Mead & Hunt receives award for work on Mahoning Creek hydro development

Mead & Hunt has received a 2015 Engineering Excellence State Finalist Award from ACEC Wisconsin for its work on the 6-MW Mahoning Creek Hydroelectric Project.

The company worked with project developer Enduring Hydro LLC to complete this new facility, located at the existing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Mahoning Creek Dam in western Pennsylvania.

In the entry, Mead & Hunt said, “The primary challenge was adding power generation capabilities to an existing USACE dam to gain high-quality, durable, low-maintenance and cost-effective hydro facilities within the funding and regulatory requirements timeline. When Enduring Hydro acquired the project in August 2012, much remained to be completed prior to a commissioning deadline of Dec. 31, 2013. Long hours were spent designing, communicating with all team members and stakeholders, coordinating with regulatory agencies, and managing construction.”

The plant was online Dec. 26, 2013, just five days before funding — from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and a 1603 Grant — would expire.

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin (ACEC Wisconsin) represents the business side of the professional engineering industry. The Engineering Excellence Awards highlight the best of the best in professional engineering. The program recognizes and celebrates engineering achievements that demonstrate the highest degree of skill and ingenuity.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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