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Aurora Water (Aurora, CO)

Prairie Waters Project
The City of Aurora recognized that drought preparedness was quickly rising to be the top issue related to ensuring Aurora’s long-term future. As such, visionaries in Aurora Water designed and ultimately built the Prairie Waters Project — the largest and most complex capital project in the city’s history. To make it happen, they had to challenge the ways they'd done just about everything in the past.

Aurora Water’s Challenge

The largest, most complex capital project ever undertaken by the City of Aurora required the services of some 20+ different outside firms (engineers, consultants, etc.), and nearly all aspects of the Aurora Water department as well as most departments with in the City. Old rules needed to be reshaped, historic relationships needed to be reshaped, and the power of the team needed to be unleashed to the benefit of the City. There was no time or appetite for infighting, power-playing, or political posturing.

Our Solution

We provided a variety of services over the years — mostly in the categories of alignment, team and project chartering, as well as strategy and organizational development.

Outcome / Benefits

High performance team environment, effective communication, significant reduction in overall project costs ($101 million overall project savings).  The Prairie Waters Project was named the 2011 Project of the Year for both the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the American Public Works Association (APWA).


In addition, the Prairie Waters Project was cited 20 times for excellence in the PMI/MIT/INCOSE study related to Managing Lean Enablers in Large Engineering Projects.

Large Scale Infrastructure, Water Industry