Precast vault construction shaves time, reduces traffic snarls

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Nobody likes sitting in traffic, but sometimes it’s necessary in the name of progress.

That’s true during road resurfacing or widening projects, when a building is being constructed or modified, and even when there are utility improvement projects, like constructing new lines or building new underground vaults.

precast vaultsSo what if you could cut that traffic snarl from four months down to one week or less?

OPPD successfully did just that, led by former senior design engineer Eliya Henin Tasked with designing a new underground vault that serves a portion of downtown Omaha, Henin proposed using precast construction instead of building it on site.

Distribution Engineering Manager Sharyl McGuire gave the green light to Henin, who applied learnings from his doctoral thesis on precast construction.

T&D Precast vaults_inside craneIn addition to expediting construction and relieving traffic slow-downs, the new method saved OPPD – and its customer-owners – a lot of money.

Watch the following video by Nate Gasaway, Goswen Visual Marketing to learn more.

Paula Lukowski

About Paula Lukowski

Paula Lukowski, The Wire managing editor, has more than 34 years of experience in corporate communications, 29 of them at OPPD.

Andrew Roger

About Andrew Roger

Andrew Roger is a multimedia contributor to The Wire and digital media coordinator at Omaha Public Power District. Andrew produces powerful videos and photos to highlight OPPD’s impact in Nebraska.

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