Dresdner Robin Redesigns Ramsey, N.J., Recreational Facility, Senior Center

Dresdner Robin Redesigns Ramsey, N.J., Recreational Facility, Senior Center

Jersey City-based land-use consultancy revamps recreational complex in northern New Jersey housing new senior space, municipal pool

RAMSEY, N.J. – Dresdner Robin, a leading land-use consultancy based in Jersey City, N.J., announced it has completed design and site work on a 20-acre property surrounding Ramsey, N.J.’s municipal pool, which includes a new, 2,300-square-foot senior center. Construction and site work began in late 2019 and is nearing completion.

The redesigned complex, located at 75 East Oak St., features a new pool house as well as new public recreational facilities. Dresdner Robin also designed a stormwater basin to mitigate flooding and runoff, various landscape elements, and expanded and reconfigured the parking facilities. A new, 50-space parking lot was added for the senior facility while an opposite lot serving the pool was expanded and improved.

“Dresdner Robin did an excellent job redesigning our recreational complex,” said Ramsey Borough Administrator Bruce Vozeh. “Their team was able to secure requisite approvals and bring numerous design elements to this sizable space. We look forward to bringing residents of all ages to the pool and senior center, in accordance with CDC guidelines and directives from the Governor’s Office.”

Before work could begin, Dresdner Robin obtained multiple approvals from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). The flood-prone site’s environmentally sensitive areas include freshwater wetlands, riparian zones and a flood hazard area. As such, Dresdner Robin successfully obtained a Flood Hazard Area (FHA) Individual Permit from the NJDEP, requiring a study of the Valentine Brook, which runs through the property.

“This was a crucial project to update and expand recreational facilities for Ramsey. Our site improvements complemented the new structures and we look forward to seeing the borough utilize them,” said Grant Lewis, senior project manager, engineering, at Dresdner Robin. “This will be a site of great value to the community – both as we recover from the pandemic and over the long term.”

Dresdner Robin also secured other permits, including Freshwater Wetland General Permits, and a certification from the Bergen County Soil Conservation District, in support of the improvements. The project also required extensive analysis and compliance with a “zero-net fill” restriction.

Following initial stages, Dresdner Robin continued to support the borough with construction administration and oversite of the proposed work. Dresdner Robin coordinated with Blueline Architecture of Wyckoff, N.J., the project’s architect of record, to implement site improvements, including entryways and parking access.

About Dresdner Robin

Dresdner Robin is a leading land-use consultancy covering the New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia metro markets. The full-service firm provides creative solutions that emphasize service, client satisfaction and technological innovation with specialties in site/civil engineering, land surveying, environmental services, planning, surveying and landscape architecture in the revival of urban landscapes. Dresdner Robin’s multi-functional teams are strategically located in offices throughout the New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia metro area. For more information, head to its website: www.dresdnerrobin.com/.

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New Report Reveals Heavy Civil Construction Less Impacted by COVID-19 Than Commercial Construction

New Report Reveals Heavy Civil Construction Less Impacted by COVID-19 Than Commercial Construction

Data shows a relatively optimistic two-year outlook among heavy civil contractors, explores their use of technology and safety practices to improve jobsites

HAMILTON, NJ – Heavy civil construction is deemed essential to our economy and has continued in many jurisdictions throughout the economic shutdown. However, data from The Civil Quarterly (TCQ), a new publication from Dodge Data & Analytics launched today, reveals contractors in this sector are facing supply chain issues and other challenges in keeping jobsites going.

The Civil Quarterly (TCQ) is the result of a partnership with Founding partner Infotech, Platinum partner Leica Geosystems and Gold partners Command Alkon and Digital Construction Works, and is based on original research collected quarterly from civil contractors and engineers. The research provides a snapshot of the current business health of contractors operating in this dynamic environment. The inaugural report features research on how technology is transforming civil jobsites and on the prevalence of important safety practices, and future issues will continue to offer insights into key trends that are transforming the sector. Ninety-nine contractors responded to the survey conducted online from mid-April to mid-May 2020.

