Location: Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina
This $35 million tower and shelter replacement project provides communication tower and shelter upgrades to 30 microwave towers and four communication shelters across multiple states to replace aging infrastructure and maintain reliability of the overall communication network. Construction on this project — one of the largest engineer-procure-construct (EPC) telecom projects for this confidential client — requires work authorizations within power plants, substations, and brownfield and greenfield telecom sites.
As the EPC principal contractor, we are leading the overall project 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.
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 Duke Energy at 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 ramped up to two sites per month with an early 2019 completion. In keeping with the utility's emphasis on construction safety and overall project quality, we provided five on-site construction supervisors and completed more than 12,000 man-hours on this project with zero lost-time incidents.