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City of Greensboro capitalizes on CMAR project delivery

Apr 2016

April 2016 — The City of Greensboro, North Carolina, faced ongoing challenges to maintain existing infrastructure while complying with current and upcoming regulatory requirements. As a result, the City’s Water Resources Department initiated two capital improvement projects to improve treatment operations and meet future regulatory requirements with the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) project delivery method.

These projects mark the first time for the City to employ the CMAR delivery method. Critical to the City’s alternative delivery selection was the desire to leverage a collaborative approach and engage a Mentor/Protégé program to increase minority and women owned business (M/WBE) and local participation. Following a qualifications-based process, Garney was selected to serve as the CMAR contractor for the T.Z. Osborne Water Reclamation Facility 56 MGD Upgrade (Package 3).

Package 3, one of four projects planned for the City’s $120 million worth of infrastructure improvements, was the first of two CMAR projects implemented by the City. Garney started working in partnership with the City at the 90% design phase. In addition to developing the GMP during preconstruction, Garney worked with the City to maximize the Mentor/Protégé program and developed work packages to meet the City’s M/WBE goals.

Construction on Package 3 is set to be complete in December of 2017, with diamond cloth filters to be used in the upgrade to the existing conventional media filtration, a new technology available to the industry. Major improvements for the 36-year-old water reclamation facility will include a new chlorine contact tank, chemical system upgrades, renovation of all existing traveling bridge filters, and site-wide stormwater improvements. Garney is also completing work at the site for Packages 1 and 2.


Garney installs water pipeline for Dominican Republic village

Apr 2016

APRIL 2016 — Garney employee-owners recently installed 12,000 LF of PVC waterline and 200 new spigots throughout Villa Aleman, Dominican Republic, bringing clean water to 1,500 people. Villa Aleman had no potable water source and many residents were relying on rainfall collection or contaminated shallow aquifers for their water supply. In partnership with The Living Water Project and Knox ProCorps, Garney sent manpower to install the ½-inch to 4-inch waterline in connection to a new deep well. During construction, Garney worked closely with the community and newly established Villa Aleman Water Committee.

Garney employee-owners Ben Ramsbottom, Clay Greene, Gary Minnich, and Jeff Seal helped the Committee install more than 2,000 LF of pipe by hand each day. In addition, helping with the water pipeline construction provided an opportunity to educate the Committee on the proper alignment, services, and connections required for future installations and maintenance. Garney employee-owners donated the pipe and provided the necessary tools and parts for the Water Committee to maintain their system for months to come.

“It was a humbling experience and it made me look at things differently upon my return,” said Jeff Seal, Operations Manager. “In living Garney’s goals and philosophies, we helped many people in need and made some great memories in the process.”


Garney assumes leadership of Vista Ridge Water Supply Project

Mar 2016

APRIL 2016 — Garney has concluded an agreement with Abengoa S.A. expanding Garney’s role in the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) Vista Ridge Water Supply Project to a leadership position. Garney now holds an 80 percent equity stake as well as complete control of the project. Garney has been a member of the Vista Ridge consortium since the start of the project.

The Vista Ridge team, led by Garney, will provide 50,000 acre-feet of water to the rapidly growing San Antonio community. The total projected cost to develop the project is $844 million. Garney now plays the lead role in overseeing the design, construction, and financing of the project.

“The employee-owners of Garney Construction are excited to lend our water system expertise to this significant project for the city of San Antonio,” said Mike Heitmann, President and CEO of Garney Construction.

The 142-mile Vista Ridge pipeline remains a critical project for San Antonio, one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. Vista Ridge will expand San Antonio’s water supply by 20 percent, decreasing pressure on the sensitive Edwards Aquifer, which is subject to Federal, state and regional pumping regulations. SAWS is a national leader in water conservation, and the Vista Ridge pipeline will complement SAWS’ continued conservation efforts and development of other water resources as San Antonio adds an additional one million residents by 2040. SAWS currently provides water and wastewater services to more than 1.6 million consumers in the region.

Garney has more than three decades of experience serving as a water and wastewater contractor for SAWS, successfully delivering critical projects for its consumers, including the Water Resources Integration Program Pipelines and Twin Oaks Pump Station, SAWS Carrizo Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) Project, and SAWS Water Recycling Program. Last year, as part of the Water Resources Integration Program, Garney installed 140,000 linear feet of 60-inch pipe, similar to the pipe that will be used for the Vista Ridge pipeline.

Robert R. Puente, President and CEO of SAWS noted that the new leadership is a positive step in the progression of the Vista Ridge project. “Garney Construction has a strong history with SAWS and has been involved in this project since the beginning. In stepping up to the lead position, Garney brings unparalleled continuity and skill to the table.”


