Global consulting firm Black & Veatch has been selected to provide owner’s representative and program management services for Denver Water in the utility’s expansion of Gross Reservoir.
The role will see Black & Veatch assist Denver water with a number of tasks, including scheduling, cost and document control, and construction management.
The project will see the existing 340-foot-tall Gross Dam raised by 131 feet, increasing its reservoir capacity from 42,000 acre feet to 190,000 acre feet of water.
The raise will take place in three phases, with the first filling of the new reservoir scheduled for April 2026,
“Back in the 1950s, the existing Gross Dam was designed and built to accommodate subsequent raises like the one we’re planning today,” said Jeff Martin, program manager for the expansion project.
The expansion will also increase the output capacity of the 7.6-MW Gross hydropower project to 8.1 MW. The plant was completed in 2008 and is one of three facilities that will be showcased in a technical tour during the upcoming HydroVision International 2017 conference and exhibition.