Juniper Ridge Hydroelectric Project

The Juniper Ridge Hydroelectric project is a $22 MM EPC (Engineer, Procure, Construct) project. The engineering and construction team includes Slayden, Sunrise Engineering, and Burke Electric. The project consists of 2.5 miles of 108″ steel penstock pipe placed within and beneath the existing irrigation canal system. The penstock entrance consists of a rock excavated forebay, thirty foot tall buttress wall intake structure with a steel trash rack system, and an emergency spillway. The 108” penstock pipe provides 110 feet head to the 5MW vertical turbine unit located at the hydroelectric power plant. The powerhouse is constructed 27 feet below grade with mass concrete encased draft tube and Francis turbine; it also extends another 25 feet above grade to enclose the generator, hydraulic operating system, 84” isolating butterfly valve, and associated electrical components. Adjacent to the power house is a bypass structure that will divert irrigation flows around the turbine and generator, should the flow exceed plant capacity or a unit outage is required during the irrigation season. The bypass structure contains a 78” butterfly isolation valve and a 78” flanged coupling adaptor, and discharges into an energy dissipation pool through a hydraulically operated 42” fixed cone jet valve. Work on this project also includes an electrical substation, electrical switch yard, and tailrace discharge structure connection to the existing canal system.

Total Project Value: $22.4 million

Slayden Construction Role: General Contractor

Owner: Central Oregon Irrigation District

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"We have been impressed with their management skills, starting with preconstruction where they performed value engineering that reduced costs, lead procurement with detailed bid packages that brought our project qualified subcontractors and manufacturers and produced a schedule that would get our project completed on time. Slayden has continued this into the construction phase by managing the work to stay on schedule."

Randy Rosane, P.E., Project Manager with Water Environmental Services

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"Slayden’s positive approach and eagerness to achieve the project goals was a tremendous benefit and a driving force to the project and its success. Slayden achieved all minority, woman, and emerging small business subcontracting goals and also met the 20% Workforce Training and Hiring Program’s apprenticeship requirements. They also held their subcontractors to these same goals and requirements."

Michelle Lostra, P.E., City of Portland, Water Bureau

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"I feel confident in recommending Slayden for their approach to neighborhood outreach and desire to work with our community outreach and communications team to help keep neighbors informed, resolve issues and mitigate issues."

Katy Fulton, Lake Oswego – Tigard Water Partnership

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"I enjoyed their management style, which was efficient while paying attention to cost. This was done without sacrificing safety. I would welcome the chance to work with them in the future."

Daniel G Shepard, Manager, Grants Pass Irrigation District

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"Slayden has met all conditions of approval and does a great job of keeping the neighborhood informed. Slayden works diligently to accommodate the neighboring citizens. In several cases, Slayden has gone above and beyond the conditions of approval in an effort to solve citizen’s issues. This has led to the development of relationships between the project team and the neighborhood, which have contributed to the project in a positive manner."

Thomas Lebo, Construction Manager, Brown and Caldwell

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"Slayden Construction is true to their word, without a doubt I would hire them for future projects. All of the employees that worked at the plant were respectful, courteous, and preformed the duties at hand in a safe manner. I can’t say enough good things about Slayden, as you can see in this evaluation. Surround yourself with good people and it makes you look good. And it doesn’t get any better than Slayden Construction."

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