The Pride of Pasadena: the Glenarm Power Plant

Posted on October 1, 2014 in

Glenarm Power Plant (GT5)
Glenarm Power Plant (GT5)

Glenarm Power Plant (GT5)

Officials broke ground July 2 on the long-awaited construction project at the site of Pasadena’s historic 107-year-old Glenarm Power Plant.

Under the direction of PWP, the firm ARB, Inc. is heading up the multi-million-dollar project to replace aging turbines with an efficient new 71-megawatt natural gas-fired combined cycle plant. A major goal of Pasadena’s long-term power-supply plans, the project will significantly cut the plant’s emissions, improve reliability, reduce the city’s dependence on coal power, and provide a backup for intermittent green-power sources, such as wind and solar.

Demolition of old equipment is now underway, and construction is expected to start this fall – with hometown heroes pitching in to help. Thanks to an innovative project labor agreement (PLA) and a series of local hiring fairs, outreach, intake and recruitment efforts, the City and its partners are encouraging Pasadena residents to join the Los Angeles and Orange County Construction and Building Trades unions to help complete the historic project. This includes carpenters, cement masons, electricians, iron workers, laborers and other construction trades.

Hundreds of job seekers have registered for construction job referrals and are encouraged to join the Union, with help from Flintridge Center, Foothill Workforce Investment Board, Los Angeles Urban League and Women at Work.

The PLA calls for 25 percent of the construction payroll wages to go to Pasadena residents. Separately, the project has a goal of 15 percent of the project’s total subcontracting and procurement to be satisfied by Pasadena businesses.

Watch for project updates and join the mailing list at The new Glenarm Plant is expected to be up and running in 2016.