Three local projects are among the Midwest Top Project Starts of 2012 named in the April issue of Engineering News-Record Midwest magazine.
The 50-project list ranks BP Whiting’s Fluor GOHT Mechanical Electrical Instrumentation No. 10, the Lake Central High School addition and renovation No. 20 and NIPSCO’s R.M. Schahfer Generating Station Upgrade No. 34.
BP’s $190 million Fluor GOHT Mechanical Electrical Instrumentation project, with primary contractor MC Industrial Inc., is part of the several billion-dollar Whiting Refinery modernization, BP’s General Manager of Corporate Communications Scott Dean said. Begun in April 2012, the project was completed in February.
Lake Central High School’s $100 million addition and renovation in St. John, with Turner Construction Co. and Powers & Sons as primary contractors, began in August and is slated for completion in 2015.
Merrillville-based NIPSCO’s R.M. Schahfer Generating Station's more than $500 million upgrade in Wheatfield began in January 2012 and is scheduled for completion in 2015.
“This type of industry recognition is really a testament to the dedicated men and women working on this project day-in and day-out,” NIPSCO spokesman Nick Meyer said. “And, it all boils down to solid planning and preparation combined with focused project management and execution. We have a great team.”
Meyer said the project is part of NIPSCO’s long-term environmental strategy, focusing on upgrading their system to meet new and upcoming environmental regulations.
“Specifically, the Schahfer project will improve local air quality by further reducing emissions associated with generating electricity,” Meyer said. “Equally important, this project contributes to the long-term sustainability of our region from an economic development standpoint. These projects span multiple years and they’re providing nearly 1,000 jobs throughout that timeframe. And, better air-quality plays an important role for this region as businesses are looking to locate or expand in the area.”
The project has received other accolades, Meyer said, but the safety performance to date is notable, better than the top 10 percent of companies with similar projects.
Meyer said there are multiple prime project contractors. Ohio-based Babcock & Wilcox Construction is the largest.
Among the 50 to 60 other contractors are Chicago-based Graycor, which has a Portage office and Highland’s EMCor Hyre Electric, the prime electrical contractor.
The Ohio River Bridges East End Crossing was ranked as the No. 1 2012 Midwest project. A news release said the Indianapolis-based engineering firm American Structurepoint, which has a Highland office, is serving as the sub consultant to Jacobs, the lead design firm.