West Yost is working with the Stanislaus Regional Water Authority to develop and implement a new treated surface water supply to serve the cities of Turlock and Ceres, California. The declining quality and availability of groundwater supplies serving the customers of both Ceres and Turlock makes this regional project critical to the future water supply in this region. West Yost helped to develop a road map to construct the raw water facilities, treatment plant, finished water transmission mains, and the local distribution facilities necessary to connect with each City’s local system.
West Yost’s team provided a quick start on this project through technical analyses that assisted in effective decision making in order to capture funding opportunities.
West Yost guided SRWA and their Board Members through the evaluation and selection of project delivery options. The evaluation included a presentation of the project delivery alternatives, a narrowed focus on the most viable alternatives, development of a weighted alternative delivery matrix based upon a set of relevant evaluation criteria, presentations by members of the alternative delivery procurement community, and the ultimate selection of Lump Sum Design Build (DB) as the project delivery method.
The West Yost team prepared procurement documents for a two-part procurement of the design-build contractor. The DB contract was executed in July 2020 and is currently in the design and construction phases of the project. West Yost remains engaged as SRWA’s engineer for contract compliance oversight, DB contractor engagement, and design review. The project is scheduled to be operational and providing surface water to the Cities of Ceres and Turlock in Summer 2023.
West Yost’s services included:
- Design of Wet Well
- Public Outreach Program Implementation
- Project Delivery Method Evaluation and Selection
- Preparation of Request for Qualifications and Requests for Proposals for Design-Build Procurement
- Design-Build contract negotiation
- Preparation of applications for successful State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan and Prop 1 and WaterSMART grants
Notable Features of the Project
- Lump Sum Design-Build project delivery method
- Two-step procurement process and successful contract negotiation
- Successful in obtaining low-interest loan and several grants to reduce customer rates