The Company was the lead contractor when the pipeline was built in the 1950’s where the Company worked through some of the most rugged, inhospitable country on the planet. We ran our crews 24 hours a day to expedite the pipeline’s completion early by an entire year. The Company constructed the marine facilities in Burnaby at the pipeline’s termination. The project opened up Canada’s oil and gas industry where the Company continues performing engineering work on the project today.
The Company continues its mining excellence as a contractor and developer of mining sites throughout North and South America. We continue work on the Red Bluff mine in Montana with an extension of a ten year contract with a five year extension. The Company is excavating approximately 50,000,000 cubic yards per year of overburden and ore. In addition to this we are doing all the reclamation and remediation on a separate ten year contract with the mine.
The Company has provided construction and engineering services since 1970 in mines like Grande Cache, Alberta. At Grande Cache the Company excavated close to 60,000,000 cubic yards of stripping per year of over burden to access coal deposits. We further conducted mining infrastructure in Sparwood, Fernie, Wabamun and Tumbler Ridge situated in the Canadian Rockies and prairies.
The Company has a five year mining and development contract for the Black Creek mine in Wyoming. The Company is performing all civil infrastructure, stripping and contract mining on the project.
As the Company continues its legacy and reputation as a leading mine developer and contractor throughout the Americas we have just recently purchased 60 new pieces of mining equipment. The new machinery is currently employed on several projects in Montana and Wyoming.
The Company is performing the infrastructure and engineering for the Enchanted Hills housing development near Portola Valley, California. Under the $430 million contract MK is performing the mass grading which totals 36 million cubic yards, storm drains, erosion control, utilities, asphalt paving, soil stabilization and all the civil engineering for the exclusive development in the Woodside Highlands.
The Company continues its work as a first in class mining partner throughout North and South America. Overburden removal and contract mining continue in the country’s largest coal mines in Wyoming, Montana, Texas, Arizona, Ohio, Alaska and Colorado. Annual excavation volumes are in excess of 300 million cubic yards as we enter our seventh decade as a leading global contractor in the mining industry.
Pipeline and facility construction at Suncor’s Firebag plant north of Ft. McMurray, Alberta. Morrison Knudsen has provided upgrade and construction services to nearly all oilsands plants in northern Alberta. The Company performed the original infrastructure at Syncrude in 1965 which included stripping the site, exploration roads, building the first pipeline from the plant and drilling. The Company later built the roads, bridges and ice bridges for Shells’ Alsands project later re-named Albian. The Company has performed additional work in the area including the construction for a natural gas fired cogeneration plant for a SADG facility, water treatment facilities and a desulfurization unit.
Under the Company’s P3 Division we are cleaning up several abandoned mines in the Ruby Valley and Pilot Mountain areas of northern Nevada. The sites are located in both Shoshone Tribal areas as well as federal lands. We are re-mediating all toxic soils, restoring creeks, ponds and lakes to their natural state and building several upgraded roads for the Tribes access in the area for commerce, hunting and fishing. The $450 million contract is being performed under an agreement with the Nevada Bureau of Mines; the EPA; the Department of the Interior; the BLM and the Tribe. The contract has a 16 month time frame in which all the sites will be available for future development for the Shoshone people.
The Company is performing a $170 million bridge and highway contract on the State of Utah’s Highway 224 near Park City. The contract has several rock cuts that will expand the highway’s capacity and take out several dangerous, blind curves on the road. All new bridges constructed are designed and built by the Company to Federal standards to meet the future capacity of the road. The State expects traffic to increase by 15% per year at the thriving Park City area.
- Rail & Transit: design, construction, construction management, operation, and maintenance of light rail, subways, commuter/inter-city railroads, railroads, freight transport, people movers, bus rapid transit, electrification, and multi-modal facilities.
- Highways & Bridges: design and construction of interstates/freeways, arterial highways/streets, interchanges, bridges, tunnels, and intelligent transportation systems; and development, operation, and maintenance of toll road systems.
- Water Resources & Hydropower: design, construction, and construction management of hydroelectric power, water supply, flood control, irrigation and drainage, hydraulic structures, and environmental and safety analysis.
- Government infrastructure: design, construction, and program management services in all infrastructure markets- US. and international-including security and reconstruction projects.
- A century developing, designing, constructing, operating, maintaining, and managing infrastructure facilities.
- Proven leader in project development/finance and public-private initiatives.
- The only engineering and construction firm to operate rail systems, airports, and toll roads.
- Unmatched resume in large hydroelectric projects- including the Hoover Dam and other hallmarks.
- Proven ability to rapidly mobilize and respond to construction and reconstruction tasks anywhere in the world.
Pennsylvania Station, also known as New York Penn Station or Penn Station, is the main intercity railroad station in New York City . Serving more than 600,000 commuter rail and Amtrak passengers a day, up to one thousand every ninety seconds. When solicited to be part of the reconstruction in 1963 Morrison-Knudsen jumped at the chance to put our ingenuity and construction stamp on one of the nations most beloved and busiest landmarks. In the 1990’s we consulted with Amtrak, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and New Jersey Transit during more updates and renovations to bring the station to it’s modern state.
Morrison Knudsen has built over 170 dams in our history making it the worlds leading dam constructor. From the Hoover Dam in the 1930’s until the present day of the San Roque dam in the Philippines. It has consistently been the leader in constructing the worlds largest dams throughout America, Canada, the Middle East and South America. Recently the company has built several hydro/flood control dams in Thailand, Vietnam and throughout Southeast Asia along with engineering and designing several more structures in China and Nepal.
The Company has received numerous awards for cost savings, design and engineering and its outreach programs to local Indian Tribes and the disadvantaged.
Thanks in part to Morrison-Knudsen’s cutting edge construction techniques building the Port of Seattle’s state-of-the-art cargo handing facilities helped take a sleepy, largely under used harbor to the nations 8th busiest serving 18 international steamship lines moving more than 1.88 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent unit containers). The Company performs ongoing upgrades both on the harbor decks and dredging of the shipping lanes to keep the northwest harbor competitive.
The Port of Jacksonville is an international trade seaport on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida. The newest port in the United States, it carries over 21 million tons of cargo each year and is the second largest handler of vehicles in the United States with 656,805 in fiscal year. Morrison Knudsen answered yet another call to serve it’s country when the company worked hand in hand with The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to perform the harbor dredging in 1952, 1978 and 2003. The company also combined forces with the United States Navy to bring the first Naval presence to Jacksonville shortly before World War II when we constructed two facilities. Today, the Naval Station Mayport, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Blount Island Command (Marines) and nearby Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay form the third largest military presence in the United State where the Company continues to work in keeping the facility a state of the art harbor and base.
The Company constructed the northern half of the landmark Dalton highway from Fairbanks to Dead Horse, Alaska under a staggering six month schedule. The 220 miles were constructed non-stop, 24 hours a day in the interest of fast tracking one of the Company’s signature accomplishments: the Alaska Pipeline. The highway was desperately needed to transport man, materiel and supplies for the completion of the pipeline and avoid costly and slow deliveries by plane and sea. The Company finished the project three months ahead of schedule and constructed one of the largest bridges in the northern hemisphere, the E.L. Patton Bridge which crossed the Yukon River.
