From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):
SDS will provide an average of 380 jobs annually, with a peak of 700 jobs in 2014, said Dan Higgins, construction manager for Colorado Springs Utilities. “Utilities will not be doing the main hires, that will be done by the primes and subs,” Higgins told a crowd of about 60 local contractors.
The purpose of Monday’s workshop, along with one last week in Colorado Springs and another planned for Thursday in Canon City, is to guide contractors through a procurement process that can be daunting. SDS has been broken down into several project segments that will give local firms the opportunity to meet bonding requirements, rather than running the whole project under one large contractor. That also includes a wide array of jobs ranging from carpenters, landscapers, fencing, stucco and welding to sign-making, security and traffic control. Colorado Springs has hired MWH, the same engineering firm that completed the Environmental Impact Statement, to manage construction, but is keeping CH2MHill on board to bring design up to 30 percent levels…
“We’re really excited at this point to stop planning and permitting and begin constructing,” said John Fredell, SDS project manager. “This is truly a regional project, situated well for Pueblo and El Paso counties. The regional economic benefits are going to be huge.”[…]
A second phase of the project is planned to construct two reservoirs on Williams Creek, probably sometime after 2020.