The key business health findings suggest that heavy civil contractors are generally optimistic about business conditions, despite impacts of COVID-19, which contrasts with other Dodge research about commercial firms:

  • Over half (56%) have a high level of confidence about the market’s ability to provide new business opportunities for the next 12 months, increasing to 63% for a two-year outlook.
  • Contractors appear to be satisfied with the level of backlog they have right now, since the ratio of the average months of backlog reported and of the average ideal backlog is 92. This contrasts with commercial contractors who in a recent Dodge study had a ratio of average current to ideal backlog of 73.
However, the research also uncovered two areas of concern for these contractors: changes in profit margin and the availability of skilled workers.
  • 38% expect a decrease in their profit margins in the next year, and only 29% expect an increase.
  • 60% have a high level of difficulty finding skilled workers currently, and 53% expect the cost of skilled workers to increase in the next six months. Almost half (43%) of those expecting the skilled labor cost increase believe that they will be challenged to meet budget requirements on their projects due to it.

These findings show an industry adjusting well to the impacts of the global pandemic, yet cautious about their bottom line. The metrics will be tracked in future surveys and changes reported in upcoming issues of TCQ.

In addition, the technology study reveals widespread adoption of many advanced tools and digital processes in the heavy civil sector, including:

  • Drones and ruggedized tablets, which are used by more than half of contractors.
  • Heavy equipment operated remotely, or machine control, used by 42%.
  • Utility detection used by 40%, and another 23% that are shown to be considering.
  • Nearly one quarter also found to be considering adoption of technology that is currently less widely in use, such as mobile mapping systems and e-Ticketing. The growth in e-Ticketing is further explained by an owner’s perspective on how it improves safety, especially during the pandemic, and eTicketing will be more thoroughly explored in the next quarter’s report.

The top benefits that contractors expect from adopting new technologies onsite are increased productivity, better ability to manage the project budget and improved safety performance. When asked about their biggest barriers to using new technologies onsite, the highest percentage (56%) point to the cost of technology, and workforce challenges are also obstacles, with 47% concerned about workforce adoption of technology and 40% lacking the skilled resources to manage technology.

The study also showed that heavy civil contractors prioritize safety investments, with about two thirds reporting that they became more important over the last two years and will continue to be more important over the next two years. They also currently rely far more on processes and policies than on technology to keep workers safe, with over three quarters reporting that regular communication about safety (89%), safety policies based on industry best practices (77%) and an emphasis on safety culture (77%) were the means used to keep workers safe. In contrast, only 47% are actually tracking safety data across projects to determine company best practices, and even fewer are using new technologies like wearables (14%) or video tracking with AI analysis of worker behaviors and ergonomics (4%). Likewise, communication about major project activity is employed by 62% to keep the surrounding community safe, compared with just 19% who employ automated equipment for that purpose.

Dodge Data & Analytics will provide this report free to the industry on a quarterly basis. Future editions of The Civil Quarterly will track a variety of business health metrics and address a wide range of additional related topics to provide a comprehensive view of this complex and ever-changing segment of the construction economy.The report can be downloaded for free at www.infotechinc.com/thecivilquarterly.

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GPRS Uses Ground Penetrating Radar to Expand Business

GPRS Uses Ground Penetrating Radar to Expand Business

Versatile technology helps company diversify the services they offer


Many early adopters of ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology found concrete scanning to be the effective application. Those anchoring, saw cutting, or core drilling concrete would hire a contractor to scan the area before cutting to avoid accidentally hitting an object. For this reason, construction firms have come around to the notion that concrete scanning is vital to job site safety and efficiency. In recent years, service companies have also found synergy between concrete scanning and the need to provide utility locating services. Many contractors find GPR to be an important tool that allows them to scale and expand their business while maintaining a high level of service.

Companies seek best non-destructive subsurface survey technology for concrete scanning

Toledo Ohio based Ground Penetrating Radar Systems (GPRS) was one of the first companies in the country to focus on concrete scanning, using GPR technology. They determined that GPR was preferable to other non-destructive subsurface survey technologies, including x-raying.

While concrete x-raying remains a valid technique to locate reinforcing steel in certain applications, GPRS found it lacked the flexibility to meet the demands of many projects. The method must be done in conditions in which radioactivity can be safely introduced; it also requires access to the underside of the concrete to be scanned and the job site to be closed.

