The new water intake facility and pumping plant located on the Sacramento River, upstream of the town of Freeport, will divert water and pump it through pipelines to other FRWP facilities. Eight vertical turbine pumps with 2,000 hp electric induction motors have the capacity to pump up to 185 million gallons of water per day.
Although the project's primary purpose is to deliver water to Sacramento County and the East Bay Municipal Utility District, the project also serves as a recreational connection and resting point at the southern edge of the city and provides access to the river.
HLA's design concept focused on water and its importance because the water agencies wanted public visitation and education. Quality and workmanship therefore become essential; the Lithocrete process was used in pedestrian areas for added abrasian resistance and durability. Various integral colors and recycled glass aggregates and gems were used to create the illusion of bubbles and gave the Lithocrete vibrant color. Metal strips were used for aesthetics and forming.