PC Construction was recently awarded a $20 million project by the Brunswick (Maine) Sewer District to upgrade its almost 50-year-old wastewater treatment facility.
The project is the first wastewater treatment facility in Maine to utilize the construction management (CM) at-risk process. CM at-risk—PC Construction’s primary construction delivery method—encourages collaboration and transparency while maintaining a guaranteed maximum price.
The decision to upgrade the facility, built in 1966 on the shores of the Androscoggin River and upgraded to secondary treatment in 1990, follows a 2012 evaluation that identified operating costs associated with electricity usage, heating and chemical usage as being one of the largest components of the Brunswick Sewer District’s annual budget. PC Construction will replace current equipment and systems that are at the end of their useful lives while improving the quality of the water discharged into the surrounding waterways. The upgrades will help the Brunswick Sewer District meet its goal to use improved technology to run the facility with even greater efficiency while continuing the trend of reducing long-term operating costs.
“Utilizing the CM at-risk method will allow PC Construction to more easily coordinate and collaborate with the Brunswick Sewer District, Wright-Pierce (the engineering firm responsible for the design), and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection,” said Joe Picoraro, vice president for PC Construction in Portland. “Ultimately, this team approach will facilitate efficient project completion and enhanced communication throughout the course of the wastewater treatment facility upgrade.”
Preconstruction has begun in preparation for the main construction phase beginning in summer of 2015. The project is expected to take approximately two years to complete, with construction concluding in the third quarter of 2017.
Source: PC Construction