Graham-Aecon Joint Venture, a 50/50 consortium between Aecon and Graham Construction, has been awarded a $273-million design-build contract by the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Corporation (BPWTC) for the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant Renewal Project near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

The scope of work includes demolition, earthworks, structural fabrication, electrical and instrumentation work, and the construction of concrete foundations and commercial buildings to deliver both new and retrofitted infrastructure. The upgrades will modernize technology, improve residual water management practices and increase the capacity of the facility. Construction is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2022, with anticipated completion in the second quarter of 2025.

“We are proud to be upgrading such a critical piece of infrastructure,” says Ian Dickinson, executive vice president of Water at Graham. “The original plant was commissioned in 1955 and last upgraded over 30 years ago. This renewal is crucial to meet the region’s growing population and its demand for safe and reliable potable water. We are also excited to partner with the Corporation to deliver this project through a Progressive-Design-Build model, which has enabled a partnership approach throughout the preconstruction phase and has been invaluable in enabling the project to move forward into construction.”

Situated near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant provides potable water to over 260,000 residents located in the cities of Regina, Moose Jaw and surrounding areas. The rejuvenated plant will be able to meet the forecasted demands of the regional requirements for potable water for decades.

“The Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant has been integral in providing reliable, safe and high-quality water to surrounding communities for decades and this critical project will ensure the facility has the capacity to meet the needs of growing populations,” said Jean-Louis Servranckx, president and CEO, Aecon Group Inc. “We look forward to working with our client and partner as we bring our industry-leading industrial and water infrastructure expertise to deliver this sustainable project.”

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