Vogtle Project Hits Another Milestone; Hospital Topping-Out Ceremony Goes Virtual
Georgia Power recently announced that crews working at the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion project near Waynesboro, Ga., reached another milestone when they placed the integrated head package (IHP) for Vogtle Unit 3 atop the reactor vessel. Standing 48 ft tall, weighing 475,000 lb and containing more than three miles of electrical cables, the utility says that the IHP will be used by the power plant’s nuclear operators as they monitor and control the nuclear reaction that will occur inside the Unit 3 reactor vessel. “This milestone brings the unit another step closer to loading nuclear fuel inside the reactor,” Georgia Power said in a press release. Additionally, the utility reported that crews have placed 12 of the 16 shield building courses of panels that surround the Unit 4 containment vessel. According to the utility, “The shield building provides an additional layer of safety around the containment vessel and nuclear reactor to protect the structure from any potential impacts.” In May, Georgia Power affirmed that the project team was still targeting the scheduled in-services dates of November 2021 and November 2022 for Units 3 and 4, respectively.
The team building AdventHealth Tampa’s new Taneja Center for Innovative Surgery, a six-story surgical and patient tower, celebrated the project’s topping-out milestone in the way that group gatherings are conducted during the pandemic—virtually. The May 15 ceremony recognizing this step in the $256-million project’s progress was live-streamed to AdventHealth employees and project partners, which included contractor Robins & Morton, AdventHealth Tampa, HuntonBrady Architects, TLC Solutions and Jacobs Program Management. Bruce Adams, Robins & Morton vice president, pictured below, provided remarks during the ceremony, as did AdventHealth Tampa CEO Denyse Bales-Chubb.“The Taneja Center for Innovative Surgery at Advent-Health Tampa,” she said, “will be a destination for people who need highly specialized surgical care provided by the very best surgeons and experts in their field.” The tower is expected to be complete in fall 2021.