D.E. Karn Units 1 & 2 Utility Trestle


Consumers Energy
Project Name:
D.E. Karn Units 1 & 2 Utility Trestle
Project Service:
Design Build, Self-Perform Trade Labor, Structural and Misc. Steel
Project Location:
Essexville, MI
December 2012 - June 2014
Black & Veatch

Ideal Contracting was awarded the contract to furnish and erect a new utility trestle at the Consumer’s Karn facility in Essexville, MI. As part of this project, Ideal provided all of the materials, including shop fabricated modular trestle sections, the steel support structure for the utility trestle, and the piping and cable tray for the AQCS Project. Fabricated off-site and transported to the Karn facility, the team manufactured the 18 pre-assembled trestle modules along with an additional 200 tons of site-erected support steel, handrails, and grating. Ideal Contracting used mechanical and electrical subcontractors to connect the module utilities on site. This project presented multiple challenges for the construction team. Ideal Contracting worked around multiple existing structures and required various turns and level changes in the trestle. One portion of the trestle was constructed over an inlet channel from Saginaw Bay. In order to assemble the trestle over the waterway, the existing bridge structure required reinforcing to support the weight of the trestle and utilities. Ideal Contracting completed in June of 2014 on schedule and within budget. The completed utility trestle spanned over 800 linear feet.

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