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RVA Wins Two OPWA Project of the Year Awards

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(January 2016) – The Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) has presented R.V. Anderson Associates Limited (RVA) with two Project of the Year Awards: one for a project undertaken for Niagara Region and a second for a project with the City of Greater Sudbury.

Dominion Road Sewage Pumping Station and Force Main – Winner of the Structural, $2 to $10 million category

Dominion Road SPS

The first award was given to the Dominion Road Sewage Pumping Station and Force Main project in the “Structural, $2 to $10 million” category. RVA provided project management, design, and engineering services during construction to Niagara Region. The goal was to replace the existing sewage pumping station to address the Region’s operational and growth needs. The project, which had a capital cost of $8.1 million, also required RVA to replace 3.5 km of force main and to reconstruct approximately 2.5 km of local roads, replacements which considerably extend the service life of the structures.

One of the major project challenges was to keep the existing station operational while the new station was under construction. The work also needed to be performed on a very constrained site. RVA used complex construction sequencing and contract coordination to work around these challenges. The resulting works, which were completed in 2014, will help to ensure reliable wastewater servicing for the residents of the Town of Fort Erie for years to come.

Sudbury Wastewater Treatment Plant Head House Upgrades – Winner of the Environment, $10 to $50 million category

Sudbury WWTP Head House

The second winner is the Sudbury Wastewater Treatment Plant Head House Upgrades in the “Environment, $10 to $50 million” category. RVA successfully provided project management, design, and engineering services during construction of this $11-million project, which used practical problem solving and modern innovation to maximize the use of existing infrastructure and achieve significant cost savings.

The Head House, which was experiencing significant operations and maintenance issues, would have cost approximately $30 million in today’s dollars to replace. Instead of replacing the facility, RVA used an innovative sequencing plan to build the new wastewater treatment works on top of the existing ones. This way, service to approximately 95,000 residents remained uninterrupted throughout construction and the City of Greater Sudbury was able to save $19 million compared to the original replacement plan.

As part of the upgrade, RVA also eliminated the need for an intermediate pumping station, allowing the City to save approximately $125,000 per year in energy costs.

RVA is thrilled to again be honoured with awards for project excellence “Winning OPWA epitomizes RVA’s quality, innovation and value engineering approach to our projects and our clients’ needs,” says Shawn N. Scott, president of RVA. “We endeavor to provide our clients with the highest quality and value.”
RVA has been awarded at least one OPWA Project of the Year Award every year since 2008. The firm won three awards from OPWA in 2014, and another two awards in 2013.

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