Vanderweil Engineers appoints Steve Cowen market sector leader, power and utilities group

Boston, Mass., Feb. 18, 2002 — Vanderweil Engineers announced today that Stephen F. Cowen, PE has joined the firm as Market Sector Leader (MSL) for the Power and Utilities Group.

This group specializes in providing engineering solutions for electric utilities, power plant developers, district utility companies and owners/operators of central heating/cooling plants.

“With more than 30 years experience, Steve understands the needs of our clients and brings with him a deep understanding of this industry. Steve will focus on forging meaningful relationships with our Power and Utility clients while a team of experienced and talented engineering professionals to new heights,” said Garen Demirchian, PE, president of Vanderweil’s Boston office.

Prior to joining Vanderweil Engineers, Cowen served as director of business development at Washington Group International and its legacy companies, Raytheon Engineers & Constructors and Ebasco Services, Inc. He was responsible for all turnkey power marketing and sales activities for the firm’s clients in Latin America as well as for selected utility and IPP developer clients in the U.S.

Previously, Cowen served as business development manager at Stanley Consultants and was responsible for marketing and sales activities in the southeastern U.S., serving public and private utilities, industrials, IPP developers and resource recovery contractors. Before that, Cowen held multiple positions at Reynolds, Smith and Hills, including vice president of mechanical engineering, division manager/mechanical engineering division and department head/power engineering department.

Cowen earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida.

Sample projects handled by the Vanderweil Power and Utility Group
* Rock Springs Generation Project (Cecil County, MD): Vanderweil was commissioned by Fru-Con Construction Corporation to provide design services for the owner, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative for the 700 MW project which includes four GE 7 FA combustion turbines. The first unit is expected to be in operation in March of 2002; remaining units will be on-line in December of 2002.
* Genesis Power Corporation (Needham, MA): Vanderweil provided owners engineering services for twelve GE 207 FA, combined cycle power plants (540 MW each) located throughout the U.S. and Canada. Services provided on these projects include conceptual engineering and design, water balances, site plans, general arrangements, P&IDs, one-line diagrams, utility interconnect submittal preparation, miscellaneous studies, heat balances, noise assessments, design criteria, turnkey bid documents, bid review, negotiation assistance, and drawing and design review.
* Gemma Power Systems (CA): Vanderweil provided detailed engineering and design services for five 45 MW LM 6000 simple cycle power plants. Gemma provided EPC services to Wildflower Energy LP, a wholly-owned subsidiary of InterGen. The new plants were “fast tracked” in order to be on-line in the summer of 2001, responding to the California Independent System Operator’s (CAISO) immediate need to expand the power generation capacity in California.
* TECO Power Services Corporation (Tampa, FL): Vanderweil provided owners engineering services for two GE 207 FA, combined cycle power plants (540 MW each).
* Cogentrix Energy, Inc. (Charlotte, NC): Vanderweil provided owners engineering services on six combined cycle power plants located throughout the U.S. with projects ranging in size from 750 to 1,800 MW.
* Medical Area Total Energy Plant (Boston, MA): The Medical Area Total Energy Plant (MATEP) generates electrical power, steam and chilled water for the hospital and medical research community in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area. Owned and operated by Advanced Energy Systems (AES), the facility serves a campus of over 150 acres, including three of Harvard’s professional schools and six affiliated teaching hospitals. The plant’s nominal generation capacity is 64 MW of electricity, 900,000 pounds per hour steam, and 35,000 tons of chilled water cooling.
* Middlesex County Utility Authority (Sayreville, NJ): Vanderweil provided detailed design and construction services for a new 20 MW combined cycle generating facility at the Middlesex County Utility Authority waste water treatment and landfill facility. The new plant utilizes landfill gas extracted from the landfill portion of the facility. Power produced by the facility is used on-site and any excess power is sold back to the local utility.

The Vanderweil-directed engineering team was a sub-contractor to PSEG Energy Technologies who took the turn-key design/build responsibility for the $12 million project.

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