Mount Pleasant Tech Interconnection Project

ATC Restoration Project Site

Cardno’s regulatory guidance and field survey efforts helped turn the lights on for the largest electrical load ever connected to American Transmission Company’s (ATC) transmission system.

The Mount Pleasant Tech Interconnection Project (MPTIP) features an unprecedented load level and was required to support one of the largest electronics manufacturing zones and a 20-million-square-foot plant that could eventually employ up to 13,000 people.

Cardno was selected for this job because of their reputation with regulatory agencies, the construction contractors and their planning staff, and ability to dedicate time and resources to complete the work on time for this strictly schedule-driven project.

In order to complete this task, Cardno:

  • Reviewed routing and citing alternatives for the proposed new transmission line connection
  • Conducted biological and cultural field surveys along dozens of miles of existing and proposed transmission line rights-of-way and substation properties
  • Coordinated daily with agency, client, and contractor staff
  • Created maps and other public outreach materials describing the proposed project
  • Applied for and received several permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and
  • Relayed this information to the contractors so that they could be construction-ready on a precise start date.

Cardno was able to meet (and exceed) the required schedule goals. It was determined that the facilities approved would not have undue adverse impacts on environmental values including ecological balance, public health and welfare, historic sites, geological formations, aesthetics of land and water, and recreational use.

Cardno will continue to be onsite performing environmental compliance inspections, training new crew members, and relaying updates to the regulatory agencies and client. This requires in-the-field troubleshooting, routine meetings within increased transparency between the agencies and the client, and the development of innovative ways to track construction’s progress to improve the overall process.