GPR is used without any radioactive element, instead emitting a pulse of energy into the concrete that bounces off any objects in the slab. When some of that energy returns to the antenna, it creates a signature which clearly shows where and at what depth items within the slab are located. GPRS opted for this more versatile technology, which can be used for both elevated concrete slabs and slab-on-grade applications.

GPRS found that GPR equipment helps contractors safely avoid obstacles in concrete, reducing costly delays and potential injuries. For example, during a recent project to revitalize the upper deck at New York’s Yankee Stadium, the general contractor had to penetrate the concrete floor to work on the ballpark’s protective railings and expected the presence of post-tension cables. If accidentally severed, these high-tension steel strands can snap with enough force to break through the concrete and possibly injure the contractor. Due to the severity of the potential risk and the popularity of Yankee Stadium, X-Ray was impossible for this job.

The contractor turned to GPRS, who scanned the area with the GSSI StructureScan™ Mini XT. This compact tool combined with a GSSI Palm XT antenna, gives operators the ability to cross-polarize for an enhanced level of horizontal and vertical positioning accuracy. Since GPR is entirely safe to use around people, no section of the stadium had to be closed off for other workers, avoiding any major work disruption. “We would never do a concrete job without GPR,” says Jason Schaff, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at GPRS. He explains “You never really know what’s beneath the surface. GPR lets us provide quantitative data and relevant information to our customers so that they’re able to do their jobs more safely.”

The GPRS team was also hired by a structural engineering firm to determine the structural reinforcement of a Boston, MA building originally used to manufacture cannons and as an armory. The building featured an 8-inch slab with a 1.5-inch topping slab. Scanning the slab and topping with the SIR 4000 and Palm Antenna, the technicians uncovered a complex circumferential reinforcement design. GPRS provided a mark-out of the location and depth of targets as well as a 3D camera report with a virtual tour to the structural engineering client.

Branching into different markets
Along with GPR equipment, GPRS also uses other tools that complement each other, including a reference point locator that gives operators an added certainty that the area they scan on one side of a thick slab corresponds exactly to the same scan on the other side, and an electromagnetic tool that hooks onto a conduit to passively look for something drawing power. To meet the need to locate live power in conduits, GPRS also began providing utility detection services.

In recent years, GPRS has moved into using GPR for utility location, diversifying its business from 95 percent concrete scanning in the early 2000’s to now performing 40 percent concrete scanning and 60 percent utility scanning. Utility projects range from mapping out an entire facility’s utility plan and providing a detailed AutoCAD file to examining a small area before installing even a single light pole.

Just like combining GPR with other techniques for concrete scanning, GPR is an integral part of the utility locator’s toolbox. Rodders are used to send traceable lines through pipes to then put a tone on the tracer to assist location. A radio detection tool actively locates pipes under the surface, putting a tone on a tracer and tracing metallic pipes. Magnetometers measure magnetic fields and provide a useful back-up to confirm the location of a cleanout. Other electromagnetic induction equipment serves a similar purpose. GPRS also uses closed-circuit video (CCTV) robots that navigate pipes internally to produce an inside-out visual pipe inspection.

GPR can determine the location of a PVC pipe that does not have a tracer wire, which would have evaded radio detection or discovery by an electromagnetic tool. According to GPRS’s Schaff, “GPR technology really allows us to hone in, be more precise, and sets us apart from other service companies that don’t have it.”

 “When we’re in those parking lots, we don’t have visible meters, tracer wires or cleanouts that we can just find and trace out utilities with,” Schaff says. Schaff credits GPR units as the tool that locates unknown objects. “If we did not have GPR we would not be able to properly locate each one of those sections before they run the electrical conduit and put the bollards in.” GSSI’s easy-to-read visualization allowed GPRS to create drawings with locations and depths of obstacles. Overlaid on Google Earth maps, these detailed references enabled contractors across the country to quickly and safely expedite excavation and construction of these novel parking features.

Utility locating also came into play at the Yankee Stadium project, where GPRS had to locate utilities under the sidewalk in front of the stadium before the contractor dug a 125 square foot trench. For the utility locating portion of the job, GPRS used GSSI’s SIR® 4000, with a 400 MHz Antenna. The SIR 4000’s modular design enabled the team to easily configure the system for utility location.

