St. Charles Announces Substantial Completion of Infrastructure for Energy Center

Wed, 2016-06-29 13:18 kwidmayer

Infrastructure is Largest Water and Sewer Project in Charles County, MD History

The St. Charles Companies announced today that the largest single public water and sewer infrastructure project in the history of Charles County has reached substantial completion. The water and sewer infrastructure will support a 725 megawatt natural gas fueled, combined cycle power plant in St. Charles’ Piney Reach Industrial Park, upgrade water and sewer service to existing homes in completed neighborhoods in St. Charles, and serve future homes and business in the planned community. The project, which was funded primarily with private funds, will positively affect every resident of Charles County for years to come.

St. Charles’ portion of the project included the following:

  • The construction of Pump Station 3B (PS3B), at the intersection of St. Charles Parkway and Billingsley Road.
  • The construction of a 24” Force Main along Billingsley Road and Route 301.
  • The construction of a 20” Force Main along St. Charles Parkway from Billingsley Rd to Post Office Road.
  • The installation of a 24” gravity sewer line along St. Charles Parkway from St. Paul’s Drive to PS 3B.
  • The lining/rehabilitation of an existing 30” gravity sewer line from St. Patrick’s Drive to the Piney Branch Interceptor.
  • The decommissioning of 2 existing County Pump Stations, 2A and 3A.
  • The extension of a 16” water line along Billingsley Road from East of Piney Church Road to Thomas Edison Drive.
  • The extension of a 24” gravity sewer along Billingsley Road to accommodate a 12” force main serving CPV.
  • The construction of Thomas Edison Drive with a 12” water main to provide water and access to the CPV site.

Pump Station 3B is a 17.3 million gallon per day station that will upgrade service to existing homes in Smallwood and Fairway Village in St. Charles, as well as future communities and businesses within and adjacent to the planned community.

The pumping station and its force main infrastructure cost in excess of $28 million.  The St. Charles Companies funded $18.7 million, or 67%, and the balance was paid for by CPV Maryland, LLC and the Charles County Government, based on their estimated benefit.

The St. Charles project will facilitate the operation of the $750 million CPV St. Charles Energy Center that is being constructed in St. Charles' Piney Reach Business Park, east of Piney Church Road. That project includes the construction of a new pump house at the County’s Mattawoman Water Treatment Facility and a 14 mile reclaimed waterline that will carry gray-water from the new pump house to the new power generating site. This water from this portion of the project will be used for cooling at the plant, and will prevent 3-5 millions of gallon of gray-water a day from being discharged into the Potomac River.

"This project is a perfect example of how master planned developments, like St. Charles, continue to provide benefits to the larger communities where they are located," said St. Charles Companies president Mathew M. Martin. "CPV will substantially expand the county's property tax base. The plant will use gray-water from the Mattawoman Sewage Treatment Plant as coolant. This reduces the amount of effluent (gray-water) being discharged into the Potomac River. New jobs will be created, the region will have a secure source of electricity, and infrastructure serving existing neighborhoods has been upgraded. "

Mr. Martin also noted that many communities around the country are grappling with the challenge of upgrading their water and sewer infrastructure in a manner that is cost effective and addresses concerns about environmental preservation. Upgrading the infrastructure that serves existing neighborhoods helps to maintain the vitality of existing communities inside and outside of St. Charles, said Mr. Martin.

He continued, “Charles County has expressed concerns about having sufficient water and sewer capacity to foster economic growth and development. This project helps answer those concerns, and will support economic development in St. Charles for decades to come.”

CPV and the St. Charles Companies extend their appreciation to the following for their efforts in bringing the CPV St. Charles Energy Center to fruition:

  • Charles County for their diligence in guiding this project through permitting
  • SNC Lavalin, which is constructing the energy center. The project is employing approximately 700 workers, and is targeting a completion date in December 2016
  • Ferguson Trenching, which is constructing a gas M & R Station, employing approximately 15 workers for the duration of the project
  • EMH, which constructed the new pump house at the County’s Mattawoman Water Treatment, employing approximately 10 employees
  • Reliable Contracting, which constructed the 14 mile reclaimed waterline, employing more than 50 employees for the duration of the project
  • Johnston Construction, the general contractor for Pump Station 3B
  • Facchina Construction, the general contractor for the Route 301 and St. Charles force main projects
  • Whitman Requardt, which provided engineering services for St. Charles portion of the project.
  • Sandy Excavation, for work performed on several aspects of the project
  • Arro Consulting, which provided engineering and construction support services for the force main in Route 301
  • Daft-McCune-Walker which provided construction project management services for the St Charles portion of the project
  • Bob Taylor Engineering, which provided geotechnical engineering services for the force main in Billingsley Road and Route 301
  • Hillis – Carnes Engineering, which provided geotechnical engineering services for the PS 3B 
  • MESH Consulting, which provided survey services for the St Charles portion of the project
  • SMECO, who worked diligently to support the St Charles portion of the project
  • The residents of Carrington, Sheffield, Bannister and Gleneagles Neighborhoods who patiently awaited the completion of this project

PHOTO CAPTION, L TO R: Rick Barnas, St. Charles; George Nash, Facchina; Mike Hinchy, Daft-McCune-Walker; Chris Scarborough, Facchina; Ken Robinson, Commissioner; Bobby Rucci, Commissioner; Bob Britt, Whitman Requardt; Matt Martin, St. Charles Companies; Bill Sandy, Sandy Excavating; Debra Davis, Commissioner Vice President; Marty Workinger, Johnston Construction; Jeff Ahrens, Competitive Power Ventures; Peter Murphy, Commissioner President; Amanda Stewart, Commissioner.

St. Charles, MD is the best-selling new home community in Southern Maryland and is considered one of the most successful master planned communities in the country, recently ranked 47th* by industry data firm, John Burns Real Estate Consulting, in their independent ranking of the Top Selling Master Planned Communities of 2014 across the nation. Commenting on St. Charles’ consistent top 50 ranking, John Burns said, “The good schools, family-oriented amenities, slower pace of life, and affordable prices at St. Charles make this community an ideal place to raise a family, while still being accessible from the Washington metro area. Along with these location and product attributes, we recognize the St. Charles development team for its outstanding execution and strong reputation in the Washington region.” Over the past few years, St. Charles was featured several times in The Washington Post, including this story in September 2015 on the impact of quality schools on home sales and value. St. Charles was also profiled alongside the Washington area’s top master planned communities in The Washington Times (Master-Planned Towns, Age 50, Innovative Still). St. Charles has achieved record-level sales in recent years as buyers and renters recognize the advantages of a mixed-use community with unique features such as the Regency Furniture Stadium, the new West Waldorf library, and the new St. Charles High School. Named by CNN’s Money Magazine as one of the top twenty small cities to live in America, St. Charles is known for its diverse and abundant neighborhoods, lively retail centers, recreational opportunities and excellent schools.  St. Charles appeals to all ages and lifestyles and was named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top bargains for places to retire.  St. Charles invites you to like us on Facebook at St. Charles MD or visit us at

*Building Market Intelligence by John Burns Real Estate Consulting, January 11th, 2016.