Twenty years ago, a tug pushing a barge across Biscayne Bay ran into an access structure sitting atop a shallowly buried 72” force main. The resulting damage caused a spill of over 11 million gallons of wastewater into the Outstanding Florida Waters. The repair was performed by a design-build team, with CMA serving as the engineer of record for this difficult repair. Since that project, CMA has served as the engineer for over $200M in design-build projects, ranging from those that were based on a performance specifications, like the $100M Outer Cudjoe Wastewater Collection Project in the Florida Keys, to those that operated under emergency timelines, like the Emergency 48” Force Main Bypass Project in Fort Lauderdale.
Design-Build, when properly scoped, procured, and managed, is an incredibly effective tool for utility owners to take the best ideas from both the design and construction world, putting a specific emphasis on efficiency with regards to both schedule and budget. CMA has effectively worked with a wide variety of contractors and has delivered highly successful projects, accomplishing this through strong relationships, stronger agreements, and fundamental core values of transparency and integrity. Offering owner’s representative, design criteria package, and engineer of record services, CMA participates in the full cycle of a design-build project.