Nicholson Starts Work on Prairie du Sac Dam Improvement Project

July 31, 2018
Pittsburgh, PA

Nicholson Construction was recently named the Design/Build General Contractor for the Prairie du Sac Dam remediation project, located near Madison, WI.

The dam has operated on the Wisconsin River for the last 105 years. Over the period of its operation, the tail waters have decreased significantly, exposing the original wooden timbers and making them susceptible to deterioration. Due to this irreversible condition, a long-term support solution including micropiles drilled through the dam was designed.

Nicholson was awarded the full contract for the remediation work, after successfully completing the design phase and a rigorous test program.

Alliant Energy named Nicholson the General Contractor for the project, with a scope of work that includes the installation of close to 1,000 micropiles 250 threaded bar pier anchors, 1,274 cubic yards of excavation within the gallery and construction of a 1,394 linear-foot concrete transfer beam.

“Nicholson has a long history of dam remediation across the country,” said Dan Thome, Vice President, Central Region. “It’s great to be able to look into our past experience and to tap some of our in-house experts to come up with solutions that meet the unique challenges that our clients face.”

The project is restricted to the working months of July through November due to weather conditions and river levels. Nicholson’s portion of the work will be completed by December 2020.

About Nicholson Construction Company

Nicholson has been both a leader and an innovator in the geotechnical construction industry for more than 60 years. With regional offices across the country and headquarters located in Pittsburgh, Nicholson is a nationally renowned specialty contractor, offering proven expertise in the design and installation of deep foundation elements, earth retention systems and ground treatment solutions. We pride ourselves on our ability to consistently provide our clients with innovative, high-quality design-build options for projects of varying size and complexity. Nicholson is the North American subsidiary of Soletanche Bachy, one of the world's leading geotechnical contractors, and is part of a global network of unparalleled geotechnical resources and expertise.