Black & Veatch hired for California ‘smart city’ transformation

The city of Chula Vista, California has hired engineering and construction company Black & Veatch to help develop its plan for incorporating smart infrastructure at its 535-acre Bayfront area.

The city has set aggressive goals of becoming more efficient through improved use of energy, water, communications, and other critical infrastructure, and Black & Veatch will advise on hardware, software and communications networks.

Cleantech San Diego and other area technology companies will take part.

The Chula Vista Bayfront master plan was developed jointly by the City of Chula Vista and the Port of San Diego.

The area, which housed a major power plant and aircraft factory, borders two national wildlife refuges.

The plan is to transform it into a tourist destination that demonstrates smart development practices.

The plan includes high-performance buildings and city infrastructure that incorporates energy efficiency, demand response, and clean energy generation technologies.

"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."

Photograph: Chula Vista Bayfront on the San Diego Bay (Port of San Diego/Wikimedia Commons)

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