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Carrollton Continues Award Winning Development Efforts

Awarded 2011 Public Works Project o the Year in Two Categories

Post Date:06/03/2011 8:00 AM

Carrollton Continues Award Winning Development Efforts;
Awarded 2011 Public Works Project of the Year in Two Categories

For Immediate Release: June 2, 2011

Carrollton, TX – Carrollton has been awarded the 2011 Public Works Project of the Year Award by the Texas Public Works Association (TPWA) for two separate projects. The awards are for the Columbian Club Pump Station Rehabilitation (Environment category with a project cost between $2 and $10 million) and  the South Main Street Reconstruction projects (Transportation category with a cost less than $2 million).

The Columbian Club Pump Station Rehabilitation project contributes to community sustainability by improving the City’s ability to effectively deliver water to the City’s system. It consisted of the rehabilitation of two pump station buildings, motor controls, site piping, construction of a six-million gallon ground storage tank and the removal of old storage tanks, all to meet future demands and bring the water system up to TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) minimum standards.

Columbian Construction Columbian Club Pump Station

Pump Station Construction


Columbian Club Pump Station Completed

Birkhoff, Hendricks & Conway, LLP provided professional engineering services while construction was divided among four contractors: Preload, North Texas Contracting, Mela Contracting and Crescent Constructors. The total project cost was approximately $6,300,000.

Updates included replacing old facilities (buildings and water tanks); updating the electrical controls thereby eliminating the need to have replacement parts specially fabricated; and relocating all of the motor controls from the two pump buildings into one smaller room to reduce air conditioning and heating costs. This ensures that the facilities will last for many years while keeping energy costs down and providing an area for future emergency equipment; as well as providing critical continuity of water distribution operations through the installation of emergency power generators. Should the City experience a massive city-wide power outage, this one pump station can now effectively operate the 515-mile system by itself.

“The completion of this project is the culmination of over seven years of planning and construction that will serve the City well into the 21st century. The project ensures that we will be able to meet our residents’ everyday water needs as well as those in extreme emergencies.” said Tom Geier, Carrollton’s Capital Improvement Project Manager.

The South Main Street Reconstruction project involved reconstruction of 676 linear feet of Main Street, the first street built to the City’s new Transit Oriented Development (TOD) standards downtown Carrollton, and encompassed the replacement of old storm sewer, sanitary sewer, water and franchise utility lines in addition to the reconfiguration of Pioneer Park, all as part of the City’s 2007 Bond Referendum.

Main Street construction

Main Street Pioneer Park

Main Street Reconstruction Project Construction - sidewalk installation

Main Street Reconstruction Project Completed - view of Pioneer Park

Bridgefarmer & Associates, Inc. provided professional engineering services while Jim Bowman Construction Company constructed the project. Included in the project was the construction of a 0.8 acre, 80-vehicle parking lot located approximately three blocks from Main Street. Sustainability and low impact development were key components of the design effort. “This project established the aesthetic and functionality standard for the transit-oriented development area while creating a fresh new entryway into the downtown Carrollton area. We appreciate the opportunity to receive this recognition.” commented Cesar Molina, Carrollton’s Director of Engineering.

This project established the TOD image and streetscaping standards for the City’s three stations integrated into the DART Green Line expansion, including twelve-foot wide sidewalks with paver and landscape areas and antique style street poles with LED lights. The total project
cost was approximately $1.75 million.

Carrollton also received the 2010 TPWA Public Works Project of the Year Award in the Environment category with a project cost between $10 and $100 million for the North Transmission Water Line project that consisted of the construction of a seven mile long water pipeline originating at Dallas Water Utilities’ (DWU) Elm Fork Water Treatment Plant located near the center of Carrollton and ending in the northeast section of the City.

Molina and Geier will receive the two 2011 awards at the TPWA Annual Conference Awards Banquet on Friday, June 17 on behalf of the City of Carrollton. For more information about the projects, call 972-466-4230.

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