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Cape Coral Facility & Utility Expansion Programs

    Under Budget
    Ahead of Schedule
    City of Cape Coral
    Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR, CM/GC)
    Cape Coral, FL
    October 2001

    In 2001, Cape Coral city officials prepared a comprehensive utility master plan to keep pace with increasing demands in one of the country’s fastest growing cities. A major part of the City’s program was a design/Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) Utility Expansion Program (UEP) that added 720 miles of water, gravity sewer, and irrigation pipelines, 240 miles of residential road, and 34 wastewater pump stations for residential and light industrial service. MWH Constructors managed this large-scale program for the City and provided all facility design and engineering services, design support during construction, and full CMAR services – including a 24/7 hotline for 23,000 residential customers served.

    In 2004, the City awarded MWH a subsequent seven-year, design/CMAR contract to further expand its water, sewer and irrigation collection, distribution and transmission systems and to expand its production and treatment plant capacities through the Facility Expansion Program (FEP). MWH doubled the capacity of Cape Coral’s two wastewater reclamation plants; designed a third new plant; expanded the existing water treatment plant; and built a new 12-mgd reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment plant. The design/CMAR projects under the FEP included the following:
    • Everest Water Reclamation Facility – Expansion from 8.5 to 13.7 MGD
    • Southwest Water Reclamation Facility – Expansion from 6.6 to 15.1 MGD
    • North Cape Water Reclamation Facility – Design of new 10-mgd facility
    • North Cape RO Water Treatment Facility – Design and construction of new 12-MGD (expandable to 24 MGD) RO water plant
    • Southwest Water Treatment Plant – Design for expansion of existing facility
    • Construction of 27 raw water production wells, three deep injection wells and several aquifer storage and recovery test wells

    MWH and the City conducted system-wide value engineering exercises to identify the most economic and sustainable solutions for the City’s water and wastewater treatment needs, demonstrating more than $26M in cost savings.

    MWH has delivered all of the City’s projects on schedule, on budget and with a responsiveness and flexibility that is rare in any company these days. Your spirit of cooperation and partnership has made a huge difference in the productivity of the teams, our staff and the ultimate quality of the projects.
    Wayne Wolfarth
    Program Manager, Facility Expansion Program


    2011 ENR Southeast Best of 2011 Project Award
    2011 DBIA National Design-Build Award
    2010 Environmental Business Journal Project Merit Award
    2009 AGC Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Award
    2009 DBIA Design-Build Merit Award