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Landmark Dam and Water Supply Program in Lesotho Lands Two CMAA Awards

30 construction contracts and five major design contracts provide potable water to more than 500,000 people

October 20, 2015

BOSTON—The landmark Metolong dam and water supply program in the Kingdom of Lesotho in Southern Africa has been recognized for excellence by the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) with an unprecedented win in two award categories: Infrastructure and International.

 
The Metolong dam and water supply program supports a collection of major towns, including Lesotho’s capitol, Maseru, and helps to stimulate the region’s economy through the creation of jobs and the improvement in health due to clean water. 

CDM Smith provided program and construction management services to the Millennium Challenge Account – Lesotho and the Metolong Authority by managing in the design, procurement, scheduling, staffing and construction of a pivotal program. The Metolong dam and water supply program, consisting of 30 construction contracts and five major design contracts, provides potable water to more than 500,000 people within the region. Funded by the Lesotho Millennium Challenge Corporation, the European Investment Bank, a consortium of Arab funders, the World Bank, the Republic of South Africa, and Lesotho, the program supports a collection of major towns, including Lesotho’s capitol, Maseru, and helps to stimulate the region’s economy through the creation of jobs and the improvement in health due to clean water. CDM Smith helped secure nearly $200 million in funding for the $430 million public works program.

2015 CMAA Awards for Metolong Dam and Water Supply Program2015 CMAA Awards: Program Management - Infrastructure and International Project (click to enlarge)

Major program components included construction of the Metolong dam and raw water pump station, the water treatment works, the downstream conveyance system, an environmental and social management program, and supporting capacity-building components. Through identifying risks, building strong client relationships, and creating an expert and globally literate program team, CDM Smith helped Lesotho improve sustainability and achieve significant operating cost savings with program component schedule changes coordinated to minimize any potential delays to overall program completion. CDM Smith’s outreach efforts also helped facilitate socio-economic growth and encourage environmentally sound and socially responsible practices through addressing social, health and environmental issues.

CMAA is North America’s only organization dedicated exclusively to the interests of professional construction and program management. The annual awards ceremony was held at the CMAA National Conference and Trade Show in Orlando, Fla., on October 13, 2015.

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