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8:00am - 8:45am ID: 299 / Session 23A: 1 Main Technical Program Topics: Construction & Alternate Delivery, Leadership, Social Equity, Workforce Development, Resiliency, Planning, Climate Science Keywords: Change, Resiliency, Teamwork, COVID, Communication
Building Resilient Communities Through Building Resilient Teams
Josh Baker1, Jeff Hodson2, Mike Zeltner3, Tyler Resnick4
1City of Boise; 2Jacobs; 3Brown and Caldwell; 4McAlvain Companies, Inc.; , , ,
Four years ago, the Lander Street Water Renewal Facility Phase 1 Improvements project team set out to create a resilient team that could deliver the City of Boise’s largest construction project in recent history. The project was well under way replacing deteriorating infrastructure when the global pandemic hit. This presented many different challenges which have changed the way we all work. Throughout this experience, our patience has been tested, relationships strained, and processes challenged, but the work put into developing the team paid dividends throughout those difficulties.
The City selected the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) delivery model for this project and elected to bring the CM/GC into the project at the start of the engineering effort. This allowed for early team chartering and branding to prevent tripartite silos from forming. The project team quickly adapted the mindset of “we are protectors of infrastructure and of the Boise River.”
One of the key attributes of the project team’s approach is their willingness to challenge the status quo and modify a process if it is not working as intended. An example of this is the design coordination log (the process formerly known as requests for information). This use of this log has resulted in issuing early engineering clarifications that have outpaced subcontractor questions and allowed work in the field to progress without delays.
The project team has also enhanced communication by using multiple, real-time methods between engineering and field staff while leveraging asynchronous communication to manage the project narrative with stakeholders. The result has been optimized teamwork and collaboration, better informed management, increased communication with subcontractors, and decreased risk of miscommunication.
The project to date has not lost any schedule (even considering COVID) and has a deductive change order value while being almost halfway complete. This is attributed to the strong relationships that have formed and the resilient team approach that has been taken. The lessons that have been learned are being applied to the next phase of improvements in an effort to continue to overcome difficult situations and create our future.
Brief Biography and/or Qualifications Josh is a project manager for the City of Boise’s Water Renewal Engineering Department. He is currently the project manager for the Lander Street Phase 1 improvements project. He has been in the water/wastewater industry for the past 8 years working on projects across Idaho focusing mostly on wastewater design and construction. He graduated from Boise State University in 2012 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Josh prefers a hands-on approach to engineering spending time in the field.
Jeff is a project manager in Jacobs’ Boise office with more than 20 years in the engineering profession. His experience includes managing a variety of projects in the water, wastewater, and facilities markets, with emphasis on multi-discipline delivery of complex projects. He is a graduate of Utah State University (go Aggies!) with BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering. When not in the office or at a construction site, he loves getting into Idaho’s backcountry with his friends and family.
As a Construction Manager and General Contractor, Tyler Resnick has had the opportunity to work on numerous water and infrastructure projects. He has experience as an early preconstruction collaborator and construction manager on interesting water, urban and infrastructure projects in the Treasure Valley such as the Dixie Drain Phosphorus Removal Facility, Grove Plaza Renovation, and the Lander Street Water Renewal Facility Improvements Program. Throughout his career, he has had an emphasis on planning, handling and treating of water and wastewater infrastructure that drives his passion for responsible development.
Mike is a senior project manager and design engineer with experience leading and supporting multidiscipline and multi-consultant teams throughout the planning, design, and construction of drinking water and wastewater treatment systems. His expertise includes project management, process mechanical design, and construction support for new and improved facilities. Mike also leads BC’s Project Management Office efforts in the Pacific Northwest.
8:45am - 9:30am ID: 233 / Session 23A: 2 Main Technical Program Topics: Construction & Alternate Delivery, Collection and Conveyance Keywords: Progressive Design Build, Collection System, mitigate impacts on operations, evaluation of alternatives
Pumping Up Communication Through Progressive Design Build
The City of Bend’s North Interceptor Sewer Project (NISP), identified in the Collection System Master Plan (CSMP), consists of design and construction of a sewer transmission system to accommodate the City’s growth plans, policies, and incorporate redundancy into the system. Along with serving an expanding UGB, the proposed alignment also allows for the decommissioning of up to ten (10) lift stations as an added benefit.
At the confluence of the existing Plant Interceptor and the newly planned NISP, a critical deficiency in hydraulic capacity for future growth was identified. It required the evaluation of alternatives for pipeline sizing, configuration, and routing, with an overall goal to set the City of Bend up for success long into the future. Through a collaborative decision-making process, our team leveraged a broad range of City stakeholders and arrived at a consensus to add an influent pump station at the Water Reclamation Facility (WRF). As a result, a significant challenge emerged with how to limit impacts on WRF operations during start-up and testing of the pump station.
This presentation will outline the vision and drivers for this project, along with sharing a success story on how utilities can use Progressive Design Build to deliver projects that mitigate impacts on operations. Attendees will learn about developing an integrated team, establishing the correct level of communication, and lessons learned that can be applied to future projects. Finally, the presentation will focus on creating a culture of change in project implementation that emphasizes integration of operations into the decision-making process. Pumping up Communication through Progressive Design Build resulted in a seamless transition from a gravity-fed treatment plant to one supplied by an influent lift station at the City of Bend’s WRF.
Brief Biography and/or Qualifications Jessica MacClanahan, PE, PMP:
Jessica has been with the City of Bend since 2016 and currently serves as a Principal Engineer managing the City’s Collection System Capital Improvement Program. Jessica is responsible for managing all aspects of the design and construction of City infrastructure projects including project scope, budget, schedule, quality and safety. She serves as Project Manager for the North Interceptor Sewer Line phases 1 & 2 that includes 28,000 LF of large diameter sanitary sewer pipeline, irrigation canal crossings, numerous trenchless crossings, and an influent pump station at the Water Reclamation Facility.
Amanda Mesick, PE:
Amanda has over 10 years of experience as a civil engineer, specializing in the planning and design of municipal conveyance systems, hydraulic and hydrologic modeling, and utility performance. Recent project work has been focused on municipal pipeline and pump station design. Along with design, Amanda also is experienced at managing projects under construction.
9:30am - 10:15am ID: 248 / Session 23A: 3 Main Technical Program Topics: Construction & Alternate Delivery, Wastewater Treatment Process, Recycled Water & Resource Recovery Keywords: Collaboration, Reuse, Class A Biosolids, GC/CM, Cultural Resources, Construction, Membranes
Going Beyond Expectations: Collaborating to Deliver an Award-Winning Facility
Michael Borrero1, Brett Arvidson2
1Carollo Engineers, United States of America; 2City of Oak Harbor;
The City of Oak Harbor (City) completed construction of its new $125 million Clean Water Facility (CWF) producing Class A reclaimed water quality effluent to the Puget Sound. Two overriding project goals for the City were protecting the environment and constructing a facility that was integrated into the community. With the greenfield CWF located downtown and adjacent to the waterfront Windjammer Park, the City incorporated architectural features and park amenities with the CWF project to become a civic asset woven into the community fabric.
Getting the project permitted and completed on schedule was a complex task due to site constraints, environmental restrictions, and the likelihood of encountering cultural resources. The City became one of Washington State’s first wastewater projects to be delivered under the alternative project delivery approach of a heavy-civil General Contractor/Construction Management (GC/CM). The GC/CM’s suggested approach shortened construction by 2 years from a conventional design-bid-build project by including:
Early procurement and segmented work packages proceeding during design
Development and timing of design packages to always keep the GC/CM productive
Schedule related challenges were ultimately overcome by developing a genuine partnership with an eye to keeping quality expectations high. Implementation of these early design packages were successful and reinforced positive work relationships with the City, Engineer and GC/CM Contractor.
Presentation will include specifics on:
Lessons learned of the project challenges including start-up and commissioning
Collaborative efforts examples between the Engineer, City and GC/CM to integrate the CWF into the community
Results to the cultural resources approach
The efforts to bring the CWF to life have been recognized by the national American Public Works Association (APWA), American Council of Engineering Consultants (ACEC) and the Engineer-News Record (ENR) Best Projects for the Pacific Northwest region.
Brief Biography and/or Qualifications Mr. Borrero has 23 years of experience in the design and construction of water and wastewater facilities. He worked on the design of the Oak Harbor Clean Water Facility and served as its Resident Engineer.