MAX COMES TO LAS VEGAS
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada sought to create a fresh image for public transportation while enhancing service to its customers by introducing the Metropolitan Area Express (MAX). The first of its kind in the U.S., MAX is not a bus. Rather it is a rubber-tire rapid transit system that operates on light rail, but with the lower cost and flexibility of a bus. The initial 7.5-mile MAX system extends from downtown Las Vegas to a point near Nellis Air Force Base. Since the introduction of MAX, total corridor ridership increased 25 percent while overall travel time decreased.
The Commission retained Stanley Consultants to provide overall project management services including planning, design, and construction management assistance. The project, #17703, was named a 2006 Engineering Excellence award winner by the American Council of Engineering Companies, one of only seven projects nationally to receive this prestigious award.
CHILLED WATER PLANT AND EXPANSION at MIDDLE EAST AIR BASE
Projects (#15745 and #17944) consisted of an initial chilled water plant and two expansions at an airbase in the Middle East. Stanley Consultants acted as the owner’s engineer for the turn-key construction. Services included electrical, mechanical, architectural, structural, site/civil utility work, and siting studies. A total of 21,600 tons of refrigeration was provided.
GILBERT UNIT 3 DESIGNED FOR EAST KENTUCKY POWER COOPERATIVE
Project #16000 involved study, design, and construction services for the 268-megawatt unit near Maysville, Kentucky. Installation of the Circulating Fluidized Bed process resulted in the most environmentally friendly coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, as well as one of the cleanest in the United States. The fast-track project was constructed in just 34 months. The unit went online a month early, resulting in a $6 million savings for the client. East Kentucky retaining Stanley Consultants to provide consulting services for two more units exactly like Unit 3.
ALLEVIATING CONGESTION ON SALT LAKE CITY’s I-15
Each afternoon a bottleneck formed on Utah’s Interstate 15 where the number of lanes dropped from five to three. The Utah Department of Transportation hired Stanley Consultants (Project #16244) to evaluate alternatives to eliminate the congestion. The solution was to design additional lanes along the outside of the existing pavement section and in the median, which varied in width between 64 feet and 40 feet. Stanley Consultants completed design of this $37 million project in six months.
REBUILDING IRAQ’s INFRASTRUCTURE
Stanley Consultants was retained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Middle East District to provide services to master plan the reconstruction of Iraq’s infrastructure after the 2003 war. Stanley Consultants teamed with Michael Baker and Hill International, on the effort. Over 80 members responded to a request for volunteers and the project, #16880, ultimately involved 50 members from 14 offices.
The team identified 5,000 reconstruction projects, of which more than 2,300 were recommended for approval, to restore Iraq’s infrastructure using the $18.4 billion supplied by the United States. Once the list received congressional approval, the team began preparing over $4 billion in task orders for construction of the most critical projects. The effort has been described as history’s largest engineering and construction project and it is the largest single project Stanley Consultants has ever won.
RED MOUNTAIN FREEWAY
Completion of the 4.8-mile segment of the Red Mountain Freeway provided the critical link that completed a Phoenix, Arizona freeway loop 20 years in the making. Believed to be the largest single project ever managed by the Arizona Department of Transportation, the project has 22 structures including a seven-span 1000-foot mainline structure, six Central Arizona Project canal crossings, six major equipment underpasses, three interchanges, two roundabouts, and extensive utility relocations. Since the segment was constructed in a flood pool, it required a two hundred million-gallon-per-day pump station, a massive drainage system, a freeway protection levee, significant dam rehabilitation, and multi-agency coordination.
Stanley Consultants was responsible for design of the project. What is typically a two-year design effort was completed in nine months. In 2009, the project, #17000, received the top award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Arizona.
SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN RECHARGE PROJECT
When the Central Arizona Project (CAP) needed additional groundwater recharge capacity to serve the future water needs of Pima, Pinal, and Maricipa County residents in Arizona, the organization turned to Stanley Consultants.
Two 20-acre basins were designed and constructed to store 25,000 acre feet/year of Colorado River water in an underground aquifer. To pull the water from the CAP Canal, Stanley Consultants designed a one-of-a-kind bridge-mounted pumping station that spans the canal. Six vertical turbine pumps mounted on the bridge deck draw water directly from the canal like giant straws. This is a dramatic departure from the traditional “canal side pump turnout” that CAP typically uses to convey water to the recharge basins. The project, #17361, won several design awards.
EPC CONTRACT FOR A NEW HIGH-VOLTAGE TRANSMISSION LINE
Stanley Consultants was the engineering portion of the EPC (engineer-procure-construct) contract to provide a transmission line from Council Bluffs to a new substation in Grimes, Iowa.
MidAmerican Energy required a new high-voltage transmission line to deliver electricity from the Council Bluffs Energy Center to the new substation. The contract, project #17405, was awarded to design and construct a new 15-acre 345/161 kV substation along with 108 miles of new double-circuit 345/161kV and 16 miles of 345/345 kV double-circuit transmission line within existing line corridors. The completed project won multiple design awards.
LAKE PLEASANT WATER LINE in PHOENIX
|Rapid growth in the Phoenix area was stressing the city's supply of potable water. Stanley Consultants teamed with PCL Civil Constructor on this Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) project for the City of Phoenix. The challenge was to design and construct an 8-mile long, 78-inch steel pipe and distribution line that delivers potable water to the northern Arizona area. Environmental and cultural concerns were of paramount importance, as this project was built through almost eight miles of pristine open desert. The client chose to tunnel rather than disrupt a portion of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. The project, #17425, won multiple awards.
SPURLOCK UNIT 4 USES STATE OF-THE-ART PROCESS
Stanley Consultants was contracted by East Kentucky Power Cooperative to provide conceptual, preliminary, and detailed design engineering, along with resident engineering and performance testing for Spurlock Unit 4, a 268 MW net and 302 MW gross coal-fired circulating fluidized bed boiler generating unit. The unit’s Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) process is state-of-the-art. The technology allows the burning of a wide variety of coals, including low-fusion coals, low cost high sulfur coal, and waste coal, without impacting the environment. The project, #17500 and #18502, won multiple awards including Honorable Mention for Plant of the Year by Power Engineering magazine.
DAVENPORT’s WESTSIDE DIVERSION TUNNEL
This project, #17700, consists of the design of 16,500 feet of sanitary sewer ranging in size from 60 to 72 inches. The tunnel will relieve existing wet weather capacity problems and provide for future development within the city of Davenport, Iowa. The sewer consists of 9,000 feet of open cut excavation ranging from 15 to 30 feet deep and 7,500 feet of tunneling ranging from 30 to 140 feet deep. The project is routed through residential, commercial, and industrial development.
The project is divided into three construction projects with a projected total cost of approximately $45 million. Completion of the project, expected in ???, will allow continued development in northwest Davenport, as well as provide relief to the remainder of the city’s wastewater collection system.