Ground penetrating radar allows GPRS to scale both halves of business nationwide. “Because our business has two different verticals with concrete scanning and utility location, we want to use an equipment company that has the ability to cross over and do both,” Schaff says. In 2019 alone, GPRS completed 70,000 individual projects in nearly 60 markets with an overall accuracy rate of 99.5 percent. “We use GSSI GPR for every one of those markets and every one of those jobs.”

Cross-training is key to quality

GPRS has adopted a strategy of developing new markets with limited personnel by cross-training its personnel. All GPRS project managers undergo a three-month training process to ensure a repeatable methodology so each customer gets the same level of service.

The strategy is furthered by the availability of systems small enough to transport in the trunk of a sedan, and capable of quickly determining the reinforcement of concrete (hollow core, rebar, post-tension cables, metal decking) or adjusting to soil makeup at a utility location site with ease.

To ensure quality across the company, GPRS instituted an intensive training program and developed a specification, Subsurface Investigation Methodology (SIM), that lays out requirements for training, equipment, and process. In addition, GPRS has partnered with GSSI for their GPR equipment to ensure they’re using professional-quality equipment. “GSSI has been at the forefront, developing new technologies,” says Schaff, “They know what they’re doing, and we know what we’re doing. It makes total sense to pair with the manufacturer that fits us so well.”

The future of GPR services

Historically, nearly 80 percent of GPRS’ business is either repeat or referral. The company focuses on long term performance, recognizing that repeatable accuracy is at the core of their services. By effectively leveraging the flexibility and precision of GPR technology, GPRS has diversified and expanded its business from regional to nationwide – all without diminishing service quality. To continue to build on its success, the company has acquired four GPR service provider companies to better meet customer needs and prepare for market growth.

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A bridge over water: Balfour Beatty VINCI joint venture features in New Civil Engineer

A bridge over water: Balfour Beatty VINCI joint venture features in New Civil Engineer

The Balfour Beatty VINCI M4 Smart Motorway Upgrade team features, alongside client Highways England, in an exclusive interview with New Civil Engineer.

In the interview, the collaborative team shares the complexities of the most challenging aspect of the M4 project to date: the widening of the Thames Bray bridge. Balancing traffic management, the restoration of a 60-year-old bridge as well as adapting to new ways of working during COVID-19, proved the team’s advanced engineering and design expertise.

In order to deliver the works efficiently, the Balfour Beatty VINCI team approached the construction phase with an innovative solution: building the extended bridge elements on an adjacent site and positioning and moving them into their final position over a single weekend.  

Speaking about this solution, Mike Fowler, Balfour Beatty VINCI Engineering Director explained; “Due to the scale of the bridge, removing it and then constructing a new bridge was not a viable solution. Instead it was possible to look at the geometry of the structure and come up with a solution that involves asymmetric widening, so we only widen on the north side of the structure. 

“As we’re not impacting the south side of the structure, it’s a significantly less costly operation and there is less impact on the network and consequently the road user.” 

With the bulk of work on Thames Bray now complete, the scheme has reached its halfway milestone, having faced limited delays during the COVID-19 pandemic and thus remains on track for completion by Spring 2022.

To find out more about the engineering complexities of this project, you can read the article in full here and for further insights into the project and the people behind the works, watch our film here.

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High Concrete Group Introduces Thinnest Precast Concrete Rainscreen Panel

High Concrete Group Introduces Thinnest Precast Concrete Rainscreen Panel

Lightweight ThinCast panels expand designer choices, add visual appeal

DENVER, Pa. (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — High Concrete Group LLC has introduced ThinCastTM, the thinnest precast concrete rainscreen panel available on the market. Designed for use in commercial, institutional, retail and low- to high-rise construction, this innovation provides architects with the natural beauty and character of concrete in lightweight panels that accomplish their rainscreen design goals.”ThinCast allows rainscreen panels to showcase the iconic surface of real concrete,” said High Concrete Group President John “J.” Seroky. “Rainscreens are in demand and this product was created to meet a need that designers expressed to us.” Seroky said the rainscreen cladding market is expected to grow by more than six percent annually through 2024.

High Concrete Group offers ThinCast panels in six sizes and eight colors. Aggregates are sourced from local quarries to provide unique and attractive color variation both within panels and between panels. Designers may orient the panels horizontally or vertically and may cut the panels to fit. ThinCast is targeted not only for new construction, but also for renovations, retrofits and recladding of buildings east of the Mississippi River.