Morrison Knudsen was picked for this incredibly complex project for its experience in Alaska starting in the 1940’s where we built the town of Whittier, its harbor and the Army camp. Shortly after the conclusion of Word War Two we started the construction of the Richardson Highway from Valdez to Fairbanks where the Company has performed work up until 2008.
The E-470 Toll Road in Denver, Colorado is a 50 mile toll road constructed by the Company which included all the planning, engineering, financial assistance, design, final engineering and maintenance services on this award winning project. It has been designated by the FHWA as the largest, most successful highway and toll system in the country. The Company’s total contract value was $650 million which included all five phases including a 29 mile four lane section which was completed two months ahead of schedule.
This monumental $2 billion project by a Morrison Knudsen led joint venture for the New Jersey Transit Authority is the first design-build-operate-maintain transit project in the North America. It includes design and construction of a 22 mile route, procurement of light rail vehicles and operation and maintenance of the entire rail system. The Company started the project in 2000 and completed the first phase in 2006. Since the company started the project it has added an additional 12 miles to the system and has upgraded the operating systems with the most efficient equipment on a yearly basis.
Morrison-Knudsen’s award winning I-595 in Florida.
Morrison-Knudsen’s innovation and proprietary techniques came into play on the Bay Bridge project enabling us to bring this hazardous job in on time and under budget. The San Francisco’s Oakland Bay Bridge (known locally as the Bay Bridge) is a complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay in California. As part of Interstate 80 and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, it carries about 240,000 vehicles a day on its two decks. It has one of the longest spans in the United States.
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority or MARTA is the principal rapid-transit system in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Once again, thanks to Morrison-Knudsen manufactured rail cars and our engineering skills, MARTA is the eighth-largest rapid transit system in the United States by ridership. Formed in 1971 as strictly a bus system, MARTA operates a network of bus routes linked to a rapid transit system consisting of 48 miles of rail track with 38 train stations where our company was the lead contractor for the construction and design of the transit system.
Interstate 405 is a major north-south Interstate Highway in Southern California. It is a bypass of Interstate 5, running along the western and southern parts of the Greater Los Angeles Area from Irvine in the south to near San Fernando in the north. The entire route is known as the northern segment of the San Diego Freeway.
I-405 is a heavily-traveled thoroughfare by both commuters and by freight haulers along its entire length and is the busiest and most congested freeway in the United States. The freeway’s annual average daily traffic between exits 21 and 22 in Seal Beach reached 574,000 in 2014, making it the highest count in the nation. It has played a crucial role in the development of dozens of cities and suburbs along its route through the Greater Los Angeles area. This route is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System for which the Company has been involved with its construction since 1956.
Morrison-Knudsen secured the joint venture contract to construct the Bay Area Rapid Transit or BART. Utilizing Morrison-Knudsen manufactured transit cars this rapid transit system serves the San Francisco Bay area. The heavy-rail rapid transit and subway systems connect San Francisco with cities in the East Bay and suburbs in northern San Mateo County. BART operates five routes on 104 miles of line, with 44 stations in four counties. Project was finished 8 months early and warmly greeted by the appreciative Bay area commuters.
We provided construction management services for this $510million light rail transit segment that extends the San Diego Trolley Blue Line from Mission San Diego Station to a connection with the existing Orange Line in La Mesa. The project includes a 4,000-foot tunnel to an underground station serving San Diego State University.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority awarded our company led joint venture of a $600 million design-build contract to complete a six mile extension to the Gold Line light rail system in Los Angeles. The project includes eight new stations (two underground) and 21-foot-diameter twin tunnels that cover a 1.8-mile portion of the extension.
Our company served as lead designer for the 14-mile Orange Line BRT system connecting the North Hollywood Metro Rail Station and the Wagner Center Transit Hub in southern California’s San Fernando Valley, a design contract valued at $11 million ($154 million construction cost).
Interstate 5 is the main Interstate highway on the west coast of the United States, running largely parallel to the Pacific Ocean, and U.S. Highway 101 from Mexico to Canada. It serves some of the largest cities on the U.S. West Coast, including Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego, and also links the capital cities of Olympia, Salem and Sacramento together. Morrison-Knudsen has constructed freeways, over passes, fly overs and bridges from San Diego to Canada, bringing this artery of connection to millions of commuters and businesses along the way.
The Company constructed part of North America’s first all electric, commercial train system for BC Rail and their new spur line that took their coal trains to the newly created town of Tumbler Ridge, BC. In addition to the new rail line the Company installed the overhead electrical towers, the switch gear, the sub stations and maintenance facilities on the south and north ends of the line. We installed the MK brand electric engines on the project. The Company constructed the spur lines, load out facilities and coal silo’s for both Bullmoose Coal and Quintette Coal. Morrison Knudsen also performed the Port of Prince Rupert’s upgraded load out and storage facilities to accommodate the Tumbler Ridge coal for export.
Interstate 90, part of the Interstate Highway System from Seattle, Washington, to Boston, Massachusetts, crosses the state of Washington before crossing the Idaho state line between Spokane and Post Falls. It serves the cities of Seattle, Bellevue, Issaquah, and Spokane. It is the only Interstate Highway to cross the state east to west, along with a few state highways. I-90 is also the only highway in Washington to connect the two largest cities in the state, Seattle and Spokane.The road is the third busiest in the state, behind the I-5 and I-405. In addition to working on every segment of the Interstate across America, the Company constructed two of the longest floating bridges in the world, the Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge and the Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge, which cross Lake Washington from Seattle to Mercer Island, Washington. They are the second- and fifth-longest such bridges, respectively.
Exxon Mobil’s facility is the second largest oil refinery in the United States located in Baytown, Texas. It has a capacity of 584,000 barrels per day. MK has updated and expanded the site since it first opened in 1919 enabling it to become the largest employer in the city. After our expansion of it in 1988 through 1990, the plant takes up 2,400 acres of land adjacent to the Houston Ship Channel that the company had an integral hand in as well. Today Morrison-Knudsen continues to upgrade the plant to meet the stricter environmental standards required in the petroleum industry.
The Company started construction of the 700,000 barrel a day refinery in 1953 and continues to perform work on the site today. In addition to the refinery itself The Company graded the site, constructed the harbor for the oil tankers and dredged the bay to accommodate the massive 1100 foot ships. We continue to upgrade the refinery for stricter environmental standers and increase the efficiency of the plant along with constantly improving the safety of the site.
Our relationship with Anheuser-Busch, which spans more than 40 years, over 200 separate contracts, and in-place constructed value in excess of $4 billion, makes Morrison-Knudsen the foremost designer and builder of breweries in the world. Under contract to food processors such as Kraft and General Mills/Pillsbury, we have provided facility and process design solutions for the production of cheese, meats, baked goods, cake mix, cereal, prepared entrees, snack foods, soups and yogurt.
