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Advanced Water Treatment Plant

Fact Sheet

Title of Project

Advanced Water Treatment Plant


Robert Millar


City of San Diego Metropolitan Waste Water Department

City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture


March 1996


September 1997 (project discontinued at 30% design stage)


Proposed location was adjacent to the merging of two major freeways I-5 and I-805 in San Diego , California , USA . (The project was not built.)


Building 100' x 580' with two smaller attached nodes each approx. 40' x 65' on a 7.5 acre site (35,000 square meters).


Design to 30% Design Stage: US$1.45 million

Overall project budget of design and construction: US$150 million

Funding sources

City of San Diego Capital Improvement Budget

Federal Bureau of Reclamation Title XVI grant monies

Summary Artist's Brief

The initial brief, as contained in the City of San Diego Public Art Policy , was to create a public art component in the project as an integral aspect of the overall site or building design. Through negotiation between contractor and artist, this became the following more specific brief: The artist should attend all meetings and give his opinion on all designs - engineering, architectural, landscape - in order to affect the overall design of the project.

Project Managers

Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.: Doug Owen, P.E., DEE, Director of Quality.

City of San Diego Metropolitan Waste Water Department: Jim Shamloufard, then Senior Civil Engineer, Engineering and Project Management Division.

City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture: Gail Goldman, Public Art Director.

Other Professionals

City of San Diego Metropolitan Waste Water Department: Representative for technological implementation Paul Gagliardo.

Principal Consulting Engineers: Paul Findley, Rick Kennedy Malcolm Pirnie Inc.

Process/Mechanical Engineers: Bill Everest, Chris Martin Boyle Engineering Corporation.

Architects: Design Team: Andy Chen and Mike Gorishek Tectonics, Inc.

Architects: Art Team: Tom Buresh Guthrie+Buresh Architects.

Landscape Architect: Steve Estrada, Estrada Land Planning.

Contact for further information

Michael Scahill, Supervising Public Information Officer, Metropolitan Waste Water Department, tel: (001) 858-292-6403, e-mail: [email protected]

Victoria L Hamilton, Executive Director, City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, tel: (001) 619 533 3440, email: [email protected]

Robert Millar, artist: e-mail: [email protected]