CH2M HILL Wins LCRA Lower Basin Reservoir Project

DENVER, April 25, 2013 – CH2M HILL (, a global full-service consulting, design, construction and operations firm, was recently selected by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) for Phase 1 Engineering services for the Lower Basin Reservoir Project near Lane City, Texas.  CH2M HILL has performed water resources planning and study work for LCRA for many years, including the recent Water Supply Resource Plan that identified potential strategies to meet water demands through 2100.

The project will involve the following:

  • Design of an approximate 40,000 acre-foot, off-channel reservoir covering over 1,000 acres and with an earthen berm roughly 40 feet in height
  • Design for pump station and intakes rehab/upgrade with maximum capacity of 561 cubic feet/second, along with associated conveyance to and from the reservoir
  • Assessment and rehabilitation of a low-head dam on the river just downstream

The project will be delivered under a construction management at-risk (CMAR) delivery model, with CH2M HILL serving as the designer.  The estimated total project cost is $206 million, with scheduled completion for July 2017.

The CH2M HILL team will be led by project manager and global water services leader for CH2M HILL, Ken Hall.  Says Hall, “This win solidifies our leadership position in the dam and large conveyance market. The ongoing drought is really driving water providers to supplement water supplies to meet customer needs, and we expect more reservoir and conveyance projects like this in the coming years. I am confident that our team will deliver a great project for LCRA, and we are excited about this opportunity to help LCRA.”

More information about the project can be found on the LCRA website (

Headquartered near Denver, Colorado, USA, employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations, and program management for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. The firm’s work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environmental, energy, facilities and resources. With US$7 billion in revenue and 28,000 employees, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management and design firm, as ranked by Engineering News-Record and named a leader in sustainable engineering and environmental services by Verdantix. The firm was named Water Company of the Year at the 2012 Global Water Awards. Visit us at,
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