City of Buckeye Hosts Dedication Ceremony for New Water Treatment Campus

May 16, 2022

Stantec-designed facility to increase water capacity to accommodate projected city growth


The City of Buckeye recently celebrated the grand opening of its new water treatment campus, the Jackie A. Meck Water Campus. Under a fast-tracked, progressive design-build delivery method, this critical infrastructure project will provide reliable and safe water to residents for years to come.

As subcontractor and lead designer on the Kiewit-Haydon Joint Venture, global engineering and design firm Stantec helped concurrently plan the water supply and treatment systems and design emergency replacement project elements for the first phase of this project.

“As the complexity of water treatment continues to increase, so has the need for stronger collaboration between project owners, engineers, construction professionals, and other technical experts in identifying the best solution,” said Brian Rapp, project manager for Kiewit-Hayden. “By using the progressive design-build delivery model, the City of Buckeye was able to get the Jackie A. Meck Water Campus over the finish line more quickly, while maintaining a high level of quality and performance.”

The team also completed a pilot study comparing reverse osmosis treatment technologies to reduce brine. During subsequent phases, Stantec supported the design, construction administration, and inspection efforts for a 6 million-gallon per day (MGD) treatment plant with future expansion to 16 MGD, a finished water pump station feeding two pressure zones, and 8.5 miles of waterlines. Once the facilities were constructed, the team also led commissioning and operations training for City staff.

“We’re thrilled to see the new Jackie A. Meck Water Campus come online,” said Michael Adelman, Stantec environmental engineer and Process lead for the project. “This is a critical project to remove arsenic from the groundwater and ensure Buckeye residents can enjoy safe, clean drinking water for years to come. It was incredibly exciting to produce and taste the first treated water from the new campus—we’re raising a glass to the quality of the treatment process!”

The campus includes new wells, transmission and distribution lines, storage tanks, treatment facilities, and booster pumps to service the local area.