BenchMark 2009 No. 2: Feature Projects

WindSpeed: Clean Power Fast

Burns & McDonnell is helping OG&E deliver wind power from Woodward, Okla., to Oklahoma City via a new 120-mile, 345-kV transmission line. The fast-tracked project, dubbed WindSpeed, will open the vast wind resources of western Oklahoma for development. WindSpeed began in November 2007 with completion expected in December 2009. Burns & McDonnell is providing routing, permitting, right-of-way acquisition, design, procurement and construction program management. The project encompasses four substations, including the Woodward District EHV substation, designed with the capacity to tie into multiple wind farms. Burns & McDonnell performed an extensive routing study to develop routes presented at public involvement meetings and worked with state and county agencies and the Corps of Engineers to approve the final route. The line is supported by steel monopoles on drilled-shaft foundations according to a new design standard created for OG&E . To meet the aggressive schedule, Burns & McDonnell is coordinating construction as rights-of-way are acquired.

For more information, contact Josh Evans, 832-214-2868.

Readiness Within a Budget

The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) needed a facility for nearly 500 National Guard and Army Reserve personnel in the Sonora Desert — on a limited budget. With the nearest potable water source more than a mile away, Burns & McDonnell scientists used advanced technology to locate a well capable of meeting drinking water and fire-suppression system demands. Multiple septic tank systems collect and treat wastewater on site. To deliver the facility within budget, Burns & McDonnell used pre-engineered buildings, adding fire protection, standby power, network and other systems. The six-building Buckeye Readiness Center includes an assembly hall, simulator room, recruiting office, family center and gym; training rooms, offices and work spaces; a vehicle-maintenance training bay, arms vaults and mobility locker rooms. “We went to great lengths to assist the DEMA in reducing costs,” says project manager Bob Schulz. “We reduced costs by more than $10 million while providing the required facilities for training and maintaining forces ready to respond as needed.”

For more information, contact Bob Schulz, 602-977-2623, or Victor Poland, 816-822-3840.

Facilities for the Big Red One

When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ budget to house the Combat Aviation Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kan., fell short of bids, Burns & McDonnell, along with other bidders, met with the corps to discuss smart ways to trim costs without sacrificing quality. After submitting a plan that met budget constraints, the team from Burns & McDonnell began work in 2007 — with the brigade’s soldiers and aircraft already headed for home. Burns & McDonnell completed the original scope-of-work items for the 70-acre site and 300,000 square feet of building space by Jan. 31, 2009. The project included design and construction of a 4,500-foot concrete runway with state-of-the-art lighting and navigational systems; taxiways and apron parking; a 63,000-square-foot, six-bay helicopter maintenance hangar with AFFF fire protection; two battalion headquarters; three company operations facilities; a complete 15-kV electrical loop; upgrades to domestic water supply; two access roads; and stormwater, sanitary sewers and industrial waste systems. Design work was documented using building information modeling to create a database of equipment and systems information integrated with the drawings. Construction management also was automated. All six major buildings are seeking Silver certification through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program. LEED® features include stormwater runoff control, water usage reduction, optimized energy performance, construction waste management, recycled and regionally supplied materials, and recycling of all pavements demolished for the new airfield work. The project received two awards from the Missouri/Kansas Chapter of the American Concrete Pavement Association.

For more information, contact Pete Karnowski, 816-822-3058.

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