Watts Bar dam. Image courtesy of TVA

Engineering and construction firm Day & Zimmermann (D&Z) has clinched a $985 million contract from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to spearhead maintenance and modification (M&M) services for or all of the utility’s hydroelectric dams, gas, coal, and pumped-storage hydroelectricity facilities. 

This five-year contract, which is extendable for an additional five years, will also see D&Z undertake critical tasks such as scaffolding, coatings, insulation, asbestos abatement, and lead abatement. Mobilization for this contract is set to be completed by the end of January.

“As the nation’s leading maintenance and modifications provider to the power industry, D&Z is best positioned to deliver innovation, a cost-effective and flexible delivery model, and safe and reliable, quality services to TVA,” said John McCormick, president of D&Z's Maintenance and Construction division. “With our more than 25 years of experience working with TVA, we’ve grown to be part of the fabric of the region. We’re honored to further lend our expertise and ultimately serve the people of the Tennessee Valley.”

“As a strong utility partner, D&Z is vested in the Tennessee Valley’s prosperity – its people, its community, and its energy needs. We hold long-standing relationships with union labor leaders at the local levels and have a proven track record of safety and developing skilled craft professionals and leadership,” added Jason Dunaway, president of Day & Zimmermann’s union operations.

D&Z has a history of community outreach across the Tennessee Valley and a system of local diverse suppliers. Recognizing its contributions, TVA named D&Z its 2022 Prime Supplier of the Year through TVA’s Diversity Alliance Program. D&Z has instituted an enterprise-wide supplier diversity initiative with defined diversity standards and processes and administers an employee recognition campaign that rewards employees financially for identifying and developing diverse suppliers.