Mar 01, 2011

Arcadis Secures Contract for Regional Water Supply Program in Virginia

Project includes new intake and pumping station, dam and reservoir

Arcadis announced that Malcolm Pirnie, the water division of Arcadis, was selected by Henrico County, Va., to implement a regional water supply program in central Virginia. The $43.4 million contract is part of a $280 million endeavor that will span eight years, when reservoir filling commences.

Under the contract, Arcadis, with its partners Schnabel Dam Engineering Inc., Draper Aden Associates and Kerr Environmental Services Corp., will provide permit compliance, engineering, design services and construction support for an intake and pumping station on the James River, and an accompanying dam and reservoir on nearby Cobbs Creek in Cumberland County. Malcolm Pirnie was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the Cobbs Creek Regional Reservoir project, assisting the counties in establishing the regional partnership, negotiating river withdrawal conditions and obtaining all necessary permits. According to Malcolm Pirnie, the identification of this particular reservoir site minimizes the project's impact on wetlands and cultural resources.

"This project meets the water demands of multiple stakeholders–an accomplishment that speaks to the shared vision of several counties, as well as Malcolm Pirnie's water expertise and regulatory knowledge," said Sandy Robinson, senior vice president of Malcolm Pirnie. "The Cobbs Creek Regional Reservoir project will ensure that a growing region in central Virginia will have access to drinking water and that the rural nature of the reservoir host community is preserved."

The Cobbs Creek Reservoir project aims to alleviate potential drinking water shortages through 2055 while providing environmental benefits to the James River as water is released from the reservoir during low-flow conditions.