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Associated Engineering part of the team to deliver Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant Renewal Project In Saskatchewan

We are proud to announce that Associated Engineering is part of the team awarded the contract to deliver the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant Renewal Project, working in collaboration with Graham, Aecon, and Stantec! The Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant Renewal Project is the first water infrastructure project in Canada to be delivered using the Progressive Design Build model, which brings together construction, engineering, and operations to work collaboratively to deliver the project. Associated Engineering has worked with the team to complete the facility design and issued construction drawings with early construction activities beginning in June 2022 for this $273 million renewal. Associated Engineering is responsible for the civil, structuralelectrical, and building mechanical design. Discipline leads Scott Miller, Risto Protic, Louis De Lange, and Peter Hooge (Associated’s Project Manager) have been engaged since the project kicked off in June 2020. The project will be constructed and commissioned in coordination with the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant Corporation and is expected to be completed in 2025. 

The existing Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant was originally designed and constructed in the 1950’s to provide drinking water to the Cities of Regina and Moose Jaw. The facility has been expanded several times to accommodate increased water demand and population, but has not seen significant refurbishment since Associated Engineering designed the last expansion in 1988/89. The Buffalo Pound Renewal Project will modernize the facility with newer technologies, improve residuals management practices and increase the total capacity to 220 ML/d, while minimizing disruptions to the current operation during construction. The renewal design replaces the existing conventional clarification and filtration processes with high rate Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF), ozone for taste and odour reduction, and biological activated carbon filtration. Major components of the design also include the rehabilitation of existing structures, new and upgraded residual dewatering ponds for sludge handling, and a new administration building and workshop.

“I’m extremely proud of our design team and the collaborative approach taken to reach this exciting milestone,” says Doug Olson, Associated Engineering’s Senior Vice President, Water, and Quality Manager for the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant Renewal. “I started my career with Associated Engineering as an inspector during the 1988 expansion of the Buffalo Pound WTP and it is always rewarding to be involved with repeat clients and plant expansions throughout my career.” Associated Engineering is excited to be part of this major renewal delivering improved operability, increased capacity and long-term reliability.

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