Topping Off a Powerful Project
Recently, Walters Group, along with the PCL Constructors team, gathered to celebrate an important milestone in the erection of the GE Power Plant in Welland, Ontario. With traditional flair, Walters held a customary topping off ceremony to commemorate a job well done. The topping off ceremony is a celebration of raising the last major beam in the building’s framework. Walters Group provided the team with design assist services in addition to fabrication and erection of the steel for the project.
GE Power is building a new 450,000-square-foot, multi-modal manufacturing plant in Welland, Ontario. The facility will manufacture GE Power’s reciprocating gas engines; components for compression, mechanical drive, and power generation; and components for GE transportation diesel engines. The multi-modal design will also accommodate future production expansion for other GE global businesses including power, oil and gas and transportation.
This fast-track project had an aggressive construction schedule which began in January 2017 with the erection of more than 6,000 tons of steel trusses, columns, crane runways, and other framing. The new facility is expected to begin production in the first quarter of 2018.
“We’d like to extend our congratulations to the entire team for an exceptional job. Our field team worked extremely hard to complete the project on time and are currently ahead of schedule.” shared Eric Mesley, Walters Construction Superintendent. “We also acknowledge Ironworkers Locals 736 and 721 for the talent they brought to this project to construct this project safely and efficiently.”