The votes are in and the ENR regional editors have selected international water consulting and engineering firm MWH Global, based in Broomfield, Colo., as the Mountain States Design Firm of the Year for 2013. MWH specializes in design, consulting, construction and management of wet infrastructure projects of all sizes and levels of complexity, from municipal treatment plants to its leading role in the expansion of the Panama Canal. A feature story about the firm and its recent work will appear in the June issue of ENR Mountain States.
The consulting firm, which also has a regional office in Salt Lake City, is ranked in the top 10 design firms in both the Colorado and Intermountain areas, based on 2012 revenues. (Those final rankings will also appear in the June issue.)
MWH is currently leading the largest water project in the region, the $1-billion-plus Southern Delivery System in the Colorado Springs area. The SDS is a major regional program of work that, when completed, will allow conveyance of water from the Arkansas River to the partner communities of Colorado Springs, the city of Fountain, Security Water District and Pueblo West Metropolitan District. Colorado Springs Utilities manages the program with support from MWH.
The firm is also working on many other large water projects in the region, including a wastewater pretreatment facility at the West Jordan, Utah; a production facility for yogurt-maker The Dannon Co.; a $135-million upgrade and expansion of the wastewater treatment plant for the Central Weber (Utah) Sewer Improvements District; a canal replacement in Cache County, Utah; and ongoing work for the Central Utah Water Conservancy District, Lake Powell Hydroelectric, the Utah Lake Pump Station and Fort Peck in Montana, among others.
MWH has a broad definition of wet infrastructure that also includes energy work, including hydropower, and the firm will continue to focus on that as the cornerstone of its business, says MWH Global CEO Alan Krause. MWH recently opened an office in Africa and has plans to expand its consulting and design services to other corners of the globe.