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Location:

  • Pittsville, MO

Type of Services:

  • Utility

Markets Served:

  • Energy / Power Generation
  • Utilities

Trades/Technicians/
Professionals:

  • Linemen

Fiber Installation – Overhead
Pittsville

As a G&T electric cooperative, N.W. Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. is responsible for maintaining 130 substations and approximately 1699 miles of transmission line which delivers the power to the seven distribution cooperative who provide electricity directly to members. Currently, N.W.'s seven distribution cooperatives serve more than 74,000 members in a 34-county region of Northwest Missouri and Southwest Iowa.

Black & McDonald was contracted to perform the installation of a new 48 ct OPGW and x-braces on their 69 kV line that ran from the Pittsville Sub to the Odessa Sub during the winter of 2015-2016. We removed the old static wire and properly recycled it. We then replaced the 15 miles of 3/8" static wire with new 48 ct OPGW. The project also included installing 80 new x-braces on existing structures and splicing the 48 ct OPGW at 13 splice can locations throughout the project. All work was tested and completed on time.



Location:

  • Kansas City, KS

Type of Services:

  • Utility

Markets Served:

  • Energy / Power Generation
  • Utilities

Trades/Technicians/
Professionals:

  • General Laborers
  • Linemen
  • Electricians

Muncie Substation
Kansas City

Kansas City Board of Public Utilities electric plants and delivery systems serve 65,000 customers over 127.5 square miles within the Kansas City, Kansas area. Power generation facilities consist of three power stations, 29 substations, and 2,992 miles of electrical lines.

Black & McDonald was awarded the contract to construct a new 161 kV to 12.5 kV substation for the KC BPU. We began with the demolition of existing concrete/asphalt driveways, perimeter fencing, and landscaping. Once the site had been cleared, there was significant cut/fill work needed to bring the substation pad to grade. After the proper grade was obtained, we installed a 4,308 sq ft double tiered Big Block Gravity Retaining wall due to the significant cut required to obtain grade. When complete, we installed the drilled piers for the steel structures, concrete pads for the circuit breakers and buildings, and oil retention pits for the transformers. After all foundations had been installed, we installed the storm sewers, sanitary sewers, and water lines. We then installed approximately 7,150 LF of control conduit, 1,500 LF of duct banks, 750 LF of precast cable trench, and 10,730 LF of ground grid. Once all the underground facilities were installed, we compacted the subgrade for the substation pad and installed the rock surface. We proceeded with the above grade installation starting with the installation of steel structures. After all structures were set, we installed all electrical equipment including eighteen 161 kV vertical break disconnect switches, eighteen station post insulators, eighteen 132 kV surge arrestors, two 23 kV vertical break disconnect switches, eighteen 161 kV single phase voltage transformers, six 161 kV circuit breakers, two 161 kV/12.5 kV power transformers, two switchgear buildings, one control building, one telecommunication building, and thirteen security lights. After all the electrical equipment, we installed 1,800 feet of aluminum and all associated wire jumpers to the equipment. Next, we installed the relay panels in the control building and pulled all the control cable from the control building to the switchgears and electrical equipment in the yard. After all installation requiring heavy equipment was complete, we poured the new concrete driveways. Next, we installed a 100% Screening Ameristar Impasse II Guantlet Style 3-Rail Black Ornamental Perimeter Security Fence. Finally, we installed the landscaping and seed in all areas outside the perimeter fence. To complete the installation, Black & McDonald was required to furnish all labor, materials as specified, tools, equipment, transportation, supervision, and all other means necessary to satisfactorily install and perform all other work specified for a period of one year. The project was completed without incident and to the customer's satisfaction.



Location:

  • Kansas City, MO

Type of Services:

  • Utility

Markets Served:

  • Energy / Power Generation
  • Utilities

Trades/Technicians/
Professionals:

  • Electricians
  • General Laborers
  • Linemen

Underground Residential Construction
Kansas City

During the past 40 years, the evolution of underground distribution systems, particularly single-phase systems to serve residential areas (URD), has proceeded at a rapid rate. For a so-called mature industry, the rate of change has been phenomenal. Costs have been steadily reduced through the introduction of new system concepts, improved installation practices, and the development of specialized equipment. Large commercial loads constitute one of the major segments of utility distribution systems, especially in built-up areas where underground supply systems are a requirement. Demands range from a few hundred to many thousands of kVA per customer, and the engineering and design time to provide adequate service facilities is substantial. Each job is special, requiring selection of appropriate and correctly sized equipment, negotiation of space and layout with building owners or their consultants, and frequently a detailed discussion of facilities, charges, rates, and contracts.