ThinCast panels are three-quarters of an inch thick and weigh approximately 10 pounds per square foot. The panels utilize a high-performance concrete mix and further increase strength and durability through the use of corrosion-resistant stainless steel prestressing wires. ThinCast meets applicable building codes and standards for rainscreen applications when properly installed on commercially available bracket systems.

In 2019 High Concrete Group announced an $8 million manufacturing technology upgrade aimed at the architectural precast market. The project is expected to result in 50 to 70 new jobs and as much as $50 million per year in local revenue when the plant operates at full capacity. ThinCast product overview: https://bit.ly/2YC03GB. Details are available to download: https://bit.ly/37w6gYN.

About High Concrete Group LLC

Headquartered in Denver, Pa., and employing nearly 500 co-workers, High Concrete Group has provided precast components for more than 6,000 projects since 1957. High Concrete Group has production facilities in Denver, Pa. and Springboro, Ohio. An affiliate of High Industries Inc., the company also operates High Concrete Accessories, a Denver, Pa.-based national precast embedment supplier, and StructureCare, the leading preventive maintenance, service, repair and consulting resource in the industry.

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Dodge Momentum Index Loses Ground in June

Dodge Momentum Index Loses Ground in June

HAMILTON, NEW JERSEY – July 8, 2020 – The Dodge Momentum Index dropped 6.6% in June to 121.5 (2000=100) from the revised May reading of 130.1. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Data & Analytics, is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. The institutional component of the Momentum Index fell 11.7% while the commercial component declined by 3.5%.

The Momentum Index has shifted noticeably lower as the fallout from recession continues to hold its grip on the construction sector. The overall Momentum Index fell 13% in the second quarter from the first three months of the year, with the commercial component 14% lower and the institutional component down 11%. While the recession has ended and recovery underway, the return from one of the steepest downturns in U.S. history will be slow and fraught with risk. This holds true for the construction sector as well. While projects continue to enter planning, the slower pace suggests that recovery in the construction sector will be modest in coming months.

In June, seven projects each with a value of $100 million or more entered planning. The leading commercial projects were a $200 million warehouse in Windsor CT and a $200 million office building in Somerville MA. The only institutional project over $100 million was a $115 million emergency room addition in Johnson City NY.

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Atlas Awarded $4 Million Richards Boulevard Office Complex Project in California

Atlas Awarded $4 Million Richards Boulevard Office Complex Project in California

AUSTIN, Texas (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATCX), a leading provider of professional testing, inspection, engineering, program management and consulting services, announced today that the Company’s subsidiary, Consolidated Engineering Laboratories (“CEL”), has been awarded a $4 million contract to provide geotechnical, materials testing & special inspections for the Richards Boulevard Office Complex in Sacramento, CA. The Company will provide all soils compaction testing, materials testing & special inspections services for four structural steel office buildings and a precast parking garage that will house 4,650 California state employees.

“This is a great opportunity for Atlas and we are pleased to work with a valued partner of ours, the California Department of General Services, to deliver this project to the state,” said Atlas COO, Gary Cappa. “This is yet another example of our Company’s ability to connect the best experts in the industry to deliver the greatest value to our clients.”

The Richards Boulevard Office Complex is one of California’s largest government buildings, at an estimated construction value of $1 billion. The complex features four high performance, collaborative and interconnected office buildings, with a rich amenities program calibrated for the needs of building occupants and a unique landscaping program.

About Atlas Technical Consultants
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Atlas is a leading provider of professional testing, inspection engineering and consulting services under the name Atlas Technical Consultants, offering solutions to public and private sector clients in the transportation, commercial, water, government, education and industrial markets. With more than 100 offices in 40 states and 3,200+ employees, Atlas provides a broad range of mission-critical technical services, helping clients test, inspect, certify, plan, design and manage a wide variety of projects across diverse end markets. For more information, go to https://www.oneatlas.com.

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FORT WORTH – July 7, 2020 – Freese and Nichols, Inc., Vice President/Principal Alfred Vidaurri Jr., FAIA, NCARB, AICP, was elected first vice president/president-elect of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at the organization’s 2020 Annual Business Meeting. Vidaurri will become the first Latino president of the organization, which facilitates licensure and credentialing of architects, in June 2021.