After the first discovery of oil Morrison Knudsen was first to work on every aspect of the new discovery. Since 1969 the Company has built the gathering systems, pump stations, pipelines and the outlying islands in the Bay itself where they are still utilized for oil and gas drilling. The Company built all the original infrastructure for Conoco, ARCO and Exxon including all roads, bridges, utilities and permanent camps in the area.
Our company has been providing complete facility management services (FM) in support of the Caterpillar headquarters in Peoria, IL. Today, under a “Master Global Facilities Services Agreement,” Morrison-Knudsen and our suppliers employ over 2,900 people performing FM services at 15 Caterpillar sites worldwide. We add value and drive savings through the delivery of a consistent service model, consolidation of subcontractors, and leveraging a shared services concept.
Morrison-Knudsen has worked continuously for GM since 1977. GM awarded us our fourth Q.S.P. (Quality, Service, Price) Award. Currently we are supervising over 800 UAW skilled trades in the performance of maintenance services at 19 GM plants in the central U.S. Recent projects have included the construction of the Cadillac CTS assembly plant at Lansing, Ml, design and construction of a new and expanded engine manufacturing plant at Tonawanda, NY, and a custom, high-performance engine assembly facility at Wixom, Ml.
Morrison Knudsen and the thousands we employed braved the extreme conditions and isolated terrain and even created special construction techniques to cope with the frozen ground to bring one of the world’s largest pipeline systems to life. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System includes the trans-Alaska crude-oil pipeline, 11 pump stations, several hundred miles of feeder pipelines, and the Valdez Marine Terminal. An incredibly aggressive schedule, the company built the pipeline and load out facilities over a four year period and one year ahead of schedule. Terminal excavation included 15 million cubic yards of overburden removal along with 35 million cubic yards of grading to prepare the site.
Lost Cabin Gas Plant, we designed and built three gas processing trains for ConocoPhillips – $400-million Lost Cabin Gas Plant at Lysite WY. Responsibilities included all aspects of engineering and construction for the grassroots facility, from conceptual design through commissioning.
Morrison-Knudsen has been providing supplemental maintenance services at this 125,000 BPD refinery for decades. Work involves both routine maintenance assignments and turnaround maintenance during shutdown of the various refinery units, including: two crude units, FCC unit, polymer unit, naphtha treater, two reformers, two iso-crackers, alkylation unit, two delayed cookers, hydrogen unit, and sulfur unit. Our BP Toledo project team has worked over seven-million safe hours.
For over 30 years, our company has been continuously providing a full range of services to ExxonMobil throughout the world. During this period, we have performed over 200 projects, some exceeding $1 billion. Today, our work for ExxonMobil continues under multiple contracts for EPC services for gas processing, oil & gas development and infrastructure projects (at Sakhalin Island and elsewhere), global logistics, vendor surveillance, and upstream quality engineering services.
Our company provides complete facilities management services in support of Monsanto’s 1.1-million-square-foot agricultural research complex in St. Louis, MO. The company services include: building operation and maintenance, facility systems engineering, research equipment support, move management, grounds keeping, and technical and safety support. Using plant biotechnology, genomics, and breeding, Monsanto provides agricultural solutions to improve productivity and reduce the costs of farming.
Morrison-Knudsen, in joint-venture with Alberici, is building one of the world ‘s largest cement plants 55 miles south of St. Louis, MO. The facility’s single kiln will produce 12,000 metric tons of clinker per day (4 million tons per year), making it the largest single clinker production line in the world. The facility will have the most advanced equipment and technology available, providing for emission limits among the lowest of any cement plant in the U.S. and the world.
Sanofi Pasteur-Fill/Finish Facility, Swiftwater , PA – Sanofi Pasteur, one of the world’s largest vaccine producers, selected our company to design, construct, and validate their new vaccine production facility at Swiftwater, PA. Under a full servic contract, the company worked with Sanofi Pasteur to obtain final approval for the plant and its processes from the U.S. FDA. The new facility represents the single largest investment ever approved globally by the client’s parent organization, Sanofi-Aventis Group.
We performed front-end design, detailed engineering, procurement, and construction for a 200,000-ton-per-year polyvinyl chloride production unit at Plaquemine, LA. Built to expand PVC production at an existing complex, the unit contains suspension batch polymerization, stripping and recovery, and drying operations, including the recycle of hot water streams for heat recovery. Solid product is sent to existing bulk resin storage/shipping facilities. Reactor and stripping tower designs were based on existing facilities.
The Comapany is providing detailed engineering and procurement services for Syncrude’s multimillion-dollar Emissions Reduction Project in Alberta, Canada. The project will retrofit a flue gas desulfurization (FGD) system into the operation of the two existing fluid cookers at Syncrude’s synthetic crude oil production site in Mildred Lake to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by half. Previously, Morrison-Knudsen provided conceptual engineering, preliminary engineering and procurement, and pre-construction planning services for the project.
Comanche Station – Morrison-Knudsen had the publics best interest in mind when we built Colorado’s first advanced, highly efficient, supercritical coal unit that can generate more electricity with less fuel. As the states most efficient coal-fired power plant, it saves their customers money because it displaces higher cost electric generating units and reduces the need to purchase additional electricity from other sources. Also, largely thanks to the construction techniques, Comanche Station is the first plant in Colorado to control mercury emissions.
The Robert W Scherer Power Plant (also known as Plant Scherer) is a coal-fired power plant in Juliette, Georgia, just north of Macon, Georgia, in the United States. The plant has four units, each producing 880 megawatts. On this project the company installed a total of 1,432 micropiles (61,000 linear feet). MK used a sophisticated testing methodology to maximize the frictional bearing capacity of the rock strata, thus resulting in shorter micropiles, which saved the owner in excess of $5M and reduced the overall construction schedule.
Laguna Verde Nuclear Power Plant (LVNPP) is located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, in Alto Lucero, Veracruz, Mexico. It is the largest nuclear power plant in Mexico and produces about 4.5% of the country’s electrical energy. Thanks in part to Morrison-Knudsen’s stellar construction, the plant received several awards including the National Quality Award!
The company went “Texas big” building the J. Robert Welsh Power Plant. A three unit base load, coal fired, electrical power station located southeast of Mount Pleasant, Texas in Titus County. All three units use sub-bituminous coal mined from the Powder River Basin where the company is a leading contractor in mine development and mining.
Callaway Nuclear Power Plant, Unit 1, Steam Generator Replacement – Awarded Platts Global Energy Award, ENR/McGraw-Hill Construction Energy Construction Project of the Year. SGT LLC, a Morrison-Knudsen/AREVA NP joint venture company, provided engineering, project management, licensing, training, and construction services. Work was completed in a record-breaking time of 63 days and 13 hours, besting the previous record for any previous steam generator replacement outage duration by one day and three hours. This project also set world records for steam generator replacement contractor window duration of 32.7 days and a world record for reactor coolant system cut-to-fill duration of 31.6 days for a four loop Westinghouse unit.
