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Neon – Talledega Tower

9901 Alabama 5
Brent, AL

Type: Government, Utility & Infrastructure

Owner: National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)

Architect: Leo A Daly

Project Summary

The project included the construction of a 116-ft guy tower equipped with scientific monitoring equipment, a corresponding instrument hut to house the data gathering equipment and a five mile power run trenched in along the side of an existing forest service road.

The tower is situated in the heart of Talladega National Forest. All construction and site materials had to be hauled in through a 7-ft wide construction path between the parking lot/staging area and the project location. Additionally, all equipment needed for excavations and tower installation had to operate within very stringent construction limits.

The area immediately surrounding the tower and instrument hut was preserved to maintain the environmental integrity of the area during construction. Elevated boardwalks were installed around the tower and hut for access and to minimize site disruption.

Milender White experienced unique challenges including unseasonably cold temperatures, an extremely wet spring and the added danger of poisonous snakes. The team completed construction ahead of schedule.

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