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Mark’s Notes: K-I-S-S may be better than “high tech.”

A General Contractor may use modern technology to work more efficiently, but needs to rely on experience rather than on book smarts to complete a project. A top-notch Project Manager, Project Engineer, Superintendent or Foreman typically applies the principles of K-I-S-S to each and every project. Let me explain what K-I-S-S is by sharing some background, and then a recent project to put this into perspective.

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05-20-11, Proj Award: CPS Energy, Hot Wells Substation Project

CONTRACT: Hot Wells Substation (SS)

TYPE: Design-Bid-Build (D-B-B)

LOCATION: San Antonio, TX 78223

BOUNDED BY: Avondale Ave. on the North, IH 37 on the East, Hot Wells to the South, Hillje St. on the West

START DATE: May 31, 2011

DURATION: 82 days

Today, CPS Energy of San Antonio, Texas, awarded the heavy construction phase of the Hot Wells Substation Contract to Dorazio Enterprises, INC (DEI).

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POWER: CPS Energy R&A (Talley Rd. Substation)

One of a series of heavy-construction projects at CPS Energy facilities for the repair and alteration (R&A) of existing substations, switchyards, transmission towers, access roads, site security, etc. The classes of work include: excavation, demolition and sitework; drilling; cast-in-place concrete; paving and striping; bridges and culverts; erosion protection; barricades, fences and gates; etc. This particular project at the Talley Rd. Substation included finish grading and paving.

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