ARCADIS Secures $43M for Central Virginia Water Supply Contract

The company will help Henrico County, Va., engineer an intake and pumping station on the James River and support the work for a dam and reservoir on Cobbs Creek.

ARCADIS, an international consultancy, design, engineering and management services company, announced that Henrico County, Va., selected Malcolm Pirnie to implement a regional water supply program in central Virginia.

The $43.4 million contract is part of a $280 million endeavor that will span eight years, when reservoir filling begins.

ARCADIS with its partners (Schnabel Dam Engineering, Inc., Draper Aden Associates, and Kerr Environmental Services Corporation) will provide permit compliance, engineering, design services, and construction support for an intake and pumping station on the James River, and an accompanying dam and reservoir on nearby Cobbs Creek in Cumberland County. Malcolm Pirnie was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the Cobbs Creek Regional Reservoir project, assisting the counties in establishing the regional partnership, negotiating river withdrawal conditions, and obtaining necessary permits.

"This project meets the water demands of multiple stakeholders – an accomplishment that speaks to the shared vision of several counties, as well as Malcolm Pirnie's water expertise and regulatory knowledge," said Sandy Robinson, senior vice president of the water division. "The Cobbs Creek Regional Reservoir project will ensure that a growing region in central Virginia will have access to drinking water and that the rural nature of the reservoir host community is preserved."

The project aims to alleviate potential drinking water shortages to 2055, while providing environmental benefits to the James River as water is released from the reservoir during low-flow conditions.


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