Weatherford Democrat

August 12, 2013

City wins award for wastewater plant expansion


Weatherford Democrat

— BY JUDY SHERIDAN

Public Works Director Gordon Smith and Utilities Supervisor Chris Morales were recently recognized by Mayor Kit Marshall and the Aledo City Council for the city’s receipt of an outstanding achievement award from the Texas chapter of the American Public Works Association.

The association chose the expansion of the City of Aledo’s wastewater treatment plant as Project of the Year: Environmental, in the $5 million to $25 million category. Smith and Morales, along with City Administrator Ken Pfeifer, traveled to Waco to receive the award June 7.

The award, for both design and construction of the project, was also given to Freese & Nichols Inc. as the project’s primary consultant, and to Gracon Construction Inc. as the construction contractor.

“They put together a very impressive package,” Joe duMenil, Awards Committee Co-Chair, said of the city’s award nomination, one of three submittals statewide. “It was well put together and this was obviously a well-run project.”     

The 20-year-old plant was expanded with the help of a $7 million loan from the Texas Water Development Board. The improvements doubled the flow capability, and additional modular phases were designed to allow the city to triple capacity at buildout.

The plant’s site, on a narrow tract near a residential cul-de-sac, posed a significant construction challenge and factored into the award selection, duMenil said.

He also commended the city for achieving the aesthetic and odor control needed to offer tours of the plant following its 50th incorporation anniversary.    

In addition, the plant came in on time and nearly 10 percent under budget, he said, beginning construction in May 2011 and coming online in November of 2012.