Company/Agency: University of Maryland
Description: This project was developed from a terminated design contract, requiring new engineering design, calculations, and a refined Scope of Work. The general extent of the project involved the removal of 5 existing generator of various sizes, and consolidating the configuration to a single 1250kW generator, serving an emergency load of 5 different buildings at the University of Maryland college campus.
Parallel switchgear was installed to shed load of existing generators and make the new equipment the primary generator. Work was performed during normal business hours in an occupied facility, along an existing loading dock. Traffic control, pedestrian safety, and environmental protection was part of the project plans.
The project required excavation, trenching site work to create a 67′ long concrete pad, 2′ high of stepped concrete for the new generator placement. There was approximately 170 feet of outdoor busway that would feed an existing pump switchboard. The work was integrated with the Maryland Network System – a high-profile UPS and communication system of critical power that needed to be maintained with minimal disruption during a weekend scheduled outage.
A new diesel fuel tank and fuel system was installed, including interstitial monitoring, controls, and alarm systems.
This project included scheduling consideration for the extensive lead time to order equipment, and required close monitoring of progress to keep to the schedule, account for weather factors, and coordinate scheduled outages during the project.
A crane was used to set the equipment, and a critical lift plan was developed and used during the installation. A Hazardous Energy Control plan was developed and followed during the installation and testing. Fall Protection and Trenching work were safely planned and performed without incident.
Favorable comments were received from the customer regarding organization and project management, and the team was provided with positive feedback on the outcome of the project.