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McCarthy, Sundt JV awarded $120M Ocotillo Water facility project

A joint venture between McCarthy Building Companies Inc. and Sundt Construction Inc. was recently selected as general contractor for the $120 million Ocotillo Water Reclamation Facility(OWRF) Expansion and Process Improvement Projects for the City of Chandler. The project includes $100 million in new construction and $20 million in upgrades to the existing plant.

Located near the southwest corner of Queen Creek and Price roads in Chandler, the OWRF expansion project will include upgrades to the existing 10-mgd wastewater treatment plant and the construction of an expansion facility that will be built for a future capacity of 30-mgd. The new facility will utilize membrane bioreactor technology (MBR), which is the combination of activated sludge treatment together with a separation of the biological sludge by micro- or ultra-filtration membranes. The technology allows for a smaller footprint and reduced sludge production.

For years, the 10-mgd OWRF plant has been considered an innovator, as it recycles all its treated water. The water isplaced in storage lakes, recharged to the aquifer, sent to an industrial user or sent to an adjacent Indian community for agricultural use. It was named Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year by the Arizona Water Association in 2010.

“We anticipate that this new facility will meet the growth needs for the City of Chandler well into the future,” said Frank Scopetti, senior vice president and business unit leader of McCarthy’s Water Services and Infrastructure team. “The expanded plant will also improve operations and maintenance of the existing10-mgd plant.”

“This is an important project for Chandler and will ensure our continued ability to serve our residential, business and industrial customers using state-of-the-art technology that helps conserve our valuable water resources,” Chandler’s Municipal Utilities Department Director Dave Siegel said. “McCarthy and Sundt have been great partners in the past and we look forward to working with them on this project.”

The project is expected to begin in January 2015 and be completed in December 2017.

McCarthy recently completed a large-scale expansion project at the City of Chandler Airport Water Reclamation Facility, taking the facility from a 15-mgd wastewater treatment plant to 22-mgd. The $105 million project, located at 905 E. Queen Creek Road in Chandler, was awarded a STAR designation as part of the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s Voluntary Protection Program, which demonstrates exemplary and comprehensive safety and health management systems.

In addition to McCarthy’s work for the City of Chandler, the company has a number of other significant water/wastewater treatment plant projects underway in Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Nevada and California. Nationally, McCarthy’s Water Services team has completed more than 50 water/wastewater projects, totaling more than $2.4 billion in value.

Frank Scopetti

McCarthy's Scopetti Named To board Of Advisors For CII

Frank Scopetti, senior vice president of the Water Services team at McCarthy Building Companies, has been named to the board of advisors for the Construction Industry Institute.

The Construction Industry Institute, based at The University of Texas at Austin, is a consortium of more than 100 leading owner, engineering-contractor and supplier firms from both the public and private arenas.

These organizationshave joined together to enhance the business effectiveness and sustainability of the capital facility lifecycle through research, related initiatives andindustry alliances.

“Frank brings strong experience in mechanical and civil work to this prominent national industry organization,” said Bo Calbert, president of McCarthy Southwest. “He always approaches his work with ‘best practices’ thinking, which is an asset to an organization that’s dedicated to improving the delivery of capital facilities.”

At McCarthy, Scopetti is responsible for all aspects of water/wastewater treatment plant projects and serves as the team lead on some of the largest and most complex projects in the nation.

In addition to his work at McCarthy, Scopetti has professional and community affiliations with the AZ Water Association and the Association for Construction Excellence (ACE) where he served as the chairperson for the Design Assist Task Force-Services and Deliverables.

He also serves on the board of directors for the Elite Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Network-Arizona Chapter (Elite SDVOB-AZ).

The Scottsdale resident holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State University as well as a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Robert Knochenhauer & Frank Scopetti

Robert “Big Job Bob” Knochenhauer Retires From McCarthy After 4 Decades Of Service

Robert Knochenhauer recently retired from McCarthy Building Companies as senior vice president of the Water Services team after serving the company for four decades. He was responsible for all aspects of the Southwest division’s water/wastewater treatment plant projects and served as team lead on some of the largest and most complex projects in Arizona and beyond.

Under Knochenhauer’s leadership, the Water Services team won numerous awards for its work, including the prestigious 2008 National Design-Build Award from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) in the “water/wastewater over $15 million” category for the Lake Pleasant Water Treatment Plant in Phoenix. His vast project experience has garnered him the nickname of “Big Job Bob.” His project highlights include:

  • Lake Pleasant Water Treatment Plant, Phoenix: $215M, 80 mgd water treatment plant
  • Greenfield Water Reclamation Plant, Gilbert: $148.4M, sewage treatment plant expansion
  • ADOA 4,000 Public Prison Beds, Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma: $175M, new 4,000 bed prison expansion at Perryville, Tucson and Yuma prison facilities

As a third-generation Knochenhauer in the construction industry, he followed in his grandfather and father’s footsteps. His father, the late Lloyd Knochenhauer, started TGK Construction Co. in New York in 1944, then moved it to Phoenix in 1950. Bob joined TGK in 1972 as a carpenter, moving his way up to superintendent and project manager after McCarthy bought the company.

Knochenhauer worked closely with Frank Scopetti prior to his departure at McCarthy. Scopetti is now the new senior vice president of the Water Services team and has three decades of experience working in the industrial mechanical construction field. He previously served as vice president of mechanical services at McCarthy.