute. These aren’t your average basement pumps. All sorts of industries—from construction and utilities to mining and marine—have needs for dewatering or managing water. “In Florida and lots of coastal areas, the water table is quite high, so any time you are doing work underground you need to manage the groundwater,” Blodgett explains. “Storm water is also a big concern, and pumps are a critical component of the infrastructure.”

Much of Blodgett’s work managing water is not clean and sparkling. “Lots of our projects look like an episode of ‘Dirty Jobs,’” he jokes. But he’s serious when he explains the number of different remediation projects where their pumps have made the difference between habitable land and untainted water or contamination that can render an area unlivable for decades. Holland has provided pumps for oil spills worldwide, cleaned up leaking underground fuel tanks at gas stations, and kept sewer systems going when the lines break. Its subsidiary, LobePro, makes pumps that tackle harsher sludges and slurries, chemicals and corrosive liquids for heavy industry.

Blodgett’s pumps are removing arsenic contamination at the Fort Lauderdale airport, and remediating lead-tainted soil in a residential development built on a former gun range. They clean up wastewater from millions of acres of farms in Florida, the Gulf Coast and Texas, and work with sugar processors who are using sugarcane byproducts to manufacture fuel. The variety of problems that need pumps leads to a lot of innovation. Holland’s engineers and pump consultants use their experience in the field to design pumps and create plans to solve those problems.

“I definitely have carried the can-do attitude I learned from Evergreen,” says Blodgett. “Evergreen teaches students how to learn, discover their learning style and have a spectrum of skills to be able to research and obtain answers to questions and solve problems.”

Only 10 companies in the U.S. do what Holland Pump does, and several are much larger multinational corporations. Holland’s 70 employees are divided between rental and service operations in Florida and a 40,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Georgia. Blodgett says Holland offers customers something different than the bigger companies—a commitment to service and customized solutions. “We don’t have all their resources, but we can respond quickly and customize engineering solutions more quickly than large companies.” In fact, Holland guarantees that any client with a pump problem, anywhere in the U.S., will have someone on call to fix it within two hours.

For municipal engineers in cities and small towns with eroding infrastructure, that kind of service can mean the difference between water and no water for millions of customers, and sewage flowing to treatment facilities instead of overflowing into local streams. Holland’s pumps are used all over as backups for sewer lift stations, or to bypass sewer lines when they need emergency repairs.

Pumps are also a key component in the nation’s largest environmental restoration project—the repair of Florida’s Everglades. This “River of Grass,” a collection of sawgrass marshes, freshwater ponds, prairies and forests, covered almost 11,000 square miles of South Florida just a century ago. Today it is half that size, drained by agriculture, development and flood control.

Holland Pump is working with the federal Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) on a number of projects to pump more water back into the Everglades. In 2011, they were selected as the pump supplier and dewatering contractor for the Faka Union Canal Pump Station, part of a $79 million restoration project in south Florida’s Collier County. “Building pump stations in the Everglades might seem counterintuitive to preserving a natural area, but it’s a critical part of restoring water levels in the region,” says Blodgett.

Building pumps allows Holland not only to help customers but also to manage equipment better and do things better environmentally. “We have a number of safety mechanisms to protect the environment in all kinds of industries,” Blodgett says. “Around some mines, nuclear power plants, sewage systems—when there is heavy rain, the fluid that would leach into the environment can be very toxic. It can even destroy the pump itself. So it has to be made of the right material, and when the pump is called on, it has to pump flawlessly.

”Lately, Holland has been reaching out to international markets. “There is a widespread perception that American-made products are still the best made,” Blodgett explains. “Many of the largest multi-national engineering firms specify American-made pumps because the engineering and reliability is there. We should be able to do well as long as we innovate and change with the times.”

Some of Holland Pump’s innovations include using vegetable and other biodegradable non-toxic oils in its hydraulic systems to mitigate the environmental impact of leaks, and using telemetry and GPS technology to monitor, start and stop equipment from a distance, and respond proactively to keep equipment running.

While Holland’s staff is planning major projects, they must be constantly ready for emergencies. “Projects involving water can get exponentially worse very quickly,” Blodgett explains. “When a pump fails, it can translate to days of delay. Our biggest challenge and asset is our service—the logistical ability to quickly deliver and set up pumps and keep them running 24/7. It’s an adrenaline rush.”

This article was originally published in the Evergreen Magazine Spring 2012 issue

Holland Pump is proud to partner with John Deere, Perkins, Duetz, Yanmar, JCB, Cummins, Caterpillar, Baldor Dodge, LobePro, Cornell, Berkeley, BJM, Allprime, Denison Hydraulics, Vickers, Twin Disc, De’Ran, Parker, Murphy, Lofa, Aeroquip, Husky, Goodyear, Lansas, Adler Tanks, & Yardney among others.

Doug Miller celebrates 20 years with Holland Pump


On Friday, April 20, 2012, Power Systems Production Manager Doug Miller celebrated his 20th anniversary with Holland Pump. At a luncheon, Doug was honored for his service with a plaque presented by Vice-President of Finance, Patrick Sweeney. Doug is a certified ISO 2001:2008  Lead Auditor, Doug has over 35 years of welding experience  and was a full-time steel fabricator for 25 years, a full-time machinist for three years, and has served as a machining, welding, and final  assembly Quality Assurance inspector for 2 companies. Doug also worked on in the rental operation at Holland Pump; Doug served Holland as a service tech and Class A CDL pump set up driver and also served as Service Manager in Jacksonville for almost 5 yrs. Doug and wife, Bonnie have 2 boys Tobias and Nathan and make their home in the Brunswick area.

Holland Pump is proud to partner with John Deere, Perkins, Duetz, Yanmar, JCB, Cummins, Caterpillar, Baldor Dodge, LobePro, Cornell, Berkeley, BJM, Allprime, Denison Hydraulics, Vickers, Twin Disc, De’Ran, Parker, Murphy, Lofa, Aeroquip, Husky, Goodyear, Lansas, Adler Tanks, & Yardney among others.

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