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Burns & McDonnell Reaches Substantial Completion for Evergy Switching Station

FORT SCOTT, KS — The 161-kV Evergy Jayhawk Switching Station near Fort Scott, Kansas, has achieved substantial completion. The project to connect a 195-megawatt (MW) wind farm in southern Kansas was delivered under an engineer-procure-construct (EPC) contract by Burns & McDonnell. The wind farm is expected to produce enough renewable power for 70,000 homes.

“Building on our long-term partnership with Burns & McDonnell, this was the first time we have worked together to develop a substation with EPC project delivery,” said Steve Vetsch, Senior Director, Large Transmissions and Substation Construction at Evergy. “This project proves how well the EPC model can work — coming in within our budget and on schedule — as we work to deliver affordable, reliable, and renewable power to our customers.”

Burns & McDonnell collaborated with the utility and vendors to address challenges early and adapt to shifting conditions.

“The integrated design and construction approach helped make this project successful,” said Adam Roth, a Project Manager at Burns & McDonnell. “Even with construction occurring during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, effective communications and close collaboration made it possible to energize the Jayhawk Switching Station ahead of schedule and without any safety incidents. This project attracted more than 40 construction jobs to the community, and those dedicated professionals persevered through a pandemic to complete the work safely.”

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