Company:
Orange County Sanitation District
Status:
Awarded
Awarded:
Water/Wastewater Treatment Project of the Year
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Newhope-Placentia Trunk Sewer Replacement Project

Project Location:

The project is located along State College Boulevard between Yorba Linda Boulevard and Orangewood Avenue in the cities of Fullerton and Anaheim, Orange County, CA

Project Description:

This project is replacing almost seven miles of the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) Newhope-Placentia Trunk Sewer along State College Boulevard in the Cities of Fullerton and Anaheim to accommodate 2040 peak wet weather flows. The State College Boulevard Sewer Project was split into multiple phases to better align with city project schedules and to minimize impact to the commuting and neighboring public.

Phase A of the project has completed construction.  It consisted of replacing over two miles of sewer from the Yorba Linda Pump Station at Yorba Linda Boulevard and Associated Road in Fullerton, proceeding toward State College Boulevard moving south, terminating just south of the State Route-91 in the City of Anaheim. Phase B of the project concludes at Orangewood Avenue in the City of Anaheim and is currently under construction.

Project Justification:

The project will allow OCSD to abandon the aging Yorba Linda Pump Station facility, saving on future operational and maintenance costs. Current wastewater flows are routed to the Huntington Beach Plant for treatment and discharged into the Pacific Ocean. This project will add flexibility to the wastewater collections system to be able to recycle an additional 8 million gallons of wastewater by routing it to the Fountain Valley Plant for treatment before being sent to the Groundwater Replenishment System, the world’s largest water purification system for indirect potable reuse. This project is directly contributing to Orange County’s water reliability.

Special Circumstances:

The successful completion of Phase A was due to the collaboration and close coordination between the Contractor, the City of Fullerton, California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), City of Anaheim, Design Consultant, and the OCSD Construction Management (CM) Team. The OCSD CM Team coordinated well in advance with the City of Fullerton and CSUF to minimize impacts to the community. An aggressive Design, Bidding, and Award schedule allowed the project to be constructed with reduced impacts to the City of Fullerton’s residents and CSUF students and faculty. In addition, this advance coordination permitted OCSD and the Contractor to have more flexible traffic control to be implemented with reduced work restrictions.

Concurrent to the OCSD Newhope-Placentia sewer project, the City of Fullerton and the Orange County Transportation Authority had a Grade Separation Project where a portion of State College Boulevard was completely closed to through traffic. This reduced the number of vehicles travelling along State College Boulevard.  To take advantage of the lower traffic volume on State College Boulevard due to the grade separation project and based on input from the City of Fullerton and the close coordination during the design of the project, a milestone was set to complete Phase A construction before the completion of the grade separation and the street reopening.  This constraint required an accelerated design and construction schedule.  The milestone was successfully met and accomplished.  A secondary milestone was also put in place to complete all construction by the CSUF campus during the summer months when school was not in session to avoid major impacts to approximately 40,000 CSUF students and faculty members.  This milestone was also successfully met.

Phase B of the project runs directly in front of Angel Stadium. With the busy summer season and multiple large-scale winter events, close coordination with Angel Stadium staff began well in advance of construction. The OCSD CM team has built a rapport with stadium staff that has facilitated coordination of critical work that needs to occur as part of the project. The ease of communication and cooperation has proven invaluable to the progress of the project thus far.

The project received a $1 million grant from the Department of Water Resources as part of the Proposition 84 Integrated Regional Water Management Implementation Grant. 

Project Attachments:

OCSD had a dedicated Public Outreach team that was assigned to the project during the design phase to work closely with the team and identify and potential issues that may arise during construction. During that time the outreach team conducted a community survey to seek feedback from the public regarding acceptable work hours and held community meetings. The survey indicated that the public would allow extended work hours if it reduced the overall construction time. The data gathered helped the Construction Management team understand the community and facilitate the flow of information being shared. For Phase A of the project community meetings were held prior to construction to introduce the team and provide project details to the public. As construction started and progressed along the alignment, notifications were mailed out, email alerts were sent out, and website posting were made. There was a dedicated Community Liaison that was available to answer question and provide any information desired via a Construction Hotline that was manned 24/7. The OCSD Outreach Team worked closely with City of Fullerton staff to keep them abreast of the communication pieces distributed as well as with the various schools in the area to keep parents and student informed. The overall efforts resulted in a smooth project with minimal complaints.

Phase B has a different demographic, there is a large concentration of businesses with residential lofts and condos sprinkled throughout the alignment. Outreach efforts area modified for this phase to make sure we are reaching those impacted by construction. The Community Liaison canvassed the area prior to the start of instruction to introduce herself to the businesses, provide contact information, and explain what would be occurring in front of their businesses over the course of the project. Residential complexes receive notices via their property managing office. Email alerts, text alerts, and social media posts are used in greater frequency as they have proven to be better ways to reach the residents in the area.  There has also been extensive coordination with City of Anaheim Staff to get messages out. Articles have been posted in their local city magazine, their website, and social media posts have been shared through their platform.

Award Citation::

The Orange County Sanitation District Newhope-Placentia Trunk Sewer Replacement Project improves seven miles of the regional sewer system along State College Boulevard in the cities of Fullerton and Anaheim by upsizing the pipeline to increase capacity and adds flexibility to the wastewater collection system with the ability to divert flows ultimately providing an additional 8 million gallons of wastewater to be treated and recycled.

Suggested Award Summary:

The Orange County Sanitation District Newhope-Placentia Trunk Sewer Replacement Project improves seven miles of the regional sewer system along State College Boulevard in the cities of Fullerton and Anaheim by upsizing the pipeline to increase capacity and adds flexibility to the wastewater collection system with the ability to divert flows. Once completed, 8 million gallons of wastewater per day will be diverted to OCSD’s Plant No. 1 in Fountain Valley to be treated before being sent to the Groundwater Replenishment System. In addition, the project will allow for the abandonment of the Yorba Linda Pump Station located in the California State University, Fullerton parking lot, which will save OCSD operations and maintenance cost as well as future cost for upgrades. 

The project received a $1 million grant from the Department of Water Resources as part of the Proposition 84 Integrated Regional Water Management Implementation Grant. 

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