ACEC/PA Honors Burns as 2020 Energy Projects Winner at Annual Awards Gala

Harrisburg, PA (March 5, 2020) – The American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania (ACEC/PA) named Burns Engineering as the 2020 Energy Projects winner for the completion of the Power Capacity Enhancements for the Navy Yard (Philadelphia) project at the organization’s annual Diamond Awards for Engineering Excellence gala at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square. 

The Navy Yard is a leading example of successfully adapting a former naval base into an economic powerhouse. The 1,200-acre “city-within-a-city” is now home to more than 150 companies and 14,000 employees working for prominent commercial, industrial and U.S. government tenants. The Navy Yard’s “Smart Energy Campus,” a 52-megawatt unregulated electric grid, is one of the largest non-military, unregulated electric distribution systems on the East Coast.

“Burns developed a groundbreaking method to bring the extra power supply to the site,” said Leeann Sherman, Executive Director of ACEC/PA. “Although challenging, Burns created a cost-effective enhancement on an already compressed time schedule, which ultimately saved two years.”

The solution – a “Utility of the Future” model – deploys a hybrid of both utility supply and self-generation. Burns’ approach utilized: Fast Track and P3 Project Delivery; Smart Infrastructure; load profile shaping; leveraging of existing electrical infrastructure; alignment of stakeholders; and creative underground utility distribution. The power capacity was online within the 18-month window, allowing the U.S. Navy to be production-ready. Despite many challenges, the approach minimized environmental impact and disruption to tenants, and provides additional resilience and revenue stream benefits. This multi-benefit approach is an ideal model to replicate in the future for similar electrical infrastructure improvements.

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