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APWA Honors Texoma-to-Wylie Pipeline

The American Public Works Association presented the Public Works Project of the Year award to Jeff Payne for the Texoma-to-Wylie WTP Pipeline Extension. Jeff, who was project manager for the emergency pipeline, represented Freese and Nichols at the national awards ceremony in Minneapolis earlier this year. The project was recognized in the category of Disaster or Emergency Construction/Repair greater than $75 million. Jeff was joined by David Burkhart of Garney Construction, project contractor.

The project was a response to two emergencies: the arrival of invasive zebra mussels in Lake Texoma and drought. The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) was unable to pump from Lake Texoma due to the zebra mussel infestation, and thus lost 25 percent of its raw water supply during the recent drought. The Freese and Nichols project team for this unplanned, unbudgeted project completed design on an accelerated schedule of 13 months. During design, the team selected Garney as Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR), which enabled execution of the equipment and work packages requiring the longest lead time prior to final design. The project included 48 miles of 84-inch and 96-inch pipeline, a 240-million-gallon earthen balancing reservoir, and modifications to four water treatment plants in Wylie. 

APWA Public Works Project of the Year

Dave Burkhart, Garney; Jeff Payne; APWA Past President Brian Usher

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