New biomass facility earns Greystone and Koda Energy the ABC Eagle Award for Excellence in Construction

Biomass facility wins 2014 abc award.SHAKOPEE, Minn. -- On April 25, 2013, a spark set off a dust-related explosion at Koda Energy. The entire plant was rendered inoperable and no longer able to generate electricity and thermal energy from woodchips and oat hulls. Instead of rebuilding the plant as it was originally designed, Koda Energy worked with Greystone Construction and Barr Engineering to design and construct a new biomass fuel delivery system with a commitment to improved safety and redundancy to prevent or quickly contain possible future explosions.

The new biomass facility opened in February 2014 with improved safety features, reduced particle emissions, and a more efficient unloading system. Koda reached full output status within weeks of re-opening. In January 2015, the Minnesota/North Dakota chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) recognized Greystone Construction and Koda Energy with an Eagle Award for Excellence in Construction.

Greystone and Koda representatives received the award on January 29, 2015. Pictured left to right: ABC chairman Carla Struble, Greystone director of field operations Eric Bender, Greystone project coordinator David Hartman, Koda Energy vice president Stacy Cook, Greystone president and CEO Kevin O'Brien, and Greystone project superintendent Ben Britz.

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About Greystone Construction:
Greystone Construction is a general contractor based in Shakopee, Minnesota, with a regional office in Bismarck, North Dakota. Established in 1987, Greystone was built on a tradition of craftsmanship and quality service with a strong commitment to employee safety and community giving. Greystone provides a wide range of services throughout the Midwest such as design-build, turnkey general construction, and construction management.