Keller, TX Alta Vista Pump Station CMAR

The Mission Critical team partnered with Felix Construction, to win this $6.5M Alta Vista Pump Station Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for the City of Keller, Texas. This competitive, three-phase alternative delivery procurement included a Statement of Qualifications, Statement of Proposal, and extensive preparation for the team interview. Significantly, this project represents Felix’s first alternative delivery pursuit and win in Texas. The project will improve the water / wastewater infrastructure of the City of Keller by expanding the pump station to better meet the City’s water consumption and distribution needs.

The City of Keller (the City) currently receives its water supply from the City of Fort Worth. Approximately 35% of that water supply is delivered through the Alta Vista Pump Station (AVPS). The City cannot meet its regular water demands without the AVPS, but the pump station is currently undersized based on the City’s growth and need. The City has determined that the AVPS will be the primary facility for expanding future water supplies, as delivered from the City of Fort Worth, and will likely expand to account for up to 60% of the City’s overall water needs. The AVPS is currently undersized for these potential demands, especially considering the peaks in demand during a dry Texas summer.

The City is procuring this project to expand the AVPS’s pumping capacity to 18 million gallons per day (18 MGD) to meet its current and future needs. The project includes the construction of a new 18 MGD pump station, demolition of the existing pump station, and the associated construction phasing and sequencing to maintain existing operations along with ancillary facilities. In addition, improvements to the existing facilities are needed to improve safety, reliability and functionality.

Mission Critical’s Impact

Collaborative development of highly technical content is a key benefit to Mission Critical’s pursuit management scope. In pursuing this City of Keller pump station project, Mission Critical and the Felix team overcame two significant hurdles:

  1. Breaking into any market can be difficult, but Texas provides a unique challenge with a strong, existing cadre of local and regional construction firms that dominate many sectors of the market. Mission Critical leveraged our knowledge from other alternative delivery work in the Dallas-Fort Worth region to avoid “boilerplate narrative” and craft unique content that was region, city, and project specific.
  2. Felix was exceptionally qualified to both perform the work and lead the project as the Construction Manager at Risk, but did not bring similar Texas project experience. Even with a local Texas office, their relevant waterworks, pump station, and alternative delivery experience was primarily from other states. Mission Critical’s writing team ensured that every page of the proposal provided a comparison and contrast of similar scopes along with success and lessons learned which Felix would bring to the City.

We are excited to have pursued this City of Keller project and help to earn a key win with the Felix team. Preconstruction for this project is slated to start in November, 2017.

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