Derby Dam Horizontal Fish Screen Project Wins 2021 IPI Partnered Project of the Year, Ruby Level Award

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McMillen Jacobs is proud to announce the Derby Dam Horizontal Fish Screen Project has won a 2021 Partnered Project of the Year, Ruby Level Award from the International Partnering Institute (IPI)!

Each year the IPI honors project teams and individuals who follow the IPI model that applies their best practices and principles of partnering, project results achieved, the inclusion of all stakeholders and project participants in the process, problems overcome, lessons learned, and evidence of a high trust culture.

Completed in the Fall of 2020, the nation’s largest horizontal fish screen at Derby Dam restores watershed connectivity and supports fish movement along the Truckee River, promoting both the recovery of the federally threatened Lahontan Cutthroat Trout as well as fishing and recreation opportunities in Nevada. BUREC (Owner) entered into a cooperative agreement with FCA (Contractor) to design, construct, and commission the horizontal fish screen. FCA selected McMillen Jacobs to advance the 30% preliminary design drawings to 100% construction drawings and provided engineering support during construction. Granite provided the construction through a CMAR contract.

Partnering was critical for this project. All members of the project team remained committed to teamwork and collaboration throughout the duration of the project, which was put on an accelerated schedule during the early stages of design. The importance of partnering was established from the beginning of the design and construction process. The collaborative effort, the common vision, and the effective and clear communication at every level of the project were a key to success.

We want to congratulate our team, Bureau of Reclamation, Farmers Conservation Alliance, and Granite Construction for the outstanding effort put forth to design, construct, and commission North America’s largest horizontal fish screen!