• Press Release
  • November 7, 2016

Carlsbad Desalination Plant Honored as Project of the Year

Plant designed to deliver reliable water source to drought-stricken Southern California.

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes design-build best practices, announced the 2016 Project of the Year and National Award of Excellence winners at the recent Design-Build Conference & Expo Awards Dinner.

Fending off competition from 29 projects across nine categories, the $922 million Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, where Arcadis provided engineering design and construction assistance services, was recognized by a distinguished jury as the 2016 Design-Build Project of the Year, the first time a water/wastewater project has received such recognition by DBIA. The 2016 selected projects showcased exemplary collaboration and integration in design-build project delivery, in addition to achieving budget and scheduled goals and exceeding owner expectations.

“This year’s Design-Build Project/Team Award winners are the best we’ve had. Our jury was particularly impressed that as we advance awareness of Design-Build Done Right™, design-build is producing exceptional outcomes as measured by owner satisfaction.” said Lisa Washington, CAE, DBIA’s Executive Director/CEO.

DBIA 2016 Project of the Year – the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant – is the largest desalination facility in the Western Hemisphere, with average production of 50 MGD of fresh, high-quality drinking water. Owned by Poseidon Water and completed by the design-build team of Kiewit Shea Desalination with Arcadis, IDE Technologies and Tetra Tech, it is a harbinger of a new era in which desalination is viewed as a viable solution to water challenges and a way to drought-proof public water supplies. The team also included specialty contractor Morrow-Meadows.

Challenge Design-Build Project Delivery Addressed:

Poseidon Water used the Fixed Price Design-Build delivery model to ensure financial viability of the project and provide performance-based guarantees on water quality, quantity, power consumption and chemical usage while also delivering a drought-proof, reliable water source to drought-stricken Southern California in the shortest possible timeframe.

“This marks the first time a water/wastewater project has been named Project of the Year,” says Lisa Washington. “This clearly shows that design-build can be an excellent choice for any type of project.”

Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant (Image courtesy of Poseidon Water)
Arcadis North America CEO Joachim Ebert tours the new Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant

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