Town of Brookhaven Highway Department Truck Wash Facility

Integrating numerous in-house disciplines—including architecture, civil engineering, MEP engineering, wastewater technologies, environmental sciences and construction management—D&B designed a new, state-of-the-art truck wash facility at the Town of Brookhaven Highway Department’s central headquarters. The facility, which provides the Town of Brookhaven an eco-friendly manner to wash their truck fleet, includes a 3,300-square-foot CMU building to house an automated truck wash system designed to limit water usage through recycling and treating wash water before reuse.

The system is designed to treat up to 25 10-wheel dump trucks and smaller vehicles each day and combines the programmatic demands of a municipal truck wash facility with a modern building aesthetic. Because the interior of the building will be a harsh environment for building materials, the amount of structural steel was minimized, and pressure-treated glulam was utilized for the barrel-vaulted roof. The roof structure will promote drying by eliminating the possibility of water being trapped on flat portions of the structure commonly seen with other roof forms. Condensation occurring in the wall cavities was mitigated by applying the insulation to the outside via the use of a vented rain screens, which creates a superior weather barrier system and adds significant R-value.

The design required review and approval by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services in accordance with the Zero Discharge Wash Water System Permit. The major components of the truck wash system will include a Touchless Rollover system, pump control panel, ozone generator, multiple pumps, detergent mixing/metering system, buffer tank, high pressure arch, chassis/wheel wash, tire guide curb and an overflow underground storage tank.

D&B worked closely with the Town due to the project being in the highly active yard. This required that the location, footprint and orientation of the truck wash facility be carefully planned to accommodate current and future truck routing through the yard, and so that on-site utilities could be cost-effectively routed to the building. Another critical component was devising solutions to properly manage the wastewater generated by the new facility through previously established stormwater BMPs.