The work that Burns & McDonnell ( did on the Riazzi Substation for Duquesne Light Company has been awarded the Best of the Best Projects Awards in the Energy/ Industrial category. Engineering News-Record began the competition last March with a call for entries, which resulted in more than 600 teams submitting their best work to regional Best Projects competitions. In each of the ten regions, editors assembled a panel of judges to select winners in 18 categories in that region.

Located in a densely populated urban area, the Riazzi Substation was constructed on a difficult project site that demanded engineering innovation and the highest standards of construction quality. The project site was long and rectangular, totaling approximately one acre with extreme grade changes and poor soil quality due to fill material that had been placed there decades earlier. The construction site was further complicated by overhead obstructions from a nearby traffic bridge.

This constrained site also created complications when sequencing and coordinating work crews. The schedule and space constraints were complicated further because the project was executed during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, presenting issues with staffing and availability of material resources. Despite all of this, Burn & McDonnell is incredibly proud that this project stood out above the rest and received the muchdeserved award.

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