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April 27, 2011


SANTA ANA, Calif. - Officials from John Wayne Airport, construction manager Barnhart Balfour Beatty, and several elected officials and community leaders gathered April 21 to mark the completion of the Airport's new Central Utility Plant (CUP) and Cogeneration Facility that will provide approximately 95% of the Airport's power needs.

The $31-million 10,800-SF facility uses four generators to produce seven megawatts of electricity that will ultimately power three terminals and several parking structures. "The Central Utility Plant makes both business and environmental sense for the long-term sustainability of John Wayne Airport's operations," said Alan L. Murphy, Airport Director. "Completion of this important project significantly increases our ability to provide an uninterruptible and reliable source of electricity to the Riley Terminal complex."

View of the Central Utility Plant looking North
View of the Central Utility Plant looking North

View photos of the Central Plant Dedication Event

Construction of the CUP started in 2009 as part of the Airport's $540-million improvement program and included landscaping, security, fire protection, site utilities, mechanical and electrical equipment and controls. Along with producing electricity, the facility creates chilled water for air conditioning.

Barnhart Balfour Beatty also managed construction of the Airport's new five-level Parking Structure C, and both projects were recently recognized with a project achievement award from the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Southern California. "Our team was dedicated to providing the highest level of service excellence on this large-scale aviation project and setting an example for handling future energy needs in all industries," said Barnhart Balfour Beatty president Eric Stenman.

Architectural and engineering services were provided by West Coast Air Conditioning Co., Inc. of Lakeside, Calif. The Barnhart Balfour Beatty team included John Bernardy, senior vice president; John Squillace, Sr., senior project manager; Steve Radford, superintendent; Howard Eng, project manager; John Roach, quality control manager; Angie McAnelley, site safety manager; and Grant Muscavitch and Ismael Oliden, project engineers.

About Barnhart Balfour Beatty
Barnhart Balfour Beatty ( is a full-service general building, engineering and construction management firm. The company (License #439407) is one of the largest educational builders in the country, has worked on military construction projects for nearly 30 years, and has built award-winning projects for local governments and the healthcare industry. Barnhart Balfour Beatty is a member of the Balfour Beatty Construction team (, a leader in the U.S. commercial construction industry for 77 years and one of Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For® in the U.S.

About John Wayne Airport
John Wayne Airport ( is a self-supporting enterprise, owned and operated by the County of Orange. Ten airlines serve nearly nine million passengers annually between Orange County and twenty nonstop destinations.