The Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) has officially honored the landmark Metolong Dam and Water Supply Program in the Kingdom of Lesotho, Southern Africa, with an unprecedented two wins in the Infrastructure and International award categories. The awards were presented at the CMAA National Conference and Trade Show in Orlando, Fla., last month.
CDM Smith provided program and construction management services to the Millennium Challenge Account – Lesotho and the Metolong Authority, managing the design, procurement, scheduling, staffing, and construction of a pivotal program. The Metolong Dam and Water Supply Program, consisting of 30 construction contracts and five major design contracts, provides potable water for more than 500,000 people in the region.
Funded by the Lesotho Millennium Challenge Corporation, European Investment Bank, a consortium of Arab funders, World Bank, Republic of South Africa, and Lesotho, the program supports major towns including Lesotho’s capitol, Maseru, and helps to stimulate the region’s economy by creating jobs and improving health with clean water. CDM Smith helped secure nearly $200 million in funding for the $430 million public works program.
Major program components include construction of the Metolong Dam and raw water pump station, water treatment works, downstream conveyance system, an environmental and social management program, and capacity-building components. By identifying risks, building strong client relationships and creating an expert and globally literate program team, CDM Smith helped Lesotho improve sustainability and achieve significant operating-cost savings with program component schedule changes that minimized delays in its completion.
CMAA is North America’s only organization dedicated exclusively to the interests of professional construction and program management.
Metolong Dam is a project construction of a 73 metre-high roller compacted concrete (RCC) dam with a 210 metre crest length, 53m m3 reservoir capacity and a multi-stage raw water intake and pump station. The dam will be adjacent to the villages of Ha Seeiso, Metolong and Ha Makotoko on the South Phuthiatsana River, about 35km from Maseru city in Lesotho.