“We are honored to continue our partnership with BPA to help them upgrade systems,” said Mark Lichtwardt, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Burns & McDonnell in Denver, Colorado, and the Pacific Northwest. “From environmental services to construction, we’re looking forward to providing one-stop-shop services improving BPA’s energy infrastructure.”
The work will support the utility in providing safe, reliable, and sustainable energy to its customers and the community through the collection of power projects BPA has planned in the next five years. Projects the firm will support, in partnership with subconsultant electrical construction company MYR Group, include greenfield substations, site expansions, transmission lines, and multi-outage brownfield substations.
As part of providing program management services and supporting technical efforts, Burns & McDonnell will coordinate project planning, design, and construction services throughout all stages of the power projects. The five-year contract will have projects running simultaneously until anticipated completion in 2025.
Burns & McDonnell has experience managing more than 500 projects in the region, including extensive work completed for BPA substations. The firm completed $30 billion of capital spend in program management services in the past 10 years, implementing an integrated and phased approach for many of the projects. Burns & McDonnell has office locations around the world, including in Portland, Oregon; Vancouver, Washington; and Seattle, Washington.
BPA, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana, and parts of California, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 261 substations to 475 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region’s high-voltage transmission grid.