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Flatiron wins California infrastructure projects valued at $123 million

Flatiron has been selected by the City of San Diego to construct the Morena Pump Station, a key component of the city’s bold Pure Water San Diego Program. The design-bid-build project, valued at $110 million, is slated to begin in June 2021 and complete in 2025.

Valued at more than two billion dollars, the Pure Water San Diego Program will use proven water purification technology to clean recycled water to produce safe, high-quality drinking water. By the end of 2035, the program is expected to provide one-third of San Diego’s water supply locally—offering a cost-effective investment to satisfy water needs and providing a reliable, sustainable water supply.

The Morena Pump Station project builds on Flatiron’s success with water treatment projects throughout the U.S. and is consistent with a strategy to secure contracts that have a balanced risk profile.

Throughout the duration of the project, the Flatiron team will work closely with the City on value-engineering proposals to facilitate easier installation and maintenance of equipment and piping systems. Further, they’ll jointly seek innovative solutions to achieve cost savings and accelerated project schedules.

The project is located in the Morena District of San Diego near the SeaWorld Theme Park at the location of the former San Diego Humane Society facility.

Significant project challenges include placement of the pump station approximately 50 feet below grade, installation of ten 750-horsepower pumps, extensive microtunneling and construction of a facility designed to blend with architectural features of the community.

Flatiron also is embarking on emergency repairs on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge in Richmond, for the California Department of Transportation. With an estimated value of $12.7 million, the project will focus on bridge reinforcement. Flatiron will draw in its extensive bridge construction expertise for the year-long effort.

These two projects reinforce Flatiron’s strong presence in California—adding to recent wins at San Diego International Airport valued at $789 million and U.S. 50 in Sacramento valued at $430 million—building Flatiron’s backlog of contracted work in California to more than $2.7 billion.

Flatiron is the trusted provider of innovative solutions to infrastructure challenges across the U.S. and Canada. For public and private clients, Flatiron builds highways, bridges, airports, rail transit, dams, water facilities and underground projects. For more on how Flatiron is transforming infrastructure, visit Flatiron is a subsidiary of HOCHTIEF, an engineering-led global infrastructure group.

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