Gardner Falls Hydroelectric Tailrace #2 Repair Project

Replacement of turbine Unit #2, originally installed in 1904, at the Gardner Falls Hydroelectric Facility located on the Deerfield River in the town of Buckland, MA.

Client:   Essential Power Massachusetts LLC
Designer:  Kleinschmidt
Size:  3.5 MW

Project Features

  • Support of excavation system and underpinning systems.
  • Excavation support system consisted of drilled-in minipiles and timber lagging.
  • New 72″ diameter steel tailrace pipe.
  • Removal of damaged pipe sections.
  • Concrete demolition.
  • New concrete slab at the generator floor.
  • Removal of two temporary steel bulkheads.
  • Site grading and seeding on the exterior of the powerhouse.

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