SVCW Front of Plant Project Advances with Approval for Design-Build Joint Venture

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Silicon Valley Clean Water’s Front of the Plant project at 1400 Radio Road, Redwood City, advanced Thursday (November 9) when the Commission approved a design-build agreement for the joint venture of JF Shea Co., Inc./Parsons Corporation.

SVCW’s Regional Environmental Sewer Conveyance Upgrade (RESCU) Program includes conveyance system improvements to transport wastewater from member agencies’ collection systems to the SVCW wastewater treatment plant. A major component of the conveyance system is the Front of Plant project which includes: 1) Receiving Lift Station (RLS) which will lift the wastewater from the gravity pipeline to the surface to be; 2) screened and de-gritted by the new Headworks (HWKS) before flowing to the plant in; 3) the new Influent Connector Pipe (ICP). The Front of Plant project is composed of the RLS, HWKS and ICP in addition to electrical, civil and odor control facilities.

The joint venture agreement addresses both Stage 1 as well as Stage 2. Stage 1 brings the current design (about 10% design level) to a 60% design level and includes preparation and negotiation of pricing for Stage 2. Stage 2 then includes completing the design and construction of the Front of Plant Project and will be brought to the Commission for authorization to begin the work.

It is anticipated that construction will occur between 2018 and 2022.

The Shea/Parsons joint venture was determined to provide the best value to SVCW based on their superior qualifications, experience, approach to the project and pricing in combination. The approved Shea/Parsons contract amount for Stage 1 services is $7,146,186.

Also approved by the Commission were task orders for Brown and Caldwell for Owner Engineering Advisor Services; Freyer and Laureta, Inc., for Owner Engineering Advisor Services related to site civil work; and Tanner Pacific for Construction Quality Assurance Services associated with Stage 1 of the Front of Plant Project and document management software development for the overall RESCU Program.

Additionally, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants will provide support services to the SVCW Engineering Director and Owner’s Representative for the overall RESCU Program, the gravity pipeline project, and the Front of Plant project. Together, all these authorizations will round out the requirements for the Stage 1 work for both progressive design-build projects and for the next 18 months of RESCU Program needs.

J.F. Shea began when its founder, John Francis Shea, started a plumbing company in Portland, OR, in 1881. The company is now in its fourth generation of family leadership. Shea participated in three of the top 10 construction and engineering achievements of the 20th century-the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Interstate Highway System.

Founded in 1944, Parsons is a global leader in diverse markets focusing on infrastructure, defense, security, and construction. Related projects include the $4.8 billion San Francisco Water System Improvement Program between 2005 and 2015, the $2.6 billion Orange County Sanitation District Capital Improvement Program between 2002 and 2012, and the $211 million Bakersfield Wastewater Treatment Plant 3-2007 Expansion between 2004 and 2010.

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