In 2013, TULLOCH took a leadership role in the design and construction of the largest wind farm project in Alberta to date (second largest in Canada), the 166 turbine, 300 MW Blackspring Ridge wind project, located in Vulcan County, Alberta. TULLOCH was retained by Mortenson Construction as the civil engineer of record and third-party verification surveyor for this design-build project. Over a two-year period, two TULLOCH survey crews attended the site to complete third-party verification of all Contractor layout. In advance of construction, TULLOCH surveyors staked out all roads in native prairie grass so that these areas could be cultivated/harvested prior to commencement construction the following spring. During construction, TULLOCH surveyors worked alongside the Owner’s survey team to verify critical layout locations such as turbines, towers, setbacks from property lines, and other critical coordinates. Center pin locations for each of 166 turbines were verified, as well as critical parcel boundaries.
TULLOCH was also the lead civil consultant for the Blackspring Ridge project, completing all access road design and storm water management design. TULLOCH’s design team included a Project Manager, Design Engineer, and two CAD draftspersons. Both the Project Manager and Design Engineer attended the site on a regular basis and were responsible for the coordination of the preliminary and detailed civil designs, and completion of the existing road condition reports. Our design team was commended by Mortenson for taking a very open and collaborative approach to dealing with the local Municipal Road Authority. Our personable approach included ride-alongs with municipal staff to discuss the existing road network and TULLOCH’s proposed improvements. For this project, TULLOCH also acted as the Contractor’s environmental representative, making sure the contractor adhered to the project environmental plan.