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The PAGS project has kept the power flowing to residents of Pueblo, Colo. « Civil | BLACK HILLS CORP. – PUEBLO AIRPORT GENERATION STATION Staying On Schedule E BLACK HILLS CORP. WORKED TO BRING POWER ONLINE AGAINST A TIGHT SCHEDULE. BY CHRIS PETERSEN very project that brings vital resources to a community is an important one. However, the Pueblo Airport Generation Station (PAGS) project in Pueblo, Colo., had an added dimension of urgency that drove Black Hills Corp. to go the extra mile and ensure that it was brought in on time and on budget. As Vice President and General Manager of Power Delivery for Black Hills Corp. Mark Lux explains, Black Hills Corp. was working against the clock to avoid an interruption to 94,000 customers in southern Colorado served by Black Hills Energy, a subsidiary of Black Hills Corp., based on a purchase power agreement that expired Dec. 31, 2011. One of the company’s largest service areas is Pueblo, where the company previously had received about 75 percent of its energy from Public Service Co. of Colorado, a division of Xcel Energy. However, Xcel Energy notified Black Hills Energy in 2008 that it would not be renewing the power purchase agreement it had with the company, putting Black Hills Energy’s customers at risk. Lux says Black Hills Energy filed an energy resource plan with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission soon after Xcel’s decision, and in March 2009, the commission approved plans to build up to 200 megawatts (MW) of electrical generation capacity. Black Hills Corp.’s independent power provider subsidiary, Black Hills Colorado IPP, was selected as the winning bidder in a competitive solicitation process to build a portion of the new generation. Black Hills Energy signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with BHCI to secure the remaining energy needed to serve its utility customers when the Xcel contract expires, Lux says. Even with a tight schedule and sometimeschallenging weather conditions, Lux says Black Hills Corp. was able to bring the Pueblo Airport Black Hills Corp. – Pueblo Airport Generation Station • Location: Pueblo, Colo. • Employees on-site: Approx. 600 • Scope: Natural gas-fired electric generation facility “Our relationships ultimately led to the successful completion of the project.” –Mark Lux, vice president and general manager of power delivery Generation Station online in time for the end of the Xcel Energy agreement. As of Jan. 1, 2012, the Black Hills Energy utility-owned plant was supplying more than 180 MW of power to the 21 southern Colorado communities, including Pueblo, that comprise Black 90 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM MARCH 2012 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - March 2012
Best Practices
Construction Insurance
JC Beal Construction – Brod - erick Tower redevelopment
Harden Group
Pyramid Companies – Destiny USA
EllisDon – Yorkdale Shopping Center
HBD – Dierbags
Marous Brothers Construction
Roy Anderson Corp. – Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant
Foulger-Pratt Contracting LLC – Lorton Workhouse Arts Center
Penn Builders Inc.
Turner Finch Construction – University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research
Bouygues-Bird Joint Venture – Royal Canadian Mounted Police E Division Headquarters
Camden County Improvement Authority: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Coreslab Structures (OKLA) Inc.
Hensel Phelps Construction Co. – City of San Antonio Public Safety Headquarters
Kjellstrom + Lee Inc. – UVA Barry & Bill Battle Building
Hensel Phelps – High-altitude Army Aviation Training Site
Texas A&M University – Northside Residence Hall
Milton J. Womack Inc./JE Dunn JV – Our Lady of the Lake Heart and Vascular Tower and Trauma Center Expansion
AvalonBay Communities Inc. – Avalon Park Crest
Powell Construction Services LLC
AvalonBay Communities Inc. – AVA H Street
Buckingham Companies
Fortune-Johnson General Contractors
Current Builders – The Residences at Lakehouse
Forino Co.
Mill Creek Residential Trust LLC
Black Hills Corp. – Pueblo Airport Generation Station
URS Corp./Alberici Constructors Inc. – Olmsted Dam Project
APEX Block Corp.
BMW Constructors Inc.
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