SAK Construction awarded $31.9 million tunneling project for City of Austin

ST. LOUIS (January 11, 2010) — The City of Austin, Texas, has awarded a $31.9 million contract to SAK Construction LLC to construct the 3.5-mile Downtown Wastewater Tunnel project. SAK will construct an 18,600-linear-foot wastewater relief tunnel varying in diameter between 8 and 10 feet, which will accommodate sewer pipe ranging from 54 to 96 inches in diameter. SAK is a national pipeline rehabilitation and tunneling industries contractor headquartered in the St. Louis area.

The Downtown Wastewater Tunnel project will expand the capacity of the wastewater system to accommodate the continued growth and redevelopment of downtown and south Austin. The Downtown Wastewater Tunnel project is managed by the City of Austin Public Works Department. Construction is slated to begin this month. Project completion is scheduled for March 2012.

Founded in 2006, SAK Construction is led by industry veterans Jerry Shaw, president; Tom Kalishman, chairman; and Robert Affholder, vice chairman. The three SAK leaders are well known for their expertise in trenchless underground technology, including cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) rehabilitation.  Trenchless technology is particularly important today to rehabilitate the nation’s aging water and sewer infrastructure.

Recent SAK Construction projects include a CIPP sewer rehabilitation for the Los Coyotes Water Reclamation Plant in Los Angeles County, Calif.; serving as subcontractor for the CIPP portion of the Meadows Alta Parallel project for the City of Las Vegas, Nev.; a CIPP sewer rehabilitation for the City of Phoenix, Ariz., totaling more than 120,000 linear feet; a 34,000-linear-foot CIPP sewer rehabilitation project for the City of St. Paul, Minn.; and the 2,300-linear-foot, 96-inch diameter Coldwater Relief Tunnel in unincorporated St. Louis County for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD).