Retrofitting for a New Life in Power

by J. A. Forrest, Dir. Fossil Power; Burns & Roe, Oradell, NJ,
Timothy Laughlin, Supervising Design Engr.; Sargent & Lundy, Chicago, IL,
Leonard J. Kriesky, Proj. Engrg. Mgr.; Black & Veatch, Kansas City, MO,
Stephen A. LeClerc, Proj. Mgr.; Stone & Webster, Denver, CO,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1988, Vol. 58, Issue 7, Pg. 50-53

Document Type: Feature article


Despite continued growth in energy demands, electric utilities in the U.S. aren't building many new powerplants these days, due to the economic and regulatory roadblocks they must overcome. Instead, they're refurbishing and upgrading existing facilities. This, however, almost always adds to loads on building foundations, superstructure frames, equipment mountings and flooring systems. The challenge to civil engineers is to plan and design for rehabbing these outmoded facilities, while providing adequate structural support for the new loads, and also helping utilities develop improved maintenance procedures that will enable them to obtain maximum use from renovated facilities. Several examples of how some designers have solved these types of problems for their utility clients are detailed.

Subject Headings: Rehabilitation | Lifeline systems | Load factors | Building design | Power demand | Power plants | Economic factors | Existing buildings

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