Freese and Nichols designed improvements and provided construction representation and services for the City of Cleburne Water Treatment Plant (WTP), expanding the plant from 15 MGD to 20 MGD to meet projected peak-day needs. The plant expansion included modifications to existing facilities along with new flocculation basins, sedimentation basins, filters, chemical facilities, and all required yard piping, electrical, instrumentation, and SCADA systems. Freese and Nichols also assisted with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality permitting and with securing project funding from the Texas Water Development Board utilizing the low interest Water Infrastructure Fund.
The Cleburne WTP is the first water treatment plant project funded by the Texas Water Development Board to use competitive sealed proposals instead of low bid. Freese and Nichols led the procurement and selection process, which was completed in accordance with State of Texas guidelines. The procurement and selection process included numerous safeguards for accountability and transparency that were included in the contract documents developed by our team. Freese and Nichols facilitated the process, which included an evaluation of the contractor’s proposals, qualifications and price. Interviews were conducted with a short listed group of firms and provided documentation for the process.