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G.E. expansion plant receives design award

DuBois & King, consulting engineers, was recognized for the design and project management of a 27,000-square-feet expansion to the General Electric manufacturing facility in North Clarendon. The project received the Grand Award in the "Special Projects" category of the 2009 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Competition.

The project, valued in excess of $20 million, was recognized for its uniqueness, complexity, and challenging schedule constraints. A six month design and eight month construction schedule was maintained to complete the building and enable the manufacturing equipment to be operational to meet G.E. manufacturing commitments. The 2009 ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards will be presented June 3 at a banquet to be held in the University of Vermont's Dudley H. Davis Center.

DuBois & King led a team of consultants to design the plant expansion, which provides capacity to support manufacturing of low-pressure turbine parts for G.E.'s next generation jet engine. The new GEnx engine contains low-pressure turbine blades that will be manufactured at the North Clarendon plant. The manufacturing process requires an electro-chemical machining (ECM) process and the expansion accommodates additional process equipment and supporting systems.

The new GEnx jet engine represents significant product advancement for G.E. The GEnx engine will be lighter and more fuel efficient than current G.E. engines. Noise levels and emissions will be significantly reduced. G.E.'s commitment to expanding the Vermont facility represents a long term economic investment for the Rutland, Vermont region.

DuBois & King assisted G.E. as project manager and provided design services including site engineering, structural, mechanical, wastewater, and process engineering. The ECM process produces an electrolyte waste stream that requires treatment with technologies and equipment that are similar to the treatment processes utilized at municipal treatment facilities. DuBois & King, with offices in Vermont and New Hampshire, provides multi- discipline planning, design, engineering, permitting, and construction phase services for industrial, institutional, municipal, state, and federal projects.

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