Kleinschmidt Associates has been selected by Patriot Hydro, LLC to provide engineering services for the replacement of Penstock No. 4 at the Indian Orchard Hydroelectric Project in Hampden County, Massachusetts, US. The project involves replacing the existing 16ft-diameter buried steel penstock, which has reached the end of its service life, with a new 12ft-diameter buried steel penstock.

Kleinschmidt’s role includes conducting a pre-design geotechnical investigation, survey, and 3D laser scan of the current infrastructure. These steps are essential for the design and construction of the new penstock. The firm will also create design drawings and specifications for the construction phase.

“We are excited to embark on the Penstock No. 4 replacement project with Patriot Hydro”, said Eric Turgeon, Project Manager at Kleinschmidt Associates. “The new design will leverage cutting-edge technology and materials, ensuring longevity and efficiency for the Indian Orchard Hydroelectric Project.”

The project began in April 2024 and is expected to be completed by Fall 2025.