The KentuckyWired Middle Mile plan was contracted by the Commonwealth of Kentucky to bring over 3,400 miles of high-speed, high capacity fiber optic Internet connectivity to its 120 counties. KentuckyWired will significantly improve connectivity, increase speeds, and offer some of the fastest broadband capacity in the United States, helping to break down geographic and financial barriers to education and economic development, and help connect Kentuckians to the world.
A Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with Macquarie Capital and a team of market-specialists was created to develop the robust and reliable fiber “backbone” infrastructure. Ledcor Group of Companies and Overland Contracting Inc., a Black & Veatch Company, make up the Design Build Team (NG-KIH DBLLC Contractors) and have signed definitive agreements rolling up to the Commonwealth to help develop, design, and build the network. Ledcor will operate and maintain the network for the next 30 years.
Role on the Project: Project Controls
My Story: I have worked on projects in the Finance, Auditing and Project Controls fields for many years prior to coming on board with Black & Veatch in 2015. I work in project controls and I have truly enjoyed all the learning experiences that come with this career field. I like learning new things and working hard to improve what I have learned as I grow. I am confident that I will continue to be challenged with my career and I look forward to meeting those challenges head on. I am working in the Project Controls department, track cost for Engineering and Construction and give support to the progress and schedule of the Kentucky Wired Project. I get motivated when I see the work which the project controls team does and how that work assists the project with financial reporting and the field progress management system details that are so important to keep the construction schedule measured and moving forward.
Where I live: I have called Lexington home for two years now. I currently live in the Hamburg area. I just love the location, being so close to wonderful restaurants, shopping and access to nearby mountain bike trails. Lexington is a beautiful city with four seasons of weather and lots of colors, especially in the spring and fall. Who wouldn’t want to live in and be part of the Horse Capital of the World?
Why I joined the DBLLC: I joined the DBLLC to be part of something big and I have not been let down. Coming from South Africa I know what it’s like not to have internet access everywhere you go. Being part of the DBLLC has allowed me to see with my own eyes what it takes to get the information out there and the rewards it brings to so many have access to the information we are providing.
I am confident that when this project is complete, it will give fiber optic access to so many across the state of Kentucky. It will touch them in so many ways and provide opportunities that could help shape our country in years to come.
Dozens of Beards, Love Locks and Chops are being grown throughout the month of November to honor Men’s Health Month. Several of the brave men of the DBLLC have agreed to shave their faces clean and allow their facial hair to grow for the month of November to help “change the face of men’s health.” To learn […]
The DBLLC volunteered at God’s Pantry Food Bank in Lexington, KY and had a little hair-net fun in the process. Several employees represented the DBLLC as they had the opportunity to assist the food bank in packaging items for distribution to the surrounding communities.
The DBLLC put their money where their mouth is, hosting a Chili Cook-Off to raise funds for the Salvation Army Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund. The group raised $445, with a company match making their total contribution $990! There were several entries, with the top honors going to: Kari Walrich, 1st Place; Lilly Neal, 2nd Place; and Susan Johnson, 3rd […]
Appalachian News-Express 9-9-17