Metropolitan Council Environmental Services
Metro Plant Fourth Incinerator

Design-Build Virtual Information Session

December 8, 2021


Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) hosted a virtual information session about the Metro Plant Fourth Incinerator Design-Build project for potential design-build teams. The Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Plant (Metro Plant) is located at 2400 Childs Road, Saint Paul, MN 55106. The project will be fixed price design-build with an approximate cost of $150 million and is scheduled to be constructed between 2024 and 2026.

Event Details

The meeting took place via Webex Meetings on December 8, 2021, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. The meeting recording, presentation, and attendee list are posted below.  The information session covered the Council’s procurement procedures, the Metropolitan Council Underutilized Business (MCUB) program, and more details about the Metro Plant Fourth Incinerator project.

Site Tours

The Council is offering site visits in early January to those engineers and contractors interested in the project. See below for two-hour slots available for site visits. Please contact Stephen Norton at 651-602-1551 or [email protected] to schedule a site tour. 

  • January 4, 2022 site visit time slots:

    • 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • January 5, 2022 site visit time slots:

    • 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • January 6, 2022 site visit time slots:

    • 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM


The Metropolitan Council is the regional policy-making body, planning agency, and provider of essential services for the Minnesota’s metropolitan Twin Cities region. The Council’s mission is to foster efficient and economic growth for the region. MCES is a division that provides regional wastewater collection and treatment services to 111 communities.

Project Overview

The Metro Plant processes 850 wet tons of solids every day for 73 communities. The Metro Plant needs additional solids processing capacity to preserve existing wastewater treatment plant infrastructure and serve regional population growth.  The project consists of the following major components:

  • A fourth incinerator with state-of-the-art energy recovery and air pollution control equipment
  • 26,000 square foot addition to an existing building
  • Sludge dewatering and cake feed facilities
  • Cake receiving facilities
  • 7-MW steam turbine generator
  • Vacuum ash conveyance system
  • Propane backup fuel system
Rendering of proposed fourth incinerator
Rendering of proposed Fourth Incinerator

Procurement Approach

The design-build team will be selected in three steps.
  1. A request for proposal (RFP) for incinerator system supplier services will be issued to pre-select one incinerator vendor for the project.
  2. A request for qualifications (RFQ) will be issued to short-list three design-build teams.
  3. A design-build RFP will be issued to select one design-build team for the project.

More Information

Direct specific questions about current and upcoming solicitations to the Contract Administrator, Auburn Dees, at [email protected] or 651-602-1346. Current contracting opportunities can be found at the Metropolitan Council Contracting Opportunities page.

Direct specific questions about the project to the Project Manager, Stephen Norton, at [email protected] or 651-602-1551. More information about the project can be found on the Metro Plant Solids Management Improvements page.

MATERIALS FROM December 8, 2021 Design-Build info Session