The Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir project in Fannin County is the first new reservoir constructed in Texas in nearly three decades and is a critical new source of water for the north Texas communities served by the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD). NTMWD began permitting required for the project in 2003; broke ground on May 25, 2018; and anticipates water delivery in 2022. The project will pipe water from the new lake 35 miles to a new water treatment plant to be constructed in Leonard, Texas.
The five major components of the project include: (1) reservoir dam and intake, (2) raw water pipeline, (3) water treatment plant (initial capacity of 70 million gallons per day (MGD), (4) roadway improvements and bridge, and environmental mitigation area. The lake surface area is 16,641 acres, has a storage capacity up to 367,609 acre-feet, yields up to 108 MGD, and involves environmental mitigation improvements on nearly 17,000 acres. The estimated construction cost for the lake and associated projects is $1.6 billion. The project is essential to meet water needs of about 80 communities in North Texas, including Fannin County residents; enable use of additional water supplies from Lake Texoma; support economic growth in the region; and provide recreational opportunities, such as fishing and boating.
Foster CM Group is a providing Construction Inspections services on the project as a subconsultant to Freese & Nichols (FNI), who have multiple inspectors assigned to each one of the five major contracts. Each Inspector will communicate with the CM overseeing each assigned project on a regular basis to carry out the daily inspection services being provided. Our staff is observing ongoing construction activities on a daily basis and producing Daily Construction Reports (DCRs) documenting these activities. The primary roles and responsibilities of the Inspection staff is to:
- Serve as point of contact for the CM on assigned construction contracts, with primary responsibility for construction quality assurance;
- Inspect construction work on a daily basis to determine that construction is in conformance with Contract Documents;
- Prepare DCRs documenting daily construction activities, number of construction staff on site, equipment staged and/or operating on site, visitors the site, discussions of any field issues with any parties, and any other information pertinent to or potentially impacting the project;
- Assist the CM and NTMWD staff when needed to coordinate construction activities that may impact the NTMWD’s ongoing operations;
- Coordinate the efforts of CMT laboratories and technicians; verify quantities of work in place and assist CM in the review the payment requests and supporting documentation;
- Attend periodic project coordination meetings (bi-weekly or monthly) when requested by the CM to provide updates and inputs on construction progress and issues as appropriate; attend other project related construction meetings as needed;
- Assist CM in preparation of notices of defective work; assist in coordinating the resolution of non-compliant work with the CMAR;
- Document and follow up on non-conforming work to determine that acceptable correction of defects is accomplished;
- Maintain a working set of record documents and determine that measurements required for record documents are taken before work is covered; and
- Take photographs to document differing site conditions, change order and claim items, and any special or unique conditions as they arise.
- Construction Inspections
Construction Cost: $1.6 billion (entire program)