Holland Energy Park

Holland Energy Park | Michigan, US
Perspective from the south during the day
Holland Energy Park | Michigan, US
Perspective from the east during the day
Holland Board of Public Works
Holland, Michigan, USA

When a power plant emulates a park, it adds new light to a community.

That's what's unfolding as a result of our engineers, economists and architects working hand-in-hand with the Holland Board of Public Works and the community to reimagine a new 145/125-megawatt combined cycle natural gas plant. As the owner's engineer, we've called on a diverse range of expertise from more than 70 of our teammates to help bring the project to life.

We listened closely to understand stakeholders' concerns and priorities by leading a Sustainable Return on Investment process—a first-of-its-kind for the power generation industry—in tandem with a traditional alternatives analysis. One option rose to the top: a 2-on-1 combined cycle plant. Our architects then worked with stakeholders to capture the essence of what the plant and site could become.

We took great care to create a progressive design in a natural, park-like setting complete with paths, a waterfall and extensive natural greenery and wildflowers. A project so mindful of its impact, it's the first power plant to achieve Envision Platinum Verification. As a nod to a community that's so invested, 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.