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Case Study

Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center GID Electrical Projects

Electrical Engineering for TRI Center GID utility infrastructure
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Storey County, Nevada
Storey County, Nevada
$1,500,000
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Project Background

Farr West is the District Engineer for the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center GID. In this role we have completed several projects that included Electrical Design Support.

Well 2 Arsenic Plant: Farr West provided electrical engineering services at the Well 2 Arsenic Treatment Plant at TRI Center. The project consisted of scoping, developing a single-line and elementary diagrams, layouts for lighting, power, a P&ID diagram, SCADA communication, complete conduit/wire and panel schedule, and construction details and elevation plans. 

Wells 6, 7, & 8: Farr West performed various electrical engineering designs for Wells 6, 7, & 8. The project consisted of scoping, developing a single-line and elementary diagrams, layouts for lighting, power, SCADA communication, complete conduit/wire and a panel schedule, and construction details and elevation plans.

Underground 34.5kV: Electrical engineering services included project scoping, developing the plan and details of the manhole and conduit layout, specifying the 34.5kV medium voltage cable and equipment, and providing technical support during construction. This electrical line extends the local primary grid and powers a water pumping booster station so that water pressure to other wells is maintained. 

Contribution to the Well-Being of People and Communities

The Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center area is quickly developing, with landmark companies such as Google, Tesla, Block Chain, and Switch and the potential growth of residential and additional commercial developments. With the installation of these wells, the TRI Center community can support future growth. 

Resourcefulness in Planning and Solving Design Challenges

The underground 34.5kV line was challenging because Farr West was tasked with completing the design begun by another company. Farr West engineers utilized the information of underground conflicts, designed the pulling vaults and other equipment, specified the cable, and created the construction drawings.  

Farr West standardized electrical design for Wells 7 & 8 to maximize efficiency. Well 6 presented a challenge because the main circuit breaker was directly tied to the Tesla electrical equipment. Farr West collaborated with the Tesla Electrical Group to determine the most efficient path to integrate the conduits into their labyrinth of electrical circuits.

The Well 2 Arsenic Treatment Plant was challenging because it was a working well with limited space. The well was repurposed to chemically treat the water before it is stored. The electrical design included lighting and power for a new chemical building. Due to the enlargement of the site and proximity to neighboring properties, the transformer and conduits from NV Energy had to be relocated.

Pioneering in Use of Materials and Methods

Farr West's design specified high efficiency transformers to save longer term power, replacing older, less efficient transformers. In addition, more efficient LED lights were specified for all new lighting. Farr West also coordinated the design with the facility control integrator earlier in the design than is typical to minimize design changes. 

Minimization of Impact on Physical Environment

For Wells 2 & 6 extra mitigation was implemented on the surrounding environment due to other construction activities taking place concurrently. 

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