San Jose Water Company (SJW) recently completed their first progressive design-build project and largest capital improvement project ever: a $50 million upgrade to the Montevina Water Treatment Plant in Los Gatos, California. The project was recently recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers San Francisco Section as the 2018 Environmental Engineering Project of the Year. During his acceptance speech at the awards banquet, Andrew Gere, President and Chief Operating Officer of SJW, said, “The success of the project was founded upon partnering developed by the owner and the design-builder.”
The Hopewell Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility (HRWTF) is a 50 million gallon per day (mgd) secondary wastewater treatment plant, currently treating an annual average flow of approximately 27 mgd of combined wastewater from local industries and domestic sources.
It is well-documented through research data within the water industry, that design-build delivery methods for municipal water and wastewater projects are being used with increasing frequency across the United States. These predominant delivery methods include Design/Construction Management-at-Risk, Fixed Price Design-Build and Progressive Design-Build.
One of the key pillars of the Water Design-Build Council's mission is education, and over the past year, we've produced quite a few new educational documents designed to raise awareness of design-build and alternative project delivery methods in the water and wastewater sector. In addition to our own eductional content, our members produce a variety of materials relating to best practices. This past November, Joe Cleary, a senior vice president and section manager of engineering design services with WDBC member HDR Inc., co-authored a newly released book: "Activated Sludge Technologies for Treating Industrial Wastewaters – Design and Troubleshooting." The book is for students, plant operators and engineers seeking knowledge and case studies on recent developments in activated sludge biological treatment.
The members of the Water Design-Build Council are at the forefront of the design-build industry and their project reprepesent some of the most forward-thinking and innovative efforts in the water and wastewater sector. As part of our efforts to share information on design-build best practices, we're sharing select case studies of member design-build projects with you in our "Project Spotlight" series. This week, learn how HDR Constructors used a design-build project delivery model to upgrade a sanitary effluent reclamation facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory.