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CDM Smith to Continue Wastewater Improvements at Camp Pendleton

January 06, 2011

CAMP PENDLETON, CALIFORNIA—The Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest (NAVFAC Southwest) awarded the CDM-Filanc Joint Venture—composed of CDM Smith and JR Filanc Construction—a new design-build contract with options for operations and maintenance for wastewater infrastructure improvements at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton (MCBCP).

The contract, valued at $163 million, includes the design and construction of MCBCP’s Northern Region tertiary treatment plant, as well as the expansion of the Southern Region tertiary treatment plant, which was built by CDM Smith and Filanc through a design-build-operate-maintain contract awarded in 2004. This new award is one of the largest military construction contracts granted by the Marine Corps in FY2010.

According to Larry Davidson, CDM Smith vice president, the expansion will enable the Marine Corps to build much-needed new housing and training facilities serving troops and their families at the base under the Grow-the-Force initiative. “We have built a strong partnership with the Navy and Marine Corps, having worked at Camp Pendleton for more than 10 years to improve water and wastewater systems. CDM Smith is proud to continue supporting the military’s mission through this very collaborative relationship,” explains Davidson.

The CDM-Filanc Joint Venture will design and build the new 4-million-gallon-per-day (mgd) Northern Region tertiary treatment plant; 30,000 feet of conveyance pipeline; two pump stations; and a photovoltaic solar power system that may support net-zero energy use of the two regional wastewater treatment plants on base. In addition, the control building for the Northern plant will be Platinum certifiable under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification system.

Improvements also include a 7.5-mgd upgrade to the Southern Region tertiary treatment plant, for which CDM Smith received the Design-Build Institute of America’s Design-Build Excellence Award in the Water/Wastewater Over $15 Million Category in 2007. Both the Northern and Southern plants will use sequencing batch reactor treatment processes with high-efficiency blowers, pumps and motors in an optimized configuration to reduce impacts in highly sensitive environmental areas.

In September 2010, CDM Smith completed its previous contract with NAVFAC Southwest for the Southern Region tertiary treatment plant and more than 20 other projects, such as new water supply and treatment facilities, wastewater conveyance systems, and a distribution network that supplies reclaimed water for irrigation and groundwater recharge in the southern portion of the base.

When the new projects are completed in 2012, MCBCP will have a state-of-the-art wastewater and reclaimed water conveyance system. According to Davidson, “The CDM-Filanc Joint Venture is committed to providing technical expertise and fast-track design-build delivery to ensure the success of this project. This world-class wastewater treatment system will continue to improve life for troops and families on base, as well as protect the environment for years to come.”

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