JA McDonald, Bates & Murray recognized for work on Kingdom Community Wind Project
The Associated General Contractors of Vermont (AGC/VT) and the Vermont Independent Electrical Contractors Association (VEICA) recognized two companies for their work on the Kingdom Community Wind Project in Lowell, Vermont, at their joint Annual Meeting and Best Builder Awards Ceremony held on December 4 at the Hilton Hotel in South Burlington.
JA McDonald won the award for Outstanding Quality of Work and Effort, in the New, Heavy Industrial Category, while Bates & Murray received the Outstanding Green Project Award for Innovation and Excellence.
“I’m thrilled to be able to recognize the exceptional work of our members, JA McDonald and Bates & Murray. The Kingdom Community Wind Project is helping Vermont lead the way on renewable energy, and I’m proud our members have played such a vital role in diversifying Vermont’s energy portfolio,” said Cathleen Lamberton, Executive Vice President of AGC/VT and VEICA.
“This was a daunting, and at times, extremely challenging project, given the aggressive completion schedule and complex environment. But the hard-work, dedication, quality craftsmanship, and responsibility exhibited by both J.A. McDonald and Bates & Murray made them clear choices as winners at this year’s Best Builder Awards.”
In ten months, J.A. McDonald workers logged 116,000 man-hours. J.A. McDonald implemented a daily Job Safety & Environmental Analysis (JSEA) program for the project that has become a company policy, and this was the first wind project to join the OSHA SHARPS program.
Throughout the project, J.A. McDonald made the environment its highest priority. Faced with the most stringent environmental permits a Vermont project has ever seen, J.A. McDonald moved 750,000 yards of earth and rock. In fact, through their own “optimization” of the civil design, they were able to reduce the impacted area on the mountain by 15 percent.
In addition to supporting local workers and retailers, JA McDonald donated gravel to local municipalities, fire wood to community members and performed numerous educational site tours to supporters and opponents of the project.
Bates & Murray, an electrical contractor based out of Barre, was honored for the quality of workmanship produced by their contractors and employees on the Kingdom Community Wind Project.
The work included installation of over 80,000 feet of conduit and installing over 100,000 feet of high voltage cable for Green Mountain Power. In addition, Bates & Murray, Inc. wired twenty-one turbines, a substation control house, and a new maintenance/office complex was completed.
Dorothy Schnure, Manager of Corporate Communications for Green Mountain Power, sent the following statement:
“Green Mountain Power congratulates JA McDonald and Bates & Murray for this well-deserved recognition by their professional peers at the Associated General Contractors of Vermont. Both of these companies conducted their work on the Kingdom Community Wind (KCW) project with the utmost attention to quality work, the safety of everyone on the site, and environmental protection.
“This award again highlights the fact that KCW was built for Vermonters, by Vermonters. More than 150 Vermonters worked on the mountain during construction; more than 100 Vermont-based firms and vendors have been involved in some aspect of Kingdom Community Wind.
“KCW is an important part of Vermont’s effort to generate clean electricity. When fully commissioned it will produce enough electricity for Green Mountain Power and Vermont Electric Coop to power 24,000 Vermont homes.”
Source: AGC. 12.12.2012. AGC/VT represents more than 150 active general contractors, associates and affiliate members including equipment and material suppliers, insurance companies, bonding firms, financial institutions, consultants and an additional 60 members from the Vermont Independent Electrical Contractors Association. The Associations collaboratively work to meet the needs of their members, by providing resources for education, training, legislative involvement, and public relations for the highway, building contracting, and electrical communities.