McCarthy Breaks Ground on Texas Surface Water Facility Project

Aug. 30, 2012
Company will construct a raw water intake & pump station, water treatment plant, high service pumping station & storage

McCarthy Building Companies Inc. broke ground on the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) Surface Water Facility project in participation with city of Conroe Mayor Webb Melder, Montgomery County Judge Alan B. Sadler and state Sen. Tommy Williams. The project will allow treated surface water from Lake Conroe to be distributed throughout Montgomery County in order to provide fresh surface water supply to the area

The $191 million project will consist of constructing a raw water intake and pump station, a water treatment plant, a high service pumping station and storage. The facility is the second largest water infrastructure project in the state of Texas, and among the first handful of projects to use the Construction Manager-at-Risk (CMAR) delivery method, a process in which the contractor is hired early in the design phase to work in a collaborative team environment to develop the most cost effective solutions for the project. The water treatment plant will have an initial treated water capacity of 30 mgd with design considerations for expansion in the future.

“With a growing population and ongoing drought conditions, maintaining adequate water supply has always been a big issue in Texas,” said McCarthy Houston President Jim Stevenson. “We are pleased to be working with SJRA on this major capital project that will increase Montgomery County’s water supply and support the Groundwater Reduction Program. As CMAR for the facility, we will use our extensive knowledge gained from other major water infrastructure projects to ensure a successful completion that is on time and under budget.”

The project was created in response to the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District’s mandated 30% countywide reduction in groundwater use by Jan. 1, 2016. Project completion is scheduled for the end of 2015.

In addition to the SJRA Surface Water Facility, McCarthy recently completed the $47 million Westside Water Treatment Plant in Fort Worth, Texas. The new facility has an initial treatment capacity of 12 mgd and is expandable to meet the future needs of western Fort Worth.

Source: McCarthy Building Companies Inc.