Chula Vista Selects Black & Veatch to Evaluate Smart City Plans
The City of Chula Vista has hired engineering and construction company Black & Veatch to develop the city’s plan for incorporating smart infrastructure. The city has set aggressive goals of becoming more efficient through improved use of energy, water, communications, and other critical infrastructure.
Black & Veatch will advise the city as it plans the hardware, software and communications networks required to establish a smarter community. Black & Veatch and the city are consulting with Cleantech San Diego and other area technology companies to ensure an innovative and cohesive solution. The partnership will pursue a broad vision of improvements that can set the stage for future development.
The Chula Vista Bayfront master plan was developed jointly by the City of Chula Vista and the Port of San Diego. It is the largest waterfront development opportunity on the west coast. The 535-acre Bayfront is adjacent to two national wildlife refuges. It also housed a major power plant and aircraft manufacturing facilities. The Bayfront’s plan will transform the area into a world-class destination and provide a unique opportunity to show the viability of smart development practices.
The plan includes high-performance buildings and city infrastructure that incorporates energy efficiency, demand response, and clean energy generation technologies.
“Black & Veatch is a global leader in engineering design and construction,” said City Manager Gary Halbert. “The firm’s strong reputation and proven experience will help the City of Chula Vista and the Port advance sustainable development with smart building systems and infrastructure.”
Black & Veatch’s Smart Integrated Infrastructure (SII) services combine expertise in energy, water, and communications. This covers both project management and engineering. The company will help Chula Vista realize its smart city vision while promoting quality and curbing costs.
“Chula Vista’s leadership has taken an enormous step toward making their systems more responsive and resilient,” said Rick Azer, Director of Black & Veatch’s SII initiative. “The energy and communications infrastructure plan we will define for the Bayfront can provide a platform for enhanced services that will benefit both the city’s budget and residents’ quality of life.”
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