Aurora Prairie Water Project

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Aurora Prairie Water Project
Strayer University
CIS 517

Prairie Water Project

In 2011, the prestigious PMI Project of the Year was awarded to the Prairie Water’s Project of Aurora, Colorado. The Prairie Waters Project is an organization with the mission of transporting water from the South Platte River to southern-based water purification facilities. In this essay, I will highlight the tasks in which the Prairie Waters Project team had to overcome as well as the innovative things they did to get this project accomplished. Finally, I will address the ethical issues that were vital throughout the completing their project.

According to Aurora’s city manager, Larry Catalano, "An urgent water need pushed the city to take an innovative look at ways to achieve not only meeting the community's water needs quickly, but to preserve the city's high standards for water quality."(Business Wire) However this project came with many obstacles attached to it such as; a fixed budget, environmental constraints, and being able to execute this project on a short time schedule. Furthermore, the city would only have nine-month of supply of available for its population. The project management team at Prairie Water had to plan as well as execute the installation of an estimated 40 miles of pipeline. During the planning phase, the team had to retrieve; “eight stakeholder agreements, 145 land parcels and 44 permits in order to complete the project.”(Business Wire) Furthermore, the project management was only allotted a budget of 854 million dollars. However, “Through the use of skilled project personnel, the rigorous application of project management standards, processes and techniques, and the use of earned value management (EVM) techniques, the PWP were able to cut $100 million from the budget in the design phase without compromising quality and safety, bringing the construction budget to $754 million.”(Business Wire) Finally, the key...
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