Black & McDonald has been the preferred contractor on Kansas City Power & Light property for underground distribution for the last 10 years. Since 2008, we have held the Underground Residential Distribution (URD) Maintenance Contract. This contract includes, but is not limited to, the installation of underground conduit by methods of directional drilling or trenching, pulling and terminating underground primary cable (15 kV–25 kV) and house services, repairing underground cable that has faulted/failed, installation/replacement of padmount transformers, installation/replacement of sectionalizers/enclosures, intercepting existing direct buried cable for installation of a new transformer/enclosure, and installation of terminal poles with a conduit riser to tie underground circuits to overhead circuits. In 2016 and 2017, we had as many as 80 personnel and 17 directional drilling crews working on Kansas City Power & Light property and installed approximately 360,000 feet of conduit and cable. Throughout our 10 years, we have developed safe work practices, installation procedures, and reporting matrixes for underground conduit and cable installation that has separated us from our competition and allowed us to earn the preferred contract status on Kansas City Power & Light property for underground distribution.

sabetha

Location:

  • Sabetha, KS

Type of Services:

  • Electrical
  • General Contractor
  • Utility

Markets Served:

  • Government

Trades/Technicians/
Professionals:

  • Linemen

City of Sabetha
Overhead distribution facilities

Sabetha is a rural town in Northeast Kansas. The City of Sabetha operates a territorial electric system serving not only the city but also a territory approximately six miles wide east and west and eighteen miles long north and south. The City operates their own power generating plant with eleven dual fuel generator units. The capacity of the plant is 18,000 kwh. During the peak summer months, the plant generally operates about 13,000 kwh. In addition there is an interconnect with KPL to insure uninterrupted service.

Black & McDonald was awarded a contract with the City of Sabetha, KS to rebuild 1.5 miles of existing 3 phase overhead distribution facilities and add a new spacer cable circuit to the new poles. Black & McDonald's scope of work on the project consisted of installing 24,468ft of spacer cable, 26,118ft of existing 3 phase cable replaced with new, and 55 poles replaced or modified.

city of independence

Location:

  • Independence, MO

Type of Services:

  • Electrical
  • General Contractor
  • Utility

Markets Served:

  • Utilities

Trades/Technicians/
Professionals:

  • Linemen

City of Independence Transmission Line Rebuild Shrank Road, Independence

Independence, Missouri, is a suburb of Kansas City and is the fourth largest city in the state of Missouri. Independence power and Light (IPL) serves more than 50,000 customers within the City of Independence. IPL maintains and operates 12 generating units, 13 major substations and more than 650 miles of power lines.

Black & McDonald's scope of work on the project consisted of replacing approximately 2 miles of existing 69kV transmission line and distribution underbuild from wood poles to new steel poles (~26 structures), installing 4 concrete drilled shaft foundations, transferring 43,500ft of transmission conductor to new structures, removing 20,300ft of transmission conductor, and 20,925ft of new transmission conductor installed.

independence power

Location:

  • Independence, MO

Type of Services:

  • Electrical
  • General Contractor
  • Utility

Markets Served:

    • Utilities

Trades/Technicians/
Professionals:

  • Linemen

Independence Power & Light Transmission Pole Relocation, 161kV

Independence, Missouri, is a suburb of Kansas City and is the fourth largest city in the state of Missouri. Independence Power and Light (IPL) serves more than 50,000 customers within the City of Independence. IPL maintains and operates 12 generating units, 13 major substations and more than 650 miles of power lines.

Black & McDonald's scope of work on the project consisted of demolishing the old drilled shaft, installing a new drilled shaft and relocating the running angle 161kV transmission structure.


kansas city troost

Location:

  • Kansas City, KS

Type of Services:

  • Electrical
  • General Contractor
  • Utility

Markets Served:

  • Government

Trades/Technicians/
Professionals:

  • Linemen

Kansas City Power & Light - Troost Ave. Transmission Line

As an investor-owned, regulated electric utility, Kansas City Power & Light serves more than 800,000 customers in 47 northwest Missouri and eastern Kansas counties. With a service area of about 18,000 square miles, it takes more than 3,000 miles of transmission lines, 24,000 miles of distribution lines and more than 400 substations to deliver power to all the customers.

