Major Wisconsin Project Succeeds Despite Constricted Conditions

November 2009 Vol. 64 No. 11
The first stage of the joint trench construction: iinstalling an electric conduit system under University Avenue in Madison, WI.

Another aspect of the project was a directional bore required under the adjacent State Street – a popular campus retail/entertainment district. The 900 foot bore was 22 feet below the street with 300 feet of lay down area. This side project was challenging due to the constricted spaces and the many students that frequented the area.

Going into the project, all the parties involved knew that the combination of tight deadlines and spaces would require excellent coordination.

MGE took the lead on the utility work. ATC contracted with MGE to head the construction of transmission facilities.

MGE then turned to its primary contractor – KS Energy Services – to do all the construction work. KS Energy is a provider of natural gas, electric and telecommunications construction services in the U.S. Joining the project as a subcontractor was InterCon Construction Inc., which installed the ATC facilities because it specializes in high voltage underground utility installations.

"The success of this complicated project began with solid relationships," said Dennis Klumb, president and CEO of KS Energy Services.

John Yogerst, MGE's Assistant Vice President of Gas Operations, agreed: "MGE and the city of Madison have a long history of working well together. Additionally, KS Energy and InterCon have a good working relationship with each other and with MGE. We knew we could pull together to do quality work and meet the deadline."

It took six months of meetings to prepare for eight weeks of work. For complicated projects, planning ahead is essential to smooth coordination once workers hit the trenches.

Success is in the details