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Wind Turbine Towers Begin to Rise at Spruce Mountain

As the final days of September passed, three base tower sections were being installed at the Spruce Mountain Wind Project site in Woodstock, Maine. Cianbro crews topped out the wind turbines the following week. These are the first of ten turbines to be erected at the project for the client, Patriot Renewables.

Among the work completed or underway so far (one week ahead of schedule with zero incidents): ten rock-bolted foundations, ten thousand linear feet of 34kV underground collection system, and the structures for fourteen thousand linear feet of 34kV overhead collection set by helicopter. The turbine erection starts 10-3 and it is expected to be complete in the first part of November. About 60 Cianbro team members are on site under Project Manager Red Webster, Project Engineer Brad Grillo, Quality Control Inspector Zach Gardiner, Electrical Superintendent Tom Richter, and Foundation General Foreman Dan McNally. 

"We are incredibly proud of the safety, and pace, that our team has been able to maintain at the Spruce Mountain Wind Project," said Cianbro Wind Services General Manager Parker Hadlock. "We're anticipating a smooth completion and commissioning. Our team members are working long hours to make the job successful for the client and for Cianbro. 

Parker acknowledges contributions to the project from Cianbro's Equipment group, Construction Design group and the Cianbro Institute. The company's T&D group has provided teams for the overhead collection work, and the NNE regional staffing has provided all of the other positions. Key players moving forward will be Bill Moulton who will coordinate the erecting of the turbines and Jon Sacks who will oversee down-tower wiring. 

Hadlock also gives credit to Patriot Renewables. "They've been a good owner to work for," said Parker. "They understand the construction process. Their competent, onsite presence combined with their willingness to make decisions has facilitated a very fast project."

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