Design engineers selected for $1.6bn Texas pipeline

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List reads like a who’s who of the profession

FORT WORTH, TX: So many designers, so much pipeline.

If you are looking for a comprehensive list of who’s who in engineering, simply refer to the design contracts for the $1.6 billion Lake Palestine to the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Metroplex raw water pipeline.

Ten separate companies won pipeline and pump station contracts for the massive joint project of the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) and Dallas Water Utilities (DWU), said Wayne Owen, planning director for the TRWD.

The contract to design three lake pump stations went to CH2M Hill, and CDM will design three booster pump stations. Design of the approximately 150-mile pipeline was split into eight segments. Those contracts were awarded to LAN, HDR, KBR, MWH, Freese & Nichols, Parsons, Black & Veatch and Brown & Gay.

Twenty teams total competed for the contracts, and “based on the proposals, approaches and qualifications, we decided to break the design project up as we did,” Owen said.

Some teams made multiple proposals, he said, with 17 submitted for the pipeline and 14 for the pump stations.

The DFW Metroplex is the nation’s fourth-largest metropolitan area at 6.5 million people and its fastest growing, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The pipeline is expected to bring 350 MGD of raw water to the region when it is completed in 2018. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2013.

TRWD and DWU estimate that they’re saving as much as $300 million in financing, construction and operating costs by doing the project together.