Bois d’Arc Lake Program Featured as Journal AWWA Cover Story

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Bois d’Arc Lake, the North Texas Municipal Water District‘s $1.6 billion program being developed as a new water source for a fast-growing 10-county area, was the September cover feature in the Journal AWWA, the national publication of the American Water Works Association.

Freese and Nichols Program Construction Manager Adam Payne co-authored a comprehensive update on the program, with NTMWD’s Construction Manager Greg Bradley and Fain Butler, former NTMWD assistant construction manager who continues to work on the project under contract. Bois d’Arc Lake is Texas’ first new reservoir in nearly 30 years, and it is scheduled start providing water to 1.7 million residents in 2022. The article explains the extensive coordination and quality control involved in managing the program’s five construction packages.

Key takeaways from the article, Teamwork Makes the Dream Work on the Bois d’Arc Lake Program:

Construction of Bois d’Arc Lake, a US$1.6 billion program in North Texas, required a strategic approach to quality control, quality assurance, field management, and inspection.

Using a five-package construction approach, the North Texas Municipal Water District has been able to break down the reservoir construction program into manageable projects.

While the construction program has been largely successful, lessons learned include establishing quality assurance processes early and determining document control processes.


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Big Reservoir, Big Savings: Innovative QC and QA Strategies for the Bois d’Arc Lake Program

The $1.6 billion program has an innovative approach with a staff augmentation and construction management-at-risk (CMAR) model, which saved the owner tens of millions of dollars.

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236 MGD in 3-D: Pump Station Innovations at Bois d’Arc Lake

Using 3-D modeling, visualization software and other innovative tools, Freese and Nichols’ design will provide redundancy, reduce power system losses and directly reduce the costs for conveying water.

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Bois d’Arc Lake Plan and Zoning Honored by APA Texas

Thanks to an innovative partnership between Fannin County and the North Texas Municipal Water District, Bois d’Arc Lake is the first reservoir in Texas to have a comprehensive plan/zoning regulation in place before being filled.

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Video Tour: Bois d’Arc Lake Starts Filling With Water

Congratulations to the North Texas Municipal Water District on this major milestone for Texas’ first new reservoir in nearly 30 years, a $1.6 billion program that Freese and Nichols has been proud to take part in.

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