In addition to its successful tunneling division, the Shea family has amassed more than 130 years of experience constructing facilities which treat, store, convey, and supply water throughout the country. The water division currently specializes in public works infrastructure projects such as water resource structures, water and wastewater treatment plants and pipelines, pumping stations, flood control facilities and, more recently, desalination plants.

J.F. Shea Construction takes pride in tackling complex projects and completing them on time, on budget, and without claims. An example of this is the recently completed Orange County Water District’s Groundwater Replenishment System Advanced Water Treatment Facility. One of the world’s largest, it supplies 75 million gallons of fresh water daily.

The Orange County Sanitation District’s Plant No. 2 Headworks Replacement project is another example of a complex project that consisted of seven major live tie-ins, thirteen reinforced concrete structures, bar screen facilities, an influent pump station, electrical distribution center, and odor control facility. The completed project treats 168 million gallons of wastewater per day.

Last but not least, Shea is nearing completion on the largest desalination plant in the western hemisphere. Located in Carlsbad, California, when complete, it will provide 54 million gallons of drinking water each day to the San Diego area. 

In order to maintain quality, schedule, and cost control, Shea typically performs approximately 78% of all work, sub-contracting only specialized trades like paving, electrical, and paint. In addition, Shea is one of Southern California’s premier contractors for large diameter pipelines and pump stations with extensive experience in the installation of sheet pile and beam and plate shoring.

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