Siemens Rail Spur Expansion, Siemens Corporation, Fort Madison, Iowa
Poepping, Stone, Bach and Associates was hired by Corporate Contractors Inc. as the lead engineer of a design-build team to complete a multi-phase rail expansion for Siemens Wind Energy in Fort Madison, Iowa.
During Phase 1, PSBA was responsible for the topographic survey, updating the facility master plan with the results of the survey, evaluating existing drainage patterns along the track, and providing multiple conceptual design options to the client.
During Phase 2, PSBA was tasked with developing the final design plans and specifications for more than 6,000 foot of rail expansion and six rail switches. This design incorporated the ability for Siemens to store two, one mile long unit trains of wind turbine blades on site without impeding the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad. The design also incorporated relocating a wind turbine blade storage lot, improving the geometrics of the access drive to the storage lot in order to accommodate longer blades, and all related site grading and drainage.
After the completion of the final plans and specifications PSBA was responsible for shop drawing submittal review, providing construction staking, attending weekly progress meetings, performing construction observation to ensure quality product, and providing CCI and Siemens with final record drawings of the expansion.