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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Stadium Course-Construction Update

As we move forward toward the 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open, we are completing one major phase of the Stadium renovation. Phase I of the renovation started last year and included the complete installation of a new main line for our irrigation system. We will complete the final part of Phase I this August and September witch includes terminating the new mainline and installing a new pump station and associated electrical upgrades.
Over the course of the last week, electrical infrastructure has be installed to support the new pump station that is capable of delivering over 4500 gallons of water per minute to the golf course. Our current system was installed in 1999 and runs off of 600 amp service. Time and the elements have taken their toll and the system is no longer able to reliably deliver water to the golf course. Additionally, the station was built around the concept that the old mainline was delivering water to a block system type irrigation grid. It is now somewhat undersized in addition to the aforementioned. 
The electrical process started over a year ago. Electrical requirements had to be determined based on the pump station that was chosen. After the decision was made to go with the current option, our electrical contractor and Flotronex outlined the necessary changes that would have to be implemented to effectively run the new system.
Last week, the plan started to move into place. Trenching was completed and conduit was installed to get new 480/3 phase wiring to the new Service Entrance Section (SES) panel and from the SES to the new pump station skid. Additionally, a new concrete footer had to be poured for the SES panel. You may ask, why all of the new electrical?

 Our new system has larger electrical requirements of 800 amp service compared to the old 600 amp service. Additionally, the tournament will be using power from this same service panel to meet the needs of the ever-growing 16th hole. I think some of our audience may be familiar with this....
Yesterday, the new electrical panel was installed and anchored to its new home. Our electrical contractors will now work with the local electrical company to tie into the transformer and get our panel "hot".
SES panel being placed
Once this is done, our staff will await the arrival of the new pump station, at which time the service from the panel to the pump station will be made. It seems easy, and we hope for a "plug-n-play" type scenario. There are many people and companies involved in a task such as this. It takes precise coordination and a team effort to avoid inefficiencies that could delay the project on a tight time line.
Check back next week, as we will be discussing the steps that are involved with cleaning out the wet well, installing a new intake screen and finalizing the electrical work.

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