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Contract awarded for work on proposed 1,000-mile high-voltage transmission line

October 2, 2006
A consulting team led by Ayres Associates will provide survey, mapping, LiDAR (light detecting and ranging), and geotechnical services for a proposed project to construct 1,000 miles of high-voltage transmission line for the Rocky Mountain Region of Western Area Power Administration (Western).

The contract with Western's Loveland, Colo., office is for one base year with four one-year option periods and will total up to $25 million.

Through its Fort Collins, Colo., office, Ayres Associates will carry out contractual and overall project management responsibilities. The firm will also provide technical services in the areas of photogrammetric mapping, survey, LiDAR processing, and geotechnical investigations. Additional companies that comprise the project team and their respective service areas are Bohannan Huston, Inc., survey and mapping; 3001, Inc., survey, mapping, and LiDAR acquisition; Wilson & Company, Inc, survey and mapping; Ulteig Engineers, Inc., survey and electrical transmission design; Terracon, geotechnical services; and Aerial Surveys International, aerial photography acquisition.

Services provided by the Ayres Associates team are part of the Eastern Plains Transmission Project, a proposed joint construction project between Western and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc., a cooperatively owned wholesale electric power supplier. The project would consist of developing approximately 1,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and related facilities in eastern Colorado and western Kansas, including 15 new high-voltage transmission lines, four new substations, eight expanded or upgraded substations, and fiber optic communication facilities.

Ayres Associates is an architectural/engineering firm incorporated in 1959.

The firm has 19 offices in nine states, including locations in Denver and Fort Collins, Colo. Additional offices are in Arizona, California, Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia, and Florida.