After a nine-month procurement process, California American Water has selected CDM Constructors, Inc. to design and build the desalination facility proposed as part of its $320-million Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project. CDM Constructors ranked highest of the four finalists on a combined business, technical and price evaluation. CDM Constructors submitted a proposal of $86 million for the desalination facility portion of the project, which is consistent with earlier estimates from a consulting engineering firm. CDM Constructors’ bid was the lowest of the four proposers, with other proposals ranging from $90-110 million.
“All four firms had some great technical concepts and innovations, but CDM Constructors’ proposal scored highest overall in our team’s ranking criteria,” said California American Water’s Vice President of Engineering Rich Svindland.
CDM Constructors is a wholly-owned, design-build and general construction subsidiary corporation of CDM Smith which was founded in 1947. CDM Smith’s team brings proven technical expertise gained from other similar projects locally, nationally and throughout the world, including seven in California and more than 35 international desalination projects. Their projects involving advanced membrane treatment in California include two Monterey Peninsula successes - the Sand City desalination facility, which produces potable water from brackish groundwater, and the Pebble Beach Company’s reclamation project, which irrigates golf courses with highly-treated recycled water.
“We’re looking forward to being part of the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project team,” said Stephen Hickox, CDM Smith Chairman and CEO. “The project provides a forward-thinking and environmentally sensitive approach to solving a very serious water supply shortage. We understand the time constraints and have the capability to deliver the desalination project the Monterey Peninsula community needs.”California American Water identified its preferred firm after short-listing responses to its Request for Qualifications, issuing a Request for Proposals to those firms and conducting formal interviews. The company will now send the statements of qualifications, proposals and reports regarding its findings along with a draft contract to the project’s Governance Committee, which will have ten days to conduct its own review and make further recommendations. The committee is set to discuss the matter in public during a special meeting set for Wednesday, December 11, 9:30 am, at the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District office located at 5 Harris Court in Monterey.