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A Productive New Partnership: Olsson and the USACE Tulsa District team up on the RS Kerr Modernization Infrastructure Project

In an exciting new collaboration with the USACE Tulsa District, we are pleased to announce our forthcoming work on the RS Kerr Modernization of Electrical Infrastructure project. Awarded in October 2019, this $15 million endeavor marks Olsson’s first partnership with the USACE Tulsa District.


Olsson will provide the necessary design-build services to replace the two existing 67 MVA, three-winding, generator step-up (GSU) transformers with two new 80 MVA GSU transformers to include relocating them away from the powerhouse to a new location adjacent to the existing 161 kV switchyard. The construction of new transformer foundations and containment systems will be sequenced with the site delivery of new transformers, supplied by others under a separate contract. 


Once each new transformer is in place, the corresponding pair of main unit generators will be reconnected to the new transformers via new 15 kV bus and switchgear. Included in the electrical upgrades to the powerhouse infrastructure are new 480 V station service switchgear that will power the main unit generators and facility support systems. Olsson’s sister company, Greenberry Industrial, will perform mechanical upgrades, including new generator unwatering pumps, new powerhouse drainage pumps, and a new monorail hoist for maneuvering electrical equipment to the lower levels of the powerhouse. This project will have a rapid turnaround, with contract completion in less than two years from the time of award. 


We anticipate breaking ground in October 2020 and all three divisions of Olsson will contribute: Olsson Industrial Electric, OS Engineering, and Olsson Controls.


Olsson Industrial Electric will provide all on-site project management and electrical construction services. Our experienced hydroelectric team will consist of a Site Superintendent, Quality Control Manager, Safety Officer, and several  industrial electricians. Throughout the project our team will work closely with RS Kerr Powerhouse personnel and OS Engineering to develop and execute a sequence of construction that will maximize continuity of operations throughout the project. 


OS Engineering will be the designer of record for the GSU Relocation and will provide technical coordination for the electrical infrastructure upgrades covered by the original contract. This includes comprehensive technical reviews of the contract drawings and specifications as well as coordination between multiple suppliers for the design and manufacturing of equipment. The team will also identify opportunities to optimize existing designs in an effort to improve the final configuration and functionality of the overall system. OS Engineering will provide technical support for the construction team and execute detailed commissioning plans throughout the project.


Olsson Controls’ UL 508 Certified Panel Shop will fabricate a remote control panel for the new SQ1 480V switchgear and perform all controls integration for the 15kV and 480V switchgear itself. The integration of switchgear controls is an expanded capability for Olsson’s panel shop and demonstrates our commitment to incorporating the newest technology in control systems for our valued clients. 

Olsson looks forward to working with the USACE Tulsa District and building relationships in this new region. To learn more about the scope of Olsson’s capabilities and projects, visit us here. To learn how you can contact one of Olsson’s three divisions, click here.

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HydroVision International 2019: July 23–25

Olsson Industrial Electric is pleased to announce that we will be participating in the 2019 HydroVision International trade show in Portland, Oregon from July 23rd–25th. 


HydroVision International is the largest global convention of hydro professionals, covering topics ranging from asset resilience and sustainability to market trends and strategies. Attendees will receive access to over 60 conference sessions—featuring over 350 speakers, technical paper presentations, panel discussions, and small group poster presentations—as well as the opportunity to earn professional development hour credits.


Stop by our booth (#9103) at the Oregon Convention Center during the show. 


Show Details

Oregon Convention Center, Halls A–E

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Portland, OR 97232


Tuesday | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Exhibitor Hall Open | 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Wednesday | 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Exhibitor Hall Open | 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Thursday | 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Exhibitor Hall Open | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Join us Wednesday, July 24th, for a Happy Hour co-hosted by Greenberry Industrial

Altabira City Tavern (across from the Convention Center) 

4:30 PM – 7:00 PM


We look forward to meeting with individuals within the industrial electric community and expanding our professional network.


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Garrett Electric Acquisition

In December 2018 , we (Olsson) welcomed Garrett Electric into the NAES Corporation family of companies. Established in 1978, Garrett Electric is an experienced commercial and industrial electrical contractor headquartered in Richland, Washington. We are thrilled to join forces with Garrett as both companies (Olsson & Garrett) will benefit from expanded service offerings, increased manpower and a larger service area.


Comprised of over eighty highly skilled tradesmen, electricians, engineers, programmers, and administrative professionals—the Garrett Electric team possesses ample expertise that will greatly augment our existing foundation. Not only are we gaining the aptitude of the Garrett team, but we will also benefit from their reputation of excellence in the industrial and commercial markets. We are proud to acknowledge Garrett Electric’s steadfast commitment to quality and their abounding recent accomplishments, including work with Columbia Water Supply, turbine replacements for Priest Rapids Dam, turbine installation for Ice Harbor Dam, and work with Washington State University Tri-Cities Student Housing.


Olsson and Garrett have recently partnered on a large capital improvement project for Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) in Wallula, Washington. Working together, our team has delivered a craftsmanship-quality product, on-time, with no safety incident – a true testament to Garrett’s expertise and commitment to safety. We are proud to add Garrett to our family of companies and confident that our partnership will flourish.


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Olsson is proud to announce that it has adopted Procore as its new project management software.

Developed specifically for construction, Procore’s intuitive technology helps to streamline workflows and maximize efficiency. Through a centralized platform accessible on any device, Olsson’s team can connect with customers in real time, solving real problems that save time and money.

For more than 30 years, Olsson has proudly invested in new technologies that increase productivity and better serve our customers. To learn more about Olsson’s capabilities and commitment to superior quality service, visit www.olssonelec.com/about.


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