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ELK WIND TOWER PARK

Project Name: ELK WIND TOWER PARK
Location: EDGEWOOD, IOWA
Contractors: MORTENSON CONSTRUCTION
Owner: RPM ACCESS

Project Details:

According to the Iowa Energy Center, Iowa is the second largest producer of wind energy in the U.S, just behind Texas. So it should come as no surprise that the summer of 2011 brought us a challenging project for our BARD West Region. Riding the green energy wave, a renewable energy production facility, or wind turbine, was erected between Greeley and Edgewood Iowa. A total of 17 towers were placed in the hot months of June and July with an average of 800 yards per tower. In order to accomplish the 120 yard an hour base pours, a portable plant was set up in Kuhlman’s Edgewood West quarry and the Strawberry Point plant to help make the delivery seamless. Dale Mescher, BARD West manager, indicated the project had many challenges associated with the pour including the hot daytime temperatures. As a result, the plant and staff were accommodating, with pours typically starting around two in the morning to meet the contractor deadlines.   A new piece of technology called a logger was implemented into the project to help monitor the heat of hydration. Olsen Associates, from LaVista Nebraska, oversaw the testing for the project and were quite impressed with the consistency of the loads and the strength tests. According to Mescher, it was a total group effort and the drivers really stepped up to help make this project a success.

<b class='callout'>Wind Tower base pour</b> <b class='callout'>BARD trucks lined up to dump</b> <b class='callout'>Base pour</b> <b class='callout'>Wind tower mat pour</b> <b class='callout'>Pedestal reinforcement</b>
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