Kiewit consistently ranks as one of the country's top contractors in the delivery of water and wastewater projects, according to Engineering News-Record (ENR). The 2015 ENR Sourcebook rankings list Kiewit as the No. 1 contractor for dams & reservoirs and water supply categories, as well as No. 2 for water treatment desalination lines, No. 3 for water transmission lines and No. 4 for sanitary and storm sewers. Kiewit’s water/wastewater portfolio includes major roller-compacted concrete, earth-fill and rock-fill dams; reservoirs; water tunnels; and canals across North America, as well as transmission pipelines, aqueducts and water/wastewater treatment facilities. Over the past 10 years, Kiewit provided procurement, construction and/or start-up services for 400 water/wastewater projects totaling more than $6.5 billion in contract revenue.
The GIWW West Closure Complex is a $1 billion hurricane storm surge (flood) protection facility for the city of New Orleans and surrounding areas. This Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) contract included one of the world’s largest interior drainage pump stations and one of the nation’s largest navigable floodgates (225 feet). The pump station has 11 units and is capable of discharging storm water at a rate of 19,140 cubic feet per second.
The Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps project (PCCP) was a fixed-price, design-build project that provided a permanent, more sustainable solution for reducing the risk of a 100-year level storm surge entering the outfall canals throughout the city of New Orleans.
A Kiewit-led joint venture excavated over 40,000 ft. of an 18- and 25-ft.-dia. tunnel to develop the Exploratory Studies Facility (ESF). The ESF was constructed to determine the suitability of storing high-level nuclear waste. A unique feature of the project was the use of a "mapping gantry" to provide safe access for project geologists and scientists during excavation.
By partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kiewit finished this project four months ahead of schedule. Phase I involved excavating, blasting and preparing the spillway's foundation. Because blasting occurred beside the existing dam and near a heavily-traveled highway, expertise in controlled blasting and seismic monitoring was essential.
East Dam is one of three dams constructed for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's Eastside Reservoir program. Holding more than 260 billion gallons of water, the reservoir doubles Southern California's surface storage capacity. At 180 feet high and 1,200 feet wide at the base, East Dam is the longest of the three dams.
As the primary water source for the Contra Costa Water District, the Los Vaqueros Dam measures 1,000 feet across and 192 feet high. During construction, project personnel suggested a value engineering concept that considered the creation of rip rap from on-site oversized rock from the excavation. This resulted in more than 50,000 cubic yards of rip rap generated on-site.
Working at a depth of 80 feet, crews from Kiewit Pacific Co. pumped groundwater from the excavation site at a rate of 14 million gallons per day to construct New Natomas and South River Pumping Stations. The scope of work at each site involves excavation support, dewatering, constructing new below-grade and at-grade concrete structures and installing mechanical equipment.