Project of the Year - Civil/Public Works (Tie)

The Exelon City Solar project required the construction of a 32,800-solar panel,10-megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant in the Historic West Pullman District on 40 acres of land owned by Chicago.

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A small operation and maintenance building was constructed to support the solar plant’s operations.

In July, the team of Exelon Generation, SunPower, Turner Construction Co. with joint venture partner Riteway Huggins, dedicated the plant, which is now the nation’s largest urban solar power plant.

Exelon Generation owns and operates the new power plant and markets the electricity and Solar Renewable Energy Certificates it generates.

SunPower, a manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels and solar systems, designed and manufactured the solar system.

Turner Construction Co. with JV partner Riteway Huggins provided construction management services for this new solar power plant.

Developing, designing and constructing the nation’s largest urban solar power plant came with a number of challenges.

Overall the project’s challenges included the site, solar technology, benefits to the environment and community along with meeting the schedule requirements for the project.

Key Players

Developer/Owner: Exelon Corp., Chicago
GC: SunPower Corp., San Jose, Calif.
CM: Turner Construction with JV Partner Riteway Huggins, Chicago
Architect: Perry & Associates, Chicago
Civil Engineer: EDI, Chicago
Structural Engineer: Perry & Associates, Chicago
MEP Engineer: HDR, Omaha