SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Jan. 10, 2024) – Salt Lake City’s Department of Public Utilities (SLCDPU) is excited to announce that crews working to construct the City’s New Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) have achieved a major milestone: one million hours worked. The New WRF is nearly the largest public infrastructure project in the City’s history, second only to the SLC International Airport rebuild. The project broke ground in 2019, in partnership with Sundt/PCL.
“At peak points throughout the project, we have nearly 400 local craft service laborers on site,” said SLCDPU Deputy Director Jason Brown. “Achieving the ‘one million hours worked’ milestone is a testament to the coordination and collaboration required of a project this size.” The New WRF project benefits from regular and ongoing staff interaction, under the watch of Sundt/PCL, AECOM, JACOBS, and SLCDPU leadership.
Sundt/PCL provides construction management and general contracting services for the New WRF project. “This ‘one million hours worked’ milestone is the culmination of many different efforts,” said Mauricio Ramos, district manager for PCL’s civil infrastructure division. “From local engineers to pipe layers, journeymen, construction trade workers, foremen, and general laborers, every team member has been instrumental in reaching this benchmark. The collaboration between PCL and Sundt has been a testament to our shared commitment to excellence and innovation.”
"Our crews are working together seamlessly to ensure that the final product meets the goals and needs of the community," said Sam Reidy, senior vice president and district manager for Sundt. "Celebrating this milestone recognizes the hard work and commitment each member of the project team has made to this project and the Sundt/PCL partnership."
Once completed, Salt Lake City’s new WRF will serve over 200,000 residents as well as those who commute downtown to work or visit. It will replace the City’s current, and only, wastewater treatment facility, which is over 60 years old and near the end of its service life. Maintaining reliable operations at the existing facility while constructing the new WRF nearby has been critical for the project’s success. Since breaking ground in 2019, the project team has completed approximately 65% of structural concrete work as well as soil mitigation, deep foundation work, and the installation of underground utilities.
To learn more about the New WRF project, visit www.MakeItPureSLC.com.
About Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities
Established in 1876, the Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities is the oldest retail water provider in the West. We are committed to serving our customers and protecting our environment by delivering high-quality drinking water, managing flood control and stormwater, collecting and treating wastewater to standards that exceed EPA regulations, and maintaining and enhancing public street lighting. We actively protect our source waters in the Wasatch canyons watershed and promote conservation through efficient water use.
Sundt Construction, Inc. (www.sundt.com) is one of the country's largest and most respected general contractors. The 133-year-old firm specializes in transportation, industrial, building, concrete, and renewable power work and is owned entirely by its approximately 2,500-plus employees. Sundt is distinguished by its diverse capabilities and experience, unique employee-ownership culture, and depth of self-perform expertise in nine major trades. Much of Sundt's workforce is comprised of skilled craft professionals who, together with the company's administrative employees, enable Sundt to fulfill its mission to be the most skilled builder in America. Sundt has 13 offices throughout California, Arizona, North Carolina, Texas, Florida, Portland-metro, and Utah and is currently ranked the country's 62nd largest construction company by ENR, the industry's principal trade magazine.
About PCL Construction
PCL is a group of independent construction companies that operates throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Australia. As one of the largest contracting organizations in North America, PCL completes more than $6 billion USD in work annually, building projects that shape communities. The company’s 100% employee ownership model fuels a culture of commitment for clients in the buildings, civil infrastructure, heavy industrial and solar markets. With a strategic presence in more than 30 major centers, PCL’s leadership teams consistently drive innovation and set new benchmarks for excellence, bringing unparalleled skill to every project. Watch us build at PCL.com.