PC's $321 million water supply program increases Atlanta’s emergency water reserve

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PC's $321 million water supply program increases Atlanta’s emergency water reserve

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 4:58am -- tim

Five-year project is among the largest and most complex in the United States

Vermont Business Magazine PC Construction in South Burlington and its joint venture partner, HJ Russell, have completed a major, five-year water supply program project that has helped the City of Atlanta secure a water contingency plan for the first time in its history.  

The $321 million construction management-at-risk project – which is the largest water supply project the State of Georgia has ever undertaken – will provide the City with a reliable supply of drinking water for the next 100 years, increasing the emergency raw water reserve from three days to more than 30 days.  

“A guaranteed, safe water supply is a critical component of economic growth, and this was particularly the case for Atlanta,” said PC President and CEO Jay Fayette. According to the US Census, Atlanta was the fourth fastest growing metropolitan area in the country between 2010 and 2019. The city also hosts the world’s largest passenger airport. “When you look at it in this context, these water infrastructure upgrades are tremendously important. PC is proud to play a role in helping cities position themselves well for the future.” 

Said the project representative for the City of Atlanta: “The five-year-long multi-site construction project is the most logistically challenging project executed by the City’s Department of Watershed Management. The results put our City in a position of strength and allow for a significant expansion of our water reserve. We are grateful to the PC/Russell team for their partnership. The project has not only transformed our community’s water infrastructure, but also how we view the ultimate success of our utility construction projects.”  

The project, which first broke ground in August of 2015, began with the conversion of an existing 400-foot-deep rock quarry to a 2.4-billion-gallon raw water storage system. From there, the team used a tunnel boring machine, nicknamed “Driller Mike,” to dig, bore and install a 5-mile, 10-foot-diameter tunnel. That tunnel connected the quarry to two new pumping stations and 11 deep shafts, all which will work together to ensure residents and businesses have access to clean, safe drinking water especially during drought conditions and emergencies. 

About PC Construction 

PC Construction offers general contracting, construction management and design-build services to private and public clients across the country. The company manages projects along the eastern seaboard of the United States from its headquarters in Vermont and a network of locations in Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York and North Carolina. A construction industry leader for over 60 years, PC Construction is guided to success by its team of dedicated employee-owners. Connect with PC Construction at pcconstruction.com and on Twitter @_PCConstruction. 

About H. J. Russell & Company 

Founded in 1952, H. J. Russell & Company is one of the largest minority-owned real estate development and construction services firms in the United States. A multi-faceted organization providing integrated solutions and an exceptional customer experience, H. J. Russell has developed, designed/built, renovated, and managed some of the nation's most complex and high-profile projects involving multiple stakeholders and requiring exceptional diplomacy and skill. Visit www.hjrussell.com to learn more about the firm. 

Source: South Burlington, VT – PC Construction 2.23.2021. Courtesy photos.