Big Design-Build Win in Our Backyard – Escondido

Filanc + Brown and CaldwellThe Filanc + Brown and Caldwell Joint Venture was selected by the City of Escondido as the Design-Builder to deliver a new membrane filtration/reverse osmosis (MFRO) facility for agricultural use.

Filanc - Escondido MFRO - Past ExperienceThe project, worth approximately $40 million, would take tertiary treated water from the Escondido Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) and produce 2 MGD of desalinated water suitable for irrigation of avocado orchards east of the City. The primary driver for this reclamation project is to reduce flows to the existing ocean outfall, which is nearing capacity. The project design will accommodate future expansion to treat water for indirect potable reuse (IPR).

The location of the project has long been controversial. The original site was changed a couple of years ago due to public outcry. Then, within the past few weeks, the newly-elected Escondido City Council directed staff to move it again, out of a residential/commercial zone, to an industrial site. The new site on W. Washington Avenue is a half mile from our office! Despite this change, the City of Escondido moved immediately to select our team, recognizing they needed help to quickly get back on track using the progressive design-build delivery model. We are already working to refine our scope and support new environmental, site planning and field investigation efforts.

This huge and satisfying win for Filanc is the culmination of a particularly difficult procurement process. Hard work and focus by dozens from both companies enabled us to prevail over formidable competition. Ultimately, our solid plan, strong team and local presence could not be denied. Now, we have a great opportunity to make a mark on our community of Escondido that we can all be proud of. As we said in the interview, “We will not fail in our own backyard!”