Recognizing the growing need for energy within their community, the City of Holland replaced their aging power generation plant with the Holland Energy Center. Located in the heart of the city, the new plant was uniquely conceptualized with a largely enclosed structure to maintain the aesthetic within the Holland Community. The facility was designed to increase energy efficiency and created a hub for education and recreation.
As a collaborative Engineer-Procure-Construct (EPC) team, Barton Malow worked with the Holland Board of Public Works to deliver the city’s new power plant. The 2×1 Combined Cycle Natural Gas facility utilizes Siemens SGT-800 natural gas turbines operating in tandem with two Vogt heat recovery steam generators and a Siemens SST-800 steam turbine generator. Another key feature of the plant is the tight control of the mechanical draft cooling tower plume.
Barton Malow also self-performed civil services, concrete, interiors, and rigging.
Building for Community
With a first-of-its-kind “Experience Center,” a visitor’s center and museum, the facility offers educational opportunities to the public with views of the internal power plant, exhibits, and touch-screen stations explaining how the plant works.
Focused on Sustainability
With sustainability a main goal of the community, excess heat from the plant is used to provide hot water for the 2.5 million SF downtown snow melt system. The plant reduces carbon emissions, virtually eliminates solid particle pollutants, and features the latest in combined-cycle generating technology. More than 80% of the new plant’s components can be recycled at their end-of-life.