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Florida’s Lakeland Electric Taps Burns & McDonnell to Design and Build New Substation

Florida public power utility Lakeland Electric has selected Burns & McDonnell to design and build a new greenfield substation in Lakeland.

The firm will implement a design-build approach to keep project deliverables on budget and on time, the utility said.

Construction design-build will allow Burns & McDonnell and Lakeland to collaborate on everything from planning and design through construction and commissioning. Construction is expected to begin this October and be completed in spring 2024.

The substation will feature a six-breaker ring bus with three transmission lines, two transformers and two 13-kV bays, as well as a new control house.

Along with other projects, the region’s expanded manufacturing presence includes Amazon Air announcing a recent expansion of runway/airplane parking to increase capacity within the company’s existing facility. Such new ventures will be powered by the new substation.