Ion Exchange Resin Plant and East Water Treatment Plant Improvements, City of Boynton Beach, Florida

2018 | Water/Wastewater | National Award of Merit

Design-Build Team Summary

Challenge Design-Build Project Delivery Addressed

The challenges were delays caused by third-party suppliers – late delivery of the main transformers and installation delay of the load control system by Florida Power and Light and another caused by a pipeline subcontractor. The design-build team worked with the owner to make adjustments that compressed components of the schedule to reduce the impacts of delays and still deliver the project below the initial budget. By working with the City, the team was able to bring components online in phases to manage the impact of those delays. This progressive design-build project allowed issues to be worked out with weekly coordination and modification of schedule items without change orders or changes to the overall schedule.


In 2015, the City of Boynton Beach authorized CDM Smith to proceed with the progressive design-build of the East WTP Ion Exchange and Upgrades Project, which included completion of design, procurement of services and equipment and construction services resulting in a turn-key facility. The plant now processes 24 million gallons per day and is equipped with a state-of-the-art MIEX® pretreatment system. Other nominal improvements include filter valve replacements, modifications to the disinfection system, replacement of the existing high service pumps, and a new 3.0-MG finished water storage tank. The project also achieved a Bronze Envision Certification from the Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure.

Design-Build Team

Client/Owner: City of Boynton Beach
Design-Builder, Project Manager, General Contractor: CDM Constructors Inc.
Architect, Engineer: CDM Smith Inc.
Specialty Contractor: Carollo Design-Build Group of Florida
Specialty Consultant: DCR Engineering Services, Inc.
Key Subcontractor: PCL Construction, Inc.
Duration of Construction: 24 months
Project Cost: $ 25,497,713