CH2M HILL awarded US$180m Santa Fe design-build project

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Source: CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

CH2M HILL, the global full-service engineering, procurement, construction, and operations firm, has been selected to design and build the Buckman Direct Diversion Project (BDD), a $180.9 million water treatment project that will divert water from the Rio Grande River and deliver it to residents and businesses in Santa Fe and Santa Fe County.  

The city and county currently depend on groundwater wells and reservoirs on the Santa Fe River. The BDD project will add about 8,730 acre-feet of surface water a year and allow the Santa Fe and Santa Fe County to reduce their reliance on ground water resources. The BDD will divert water from the Rio Grande, pipe it underground to a water treatment plant near the Municipal Recreational Complex, then treat and deliver the water to customers in the city and county.

“More and more cities are embarking on major capital improvement projects,” says Dan Reynolds, CH2M HILL’s North American design-build operations director. “Time and time again they’re turning to CH2M HILL for a design-build solution because we provide the greatest value. We save our clients time and money and deliver a superior product.”

CH2M HILL will design and build a raw water intake on the Rio Grande River; two high head booster pump stations; a 15 million gallon per day membrane, ozone, and GAC water treatment plant; two treated water pump stations;  and lay approximately 13 miles of  30” raw water pipeline; and 14 miles of 16”to 30” treated water pipelines. The project is schedule for completion in Jan. 2011. CH2M HILL is teamed with Western Summit Constructors. Construction on the BDD is expected to begin this year.  

“We are very pleased with the positive, innovative outlook this team brings to the Buckman Direct Diversion project, along with their willingness to share risks, appropriate and realistic cost estimates, and projected schedule of bringing the project on-line by March of 2011. They are well-qualified to build an exceptional project that is crucial in assuring the City and the County have a reliable, sustainable, high-quality drinking water supply,” said Rebecca Wurzburger, Santa Fe city councilor and chair of the BDD Board.

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