Substation Design Winners Announced at IEEE
At the 1996 IEEE/PES Summer Meeting, the winners of Electric Light & Power`s 7th annual substation design contest were announced. Boston Edison`s Network Station 53 won first place in the engineering/operations category. Station 53 occupies a 12,074-square-foot site in the heart of the Boston financial district. The latest in engineering technology was utilized to guarantee reliability, maintain the highest service quality and provide capacity for future load growth. Station 53 is supplied by two underground 15 kV pipe-type transmission cables. Unattended and remotely operated, it has the capability of sectionalizing the 115 kV power supply by remote control to isolate the faulted sections. Great care was taken to ensure that Station 53 would blend into the cityscape and be pleasing to the eye. As a result, Station 53 also took second place in the aesthetic design category.
Louisville Gas & Electric`s Bluegrass Parkway Substation won first place in the aesthetic design category. This 44.8 MVA, 138/12/5 kV station was built to serve the city of Jeffersontown, Ky., which has experienced a 5 percent load growth. The Bluegrass Parkway Substation was designed as a “faux” two-story office building. The 27-foot-high attractive facade faces the parkway for 204 feet. It uses fixed, tinted aluminum windows, double-entrance doors with sidelights and a strong-lined, standing-seam, metal-mansard roof to add to the illusion. The substation is hidden on the remaining three sides by 27-foot-high wing walls and a 12-foot-high perimeter wall. The substation is hidden on three acres, adjoining the primary boulevard through the 700-acre Bluegrass Commercial Park, with a contemporary architectural and landscaping theme. Other substation design award winners include second place honors to Portland General Electric`s Sunset Substation and third place honors to Ontario Hydro`s Cobden Substation in the engineering/operations design category. In the aesthetic design category, third place honors went to Jersey Central Power & Light`s Perryville Substation.