News Release

02 July 2013
ANN ARBOR, Michigan

Black & Veatch Marks 25 Years of Growth and Innovation in Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR, Michigan (2 July 2013) – Black & Veatch marks the 25th anniversary of its operations in Ann Arbor, Michigan this month. The company opened our Ann Arbor office in 1988, with approximately 25 professionals. Today, Black & Veatch employs more than 250 in Ann Arbor and expects further growth in the future.

Professionals in Black & Veatch’s Ann Arbor office are a key component of the company’s global, integrated workforce. Ann Arbor team members have provided design, procurement and construction services for energy projects in Michigan and around the world. Examples include the Grayling Generation Station, as well as power plants in Argentina, Canada, Mexico, England, Taiwan and South Africa, among other global locations.

“Black & Veatch is proud of our strong history of innovation and growth in Ann Arbor,” said Kurt Westermann, Senior Vice President in Black & Veatch’s energy business and office lead. “Our success reflects the ability of our skilled professionals and the ability to draw from the region’s strong pool of engineering talent and know-how.”

During the last 25 years, Ann Arbor staff have donated nearly $350,000 to the Washtenaw United Way Campaign. In 2012, local staff gave more than $30,000 to United Way. During the past 10 years, professionals have raised $200,000 for more than 20 local charities and events.

Black & Veatch is also dedicated to developing the next generation of engineers. The company is a strong supporter of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. In Ann Arbor, the company’s financial and volunteer support brought the second leg of the 2012 American Solar Challenge Race to the city.

Local professionals also participate in the Washtenaw Contractor’s Association “Just Build It” program through Michigan Works! This event provides teachers, counselors and students in grades 8-12 live demonstrations of skilled trade apprenticeship programs. The event also provides activities with architects and engineers.

In June 2013, the Engineering Society of Detroit included the Black & Veatch-designed Thumb Wind Parks among its list of the state’s best construction industry projects. Located in Huron and Sanilac Counties, the four wind parks will have the capacity to produce 220 megawatts per hour of renewable power on nearly 31,000 acres. The project is scheduled for completion in 2014.

“The global energy industry is evolving. This represents tremendous career opportunities for today’s students, engineers and project managers,” said Dean Oskvig, President of Black & Veatch’s energy business. “As our company continues to grow, so too will our operations in Ann Arbor. This will provide professionals the opportunity to work on challenging projects locally, nationally and all over the world. We look forward to another 25 years of growth in Ann Arbor.”

Editor’s Notes:

  • The Black & Veatch Ann Arbor team has extensive engineering capabilities, including Civil/Structural, Mechanical/Chemical, Electrical/Control, and Power Delivery.  Staff also serves project controls, procurement, estimating, quality control, construction management, marketing, finance, and administrative roles.
  • Signed in 1990, the office’s first EPC project, Grayling Generating Station, was a 34 MW waste wood fired project. The Grayling Generating Station project was awarded the Power Magazine Power Plant of the Year award in 1993.
  • Highlighting the work performed by Ann Arbor team, the Dallman Unit 4 project, a 200 MW coal plant for City Water Light and Power in Springfield, Illinois was named Power Engineering Magazine’s “Power Plant of the Year” in 2009. The City Water Light and Power Dallman Unit 4 coal fired project had leading edge AQCS system which included a selective catalytic reduction (SCR), fabric filter, wet scrubber, and wet electrostatic precipitator to reduce emissions.  Black & Veatch was awarded Power Magazine’s 2009 Power Plant of the Year and Power Engineering’s 2009 Coal Fired Power Plant of the Year awards for this project.
  • Pacific Gas & Electric’s 530 MW Combined Cycle Power Plant, Gateway Generating Station, was Power Engineering Magazine’s 2009 “Gas Fired Power Plant of the Year”. The project included a LEED’s Certified Plant Services Building, an air cooled condenser to reduce water usage (by approximately 98 percent, and waste water streams by 99 percent), and was Engineering News Record’s “Construction Project of the Year” - 2009 Award Finalist.  

About Black & Veatch
Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building Critical Human Infrastructure™ in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2012 were US$3.3 billion. Follow us on and in social media.

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