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Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities and Sundt/PCL Announce One Million Hours Worked

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Salt Lake City’s Department of Public Utilities (SLCDPU) announces that crews working to construct the city’s new Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) have achieved a major milestone: one million hours worked. The WRF is nearly the largest public infrastructure project in the city’s history, second only to the SLC International Airport rebuild. The project broke ground in 2019, in partnership with Sundt/PCL.

“At peak points throughout the project, we have nearly 400 local craft service laborers on site,” SLCDPU Deputy Director Jason Brown said. “Achieving the ‘one million hours worked’ milestone is a testament to the coordination and collaboration required of a project this size.” The WRF project benefits from regular and ongoing staff interaction, under the watch of Sundt/PCL, AECOM, Jacobs, and SLCDPU leadership.

Sundt/PCL provides construction management and general contracting services for the WRF project. “This ‘one million hours worked’ milestone is the culmination of many different efforts,” said Mauricio Ramos, District Manager for PCL’s civil infrastructure division. “From local engineers to pipe layers, journeymen, construction trade workers, foremen, and general laborers, every team member has been instrumental in reaching this benchmark. The collaboration between PCL and Sundt has been a testament to our shared commitment to excellence and innovation.”

“Our crews are working together seamlessly to ensure that the final product meets the goals and needs of the community,” said Sam Reidy, Senior Vice President and District Manager for Sundt. “Celebrating this milestone recognizes the hard work and commitment each member of the project team has made to this project and the Sundt/PCL partnership.”

Once completed, Salt Lake City’s new WRF will serve over 200,000 residents as well as those who commute downtown to work or visit. It will replace the city’s current, and only, wastewater treatment facility, which is over 60 years old and near the end of its service life. Maintaining reliable operations at the existing facility while constructing the new WRF nearby has been critical for the project’s success. Since breaking ground in 2019, the project team has completed approximately 65 percent of structural concrete work as well as soil mitigation, deep foundation work, and the installation of underground utilities.

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