The city of Leominster, Mass., and Veolia Water North America have received a design-build recognition award from the Design-Build Institute of America, New England Region (DBIA).
Design-build, a term used by those in the construction industry, refers to projects which contract construction and design to a single entity. Leominster’s partnership with Veolia Water was recognized for its use of the design-build project delivery system in the construction of the city’s water filtration plant.
This 2 million gallon per day water filtration plant was put online in 2011, six months ahead of schedule. It was completed significantly under budget, saving Leominster taxpayers more than $3.3 million since inception. Further, the partnership took special care to format the design of the plant to fit in with the residential community, including building architecture and landscaping that blends in with the community.
Leominster’s facilities have been operated as a partnership between the city and Veolia Water since 1983. Working together, the partnership saves taxpayers more than $300,000 annually due to operations and maintenance efficiencies. They recently marked 25 years without a lost time accident, a safety milestone that few North American municipal water facilities have achieved, ranking the facility as one of the safest in New England.
The award was formally presented at the DBIA awards ceremony in Framingham, Mass.