Pleasant Prairie Power Plant (P4) – Our company is providing complete services for an Air Quality Control System (AQCS) facility-NOX reduction (SCR) and S02 reduction (FGD). Services for this two-unit plant (each unit 600 MW) include overall project management, design and engineering integration, equipment supply, installation, testing/commissioning and training.
National Enrichment Facility (NEF) – The $1.5 billion NEF in Southeastern New Mexico is the first major nuclear facility to be licensed in the U.S. in three decades, and the first ever to be awarded a combined construction and operating license. Morrison-Knudsen is providing construction and construction management for this uranium enrichment facility, which will produce enriched uranium that can then be used in the manufacture of nuclear fuel rods required to operate the country’s commercial nuclear power plants. The NEF is the first new nuclear civil construction in last 25 years.
Engineering Services for Advanced Nuclear Reactor Design – We are providing nuclear engineering and related services in support of the commercial deployment of GE’s most advanced reactor design, the ESBWR. The company is providing engineering, selected procurement, construction, pre-operational testing, and start-up services for the nuclear island portion of the ESBWR and will provide support to obtain NRC certification. The company expects to participate in construction of the ESBWR units as the design is selected for potential new nuclear plant projects.
Savannah River Site – For almost 20 years, we managed this 310-square-rnile multi-purpose site for the DOE near Aiken, South Carolina. Responsibilities include: operating and modernizing the nation’s only tritium processing facilities; managing the nations largest plutonium handling and storage facilities; coordinating extensive hazardous facility operations, closure and remediation activities; operating the nations largest high-level nuclear waste vitrification facility, managing extensive waste management operations and directing the activities of the Savannah River National Laboratory.
Hanford River Corridor – Valued by the DOE at approximately $1.9 billion, our company is completing the cleanup of the DOE’s Hanford site along the Columbia River in southeastern Washington state. Included in the scope of work for the project is placing deactivated plutonium production reactors-some of them dating back to the 1940 – in interim safe storage (also known as cocooning), cleaning up waste sites and burial grounds located near the Columbia River, demolishing contaminated facilities and operating an environmental restoration disposal facility.
Idaho Closure Project – Our company is part of a team managing the $2.9 billion environmental cleanup of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) site in Eastern Idaho. The contract calls for safely cleaning up the 890-square-mile site-including treatment and disposal of radioactive waste, retrieval, disposal, and other remediation related to buried waste, safe management of spent nuclear fuel, disposition of nuclear materials, disposition of reactor and non-reactor nuclear facilities and other environmental remediation activities. Our company helps maintain the laboratory’s national leadership in nuclear power and other scientific programs. The contract, which runs through at least 2014, is valued at approximately $4.8 billion. The multi-program laboratory employs about 3,000 people in a variety of scientific and operational tasks.
Beginning in the late 1940’s MK built and still performs a triad of construction in the Port of Portland. It consists of marine terminals, located along the Willamette River and the Columbia River that are served by rail, that connect interstates and river barges. The company takes great pride in the part we played in pulling all these ends to the middle that resulted in over one thousand businesses and corporations using the Port’s marine facilities and over 12 million tons of cargo moving through the Port each year.
The Company was instrumental not only in the design and engineering but the construction of the Seaway’s locks and and flood control. The experience the Company had in the construction of Egypt’s Suez Canal was implemented in the St Lawrence construction. The Company executed an aggressive schedule for the customer by continuing with the excavation and dredging of the site through the cold Quebec winters. Since its original completion we have upgraded the computer and monitoring controls; enlarged the waterway’s tonnage capacity of the Seaway making it one of North America’s marquee harbors and naval passages.
In the early 1930s, Morrison-Knudsen applied it’s innovating spirit as it found ways to deal with the perils of the Pacific Ocean when they began a massive expansion of the port with the construction of a breakwater three miles out and over two miles in length. In addition to the construction of this outer breakwater, an inner breakwater was built off Terminal Island with docks for seagoing ships and smaller docks built at Long Beach. In 1946, after World War II, Morrison Knudsen helped establish the Port of Long Beach as America’s most modern port with the completion of the first of nine clear-span transit sheds. Since then the Company has continued contracting on the harbor to keep its designation as the country’s largest port by both tonnage and containers.
During World War II, Morrison-Knudsen in conjunction with the United States Army constructed a military facility, complete with port and railroad terminus near the Whittier glacier and named the facility Camp Sullivan. After we completed the spur of the Alaska Railroad to Camp Sullivan in 1943 the port of Whittier became the entrance for United States soldiers into Alaska. Since that period the Company has performed several upgrades and is a popular summer destination for many Morrison Knudsen employees and management.
Morrison-Knudsen has been involved in the creation of the San Diego Harbor in one aspect or another from its inception. Beginning in the 1940’s with the dredging of San Diego Bay for US Navy requirements in World War II which required a deepening of the harbor channel, to the completion of the bulk loading terminal at the Tenth Marine Terminal in 1963. In 2010 we were contracted to upgrade its container handling facility.
The Company had a huge responsibility and honor when we were tasked in the construction and opening of the nation’s first facility for container shipping which became the prototype in 1958. This prototype quickly became the modern version of the Port of New York and New Jersey. It includes the system of navigable waterways in the estuary along 650 miles of shoreline in the vicinity of New York City and northeastern New Jersey, as well as the region’s airports and supporting rail and roadway distribution networks. Considered one of the largest natural harbors in the world, the port is by tonnage the third largest in the United States and the busiest on the East Coast.
The Port of Anchorage is a critical link between the U.S. state and Alaska providing an estimated 90% of the merchandise cargo to 80% of Alaska’s populated areas. The Port of Anchorage began operations in September 1961, and in its first year over 38,000 tons of marine cargo moved across its single berth. Thanks largely to Morrison-Knudsen’s advanced construction techniques, it was the only port in South Central Alaska to survive the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake and became the main shipping hub for consumer and essential goods entering Alaska. We ended up being one of the harbor’s biggest customers when we commenced building the Alaska Pipeline along with several of the pumping stations and related infrastructure. The Company also constructed the tank farm and built the pipelines to the Port.
In conjunction with building the original infrastructure for oil production in Prudhoe Bay in 1969, the Company was further tasked with constructing the drilling islands well away from the shore. Starting in 1980 the Company built Seal Island, Mukluk, Northstar, Endicott, Gull, Resolution Island in Prudhoe Bay. The drill islands ranged in size from 20 to 55 acres with the largest being Mukluk which included 5.5 million cubic yards of dredging and excavation under a $100 million contract. The work was performed in 70 below weather with no lost time and months ahead of schedule. Additional work included 120 miles of roads leading to the islands and the placement of 2,000,000 tons of rip rap for the completed structures. Mukluk remains the biggest man made island in North America enjoying 36 years of having that designation.
The Company participated in the construction of Denison Mines Quintette Mine in Tumbler Ridge, BC. We constructed the roads, bridges all the major infrastructure for the mine in one of the most isolated locations in the province. The Company installed the process facilities, storage facilities and the electric rail lines that delivered the coal to the port city of Prince Rupert. We stripped the over burden and performed the mining of the site until Denison Mines brought in their own forces to excavate the coal for export.
