STS Consultants Receives Concrete Design Award from Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Association


On Wednesday, March 1, 2000, STS Consultants, Ltd. (STS), received a Concrete Design Award from the Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Association (WRMCA) for the work completed at the Georgia-Pacific (G-P) Port Edwards Dam.

This dam, which is located on the Wisconsin River in central Wisconsin, was scheduled for repairs in 1999. STS was originally contracted for a basic field service inspection of the concrete and reinforcing steel and to assemble a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Construction Quality Inspection Program. As the project progressed, STS's role expanded significantly. An investigation of the subsurface conditions of the structure and the completion of a new design to accommodate working under unforeseen conditions were also needed. Construction needed to be completed by November 1, 1999, to meet the deadline set by FERC and to insure that construction was completed before winter arrived.

The new design included re-engineered footing and foundation wall designs, additional structural supports to carry the 12" thick concrete cap slab, and new design features to tie-in the new construction to the existing structures.

Wisconsin Valley Concrete of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, the concrete supplier for this project, nominated STS and this project for this prestigious award because of STS's unique solution to underwater construction.

These awards are presented for projects that involve "a beautiful concept, a solid design, talented workers, and an outstanding product all blending together to create something memorable." The awards were presented at a dinner at the Park Plaza Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton.