Clemson University Restoration Institute Awards Wind Turbine Facility Contracts

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The Clemson University Restoration Institute has finalized the main contracts for the design and construction of its wind turbine drivetrain testing facility.

Choate Construction Co. will provide construction management services for the project, which has an estimated construction budget of $22 million. AEC Engineering will provide architectural and engineering design of the facility as well as testing system integration. AEC's contract is valued at $2.4 million. Both firms were selected through a competitive bid process.

AEC has subcontracted with architectural and engineering firm Davis and Floyd to provide local civil engineering services, permitting and architectural services.

The $98 million testing facility, which was funded by a $45 million U.S. Department of Energy grant and matched by $53 million of public and private funds, is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012.

The facility will be capable of full-scale, highly accelerated testing of advanced drivetrain systems for wind turbines in the 5 MW to 15 MW range with a 30% overload capacity.

The testing facility will be housed in a former Navy warehouse adjacent to existing rail and ship-handling infrastructure.

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