San Francisco, CA (October 17, 2012) – PMA Consultants, an international project management consulting firm, was honored with two awards from the Western Council of Construction Consumers (WCCC) for the company’s $88 million Tesla Ultraviolet (UV) Water Treatment Facility project. The WCCC Owners’ Project Excellence Awards Program honors those on the front lines of project execution who dedicate their talent and energy to implementing strategies that increase value to capital program projects. PMA received the Exceptional Project Award and the Innovative Solution Award at an awards dinner held on October 16, 2012.
Tesla is one of 81 projects included in the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s $4.6 billion Water System Improvement Program to repair, replace, and seismically retrofit aging infrastructure and facilities within the Hetch Hetchy Water System.
The LEED Silver certified facility at the Tesla Portal in San Joaquin County is designed to provide drinking water to the Metropolitan San Francisco area, servicing more than 2.5 million people. Drawing from the unfiltered Hetch Hetchy source, the new facility is one of the largest UV disinfection drinking water facilities in North America (315 mgd) and is currently the largest UV operational facility in California. In addition to the UV facility, the campus includes a chemical storage building, an operations building, chemical injection facilities, a large valve vault, tanks, and other support structures.
The Tesla UV Facility has been the subject of many organization industry papers and has been highlighted in presentations at events such as the 2010 and 2012 Design-Build Institute Conventions. In addition, construction management processes and procedures used on the Tesla project won a PMI College of Scheduling award for innovative, unique application of project controls. The project has also been recognized by the Northern California Chapter of the Construction Management Association and was recently honored with its 2012 Project Achievement Award for projects in the $50–$100 million category.