Substation BP 14 Feeder Facilities

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Substation BP 14 Feeder Facilities

Substation BP 14 Feeder Facilities

Client: City of Tallahassee Electric
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Size: 1.75 miles
Service: Public & Civic Infrastructure

Highlights:
Contact Staff: Echo K. Gates, P.E., LEED ®AP
 

The Substation BP14 Feeder Facilities are the electric distribution infrastructure owned by the City of Tallahassee (City) and located along Centerville Road. The infrastructure distributes electric power from the recently completed Substation BP14 on the east side of Centerville Road south of Shamrock South to electric customers in northeast Leon County, Florida. The overhead lines were within an existing utility easement that is also wholly within the Centerville Road Canopy Road Protection Zone (CRCRPZ).

Due to the prevalence of trees dropping limbs and an abundance of squirrels damaging the power lines, power outages were common place and seemingly random to the City’s electric customers. The reliability of electric power in the northeast quadrant of the City’s service area was severely compromised, resulting in irate utility customers and an overload of complaints to the City Manager’s office.

The project consisted of placing the overhead distribution line underground from an existing manhole at the northwest corner of Centerville Road and Shamrock South and extending north approximately 1.75 miles along Centerville Road to Pimlico Drive. The location of the existing line on the west side of Centerville Road follows an existing multi-use trail within the utility easement. Due to the environmentally sensitive CRCRPZ, the distribution line was to be placed underground with manholes placed approximately 1,000 feet apart. In order to preserve the canopy, the conduit for the distribution line was to be directionally drilled, thereby minimizing negative environmental impacts to the area. With 11 manholes approximately 12 ft. x 12 ft. each to be installed, some tree removal during construction was unavoidable.

The original improvement concept—to upgrade the electric distribution line along Centerville Road from an overhead to an underground utility--was embraced by neighborhoods that had historically endured the seemingly random and all-too- often power outages. With the cooperation of the regulatory agencies, the design and construction team and COT Electric Utility, the project was completed with an accelerated construction schedule and no negative environmental impacts to this environmentally sensitive area.  The Canopy Roads Citizens Committee was so pleased with the final outcome, that the project was one of only four projects designated a “Canopy Road Success” in the May 2014 Canopy Roads Report. In addition, it received the 2015 American Public Works Association (APWA) Statewide award in the Environmental category.

The resulting project has provided the community with an electric service that reduces the negative visual impacts in the tree canopy along Centerville Road, increases electric service reliability in the northeast sector of Leon County, and preserves the unique environmental habitat along the historic Centerville Road.

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Substation BP 14 Feeder Facilities


Tallahassee, FL

Client:

City of Tallahassee Electric

Location:

Tallahassee, FL

Size:

1.75 miles

Service

Public & Civic Infrastructure

Highlights:

Civil Engineering
Construction Administration
Engineering Design and Permitting
Stormwater Design

Substation BP 14 Feeder Facilities

The Substation BP14 Feeder Facilities are the electric distribution infrastructure owned by the City of Tallahassee (City) and located along Centerville Road. The infrastructure distributes electric power from the recently completed Substation BP14 on the east side of Centerville Road south of Shamrock South to electric customers in northeast Leon County, Florida. The overhead lines were within an existing utility easement that is also wholly within the Centerville Road Canopy Road Protection Zone (CRCRPZ).

Due to the prevalence of trees dropping limbs and an abundance of squirrels damaging the power lines, power outages were common place and seemingly random to the City’s electric customers. The reliability of electric power in the northeast quadrant of the City’s service area was severely compromised, resulting in irate utility customers and an overload of complaints to the City Manager’s office.

The project consisted of placing the overhead distribution line underground from an existing manhole at the northwest corner of Centerville Road and Shamrock South and extending north approximately 1.75 miles along Centerville Road to Pimlico Drive. The location of the existing line on the west side of Centerville Road follows an existing multi-use trail within the utility easement. Due to the environmentally sensitive CRCRPZ, the distribution line was to be placed underground with manholes placed approximately 1,000 feet apart. In order to preserve the canopy, the conduit for the distribution line was to be directionally drilled, thereby minimizing negative environmental impacts to the area. With 11 manholes approximately 12 ft. x 12 ft. each to be installed, some tree removal during construction was unavoidable.

The original improvement concept—to upgrade the electric distribution line along Centerville Road from an overhead to an underground utility--was embraced by neighborhoods that had historically endured the seemingly random and all-too- often power outages. With the cooperation of the regulatory agencies, the design and construction team and COT Electric Utility, the project was completed with an accelerated construction schedule and no negative environmental impacts to this environmentally sensitive area.  The Canopy Roads Citizens Committee was so pleased with the final outcome, that the project was one of only four projects designated a “Canopy Road Success” in the May 2014 Canopy Roads Report. In addition, it received the 2015 American Public Works Association (APWA) Statewide award in the Environmental category.

The resulting project has provided the community with an electric service that reduces the negative visual impacts in the tree canopy along Centerville Road, increases electric service reliability in the northeast sector of Leon County, and preserves the unique environmental habitat along the historic Centerville Road.