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  • CPO to Manage Some of RWRD’s Capital Projects

    The Capital Program Office (CPO) will be taking over management of a number of capital improvement projects for the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD). 

    CPO has long handled capital improvement projects for other departments at Pima County, but larger public works departments such as RWRD have traditionally handled their own projects. Now, however, CPO will be taking on management duties for some of RWRD’s larger projects once they have been defined and planned for the coming year. 

    CPO Director Nancy Cole said that her office would not be taking over RWRD’s entire capital improvement program; rather, they will manage individual projects to ensure that they meet their intended schedule, scope and budget. 

    “Our expertise is project management,” Cole said at the June 23 meeting of the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Advisory Committee (RWRAC). 

    “As departments are feeling the pinch from a resource perspective, we are looking for creative solutions for how we can work together to deliver the same amount of services with less resources,” she said. 

    Cole said that CPO would focus on using its project management skills to guide each project to completion efficiently. 

    “Risks, alternatives, stakeholders, a communication plan, how we are going to procure the best methodology for construction delivery—all those things are part of that package,” she said. 

    RWRD Director Jackson Jenkins said CPO will be taking on six of RWRD’s budgeted projects for the next fiscal year, covering about $29-$30 million dollars of the department’s $54 million budget for capital improvement projects. 

    The projects that CPO will be taking on are the Old Nogales Interceptor/Aerospace Corridor project, the Continental Ranch regional pump station project, the planned sewer extension to Canoa Ranch, the Northwest outfall siphon, backup generators for Tres Ríos Water Reclamation Facility, and the solar-powered Class A biosolids drying project

    RWRD will be retaining management of about nine of its other projects, which include minor projects such as manhole rehabilitation.