The MUD was faced with two obstacles at hand. First, across (3) three different utility sites, the MUD ran off a standard utility power with no immediate backup power solution. Power outages are common in Houston, especially during the hurricane season. The second obstacle relates to project management and execution. MUD’s do not employ internal staff as it pertains to engineering, operations and project management. Instead, they utilize qualified outsourced engineers and operations personnel. These multi-site larger scope projects can create complex communications obstacles if too many different contractors are involved.
WPP was able to meet and provide solutions to both obstacles at hand, acting as a “1 stop shop” general contractor on this project.
The project proceeded as follows:
- This MUD used their 3rd party engineering firm to design the project, WPP then provided all services working closely with the MUD and engineering firm to provide full turnkey support.
- WPP started with site construction and prep work. This began through pouring the new concrete pads and trenching the sites for the electrical wiring.
- WPP then added the conduit and filled the trenches.
- The process continued by installing the auxiliary electrical equipment (including ATS and disconnects), pulling wires through the conduit, installing the (3) new generator sets, and then performing the startup and commissioning of the generator sets.
- Where necessary WPP subcontracted with and managed known qualified experts to perform specialized work.
- After a final inspection of the installation, the engineering firm determined the designed project met specifications. WPP provided training on the new equipment at each site.