Monday, October 3, 2011

ASCE Honors New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel Project Team


The San Francisco Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) selected New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel for its Large Project of the Year award.

Located in San Mateo County near Polhemus Road, this project is at final completion.

Several members of the project team joined Julie Labonte, Director of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Water System Improvement Program (WSIP), in celebrating the achievement at the San Francisco Section annual dinner in late September. Labonte accepted the award on behalf of Peninsula Regional Project Manager Husam Masri who was out of the country at the time.

One of the very first WSIP regional projects, the new 4,200 foot tunnel and pipeline in San Mateo County was completed ahead of schedule using less than 4% of its contingency funds. An Arup Brierley team assisted SFPUC’s engineering team led by Project Engineer Gilbert Tang with the design. Shank/Balfour Beatty excavated the tunnel using a 12-foot-diameter shielded disc-cutterhead tunnel boring machine. Jacobs Associates of San Francisco provided the construction management.

Labonte applauded the combined team’s excellent design and construction management within strict budget and schedule constraints while contending successfully with neighbors in close proximity and active creek habitats. “Only the best team work can produce such an exceptional performance,” said Labonte.

Here is a photo of the project team at the ASCE event in late September. Congratulations!

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