Government, Lakeshore, and Sustainability

Holland approves $145M for energy

The $200M project will replace a coal-burning plant on the waterfront.

January 23, 2015
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The Holland Board of Public Works and Holland City Council have approved an engineering, procurement and construction contract with Southfield, Mich.-based Barton Malow for the design and construction of the Holland Energy Park natural gas power plant.

That means construction will start next month, according to Holland BPW.

While the approved bid was for nearly $145 million, HBPW anticipates that adjustments during the open book period of the contract will push the final price below the original budget of $140 million. However, the board still recommended approval of $145 million for contingency purposes.

“The last couple of months have been invaluable in helping us reach a contract that’s favorable for all parties,” said Dave Koster, general manager at HBPW. “We have great confidence in the Barton Malow team, and we’re eager to see the Holland Energy Park take shape.”

The $200 million gas combined-cycle power plant will replace the James De Young Power Plant, a coal-burning plant located on the waterfront. The new power plant promises to be 50 percent more efficient, according to Dan Nally, director of business services for Holland BPW.

The new energy park will be located on a 26-acre site on the border of the city of Holland and Holland Township just north of Eighth Street at Fairbanks Avenue. The location, which had been used as a dumping site for several years, has gone through soil remediation to prepare it for its next life.

The site will include walking paths through the restored habitat for community use and will provide educational programming to area school children.

The contract schedule calls for generation and testing in late 2016, and substantial completion by February 2017.

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