Tower & Shelter Replacements

This $175 million tower and shelter replacement program provides communication tower and shelter upgrades to 70 microwave towers and 16 communication shelters across multiple states to replace aging infrastructure and maintain reliability of the overall communication network.

Construction on this effort — one of this confidential utility client’s largest engineer-procure-construct (EPC) telecom programs — requires work authorizations within power plants, substations, and brownfield and greenfield telecom sites.

As the EPC principal contractor, we are leading the overall initiative to design and construct the microwave tower sites and communication shelters. The work is being completed simultaneously in Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina, each with unique county laws and provisions as well as special design considerations for flood pooling and soils.




Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina





Communication Site Infrastructure




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Varied Structures, Customized Site Designs

The towers are a mix of guyed and self-supporting structures. The design work includes site layout with grading and foundation design, along with the design of antenna, waveguide, tower lighting, electrical systems, fiber-optic plant, communication building, generator and fencing. Our team performed the cultural and historical Section 106 licensing, along with all the environmental licensing and permitting. Our team also executed site surveying and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) licensing for new tower construction and licensed microwave frequencies.

We developed an overall approach customizable to each site’s specific requirements. We partnered closely with the owner from the outset of the project to jointly define project design parameters. By engaging at this phase, we were able to scale our team to streamline construction, provide cost transparency and deliver the project against an aggressive schedule. The work started in late 2017 and will continue through 2025. In keeping with the utility's emphasis on construction safety and overall project quality, we provided at maximum seven construction supervisors and completed more than 20,000 work hours on this project with zero lost-time incidents.