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CVWD newest building receives national award

Posted on September 16, 2020 at 10:20 AM by Diane Carmony

CVWD’s Critical Support Services building has won a national award for its design.

It is one of three projects to earn the National Award of Merit in the water/wastewater category from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). It is a finalist in the same category for the National Award of Excellence and Project of the Year 2020.

DBIA said the award “showcases not only an extraordinary project, but also how the project team went well above and beyond achieving cost, schedule and quality goals, demonstrating unique applications of design-build best practices. “

The 23,385-square foot, two-story structure sits between the Operations and Steve Robbins Administration buildings on the District’s Palm Desert campus. It houses four operation centers, the Water Quality Laboratory, the SCADA Control Room, the Emergency Operations Center and the Information Systems server/radio room and related facilities. Its design ensures the building will remain operational after a major earthquake and has redundant power backups to continue reliable water service.

The $14 million building broke ground in January 2018. It was completed in December 2018 and Environmental Services and Information Systems staff moved into the building in February 2019.

The award also recognizes the design-build firm, Swinerton, Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects, SWS Engineering Inc. and specialty contractors McParlane & Associates.

To see other DBIA award winners, visit

Tag(s): #dbia, #cvwd


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