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Year Completed: 2010

Design Build

Government/Industrial

New Construction




Fort Raymond Substation Generation Addition

UNIT met all the needs of the City of Seward (COS) for an emergency power generation facility (5 Megawatt Power Plant) on schedule and within budget.  The project was a design-build that required significant value engineering and redesign. 

The COS needed to replace two generators and provide a building to house them as well as a mechanical and electrical design to integrate them with the existing facility.  The original RFP generated a design-build proposal that was approximately 130% over budget.  After extensive value engineering was completed and the design had substantially progressed the City of Seward’s management team was replaced and the project had to start over from scratch.  Every facet of the design changed, the building location was altered and the systems functionality was modified.  The designers also had to work off of verbal descriptions of scope as the original request for proposal was no longer relevant to how the project was to proceed. The redesign also made the project time sensitive as the season for earthwork was rapidly approaching.

The project required intense coordination in regards to the design.  Two refurbished generators were being provided by the owner.  One was located in California and the other was coming from Canada.  The information on the generators was crucial for the switchgear design and the integration of these generators with the existing generators.  The design team architect was in Iraq, the electrical SCADA system and generator electrical engineer was located in Idaho, the building mechanical engineer was in Washington, the project management team was located in Anchorage and the project was taking place in Seward.   

We were able to maintain the existing facility and kept it operation in the event that COS lost their power supply from Chugach Electric.  At no point in the project, during foundation work, building erection or systems placement was the power plant inoperable. 

We also maintained a safe working environment for all employees and the surrounding community that had a military campground and the Seward Middle School surrounding the facility.  High Voltage power lines and other hazards were always prevalent.  The generators which each weighed over 35 tons were moved into a building with a finished exterior and over a trench to their final resting place.  Heavy industrial equipment and materials were a standard throughout the project.

UNIT was able to meet the needs of the City of Seward and provided them with value engineering of over $2M.  
 

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Fort Raymond Substation Generation Addition
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Fort Raymond Substation Generation Addition
Fort Raymond Substation Generation Addition
Fort Raymond Substation Generation Addition
Fort Raymond Substation Generation Addition
Fort Raymond Substation Generation Addition