Wisconsin Power and Light Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States
This EPC project is the true definition of partnership
414 megawatts of cleaner air
Under an EPC (Engineer-Procure-Construct) contract, an Alberici-led joint venture installed a new Air Quality Control System (AQCS) on Unit 5 at Wisconsin Power and Light Company’s (WPL) Edgewater Generating Station. The project’s main objective was to reduce emissions at the 414 MW plant. It included installation of two dry flue gas desulphurization (DFGD) systems with baghouses and all balance of plant equipment.
Thorough and efficient approach and execution
Virtual modeling was utilized to coordinate the layout of equipment with piping and electrical systems, while providing a method for owner input throughout design reviews. Alberici self-performed steel and ductwork erection, onsite assembly and erection of the baghouses and scrubbers, and concrete foundations.
Strategy for success
The JV team aggressively managed a tough timeline, ultimately finishing eleven weeks ahead of schedule. A key scheduling focus was a major outage to connect the new AQCS to the existing plant. To do so, Alberici demolished the existing connection to the chimney and installed 780 tons of new ductwork. The joint venture also performed commissioning and compliance testing of the new system.
The priority of partnering
To prioritize transparency and communication, the Alberici team and WPL implemented a formal partnering program. These special sessions were key to fostering a true team environment while meeting project goals. Through this process, we facilitated three partnering sessions that forced hard conversations, brought down barriers between teams, and provided a safe environment for all parties to raise concerns. Over the life of the project, there were zero owner non-compliance reports and only seven contractor-initiated change orders accounting for just 0.1 percent of the contract value.
Part of the community
Collaboration extended beyond the work site. The project team embraced the area, participating in over 20 community service events, contributing money and donating hundreds of hours of service in and around Sheboygan, including a Build Day for Habitat for Humanity.
“They took the community service ball and ran with it,” said Alliant Energy Project Manager Tim Kreft. “I haven’t seen this type of continued and repeated community service on other projects.”