The Company has developed several mines and performed contract mining in the Powder River Basin for close to 50 years. The mines straddle northern Wyoming and southern Montana. The company has delivered turn key projects for the coal companies as well as performing the striping, reclamation and the installation of load out facilities for Union Pacific and BNSF railroads. The Company has built several coal bed methane extraction facilities in the Basin along with the pipelines. The mines supply 40% of the country’s annual coal production.
MK became a savior of sorts when it employed over 10,000 locals during its work on the Cerrejon coal mine.
It’s located in the basin of the Rancheria River, southeast of La Guajira Department in Colombia. It is an open-pit mine, and is one of the largest mines in the world. The coal mine was divided into three main corresponding areas Cerrejon North Zone, Cerrejon Central Zone and Cerrejon South Zone. The mine extends over 170,000 acres where the company moved 80,000,000 cubic yards of rock and dirt annually.
The company showed its true grit and might going full tilt on the Rio Blanco Copper mine in Chile, hewn out of solid rock in the forbidding landscape of the Andes Mountains. We truly earned our stripes in one of the most isolated ranges on the planet.
The Bingham Canyon Mine, also known as the Kennecott Copper Mine, is an open-pit mining operation extracting a large porphyry copper deposit southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah, in the Oquirrh Mountains. Bingham Canyon Mine is the largest man-made excavation in the world, and is visible with the naked eye from space. The Company performed all the infrastructure and continues to perform contract mining at the site.
The Kayenta mine is a surface coal mine on the Navajo Indian Reservation in northern Arizona. About 400 acres are mined and reclaimed each year, providing about 8 million tons of coal annually to the Navajo Generating Station. The Company began operations in 1973 supplying the Navajo Generating Station near Page, Arizona and the majority of our employees at the site are Navajo Indians.
The North Antelope Rochelle Mine is the second largest coal mine in the U.S. Located in Campbell County, Wyoming, about 65 miles south of Gillette, it produces 107,700,000 tons annually. The company started work on the site in 1983 and the mine was opened in 1984. We used draglines and trucks and shovels to remove the overburden. Trucks then haul the coal from the three pits to trains for shipment to customers. In 2012 the Morrison Knudsen won an award from the Department of the Interior for its reclamation efforts over the life of the mine.
The Black Thunder Coal Mine is a surface coal mine in Wyoming, located in the Powder River Basin which contains one of the largest deposits of coal in the world. Black Thunder is the second most productive mine in the United States, providing the U.S. with eight percent of its coal supply. In 2011, the America Revealed “Electric Nation” episode aired on PBS and features Morrison Knudsen’s contribution to the development of Thunder Basin’s Black Thunder coal mine.
The Distant Early Warning Line, also known as the DEW Line or Early Warning Line, was a system of radar stations in the far northern Arctic region of Canada, with additional stations along the North Coast and Aleutian Islands of Alaska, in addition to the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Iceland. It was set up to detect incoming Soviet bombers during the Cold War, and provide early warning of any sea-and-land invasion. The DEW Line was operational from 1957 to the late 1990s and it was the northernmost and most capable of three radar lines in Canada and Alaska; the joint Canadian-US Pinetree Line ran from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, and the Mid-Canada Line ran somewhat north of this. The Company built the project under contracts with both the US Department of Defense and the Canadian Department of Defense.
Vandenberg AFB is a Department of Defense space and missile testing base, with a mission of placing satellites into polar orbit from the west coast. In addition to building all the structures and launch platforms the Company built the launch pad facilities for Space X as well as the facilities on the 100 acres leased to the California Spaceport in 1995.
NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB
Contained inside Edwards Air Force Base is NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) where modern aircraft research is still active (e.g. the Boeing X-45). The AFRC is home to many of the world’s most advanced aircraft. Notable recent research projects include the Controlled Impact Demonstration and the Linear Aerospike SR-71 Experiment. In addition we built all the Space Shuttle facilities including the rocket engine test sites.The Company continues to perform work at the site which dates back to 1942.
Fort Greely is a United States Army launch site for anti-ballistic missiles located approximately 100 miles southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska. It is also the home of the Cold Regions Test Center (CRTC), as Fort Greely is one of the coldest areas in Alaska, and can accommodate cold, extreme cold, or temperate weather tests depending on the season. Another cold weather project the Company completed ahead of schedule despite the harsh conditions.
The silo, known as launch facility Delta Nine (D-09) was constructed in 1963. It occupies 1.6 acres nearly one-half mile southwest of Interstate 90 near the town of Wall, South Dakota. It consists of an underground launch tube 12 feet in diameter and 80 feet deep, made of reinforced concrete with a steel-plate liner. It was the first of 60 such silo’s the Company built through the eighties.
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is an installation of the United States Air Force Space Command’s 45th Space Wing headquartered at nearby Patrick Air Force Base. Located on Cape Canaveral in Florida, CCAFS is the primary launch head of America’s Eastern Range with four launch pads currently active. In addition to constructing the site we built all the roads, bridges and infrastructure for the nearby Merritt Island. The Company constructed the 10,000-foot runway as well as the launch pad for the Space Shuttle.
MK constructed the Folsom Dam on a four year contract in which we beat the incredibly demanding deadline by six months. The concrete gravity dam on the American River is near the town of Folsom in northern California, approximately 25 miles northeast of Sacramento. The dam is 340 ft high and 1,400 ft long, flanked by earthen wing dams. We excavated 45 million cubic yards of rock and earth on the project on a 24 hour a day schedule.
Located at the juncture of the north and south forks of the American River the Company employed 2200 tradesmen to meet the schedule for desperately needed water in central California.The dam and its reservoir, Folsom Lake, are part of the Central Valley Project, a multipurpose project that provides flood control, hydroelectricity, and irrigation and municipal water supply. MK was awarded the President’s Award for Excellence a year after its completion.
Morrison-Knudsen has been providing a full range of facilities management services at Tektronix’ manufacturing complex in Beaverton, Oregon. At this 22-building, 1.7-million-square-foot facility, Tektronix produces measurement and color printing equipment and video systems. The scope of our company’s services include the maintenance of utility systems, building alterations, painting, minor repairs, reprographic, food, mail room, custodial support, and utilities systems engineering, as well as program administration.
Our company is part of a team that manages and operates Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in northern New Mexico. The company’s primary role in the $14-billion contract is to safely manage the lab’s nuclear and other technically complex operations to support the advancement of science and the safety and security of the country.
Cam Ranh Bay is a deep-water bay in Vietnam in the province of Khanh Hoa. The Company worked under the toughest of conditions constantly under attack by communist forces and shelling by the North Vietnamese Army during the sixties. With the help and protection of the US Navy and Marine Corps the harbor was constructed 6 months ahead of schedule enabling the Department of Defense to bring in much needed military supplies during the Vietnam War. The project was one of many the Company built in Vietnam under war time conditions and is considered finest deep water port in Asia. Another project that was given an accelerated construction schedule where the Company was placing 300,000 cubic yards of fill and rock per day.
