NV5 is providing Delegate Chief Building Official (DCBO) services to AES during this modernization project. The Alamitos Energy Center is being built on 21 acres of the 71-acre site of the existing Alamitos Generating Station in Long Beach. This new plant will be lower profile, roughly half the size, and with lower stacks. The project will use modern, efficient technology to provide a reliable, efficient power source to the region. The current phase of work includes demolition activities and the construction of 2 combined-cycle, combustion turbine generators (CTG) with 2 unfired heat recovery steam generators (HRSG), 1 steam turbine generator (STG), an air cooled condenser, an auxiliary boiler, and related ancillary equipment. Total generating capacity for this project phase will be 640 MW.
Specific services provided by NV5 include the independent review of the final design and inspections of the construction to ensure compliance with applicable engineering laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (LORS), the local building codes, the California Building Code, and the facility design, geology, worker safety, transmission system engineering, and other conditions of certification. We also are providing engineering design review, construction inspection, and document control for all engineering disciplines. These include civil, electrical, structural, mechanical, fire protection, and fire/life safety, as well as worker safety oversight, hazmat, and other items as required by applicable LORS such as Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP) and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). Our team also serves as the Fire Marshal for the project and site. At the request of the California Energy Commission, NV5 will also assist with any independent audits.
NV5 oversees the approved fabricator program for this project. Under the program our team performs shop visits, audits, and review of the quality control plan. Project challenges include the location and nature of the work. The project is located within a confined site that contains an existing power generation facility. The design/build project has strict scheduling requirements.