Although the project officially broke ground last November, construction on the new St. Joseph Energy Center has become much more noticeable over the past several weeks.
Cranes tower over the site on Walnut Road, as the $500 million Phase I construction has begun to make significant progress.
Kiewit Power Constructors is the contractor responsible for the engineering, design, and construction of the plant. Specialty subcontractors, including many local companies, will be used for various aspects of the process.
At its peak, the project should create more than 500 construction jobs drawn from the region.
Kiewit will also be mobilizing around 120 operations staff to the area throughout the rest of the year.
According to Rick Dotson, project manager at Kiewit, much of the current activity involves underground work like excavation, pipe and electrical bank installation operations.
“This will lead into pouring the large concrete foundations later in the spring and summer,” Dotson said. The major construction phase is expected to last through Spring 2018. During that time, residents will notice Kiewit’s presence in the community.
“You will see our black and yellow Kiewit trucks in town, and we will be involved in charity work and community events throughout the life of the project,” Dotson said.
In other communities, the company has been involved with projects like toy and food drives, and also Habitat for Humanity.
Dotson says the community can expect to see an impact soon, as Kiewit is currently establishing a team of volunteers.
“We believe it’s important to support the communities in which we live and work,” Dotson said.