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    One Step Closer to Drought-Proof

    May 26, 2021


    Sterling Natural Resource Center tops out

    The finish line is in sight for ‘Team Sterling’ working on the Sterling Natural Resource Center (SNRC) in
    Highland, California

    The project team, which includes Balfour Beatty and over 51 trade partners (affectionately dubbed ‘Team Sterling’), recently held a topping out ceremony as they placed the highest beam on the $150 million water treatment facility. Currently scheduled to be fully operational in spring 2022, Team Sterling has finished the structural framework of the administrative center, water screening facility and digester tanks.

    The new, state-of-the-art facility for the East Valley Water District will help bring water independence to the San Bernardino area by providing a “drought-proof” water supply. By enhancing the region’s water supply, SNRC will also allow the district to self-manage its wastewater and groundwater recharge source. SNRC will be capable of treating up to 10 million gallons a day (MGD) while recharging the local Bunker Hill Groundwater Basin.

    In addition to a new, sustainable water supply, the new facility will offer the local community the benefits of education and training opportunities, community space, neighborhood improvements and new habitat for the Santa Ana Sucker fish.

    With deep roots in sustainable construction, Balfour Beatty is incorporating technology at SNRC that promotes responsible use of resources. The new facility’s reduced carbon footprint is an innovative example of how Balfour Beatty meets both local water agencies’ needs and environmental stewardship goals at the same time.

    Construction at SNRC is slated for completion in the fall.