Substation project at UMass proves winner for CHA Consulting

Thursday, July 13, 2017

BOSTON — CHA Consulting Inc. was named a winner of a 2017 Bronze Engineering Excellence Awards for work on the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Tilson Substation project.

Awards were announced at the recent American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala.

CHA Consulting, with offices in Concord and Norwell, developed a transmission-level substation at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst in only 18 months, to a press release. The campus’ system was connected to a nearby transmission system to improve service and alleviate strain on the local utility. The $30 million initiative installed a new substation with two independent power distribution centers and extended transmission lines to serve it. The project was made as invisible as possible by siting the substation in a remote corner of campus and performing the cut-over during off hours.

Technically and economically disconnecting the campus has enhanced reliability, strengthened resiliency and unburdened the local distribution system.

“The winning projects exemplify ingenuity and professionalism and represent the breadth of engineering’s contribution to our everyday lives,” said ACEC/MA President Mark S. Bartlett PE, senior associate at Stantec, Inc. “They are outstanding examples of how engineers connect communities, provide safe and reliable water and energy, and make our buildings safe and efficient. The professional engineers and their colleagues at our member firms are dedicated to working on quality infrastructure, which wouldn’t otherwise exist. These outstanding projects are but a few examples of the quality work designed by Massachusetts engineering firms.”