The city of Augusta, Ga., has awarded a pre-construction service contract to MWH to manage the expansion of the J.B. Messerly Wastewater Treatment Facility. The construction management project is part of an ongoing capital improvement program and is being undertaken to help Augusta serve its growing population.
Under the estimated $50 million contract, MWH is responsible for addressing rehabilitation of the wastewater treatment facility in two phases: pre-construction and construction management-at-risk. As part of the contract, MWH is involved in a Bidder Interest Program within the local community to widen the scope of interest and involve community businesses in this important rehabilitation project. The goal of this program is to increase opportunities for small, local and minority-owned businesses to participate as subcontractors in this and other area projects.
“Working with MWH on a previous large, high-profile project has produced great experiences and world-class facilities, and we are excited to work with the company again on the J.B. Messerly rehabilitation project,” said Drew Goins, assistant utility director for the Augusta Utilities Department. “MWH’s proven experience in our community will add value each step of the way on this important undertaking.”
“We're pleased to have been selected to help oversee the expansion of Augusta's primary wastewater treatment plant,” said Richard B. Lewis, vice president for MWH’s construction unit. “We look forward to working closely with the city to ensure that the wastewater needs of this community are met well into the future in an environmentally friendly manner.”
The J.B. Messerly Wastewater Treatment Plant currently serves approximately 150,000 area residents in what is Georgia's second largest growing metropolitan area.
MWH’s approach to this project includes a community involvement program featuring at-risk youth education and support for local charities and environmental initiatives. Programs supported by MWH in Augusta for past projects include SAFEhomes of Augusta; Fort Gordon Youth ChalleNGe Academy; and the Augusta Brownfields Commission.
In supplying construction management-at-risk services, MWH provides the city of Augusta and its residents with maintained budgets and on-time schedules. MWH’s actions ensure that the public receives the services that help secure the future of their communities and enhance their quality of life without unexpected cost increases or time delays.
MWH recently completed design-build services for the city of Augusta’s 15-mgd N. Max Hicks Tobacco Road Water Treatment Facility and 11 miles of raw water pipeline. MWH has similar construction management-at-risk experience in Naples, Fla., Cape Coral, Fla., and Houston, Texas.