Category Archives: Jacobs

City of Goodyear, Arizona, Takes Critical Step in Ensuring Its Water Future

Construction workers at a work site. Groundbreaking ceremony held to commemorate construction on 8-mgd surface water treatment facility.

In early 2017, the City of Goodyear, Arizona, initiated the procurement process for the implementation of a robust water management plan. On November 1, 2019, construction began on the new $129M surface water treatment campus with an initial capacity of 8 mgd and future build-out to 16 mgd. The new surface water treatment facility will use state-of-the-art water treatment technology; maintain water quality and quantity for the citizens of Goodyear; and will allow the City to continue its aggressive pace of development and economic growth.

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Topics: Design-Build-Operate, Jacobs.

Latest Technology Plus Progressive Design-Build Equals Win for Colorado’s Metro Wastewater Reclamation District’s Northern Treatment Plant

In May 2017, Colorado’s Metro Wastewater Reclamation District (Metro District) opened its Northern Treatment Plant (NTP), one of the most advanced treatment facilities in the western United States. The overall $475 million NTP program included a $302 million treatment facility that was delivered $35 million less than original budget estimate, and design and construction of the South Platte Interceptor, a nearly seven-mile gravity pipeline that conveys flow to the NTP. With capacity to treat 24 mgd, …

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Topics: Jacobs, Progressive Design-Build.

Project Spotlight: Arizona’s Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility

Partnering to Promote Best Design-Build Practices in Pima County, Arizona Jacobs partnered with Pima County to implement one of the world’s most advanced water reclamation facilities: the Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility. As the single-entity designer, builder and operator, Jacobs combined its integrated delivery capabilities and penchant for technical excellence to create an industry-first wastewater treatment process that saves taxpayers’ money and conserves resources in Arizona’s water-starved climates.

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Topics: Jacobs, The Walsh Group, Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment.

Asset Management: Critical Challenges are Driving Adoption in the Water Industry

For those of you not familiar with asset management (or maybe think it refers to allocating investments among stocks, bonds and cash  ), here’s the sort of “nerdy” definition we practitioners use: Asset Management is an integrated set of processes to minimize the lifecycle costs of owning, operating, and maintaining assets, at an acceptable level of risk, while continuously delivering established levels of service.

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Topics: Jacobs, Risk Allocation.

Urban Sustainability Director’s Network and CH2M Hill

An EcoDistrict is a neighborhood or district with a broad commitment to accelerate neighborhood-scale sustainability. EcoDistricts commit to achieving ambitious sustainability performance goals, guiding district investments and community action, and tracking the results over time – this isn’t the first time I have mentioned this.

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Topics: Jacobs, Research.

Design-Build: An Alternative Delivery Model Not To Be Ignored

As we continue to think about and discuss innovative delivery models for the water sector after the conclusion of the American Water Summit yesterday, design-build or design-build-operate (DBO) models certainly cannot be ignored. What began as the private sector offering to design, build, finance, own, and operate water and wastewater treatment facilities in the early 1980s has now become a key delivery approach by many owners throughout North America. Today’s DBO model is characterized by significant risk transfer, application of innovative solutions and significant cost savings of owners. The single contract for all three phases of project delivery brings not only the value of design-build but also the integration of operation and maintenance into solutions that result in the lowest life-cycle cost for owners and the highest-quality projects.

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Topics: Design-Build, Jacobs.

Business Models for the Future: American Water Summit

Those of us in the water industry are used to going to lots of conferences – trade shows, technical conferences, and smaller specialty events. It can feel pretty déjà vu at times, like we keep saying the same things over and over and not very much changes from year to year. However, I’m excited about the upcoming American Water Summit in Chicago on Nov. 14-15. With the current confluence of politics, budgets, and weather events, it feels that change is in the air.

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Topics: Education, Jacobs.