According to NCARB, Vidaurri plans to focus over the next two years on furthering the organization’s equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts, including identifying and addressing barriers along the path to licensure and ensuring that the organization’s staff and volunteers reflect the diverse communities they serve.

From 2004-2015, Vidaurri was appointed to the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners and served as chair for seven years. Committed to advancing architectural education, he has represented NCARB on several National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) visiting teams, which evaluate college architecture programs, and at the 2013 and 2019 NAAB Accreditation Review Forums. He also oversaw creation of a pilot program for the TriNational Agreement, which facilitates reciprocal licensure among the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Vidaurri is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), U.S. Green Building Council, National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), Texas Society of Architects and AIA Fort Worth. He was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2015 and was awarded the NCARB President’s Medal for Distinguished Service in 2014.

He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington’s Master of Architecture program. He has held numerous positions with and served as a frequent speaker for local, community and state organizations. He holds an NCARB Certificate and is licensed in Texas, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

 Freese and Nichols, Inc., is a 126-year-old professional consulting firm serving clients across the Southeast and Southwest United States. It is the first multidiscipline architecture/engineering firm to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Learn more at www.freese.com.


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Kiewit-Stantec design-build team moving forward on critical LADWP groundwater projects

Kiewit-Stantec design-build team moving forward on critical LADWP groundwater projects

Projects to remediate San Fernando Valley Groundwater Basin and deliver clean drinking water

 Edmonton, AB; New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA (July 7, 2020) TSX, NYSE:STN

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is one step closer to remediating and restoring the beneficial use of the San Fernando Valley Groundwater Basin (SFB), providing a critical, local source of clean drinking water for the Los Angeles region. The Kiewit-Stantec design-build team recently completed its “basis of design report,” which outlines treatment technology that will be used to treat contaminated groundwater as well as provide the basis for the treatment facility layout at LADWP’s North Hollywood Central and Tujunga remediation sites.

The SFB covers 226 square miles and is northwest of downtown Los Angeles on the north side of the Hollywood Hills. However, the basin is one of the largest contaminated groundwater areas in the United States. The $400-million projects by Kiewit-Stantec will remove existing industrial contaminants that date back to the 1940s in the SFB. At the same time, these systems will allow LADWP to treat contaminated groundwater in the vicinity of the North Hollywood Central and Tujunga pump stations, providing up to 200 and 100 cubic feet of water per second, respectively. LADWP is completing these two projects pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).

The remediation of the SFB advances two key goals of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Green New Deal— significantly reducing the purchase of imported water by 2025 and producing 71% of LA’s water supply locally by 2035. Once fully restored, the SFB will be an aquifer that can provide drinking water to more than 800,000 Angelenos.

Currently, local groundwater provides approximately 11% of the City’s total water supply. It has provided more than 20% of the City’s total supply in some drought years. The City gets most of its water from the Los Angeles Aqueduct—which is Eastern Sierra snowmelt—and from the California Aqueduct, which is water from the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta.

“We’re excited to participate in this important step toward delivering a greater supply of local water to Los Angeles and its residents,” says Venu Kolli, Stantec senior principal and Water area manager based in Pasadena. “LA has great water resources underground. These projects will help the City tap into that water, providing residents and businesses with local resources and reducing our community’s dependence on imported water.”

“We are very excited to be working on these important projects with the City,” says Tony Joyce, vice president, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. “With our long construction history in southern California, we take great pride in bringing our extensive design-build experience to help make a positive impact on those living in and visiting the region.”

When completed, the projects will treat and deliver up to 75 million gallons of water per day. They are scheduled to be operational by mid-2022. Stantec is providing process, civil, mechanical, building mechanical, structural, architectural, landscape architectural, and instrumentation and control engineering design services on the projects. Kiewit is providing electrical engineering design services and managing all construction activities.

About Stantec

Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That’s why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind.

We care about the communities we serve—because they’re our communities too. This allows us to assess what’s needed and connect our expertise, to appreciate nuances and envision what’s never been considered, to bring together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate toward a shared success.

We’re designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

Stantec trades on the TSX and the NYSE under the symbol STN. Visit us at stantec.com or find us on social media.

For more information about Stantec’s response to COVID-19, visit Responding to COVID-19.

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