The largest capital project in Conroe, Texas history

Dec. 7, 2023
Despite a late location change, the Conroe Central Wastewater Treatment plant saved $4 million through value engineering and construction optimizations.

The City of Conroe's largest capital project in history is the Conroe Central Wastewater Treatment Plant. Originally designed with anaerobic digestion and carbon diversion, plans shifted at 75% of the design phase when the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality required the plant be relocated due to environmental concerns.

Despite that setback, the designer, city and contractor managed to save $4 million on the initial $64 million price while fulfilling the city's needs and staging the plant for future expansion and growth.

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Bob Crossen

Bob Crossen is the editorial director for the Endeavor Business Media Water Group, which publishes WaterWorld, Wastewater Digest and Stormwater Solutions. Crossen graduated from Illinois State University in Dec. 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in German and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. He worked for Campbell Publications, a weekly newspaper company in rural Illinois outside St. Louis for four years as a reporter and regional editor.