Construction under way on two Southwest water treatment projects by McCarthy

The Southwest Division of McCarthy Building Cos. is making significant progress on the construction of two water treatment plants -- the Greenfield Water Reclamation plant in the East Valley and the Lake Pleasant Water Treatment Plant in northwest Phoenix -- that combined are worth nearly $500 million...

TEMPE, AZ, Feb. 8, 2005 -- Reinforcing its reputation as a major public works contractor, the Southwest Division of McCarthy Building Cos. is making significant progress on the construction of two water treatment plants -- the Greenfield Water Reclamation plant in the East Valley and the Lake Pleasant Water Treatment Plant in northwest Phoenix.

"If you turn on a faucet or flush a toilet -- we'll probably touch your life somehow," said Bo Calbert, president of McCarthy's Southwest Division, headquartered in Tempe, Ariz.

The two public projects round out McCarthy's expertise in water treatment plants. McCarthy has built or expanded most of the water and wastewater facilities throughout the Valley.

The most recent addition to McCarthy's public works projects is the Greenfield Water Reclamation Plant on South Greenfield Road in Gilbert, a facility that will treat wastewater for the city of Mesa, and towns of Gilbert and Queen Creek. The project has a capacity of 16 million gallons per day of liquids and 24 million gallons per day of solids. The $145 million project is a joint venture with Sundt Construction. The project is anticipated to be operational by the summer of 2006. The construction of the Lake Pleasant Water Treatment Plant began last summer. The project is on schedule at more than 30% complete overall, with all of the concrete structures and a mile and a half of the 90-inch intake pipe in place. The $336 million project will provide enough water to supply 400,000 households in the growing northwest Phoenix area.

The Lake Pleasant Water Treatment Plant is the largest design-build-operate project in North America. The project is being developed by American Water Services on behalf of the city of Phoenix. The design-build team is a joint venture of Black & Veatch and McCarthy. American Water Services will manage and operate the 80 million-gallon-per-day facility for 15 years.

The two projects utilize alternative project delivery methods, enabling McCarthy to be involved in the project during the planning and design phase and helping contain costs, maintain project schedules, encourage collaboration of the design/construction team and a better defined scope.

Other recently completed public projects include the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail, the Arizona State Department of Corrections Prison Expansion and the Arizona State Hospital Adult Civil and Adolescent Behavioral Health Facility.

Celebrating 25 years of success, McCarthy's Southwest Division is based in Tempe, Ariz. With a branch office in Las Vegas, it operates in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. Employee-owned McCarthy (www.mccarthy.com) is the nation's 13th largest domestic general contractor, according to Engineering News-Record (May 2004). The company also has offices in Newport Beach, Sacramento and San Francisco, Calif., St. Louis and Dallas.

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