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venture of CH2M HILL and Western Summit, working on a fixed-price, design-build contract. Fostering trust and Collaboration Communication among the parties involved was a significant factor in the project’s success and the owner’s satisfaction. The Buckman Direct Diversion Board represented all stakeholders’ ideas about the best ways to satisfy the need for a reliable source of clean, potable water. Open lines of communication also helped the board develop a collegial, trusting relationship with the joint venture. The CH2M HILL/Western Summit team made a point of including the board in the design process. The stakeholders on the board knew that their needs and concerns were heard and addressed, creating not only a good working relationship, but also helping prevent the need for changes. Every party involved—the designers, builders and stakeholders—collaborated to develop a design that could be completed on schedule and within the mandated budget while fulfilling stakeholders’ needs. The development and implementation of the schedule also included input from all parties. And open communication alerted the design-builders to the stakeholders’ wish list of items that were not included in the contract, but—time and budget permitting—could expand and improve the project’s scope. “Free-f lowing communication was a significant benefit for the job,” says Rick Carpenter, project manager. “Trust was fostered early on and maintained throughout the project.” taCkling Challenges ProaCtively In planning, the CH2M HILL/Western Summit team concentrated on keeping workflows smooth and preventing the need to make changes later. One serious issue was the utility and other infrastructure that had to be avoided and the condition of the ground that supports it. The team’s Pothole Crew worked with surveyors, exhaustively verif ying the location of each utility. Using this information, designers finalized the pipeline design, routing its tie-in points to avoid conflicts with any utility or structure already in place. The CH2M HILL/Western Summit joint venture handled the complicated permitting process behind building facilities and pipeline on property belonging to the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land The facility includes a sediment-removal facility, a raw-water lift station, and two booster stations to pump the water. Management, Santa Fe County and the New Mexico Department of Transportation. In addition to the permitting requirements of these governmental entities, the pipeline’s path also traverses environmentally and culturally sensitive areas that are home to threatened and endangered plants and animals and may hold Native American artifacts, adding another layer of requirements. The team tracked the progress of each permit and documented every element necessary; all were granted in a timely manner. Right-of-way acquisition was another issue. Much of the pipeline was originally planned to run near or through private property, and securing easements from property owners in the very short 90-day time frame was a challenge. Some property owners refused to grant the easement, and others did not respond by the deadline, so the designers narrowed the necessary easement from 40 feet to 25 feet and rerouted the pipeline to avoid private property entirely. Working with the state Department of Transportation, the team also won a partial lane closure on frontage roads, allowing workers to perform the necessary construction expeditiously. spring//2013 7

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