With the two single largest construction projects for SDS now under way, millions of dollars are being infused into the local economy while providing employment opportunities.
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is continuing excavation work at the site of the future water treatment plant in El Paso County – at the intersection of Hwy 94 and Marksheffel Road. Once complete, crews will have excavated one million cubic yards of earth – enough dirt to fill Coors Field –to build the $125 million facility.
Additionally, Archer Western Construction, LLC—the prime contractor selected to construct the three raw-water pump stations—recently began activities that will provide other opportunities for local businesses. The pump stations – one in Pueblo County and two in El Paso County – will help move SDS water from Pueblo Reservoir through the pipeline. Learn more about pump station opportunities.
Both McCarthy and Archer Western are collaborating with a number of southern Colorado companies to construct these complex facilities. These companies are seeking to employ carpenters, pipe fitters, equipment operators, general laborers, and others to help support construction. Those with experience in gang and deck forming systems are encouraged to inquire. Learn more about water treatment plant opportunities.
SDS Job Fairs Planned
Colorado Springs Utilities, in collaboration with Archer Western and McCarthy, will host job fairs in Colorado Springs and Pueblo to highlight upcoming employment opportunities on the water treatment plant and raw water pump stations. Details will be posted at www.SDSwater.org once the event plans are in place. Timing is anticipated to be in late July.
Economic Benefits of SDS
At the water treatment plant groundbreaking in March, local officials and businesses shared their perspectives on the positive impacts of the SDS project: View Economic Benefits video.
• More than 340 businesses and organizations have worked on SDS to date including 180 local companies.
• Of the $337 million spent through March 2013, $224 million has benefitted companies in El Paso County, Pueblo and Fremont counties.
• Getting SDS construction to the finish line will take an estimated 3,000 workers performing more than 2.5 million hours of work.