Nogales Plant Wins CMAA National Project Achievement Award

Christy Ullo
The Nogales International Wastewater Treatment Plant has won the Construction Management Association of America National Project Achievement Award.

The Nogales International Wastewater Treatment Plant has won the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) National Project Achievement Award in the infrastructure project category of programme management - the second year in a row that we have won a CMAA award.

Each year the CMAA gives recognition to the most influential and compelling projects from around the country by presenting awards to the leading construction and programme managers. This award honours the leadership, professionalism and excellence displayed by our team, which has been reflected in the success of the project.

In celebration of the achievements of the U.S. construction industry this year, the CMAA hosted its annual industry recognition dinner on Tuesday, October 27, at the National Conference and Trade Show in Orlando, Florida.

Our team of Nick Harney, Adam Shepherd, Christy Pain, Liz Blake and Dave McNamara attended the dinner with guests Flavio Gonzales, City of Nogales, and Glen Roth, Damon S. Williams Association (DSWA), who accompanied Nick to accept our prestigious award.

Our project team, led by John Earl, our resident representative within the City of Nogales, provided:

  • on-site management of construction activities,
  • design review and constructability services,
  • cost management,
  • change control,
  • project progress reporting, and
  • community relations.

Throughout the project, our team successfully challenged the design-build team to deliver a high quality project. Through the establishment of a partnering philosophy a positive working environment was created which has led, amongst other things, to no change order requests from the contractor.

The wastewater treatment plant, which is located near the United States and Mexico border in Southern Arizona, treats flows of up to 14.74 million gallons per day of raw sewage from Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. We were contracted by the City of Nogales as the owner's representative and construction manager for the project at the letting of the construction contract in 2006.

The project, which cost $65 million and took 2 and half years to construct, finished 3 months ahead of schedule and $300,000 under budget.

The CMAA award is a great achievement, especially being the second year in a row that we have won a CMAA National Project Achievement Award.

In 2008, our Greenville County Public Schools capital construction programme project submission received the CMAA National Project Achievement Award, in the category of programme management/programme phase, building.