One of the more visible components of construction at the SDS Water Treatment Plant is the 10-million-gallon raw water storage tank that sits at the highest point of the site.
The plant, located at Marksheffel Road north of Highway 94, is making steady progress, and work on the concrete dome tank has been highly visible through the first half of 2014. The tank has several components, and local contractors have literally laid the foundation for success. R.E. Monks of Colorado Springs, Araco Concrete of Fountain, and Pate Construction of Pueblo West partnered on the project, playing an important role in the foundation for the massive tank.
"This project was good timing for us because the economy had crashed, and we were just starting to bounce back," said Dave Pate, VP of Operations for Pate Construction. "SDS is such a large project, as a smaller contractor, I wasn't sure what we would bid on. The tank work was just right. This has been a good project."
Pate Construction has been in business for 40 years and has developed a strong working relationship with several area contractors and utilities. The company spent several months at the plant performing grading, concrete, drain installation, and other work for the inlet and outlet of the tank.
SDS continues to benefit the local economy. Through the first half of 2014, more than $450 million in work for SDS has gone to nearly 400 businesses in Colorado. See the latest business outreach report recapping benefits to local businesses.
"Generally, DN Tanks has smaller crew sizes, but then we reach out to the local business community to put projects like this together," said Matt Nedella, Project Engineer for DN Tanks, which is collaborating with McCarthy Building Companies to build the tank. Work on the SDS Water Treatment Plant is on schedule to deliver water to residents and businesses in 2016.