Black & McDonald was awarded a contract with KCP&L to cut in the 161kV Transmission Line to the new Troost Avenue substation. Black & McDonald's scope of work on the project consisted of installing 5 new steel transmission structures and installing conductor to the crawl down structures in the new Troost substation.




bank of america

Location:

  • Kansas City, MO

Type of Services:

  • Electrical
  • General Contractor
  • Utility

Markets Served:

  • Commercial
  • Financial

Trades/Technicians/
Professionals:

  • Linemen

Bank of America substation
Bank of America, Kansas City

Bank of America is an American multinational banking and financial services corporation headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is the second largest bank holding company in the United States by assets.

Black & McDonald was awarded a contract with Kansas City Power & Light to cut in the 161kV Transmission Line to the new Bank of America Substation. Black & McDonald's scope of work on the project consisted of installing 7 new steel transmission structures, 4 foundations for the transmission structures, and installing conductors to the crawl down structures in the new Bank of American substation.

city of harrisonvill

Location:

  • Harrisonville, MO

Type of Services:

  • Electrical
  • General Contractor

Markets Served:

  • Government
  • Utilities

Trades/Technicians/
Professionals:

  • Linemen

City of Harrisonville Hwy 291 Electric Distribution Relocation Hwy 291 modification

Harrisonville is located just southeast of Kansas City and has a population in excess of 10,000 people.

Black & McDonald was awarded a contract with the City of Harrisonville, MO to relocate electric facilities due to the Hwy 291 modifications in the city. Black & McDonald's scope of work on the project consisted of replacing, installing, or modifying 20 distribution poles, installing four padmount transformers, installing 4 sectionalizing cabinets, installing ~7,750ft of underground duct, installing ~5,700ft of underground primary and secondary power cables, and removing all of the old overhead electric lines after the cutover to the new underground was completed.

consumer energy storm repair

Location:

  • Lower Peninsula, MI

Type of Services:

  • Electrical
  • General Contractor
  • Utility

Markets Served:

    • Utilities

Trades/Technicians/
Professionals:

  • Linemen

Consumers Energy Storm Repair
Utility Poles

Consumers Energy is Michigan's second-largest electric and natural gas utility, providing service to more than 6 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 counties in the Lower Peninsula.

Black & McDonald was contracted by Consumers Energy to help in the relief efforts for a winter storm that hit their service territory. Black & McDonald sent six (6) four (4) man line crews to perform construction and repair work on the damaged distribution system.

BNSF

Location:

  • Kansas City, KS

Type of Services:

  • Electrical
  • Utility

Markets Served:

  • Transportation & Cargo

Trades/Technicians/
Professionals:

  • Electricians
  • General Laborers
  • Linemen

BNSF Railway Freight Yard- Replace Electrical Argentine Freight Yard

The BNSF Railway is one of the largest freight railroad networks in North America, second to the Union Pacific Railroad, and is one of seven North American Class I railroads. It has 44,000 employees, 32,500 miles of track in 28 states, and over 8,000 locomotives. It has three transcontinental routes that provide rail links between the western and eastern United States. BNSF trains traveled over 169 million miles in 2010, more than any other North American railroad. The BNSF and UP have a duopoly on all transcontinental freight rail lines in the Western U.S. and share trackage rights over thousands of miles of track. According to corporate press releases, the BNSF Railway is among the top transporters of intermodal freight in North America. It also hauls bulk cargo. For instance, the railroad hauls enough coal to generate roughly ten percent of the electricity produced in the United States.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, the railroad is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Black & McDonald was awarded a contract with the General Contractor, Clarkson Construction, on this project. We were to relocate electric facilities for the BNSF Argentine, Kansas Freight Yard. Specifically, the scope consisted of replacing, installing, or modifying 10 distribution poles, installing 6,815ft of underground duct, installing 4,860 ft. of underground primary and secondary power cables and installing 8,180 ft. of overhead primary and secondary cables.

After the cutover to the new overhead and underground was completed, we removed all the old overhead electric lines.

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