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Screen Shot 2015-04-17 at 12.14.23 PMIWS is now providing services to clients in North Dakota to support the infrastructure and development boom accompanying the Bakken Oil Field development. Clients are looking for turn-key solutions for the permitting, design, and construction of onsite water and wastewater services.

Jeff Thomas (VP) of IWS says, “Clients are looking for solutions, they need projects to move quickly to capture the market opportunities they are presented with. IWS is teaming with local engineering firms and providing our expertise to offer a Design-Build project delivery.”

Screen Shot 2015-04-17 at 12.14.33 PMIn June IWS began work to permit, design, and construct a wastewater treatment plant for a 200 unit mixed use development (mobile home park and single family homes) in the Bakken Formation Region of Western ND. IWS teamed with a major regional engineering firm on the project and IWS focused exclusively on the water and wastewater infrastructure, with the teaming partner providing all the site civil functions (planning, entitlements, roads, collection and distribution lines, and site electrical).

Like many projects in North Dakota, the objective was to move the project quickly to the construction phase to meet the Owner’s development schedule. The teaming approach streamlined the regulatory approvals and overall project permitting process.

Through close collaboration with the regulators, engineering partner, and owner, IWS was able to reduce the project delivery schedule by months. An additional benefit of using a design-build project delivery was that constructibility feedback was incorporated into the design, reducing the overall capital budget of the infrastructure. IWS seeks to use this project execution template for future developments in the Bakken region. In addition to the DB approach, IWS is offering construction services for projects that are being delivered on a traditional design-bid-build basis. The flexibility of IWS crews to work in remote locations that don’t have the traditional infrastructure dovetails well with the realities of the North Dakota market. Setting up camp is not new to the IWS crews who have worked on remote islands, mountain, and desert locations. The weather is certainly a factor and also an opportunity for IWS to continue delivering its excellence in DB and Construction Services. 

For more information, contact the editor, Peter C. Balas, pcbalas@integratedwaterservices.com.

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