City of Cape Coral Facility/Utility Expansion (FEP/UEP) Program

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In 2001, Cape Coral city officials prepared a comprehensive utility master plan to keep pace with increasing demands in one of the country’s fastest growing cities. A major part of the City’s program was a design/CM-at-Risk Utility Expansion Program (UEP) that added 720 miles of water, gravity sewer and irrigation pipelines, 240 miles of residential road and 34 wastewater pump stations for residential and light industrial service. MWH managed this large-scale program for the City, and provided all facility design and engineering services, design support during construction and full CM-at-Risk services (including a 24/7 hotline for 23,000 residential customers served).

    Location: Cape Coral, Florida, United States
    Region: Americas
    Market Sector: Water & Wastewater
    Status: Complete

    In 2004, the City awarded MWH a subsequent seven-year, design/CM-at-Risk contract to further expand its water, sewer and irrigation collection, distribution and transmission systems and to expand its production and treatment plant capacities through the Facility Expansion Program (FEP).

    MWH doubled the capacity of Cape Coral’s two wastewater reclamation plants; designed a third new plant; expanded the existing water treatment plant; and built a new 12-mgd RO water treatment plant. The MWH program team comprised over 60 construction management staff in the field, as well as a design support team of surveyors, geotechnical engineers, designers, environmental consultants, permit specialists and customer service representatives. The design/CM-at-Risk projects under the FEP included the following:

    • Everest Water Reclamation Facility – Expansion from 8.5 to 13.7 mgd
    • Southwest Water Reclamation Facility – Expansion from 6.6 to 13.6 mgd
    • North Cape RO Water Treatment Plant – Design of new 10-mgd facility
    • Southwest Water Reclamation Facility – 3-mgd expansion of existing facility
    • North Cape Water Treatment Plant – Construction of new 12-mgd RO water plant
    • Construction of 27 raw water production wells, three deep injection wells and several aquifer storage and recovery test wells

    MWH Constructors managed the construction of the facilities under a guaranteed maximum price, open-book structure. MWH and the City conducted system-wide value engineering exercises to identify the most economic and sustainable solutions for the city’s water and wastewater treatment needs.

    MWH delivered ahead of schedule and demonstrated more than $26M in cost savings. Through the UEP, MWH organized and managed $33 million of direct purchases, permitting the City to take advantage of more than $2M in tax savings.

    • Program management-at-risk
    • Facility design and engineering
    • Design support during construction
    • Construction Management-at-Risk (CM-at-Risk)
    • Saved the city more than $26M
    • 2011 ENR Southeast Best of 2011 Project Award
    • 2011 DBIA National Design-Build Award
    • 2010 Environmental Business Journal Project Merit Award
    • 2009 Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Award – UEP
    • 2009 Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA’s) Design-Build Merit Award – North Cape RO Water Treatment Plant
    • 2004 Southeast Construction’s Award of Excellence in the Best of 2004 Awards program – UEP’s $44M Southwest Area 3 project
    • MWH was awarded OSHA inspection exemptions through the OSHA Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) in Cape Coral
    • Under MWH’s management systems, contractors working on the programs worked more than 3.3 million hours with only one lost time incident


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