Setting Standards in San Diego

by Madan L. Arora, Vice Pres.; JMM, Inc., 250 N. Madison Ave., P.O. Box 7009, Pasadena, CA 91109-7009,
Frank S. Meade, Proj. Engr.; JMM, Inc., 250 N. Madison Ave., Pasadena, CA,
Douglas B. Robison, Proj. Mgr.; Brown & Caldwell Consultants, Pasadena, CA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1991, Vol. 61, Issue 6, Pg. 49-51

Document Type: Feature article


Most engineering firms have developed specifications and standards that become the bible for project-related design issues�and no two firms are the same. On complex, large-scale projects involving multiple consultants, these varying approaches can endanger quality and increase costs for design and maintenance. One answer is to develop programwide standards, as is being done for San Diego's $3 billion Clean Water Program. This program is designed to provide a minimum of secondary treatment throughout the system and expand capacity to accommodate expected population growth. It will also boost the region's water supply through an extensive program of reclamation and reuse. Some two dozen design consultants, as well as a number of construction contractors and subcontractors and several construction management firms�maybe 50 firms in all�will participate in the project. The article describes a two-year effort to prepare standards, procedures manuals and guidelines to be used by all consultants selected.

Subject Headings: Consulting services | Construction management | Water reclamation | Project management | Construction companies | Water treatment | Water supply | California | United States

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