The Fort Knox Gold Mine is an open pit gold mine in the Fairbanks mining district of Alaska. It is was built by the Company in some of the planet’s harshest environments. In spite of 55 below zero cold the company completed the project three months ahead of schedule. The Company has just started another mining project in the same gold belt not far from Fort Knox.
The Company constructed the Headquarters and Control buildings for the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
Morrison-Knudsen’s construction of Diamond Valley Lake’s West Dam, East Dam, and Saddle Dam represents the largest earthwork project in the history of the United States, involving over 40 million cubic yards of foundation excavation and 110 million cubic yards of embankment construction.
MK’s tireless dedication to their craft left many touting “The Diamond Valley Lake project is truly a World Class civil works project” with materials drilled, blasted, crushed, loaded, hauled, placed, and compacted at an unsurpassed rate in the dam construction industry. The rock operations literally moved the mountain of rock from the south rim of the reservoir and placed it across the valley floor to form two two-mile long dams at each end of a 4-1/2-mile valley.
Brownlee Dam is a hydroelectric earth fill embankment dam on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border, in Hells Canyon (river mile 285). It impounds the Snake River in the 58-mile long Brownlee Reservoir. It is part of the Hells Canyon Project that also includes Hells Canyon Dam and Oxbow Dam, also built by Morrison Knudsen and operated by Idaho Power Company.
The dam’s powerhouse contains five generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 585.4 megawatts. Lacking passage for migrating salmon, the three Hells Canyon Project dams blocked access by anadromous salmonids to a stretch of the Snake River drainage basin from Hells Canyon Dam up to Shoshone Falls, which naturally prevents any upstream fish passage to the upper Snake River basin.
Another project that was given an accelerated construction schedule where the Company was placing 300,000 cubic yards of fill and rock per day.
Silverwood Lake was created in 1971 by the construction of the Cedar Springs Dam as a forebay on the 444-mile long California Aqueduct, consequently inundating the former town of Cedar Springs and has a capacity of 73,000 acre feet. The company employed 200 ton belly dumps that were freed up from another mammoth Morrison Knudsen dam project the WAC Bennett Dam in Northern B.C. It was an incredibly efficient use of resources and experience obtained from the earlier Canadian project.
At its peak the company had 700 pieces of equipment on the site.
Deadwood Dam is located in west-central Idaho on the Deadwood River about 25 miles above its confluence with the South Fork of the Payette River and about 90 miles above Black Canyon Diversion Dam. The dam site is located in a narrow canyon where the Deadwood River has cut into granite bedrock, approximately 53 miles northeast of Boise, Idaho, at the time the Company’s headquarters.
The dam lies on the western slope of the Sawtooth Mountains with elevations in the basin varying from 5311 feet by the dam to about 8,696 feet at Price Peak. Deadwood Reservoir is three and one half miles long and covers 3,180 acres. Deadwood Dam is a concrete-arch structure with a structural height of 165 feet and a total capacity of 154,000 acre-feet, providing a regulated flow for the powerplant at Black Canyon Diversion Dam and for irrigation in the Payette Division and Emmett Irrigation District.
The Company finished the project a year ahead of schedule and employed 1600 workers for its construction.
The Dahla Dam is the largest dam in Kandahar Province, and the second largest in Afghanistan. The dam is 34 kilometers north of Kandahar City and is operated by the Helmand and Arghandab Valley Authority.
The dam was first built between 1950 to 1952 during the reign of Zahir Shah, the last King of Afghanistan. The contractor for the project was Morrison-Knudsen Afghanistan Incorporated. Now some 60 years later the Company is back on the project rehabilitating the dam with Canadian Forces assistance and the British Army. When the project is finished it is hoped that it will double the amount of irrigated land in the Arghandab River basin.
The Company looks forward to its completion as it will eventually raise the standard of living for the people of Afghanistan.
Donnells Dam is a dam in Tuolumne County, California. The concrete arch dam was constructed in 1958, with a height of 317 feet, and a length of 750 feet at its crest. It impounds the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River for hydroelectric power, part of the Stanislaus River Tri-Dam project cooperatively owned by the Oakdale Irrigation District and the South San Joaquin Irrigation District. The site is surrounded by the Stanislaus National Forest.
The reservoir it creates, Donnell Lake, has a normal water surface of 418 acres and has a maximum capacity of 65,000 acre feet. Recreation includes fishing, hunting, boating, camping and hiking. The Company’s schedule was slashed by a third as drought conditions plagued the area and was asked to expedite the dam’s completion.
The Company met the more aggressive time frame and was awarded a Presidential Citation for its work on the project by President Eisenhower.
At the time the Hoover Dam was the largest construction project in the world only to be super-ceded by another Morrison Knudsen led project, the rebuilding of Pearl Harbor. The construction of the dam was lead by the Company along with 5 other construction partners for a much needed shot in the arm during the Depression.
Hoover Dam spans the Colorado River in Black Canyon between Arizona and Nevada, some 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas Nevada. Constructed in the 1930s, the concrete arch-gravity structure was intended to prevent flooding as well as provide much-needed irrigation and hydroelectric power to arid regions of states like California and Arizona. At 726 feet high and 1,244 feet long, Hoover Dam was one of the largest man-made structures in the world at the time of its construction, and one of the world’s largest producers of hydroelectric power.
More than 200 Morrison Knudsen engineers worked to design the dam that would be constructed in Black Canyon. It is the highest concrete arch dam in the United States, and the largest building project that the federal government had ever undertaken.
The Company employed over 6,000 people for the project.
The Itaipu Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Paraná River located on the border between Brazil and Paraguay. The name “Itaipu” was taken from an isle that existed near the construction site. In the Guaran language, Itaipu means “the sounding stone”.
The dam is the largest operating hydroelectric facility in terms of annual energy generation, generating 98.3 TWh in 2012 and 98.6 TWh in 2013, while the annual energy generation of the Three Gorges Dam was 98.1 TWh in 2012 and 83.7 TWh in 2013. It is a binational undertaking run by Brazil and Paraguay at the Paraná River on the border section between the two countries, 9.3 mi north of the Friendship Bridge. The project ranges from Foz do Iguacu, in Brazil, and Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, in the south to Guaira and Salto del Guaira in the north.
The installed generation capacity of the plant is 14 GW, with 20 generating units providing 700 MW each with a hydraulic design head of 118 m. In 2008 the plant generated a record 94.68 TWh, supplying 90% of the electricity consumed by Paraguay and 19% of that consumed by Brazil. The total length of the dam is 7235 m. The crest elevation is 225 m. Itaipu is actually four dams joined together – from the far left, an earth fill dam, a rock fill dam, a concrete buttress main dam, and a concrete wing dam to the right. The spillway has a length of 483 m. The maximum flow of Itaipu’s fourteen segmented spillways is 62.2 thousand cubic metres per second, into three skislope formed canals. It is equivalent to 40 times the average flow of the nearby natural Iguacu Falls. The flow of two generators (700 m3/s each) is roughly equivalent to the average flow of the Iguacu Falls (1500 m3/s).
