The University of Michigan Central Power Plant is a highly efficient natural gas co-generation facility that provides heat and electrical power to most central and medical U-M campus buildings.
Construction Contractor Safety Recognition Program, Project Manager Jon House nominee
Aristeo provided steel installation, demolition and concrete services for a 12,000 SF building addition to the University of Michigan Central Power Plant. The expansion project required, in part, replacing the existing 40-year-old 13,200 volt electrical switchgear equipment with an integrated ring system utilizing the latest technology. Aristeo’s portion of this project was completed with an excellent safety record, thanks to the project team’s commitment to a comprehensive safety plan and achieving safety excellence throughout the project, inclusive of additional COVID-19 safety requirements. Thanks to this work, the nearby hospital now relies on the Central Power Plant to maintain generated electric and steam supply during a disruption or loss of external utility-provided electricity.
Aristeo demolished a one foot thick, 16-foot-tall concrete wall between two switchgear rooms in a confined space near live switchgear equipment. We also demolished new wall openings for cable feeds throughout the space.
Additionally, Aristeo fabricated and installed more than 80 structural steel beams under the floor to support the incoming new equipment. These beams were fabricated and installed in three separate pieces due to the limited space, and Aristeo coordinated closely with the U-M electrician team to protect existing high voltage cables. Other steel work included ladders, grating, new manholes and more.
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