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Ward County Water Supply Project Honored With 2014 Texas Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement

Tuesday, October 7, 2014   (0 Comments)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 7, 2014

Contact: Annemarie Gasser, Communications Manager, ASCE Texas Section Office: (512) 472-8905; agasser@texasce.org

Ward County Water Supply Project Honored With 2014 Texas Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award September 18, 2014

GALVESTON –The Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) presented Colorado River Municipal Water Authority and Freese and Nichols, Inc. with the 2014 Texas Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Award on September 18, 2014 at the first annual Texas Civil Engineering Conference (CECON). The Texas OCEA Award may be given on an annual basis to a project that demonstrates the greatest contribution to civil engineering progress and to society which was designed and or built in Texas.

 

“The Ward County Water Supply Project exemplified resourcefulness in planning with its very short design and construction timeline.” says Amy S. Smith PE, Chair, ASCE Texas Section Past Presidents Council who oversaw the selection committee.

 

The Colorado River Municipal Water District (CRMWD)’s Ward County Water Supply Project, implemented after the record drought of 2010-2011, supplies 30 million gallons of water a day to Odessa, Midland, San Angelo, Big Spring, Snyder and other water supply customers. Freese and Nichols, Inc. engineered the collection and water transmission system, which includes 21 groundwater wells, 66 miles of pipeline, four pump stations and other facilities. Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc. (Albuquerque, NM) acted as civil engineering consultant for the well field expansion.

 

Because of emergency water needs, several innovative concepts were utilized in order to expedite the total project timeline, including resource scheduling, modular construction, CMAR delivery method, simplified equipment specifications and use of locally available materials. The project was designed and constructed in less than 18 months, and completed two weeks ahead of schedule and $25 million (20%) under budget. Concurrent with one of the largest oil booms in decades, the timely completion of this water supply project was of critical importance to the vitality of West Texas and the nation’s economy.

 

Other Texas Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Awards include Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Green Line Extension 2010, Lake Brazos Labyrinth Weir in Waco 2008 and the San Antonio River Flood Control Tunnel in 1998.

 

The ASCE Texas Section is one of the largest and most active sections of the American Society of Civil Engineers with over 9,000 members. Established in 1913, the Texas Section is headquartered in Austin, comprises 15 Branches throughout Texas and 17 student chapters at the state’s leading universities and is committed to promoting, encouraging and recognizing civil engineering excellence and professional growth.

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