The initial studies for Amirkabir Dam took 22 years until 1956 when formal proceedings began and the dam was constructed in the period from 1957 to 1961 by Morrison Knudsen. The ecliptic concrete structure is 590 ft high, with 98 ft length on bottom and 1,280 ft on top and its watershed is 475 mi long. The average annual water inflow to its reservoir is 472 million cubic meters. The total capacity of the dam’s reservoir is 202 million cubic meters. The bottom elevation of reservoir and normal water surface elevation of reservoir are 5,069 ft and 5,280 ft respectively.
The Amir kabir Dam was built as a multi-purpose dam to provide tap water for Tehran alongside agricultural development in Karaj. It supplies the irrigation demand of over 120,000 acres of farm land near Karaj. The power plant has been connected to the national electricity network for over 46 years and has a capacity of 90 megawatts. The lake behind the dam is a touristic attraction while being a natural habitat for rainbow trout. With its sailing and water-skiing facilities, the dam is a popular weekend summer resort.
At the time of construction the Company employed 2600 people.
Dedicated on August 24, 1975, Libby Dam spans the Kootenai River 17 miles (27 km) upstream from the town of Libby, Montana. Libby Dam is 422 feet tall and 3,055 feet long. The reservoir behind the dam is Lake Koocanusa; it extends 90 miles upriver from the dam and has a maximum depth of about 370 feet. Forty-two miles of Lake Koocanusa are in British Columbia, Canada. Lake Koocanusa was named for the treaty that was developed between the Kootenai Indians, the Canadian government, and the U.S. government to build the Dam and form the reservoir.
It is the fourth dam constructed under the Columbia River Treaty. The Kootenai River is the third largest tributary to the Columbia River contributing almost 20% of the total water in the lower Columbia. Libby Dam holds back an average of 5,800,000 acre feet of water.
The Company employed 60% Indian Band members for the construction of the dam who contributed immeasurably to the success of the project.
Mica Dam was operational on March 29, 1973. The dam was built to a height of 801 ft above bedrock, near the first location of the village Mica Creek. At the time, the dam was one of three storage dams built by the provincial power company BC Hydro, within the description of the Columbia River Treaty. The dam operated with a 165 sq mi reservoir containing 12,000,000 acre-ft of live storage and 20,100,000 acre-ft of total storage in McNaughton Lake (later renamed Kinbasket Lake).
The underground powerhouse, begun in 1973 was built to be 177 ft high, 79 ft wide and 778 ft long. In 1976, the first two electrical generators were commissioned and in 1977 two more were completed bringing the total capacity of the powerhouse to 1,805 MW. Another two 500 MW generators are scheduled to be added and operational in 2014 and in 2015, for a total generating capacity of 2,805 MW. The Mica powerhouse delivers its power to Nicola Substation via a 500-kilovolt, 350 mi transmission line. A second power transmission line for hydroelectric power was built to the Meridian Substation near Port Moody, British Columbia.
Mica Dam was built to provide 7,000,000 acre-ft of water storage as outlined in the Columbia River Treaty, plus another 5,000,000 acre-ft, referred to as “non-Treaty storage”. Since 1977 BC Hydro and the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) have made a series of long and short term agreements for using non-Treaty storage. Negotiations for a new long-term agreement began in 2011. If implemented, it would manage non-Treaty storage until 2024.
At the time it was the Company’s largest project and the largest single project in North America.
Palisades Dam is an earth-fill dam on the Snake River in Bonneville County in the U.S. state of Idaho. The dam was completed in 1957 and provides irrigation water, flood control, and recreation; it features a four-turbine hydroelectric power plant. The dam can potentially generate 176.5 MW of electricity. The resulting water impoundment, Palisades Reservoir, has a storage capacity of 1.2 million acre-feet.
The Palisades Project supplements the storage and power generation facilities of the earlier Minidoka and Michaud Flats projects, which serve irrigation interest in Idaho on the Snake River Plain, saving about 1,350,000 acre feet through the winter for use in the growing season. With 13,571,000 cubic yards of material, the dam was the largest in the USBR system at the time of its construction.
The hydroelectric complex is comprised of a 550 feet high concrete gravity dam in Little Dalles Canyon, a 380 foot high earthfill dam on the west bank of the river, and a powerhouse in the riverbed, immediately downstream of the concrete dam. Each of the dam’s 5 power units has a capacity of 460,750 kW. Individually the units have the largest capacity of any in B.C. Hydro’s system which the Company has built several for.
The concrete powerhouse is 670 feet long, 160 feet wide and 190 feet high. The reservoir created by the dam extends 80 miles back to the tailwaters of the Mica Dam. It has a surface area of 25,300 acres. Since regulated release water from Mica provides almost three-quarters of the inflow into the reservoir, the Revelstoke power plant operates as a run-of-the-river plant, with normal maximum fluctuations in the reservoir level of 4 feet.
The Company formed a joint venture to construct the dam under the name of Revelstoke Constructors Inc. and took five years to complete.
San Luis Dam is a dam that creates San Luis Reservoir, which serves as an off-stream reservoir for the California State Water Project and the Central Valley Project. It is also known as the B.F. Sisk Dam, after Bernie Sisk. The earth-fill gravity embankment dam is 305 feet tall and was completed in 1967. It is located between Los Banos, California and Gilroy, California, United States along Pacheco Pass.
San Luis Reservoir is the largest off-stream reservoir in the United States, with a capacity of 2,041,000 acre feet. The dam is over 3½ miles long and impounds San Luis Reservoir which has a total capacity of over 2 million acre-feet. San Luis Creek is a small stream that flows through the area and it is sometimes listed as the dam’s watershed, even though it is an off-stream reservoir.
The dam is owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, but is operated by the California Department of Water Resources to store water for its State Water Project. San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay serve as the upper and lower reservoirs for the William R. Gianelli pumped storage hydroelectric plant, which began operating in 1968. The plant’s eight Francis turbines produce a combined 424 MW. The sale of peak electricity lowers the overall cost of operating the State Water Project, particularly the California Aqueduct. A short 230 kV power line heads eastward to deliver this electricity to Northern California’s electricity backbone, Path 15.
The dam was dedicated by President John F. Kennedy on August 18, 1962 when Company founder Harry Morrison met with the President.
The San Roque Dam, operates under San Roque Multipurpose Project (SRMP) is a 650 foot tall, 3500 foot long embankment dam on the Agno River. It spans the municipalities of San Manuel and San Nicolas, Pangasinan and is nearly 130 miles north of Manila. The dam impounds a reservoir with a surface area of about 10 square miles extending north into the municipality of Itogon, Benguet.
A gated spillway protects the dam from overflowing Each wet season, the run-off is stored for later release via water turbines to generate power and irrigate crops. Agno River is the third largest river in the Philippines with a total length of 140 miles and a drainage basin at the Project site of 625 square miles. The river originates in the Cordillera Mountains, initially flows from north to south, divides into several channels in the flat central plain of Luzon and meanders westerly through the provinces of Pangasinan and Tarlac before emptying into the Lingayen Gulf. The project took five years to build and employed 3500 workers at peak construction.
