HDR Joins Holland BPW, City Council for Historic Groundbreaking of Holland Energy Park

(April 22, 2015) - After years in the planning stages, HDR joined the Holland Board of Public Works and Holland City Council to officially break ground on Holland Energy Park, a new 114-megawatt combined cycle natural gas plant on Tuesday, April 21, in Holland, Michigan.

Holland Energy Park is one of the most important infrastructure projects in the Holland community's history. It will provide benefits to homes, businesses, environment and the community. HDR has served as the owner's engineer and drew on a diverse range of expertise from more than 70 team members, including engineers, architecture design, landscape architects and economists.

Leveraging community input gathered from a first-of-its-kind Sustainable Return on Investment process for the power generation industry, HDR architects created a progressive design in a natural, park-like setting complete with paths, a waterfall and extensive natural greenery and wildflowers. The design also includes a public gallery to see and learn about power generation. The plant will be an integral piece of the surrounding Macatawa Greenspace and an essential element of the Holland Community's Energy Plan, a 40-year plan to reduce the city's overall carbon footprint. The power plant has already been registered with Envision Sustainable Infrastructure with a goal to achieve Envision Platinum Rating.

The following HDR team members attended Tuesday's ceremony to help HBPW commemorate this important project milestone: Bob Koonce, project manger; Jim Connell, power director; Michaella Wittmann, sustainability director; Carrie Shuler, project engineering manager; Mike McGinn, lead architect; Lance Thies, lead landscape architect and Scott Leigh, project development.

The plant is scheduled to begin generation and testing in late 2016 with substantial completion anticipated by February 2017.

About HDR

HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what's possible since 1917. We specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. With nearly 10,000 employees in more than 225 locations around the world, we think global and act local.

Caption: At the groundbreaking, from left to right, are Lance Thies, lead landscape architect; Carrie Shuler, engineering project manager; Michaella Wittmann, sustainability director; Jim Connell, power sector director; and Bob Koonce, project manager