Name the TBM Contest
Silicon Valley Clean Water
Tunnel Boring Machine Naming Contest
Construction starts this fall digging out over three miles of tunnel to Silicon Valley Clean Water’s wastewater treatment plant in Redwood Shores. A Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) will be at work excavating through a variety of soils, dozens of feet underground. As the TBM advances, precast concrete segments will be installed that will support the new wastewater conveyance pipeline vital to protecting public health and the environment.
In a mining tradition that dates back centuries, it’s considered good luck to give tunneling machines a name before they start work. Because most of the tunnel will be constructed under Redwood Shores Parkway, we’re inviting residents and workers from the community to compete in a contest to name this powerful and amazing machine. Not only could your winning entry be displayed on the Tunnel Boring Machine, you’ll get a rare opportunity for an inside tour!
About the Contest
The contest winner will receive:
How to Enter
Entries will be reviewed by a judging committee appointed by SVCW. If the committee selects a name that has had multiple entrants, the selection will be based on the quality of the essay or the video submitted. If the entries are of equal merit, the selected name will be chosen by a drawing. Once SVCW has identified a winning entry, SVCW will notify the winner. Shortly thereafter, SVCW will begin setting up the dates for the tour.
About the TBM
This remarkable technology has been used all over the world for mountain and underwater tunnels, pipelines and transit lines – locally two TBMs were used to mine twin tunnels for San Francisco’s Muni Central subway. But the Redwood Shores tunneling project will be the largest wastewater conveyance tunnel ever constructed on the Peninsula.