Garney Pacific Lands Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project

Jan 2016

JANUARY 2016 — California American Water selected Garney Pacific to construct the majority of its $92 million desalination pipeline network. Concurrently with two other water pipeline contractors, Garney Pacific will construct 22 miles of pipelines, pump stations and storage facilities along the Monterey Peninsula to deliver desalinated water to 100,000 residential and commercial customers. Garney Pacific, a subsidiary of Garney Holding Co., was established in 2015 to focus operations on constructing water and wastewater projects in Northern California.

The Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project will include a source water intake system, a 9.6 MGD or 6.4 MGD desalination plant, brine discharge system, product water conveyance pipelines and storage facilities, and an aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) system. Once complete, the new network will replace reliance on the Carmel River as a primary source of water supply. With schedule and budget as primary drivers in the qualifications-based selection process, California American Water will conduct value engineering efforts with all three water pipeline contractors during the first half of 2016.

“The award of the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project is a significant achievement for Garney Pacific and anchors our expansion into Northern California,” said Scott Parrish, Chief Operating Officer of Western Pipe Operations. “We look forward to continuing Garney’s tradition of excellence with this extremely important project, and we’re excited to exceed California American Water’s expectations, and to perpetuate Garney’s reputation, goals, and philosophies.”

Bill E. Williams, Director of Northern California Operations, and Kevin Downs, Operations Manager, are spearheading Garney’s involvement on the project. Matt Roberts, who served as the Lead Estimator in the pursuit phase, will also contribute to Garney’s value engineering efforts on the project.

For more information on the project, visit the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project website.


Garney Expands Presence in South Texas

Jan 2016

JANUARY 2016 — Treatment facility operations are ramping up in South Texas with the addition of Garney’s Houston office. Under the direction of Vice President, Mike Gardner, leadership and staff have been added to Garney’s regional office located near Houston Hobby International Airport. Garney’s Houston branch opened in 2015, alongside new offices near San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC.

Garney’s recent success in the South Texas market has resulted in water supply and wastewater treatment plant construction opportunities with the Lower Colorado River Authority, San Antonio Water System, and the City of Castroville.

“As Garney continues to grow, opening a Houston office and putting boots on the ground to expand our water and wastewater treatment plant capabilities in the South Texas market made great sense,” said Mike Gardner, Vice President. “For years, Garney has maintained a significant water pipeline construction presence in the area, so adding treatment plant capabilities will broaden our Texas footprint as a top water/wastewater contractor.”

James Schmerber and Michael Froelich, Project Managers, and Warren Henderson and Raul Arvizu, Superintendents, are managing Garney’s efforts in the Houston area. Cody Schmidt, Field Engineer, and Michelle Presko, Project Coordinator, will also be instrumental in developing Garney’s Houston operations.


2016 Objectives Built on 55 Years of Tradition

Jan 2016

JANUARY 2016 — The start of a new year inevitably evokes a time of reflection and the opportunity to ignite change. In 2016, that reflection for Garney will be marked by celebrating 55 years in business. Since 1961, the company has thrived on our goals and philosophies of integrity, excellence, and fairness with our customers. These goals and philosophies have always been a mainstay of our organization, leading Garney to more than a decade of dominance in the rankings as one the nation’s leading water contractors.

As we enter 2016, Mike Heitmann, President & CEO, has developed Garney’s annual objectives in parallel with the foundation that Charles Garney brought to the company 55 years ago. Garney’s 2016 company objectives will leverage focus in three aspects:


Garney will maintain a steadfast focus on safety. It is incumbent upon each employee-owner to live our safety culture and take ownership in performing every activity. Safety is truly number one with Garney and safety will never be sacrificed for productivity.


The company’s consistent growth will continue to drive mentorship and employee development to equip our employee-owners for new opportunities and a strong market.


With several new initiatives underway, including new business ventures of Garney Federal and Garney Pacific, Garney will enhance strategic planning and implementation to generate success in these arenas.

Although Garney has experienced a rapid start to 2016, the company is not without vision and inspiration built on timeless goals and philosophies.


Garney Salutes Vice President Tom Dahl in Retirement

Jan 2016

JANUARY 2016 — Tom Dahl has retired following 25 years of illustrious service with Garney. Dahl joined Garney in May 1991 and since that time, he has orchestrated the company’s accounting and financial reporting systems, financial planning, banking and bonding relations, and administration of the employee stock ownership plan and benefit plans.

Most notably, Dahl’s impact on the employee stock ownership plan has been crucial to Garney’s success over the past 25 years. During his tenure, Dahl worked closely with the company’s Board of Directors in the areas of strategic planning, executive compensation, acquisitions, investments, and valuation of the company’s stock. He also served as an advisory member of the Board’s investment committee and managed the company’s investment funds.

Jeff Lacy, Chief Financial Officer, Tom Roberts, Director – Financial Reporting, and Meggan Krase, Director – Corporate Controller, will ensure continuity and continuing excellence as Garney moves forward in this transition.

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