Orion starts construction with East County Advanced Water Purification
The East County Advanced Water Purification Program broke ground on June 1, 2022. Marking the important milestone, Program partners Padre Dam MWD, City of El Cajon, County of San Diego and Helix Water District gathered to celebrate this key milestone on the project that will provide up to 30% of East County’s drinking water supply. Package 2 of this project has been awarded to Orion Construction Corporation. Package 2 includes designing and constructing a 10‐mile Advanced Water Purification pipeline, Dechlorination Facility and inlet to Lake Jennings. Package 4 of this project has also been awarded to Orion Construction Corporation. The Package 4 project will install a Regional Brine Line to convey brine and centrate produced by the advanced water treatment treatment processes from the East Mission Gorge Pump Station to a connection to the City of San Diego South Mission Valley Trunk Sewer. It also will rehabilitate the existing East Mission Gorge Force Main from the East Mission Gorge Pump Station to the City of San Diego North Metro Interceptor and approximately 3,600 linear foot pipeline extension, which will serve as a wet weather/failsafe pipeline, conveying future flows of up to 20 million gallons a day (MGD) (5.5 MGD peak wet weather flow and 14.5 MGD of emergency failsafe flows).
Orion Reduces Carbon Footprint Through Solar
Orion recently installed rooftop solar to its Vista office and upgraded its electric vehicle charging stations. Orion is in the midst of additional interior renovations to increase functionality and reduce energy usage. These projects are part of Orion’s ongoing facility and equipment modernization programs to reduce cost, increase efficiency, and reduce carbon emissions.
Orion Wins AGC National Safety Excellence Award
Orion’s safety team, led by Jason Danks and Mark Dowsing, recently won the national Construction Safety Excellence Award from the Association of General Contractors. The award’s criteria looked at Orion’s safety metrics, culture, and a presentation in Las Vegas on current and future safety issues and mitigation strategies. In the past 10 years, Orion has won the national award seven times and placed second three times.
Design-Build Meadowlark Watermain Project Wins American Society of Civil Engineers Outstanding Water Project Award
Orion’s recently completed design-build Meadowlark Watermain project wins the 2019 American Society of Civil Engineers Outstanding Water Project Award. Orion teamed with design partner Harris & Associates for this complex project involving numerous stakeholders, including neighborhood groups, businesses, and a hospital.