The Company excavated almost 50 million cubic yards of material to construct the dam
Wanapum Dam is a hydroelectric project located on the Columbia River downstream (south) from Vantage, Washington where Interstate 90 crosses the Columbia from Grant County into Kittitas County. It is owned by the Grant County Public Utility District. Its reservoir is named Lake Wanapum. The dam, and its lake, are named after the Wanapum Indians. At height of 185 feet and a length of 8,320 feet the dam has a rated capacity of 1,040 megawatts and annually generates over 4 million megawatt-hours.The Wanapum dam was originally licensed in 1955 for a period of 50 years. Construction was initiated in 1959 with initial beneficial operation in 1963.
The Company employed 55% Indian Band members for building of the dam and at the time it was the largest construction project in the country.
The W. A. C. Bennett Dam is a massive hydroelectric dam on the Peace River in northern British Columbia. The project further solidified the Company’s reputation as the world’s premier dam builder. At 660 ft high, it is one of the world’s highest earth fill dams. Construction of the dam began in 1961 and culminated in 1968.
At the dam, the Finlay, the Parsnip and the Peace Rivers feed into Williston Lake, also referred to as Williston Reservoir. It is the third largest artificial lake in North America (after the Smallwood Reservoir and Manicouagan) as well as the largest body of fresh water in British Columbia. Williston Lake runs 250 kilometers north-south and 150 kilometers east-west.
The construction of the dam cost $750 million, making it the largest project of its kind in the province of B.C.and in Canada. The dam was named after the premier because his vision played a major role in the project initiation, development and realization; the reservoir was named after the premier’s trusted cabinet colleague Ray Williston. The Gordon M. Shrum Generation Station at the W.A.C. Bennett Dam has the capacity to generate more than 13 billion kWh annually.
At the time of its construction the powerhouse was the largest of its kind worldwide. In addition to the benefits related to the energy generated, the construction of the dam and the reservoir also provided economic opportunities for the province of British Columbia, for the newly founded state owned electric utility BC Hydro, and for the large number of workers.
The project peaked with Morrison Knudsen employing 3500 workers on the site.
The Company is currently upgrading the Oakland Harbor by dredging; adding lift capacity and constructing additional docks for container ships. Morrison Knudsen has been working on the Port of Oakland since it’s original upgrade in the late 1960’s where the Company used excess material from its BART light rail project where we were constructing the Berkley Hills Tunnel. Since the 1950’s the Company has worked on every facet of the Harbor and the surrounding infrastructure which includes all the rail lines, bridges, all roads and freeways to the Port of Oakland and the Company’s landmark Bay Bridge. With these multi-million dollar upgrades being performed by Morrison Knudsen the Port hopes to keep its ranking as the 5th busiest harbor in America.
The Company has a 3 year oil and gas upgrade contract for several facilities near Barrow, Alaska. Work includes a number of new compressor stations, scrubbers and several miles of 36″ and 48″ pipeline. After completion the improved facilities will increase the State of Alaska’s declining oil and gas production.
The company manages and operates the Addison Airport near Dallas, Texas, one of the busiest general aviation and corporate jet airports in the country. The company provides program management and maintenance services to the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority including toll collection operations, toll road system staffing, and toll equipment and maintenance services. Operations and maintenance services are also provided for 90 miles of toll roads and facilities for the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority near Orlando, Florida, and for the 12-mile Osceola Parkway in central Florida.
Expansion to the New York/New Jersey Harbor. The docks are being expanded an additional 200 acres with 6 new cranes being installed as part of the contract along with 12 million cubic yards of dredging for the site. The company is also installing several additional rail lines in and out of the harbor as part of the Express Rail System expansion.
BNSF rail line and the upgrading of I-90 through Snoqualmie Pass, Washington where the project includes four new rail bridges, two new highway bridges and the realigning of the Taylor River. The $450 million project is to improve both rail and traffic flow through the Pass for increased highway commerce and increased exports through Seattle and Tacoma Harbors.
The construction of new interstate near Alaska’s Highways 1 and 3 near Wasilla. The $360 million contract is for grading, paving, several overpasses and bridges that Alaska’s thriving energy business required. Due to the States Fast Track program what would have taken 3 years in Alaska’s short construction season to complete will be finished in less than a year.
The grading of Nevada’s 1-215 Connector Road from Henderson through Las Vegas to North Las Vegas reconnecting to the I-15 North. In the previous six years of construction the company has performed over $700 million in contracts which included 12 bridges, 33 overpasses and the excavation of 22 million cubic yards of rock. Upon its completion the new Interstate will route all traffic not stopping in Las Vegas completely around the city thus lowering the city’s traffic congestion.
Remedial grading and nuclear waste clean up at the Department of Energy’s Hanford, Washington Nuclear Facility. The company is performing hazardous clean up at the government facility and treats all materials so that they are no longer a threat to humans, wild life or the environment. The company is in its 40th year of clean up at the site.
Colorado’s 1-80 is being upgraded by Morrison Knudsen for increased commercial traffic and the State’s increasing number of tourists both in the summer and for the winter ski season. Project includes constructing 22 miles of freeway for the project as well as several concrete culverts, truck passing lanes, over passes and animal crossings for the Rocky Mountain wild life. The company is also paving 40 miles of freeway on the project.
Construction of McDonald Ranch in Henderson, NV is one of the largest residential sites in the western U.S. The company is responsible for the grading, all infrastructure, civil engineering and paving for the project under a $370 million turn key project.
Lake Las Vegas approximately 20 miles southeast of Las Vegas, NV where the company is responsible for the grading, engineering and excavation of Lake Las Vegas itself on the 4000 acre residential and casino project. The project calls for 44 million cubic yards of excavation for the homes, streets, drainage channels, storm drains, golf courses and the lake that is constructed under a $650 million contract. It is the largest man made lake for a mixed use residential/commercial project in America.
Grading on a Caltrans project near the intersections of I-680 and I-880 in Santa Clara, California area. The $180 million project includes several miles of new freeway, interchanges, frontage roads, the upgrading of diversion channels and the construction of several new bridges. Project was required for increased traffic in and out of California’s Silicon Valley.
The expansion of the Dallas Fort Worth airport where the company is performing the grading, drainage and concrete installation under a $220 million contract. Project includes 12 million cubic yards of earthmoving and remedial grading on the site as well as the installation of 300,000 cubic yards of re-enforced concrete. The company is also installing all the upgraded guidance systems for the expanded runways and taxi areas.
Over burden and contract mining at Red Creek Mine in Texas. The company’s contract requires removal of 60 million cubic yards of over burden at the site along with an additional contract to install all roads, grading for the mine site and constructing a new 30 mile rail line to the project. The company will then start a third contract building the load out structure for the trains.
The construction of the 101 Freeway on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona. The freeway is designed as a bypass road for all traffic that does not need to be in downtown Phoenix. The company has a contract to construct 18 miles of new freeway along with several bridges, over passes and water control structures.