Capital Project Strategies, LLC
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Water and Wastewater Industry

The role of Capital Project Strategies in the water/wastewater industry involves assisting public and private owners in the procurement and execution of projects using collaborative delivery processes, such as construction manager at-risk (CMAR) and design-build.  Our typical services involve:

  • Assisting the owner in determining the most appropriate delivery and procurement strategy
  • Developing or assisting the owner in its development of procurement and contract documents
  • Serving as a resource to the owner's evaluation team
  • Advising the owner on the project's commercial issues, including the negotiation of GMP amendments for CMAR and progressive design-build projects
  • Providing advice on issues that arise during project execution


Some of our representative assignments are those listed below:


  • Northeast Water Purification Plant Expansion Project (City of Houston).  The country's largest and most complicated progressive design-build water project, this $1.7 billion project adds 320 million gallons per day (mgd) to the existing plant's capacity.  We have been involved as part of the City's advisory team since the project's inception in 2014. 
  • Clean Rivers Project (DC Water). This $2.6 billion project is one of the country’s largest CSO programs.  It includes 18 miles of tunnels and various upgrades to DC Water's Blue Plains treatment plant, including a tunnel dewatering pump station and enhanced clarification facility.  We have served as a member of DC Water's advisory team since 2007.  Much of the project, including all of the tunnels, is being delivered through traditionally-procured design-build.


  • RiverRenew Project (Alexandria Renew Enterprises) This $500 million project includes a new network of deep tunnels and sewers and modifications to Alex Renew’s existing treatment facility.  The tunnels and tunnel dewatering pump station are being delivered through traditionally-procured design-build.  Among its unique attributes is that it is running through historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, which raises a host of technical and stakeholder challenges.  We have been involved as part of the owner’s advisory team since the inception of the project in 2018.


  • Northern Treatment Plant (Metro Wastewater Reclamation District, Denver, CO)This 24 mgd, $475 million sewage treatment plant was delivered through progressive design-build and completed in 2017.  We were involved at the inception of the project in 2009.  At that time, this was the largest water/wastewater project in the country using progressive design-build. 


In addition to the Clean Rivers and RiverRenew projects, we have worked on several other major tunnels using design-build, including Lake Mead Intake No. 3 for the Southern Nevada Water Authority (one of the first water tunnels using design-build).  We have also provided services on several biosolids projects, including those developed by DC Water and the City of Kansas City, both of which are based on technology using Cambi’s thermal hydrolysis system.  


Aside from client work, Mike Loulakis has been very active in developing best practices and contract documents for the water/wastewater industry through the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) and Water Design-Build Council (WDBC), where he serves as an independent member of the board of directors. 




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