Warehouse completed to support hydroelectric project

A new warehouse that will provide storage for Red Rock Hydroelectric Project (RRHP) equipment was recently completed near Pella, Iowa.

Shortly after the start of RRHP construction, it became apparent that a warehouse would be needed to provide indoor storage for spare parts, fixtures, lifting devices, and other maintenance supporting equipment. The new warehouse is located at the corner of 198th Place and 216th Place.

Project developer Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) worked with the City of Pella and Marion County to obtain the necessary permits and license for building the warehouse near the entrance to the RRHP site. In addition to its proximity to the project, MRES chose the site to minimize disruptions to the public due to oversized loads being hauled through the area.

The land beneath the warehouse was originally in the flood plain, so MRES took the opportunity to build up the site using waste fill from the RRHP powerhouse excavation. Approximately 35,000 cubic yards, or 3,500 truckloads, of dirt was moved from the downstream excavation area to the warehouse site. That is roughly enough dirt to fill 11 Olympic size swimming pools.

Henningsen Construction of Atlantic, Iowa, built the structure and installed the concrete driveway. The warehouse is now ready for occupancy and stocking is under way. Landscaping work at the site will be done in the spring.

“We at MRES extend our thanks to the City of Pella and its staff for their tremendous help in getting the property rezoned and permitted in a very timely manner,” said MRES CEO Tom Heller. “We also are grateful to the neighbors in the area of the warehouse for their kind patience and support of the project.”

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For more information about the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project, visit the project website at www.redrockhydroproject.com or contact Joni Livingston at Missouri River Energy Services, phone 605-338-4042
or email:  joni.livingston@mrenergy.com.