The Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville, Tenn., has awarded San Francisco-based URS Corp. a five-year, $20- million contract to provide engineering and construction management services for conversion of wet coal-ash storage facilities at five coal plants to dry storage systems. The upgrade follows the 2008 storage pond failure at a TVA plant in Kingston, Tenn. Under the contract, URS will handle conversion of storage systems at the Colbert, Widows Creek, Gallatin, Bull Run and John Sevier power plants, located elsewhere in Tennessee and in Alabama. TVA agreed to move to dry coal-ash storage systems after the Kingston coal-ash impoundment collapsed, contaminating
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.