CIPO Project wins 2012 CASFM Grand Award for Engineering Excellence and a 2013 ACEC Merit Award.

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The Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers (CASFM) awarded it’s highest honor, the Grand Award for Engineering Excellence, to the Canal Importation Ponds and Outfall project (CIPO). This project was sponsored by the City of Fort Collins and designed by Anderson Consulting Engineers and Ayres Associates.  CIPO was also honored at the American Council of Engineering Companies-Colorado (ACEC) with a 2013 Merit Award.

The CIPO project provides needed flood mitigation, water quality improvements, habitat improvements, stream restoration and opportunities for outdoor wetland education activities for the Fort Collins Community. Great effort was made to avoid creating traditional “bathtub” detention ponds. Instead, the team designed multipurpose facilities for not only flood mitigation but also wildlife habitat and public trails.

The $21.5 million project’s key accomplishment is flood mitigation for nearly 200 homes and several roadways in an area immediately upstream of Colorado State University in the heart of Fort Collins.  Despite the size of the project – five regional storm ponds, 4,500 feet of large-diameter (78 to 100 inch) concrete pipe, and 250,000 cubic yards of excavation – the project earned solid public support.

The project team was assembled by the City in 2006, using the Alternative Product Delivery System (APDS).  The team consisted of Anderson Consulting Engineers, Ayres Associates and Garney Constuction.  A key aspect of the APDS system is that the design team becomes the construction team, providing a seamless transition from design to construction. The project resulted in no claims, was finished on schedule, and was completed within the $21.5 million budget with a cost savings of $3.9 million under the APDS.