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  • Winter
    • Aviation Fuel Tanks
    • High Performance Building
    • Wyoming Medical Center


  • Fall
    • Casper College Music Building
    • Milwaukee Wiener House
    • University of Iowa Lighting
    • Natrona County High School Student Fitness & Activity Center
  • Summer
    • West Plains Engineering: Celebrating 30 Years
    • Cedar Rapids WPE: Tipton High School Auditorium
    • Sioux Falls WPE: LED Street Lighting
  • Spring
    • Cedar Rapids: Retrofits Maquoketa Cardinal Elementary School Lights- Electrical Engineering
    • Rapid City: Remodel of Camp Rapid National Guard Physical Fitness Center
    • Sioux Falls: City of Mitchell Ice Arena -More Ice Please
    • Rapid City: A Minute Can Make All the Difference – Story of the Minuteman
  • Winter
    • Sioux Falls: Sioux Falls Affordable Housing – Help for Those in Need
    • Power Division: The NRPPD Rush Creek Substation
    • Rapid City: The Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veteran’s Home
    • West Plains Design Conference 2013


  • Fall
    • Casper: Casper Youth Crisis Center- Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
    • Sioux Falls: Engineers Design HVAC and Lighting for Sanford Pentagon
    • Rapid City: Your Partner in Aquatics and Pool Engineering
    • Cedar Rapids: City Hall Renovation and HVAC Upgade and Retrofit
  • Spring
    • Rapid City: Energy Modeling – A Design & Economic Decision Making Tool
    • Sioux Falls: UNI Housing Complex
    • Cedar Rapids: Camanche Community School


  • Fall
    • Casper WPE: Community Health Center of Central Wyoming
    • Rapid City WPE: Higher Education on the Reservation – Sinte Gleska University
    • Sioux Falls WPE: Iowa State University – New Technology for Veterinary Medicine
  • Summer
    • Casper WPE: Casper Events Center Completes Energy Efficient Major Mechanical Upgrades
    • Rapid City WPE: National American University, Rapid City, SD
    • Sioux Falls WPE: Dell Rapids Elementary Quarriers – The Stone is Set
  • Spring
    • Sioux Falls WPE: One Fun Place
    • Cedar Rapids WPE: AHU Replacements at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
    • Rapid City WPE: 2012 Rube GoldbergMachine Competition
  • Winter
    • Casper WPE: Casper Fire-EMS Station #3 Ready To Respond And Serve
    • Rapid City WPE: South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks
    • Sioux FallsWPE: SDSU Data Center
    • Cedar Rapids WPE: Kirkwood Community College


  • Fall
    • Sioux Falls WPE: Girls, Inc. of Sioux City, IA
    • 2011 Design Conference at Cedar Shore Resort, Chamberlain, SD
    • Video Conferencing at West Plains Engineering
    • Rapid City WPE: Historic Swander Building Receives LEED® Silver Certification
  • Summer
    • Cedar Rapids WPE: Linn Mar Transportation Terminal
    • Rapid City WPE: Utility Distribution Sectionalizing Part II (continued from Spring issue)
    • Casper WPE: Community Health Center of Central Wyoming
    • Sioux Falls WPE: Animal Control
  • Spring
    • Cedar Rapids WPE: Echo Hill
    • Rapid City WPE: South Dakota Housing Development Authority, Pierre SD Receives LEED®Certification
    • Casper WPE: Pinedale Elementary School
    • Rapid City WPE: Utility Distribution Sectionalizing, Part I


Walk for Warmth
2016 Walk for Warmth

West Plains Engineering was proud to sponsor the 5th annual Black Hills Energy Walk for Warmth on Saturday, Feb. 6 in Rapid City, SD. The event raises nearly $20,000 annually to provide energy assistance to local households in need to help stay warm in the winter. Recently, need has dramatically increased by nearly 43% in […]  Click here for more

Electrical Specialties & Options

West Plain’s Electrical Specialties Division can provide in-depth surveys, design of electrical distribution systems and provide solutions to any electrical challenge. Our services include Arc Flash Mitigation, Harmonic Distortion Correction, Power Quality Analysis, Power Factor Correction Recommendations, Energy Audits and Thermal Imaging. Read more Here about increasing your Power and Efficiency while increasing your Safety.  Click here for more

Sioux Falls High Performance Buildings

Each year, the South Dakota Bureau of Administration through the Office of the State Engineer (OSE) produces an Annual Project Report which summarizes the facility projects which were overseen by the OSE. The report published for CY2013 discussed high performance buildings, and the fact that the State of SD is striving to design and construct […]  Click here for more

Fun Ski 2015 Fundraiser

West Plains Engineering staff members participated in the Media One Fun Ski 2015 held at Great Bear in Sioux Falls at the end of January. The event was a benefit for Children’s Inn in Sioux Falls. Children’s Inn is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1977 that provides 24-hour, free services for women, children and […]  Click here for more

South Dakota Veterans Home on Track

The new Veterans Home in Hot Springs, SD is taking shape and progressing rapidly. The facility has been designed to provide an energy efficiency that is anticipated to be 24% more efficient than the requirements set forth in ASHRAE 90.1. This means this facility will use nearly 25% less energy than a typical building. The […]  Click here for more

New West Plains President

Douglas R. Feterl, P.E. was named President of West Plains Engineering following Bob Thompson’s retirement. Doug has been with West Plains for 23 years as a Design Engineer, Office Manager and most recently, Business Development Manager for the company. He graduated from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in 1982 and is a registered […]  Click here for more

Bob Thompson Retires from West Plains

Robert W. Thompson, Professional Engineer and friend, has retired from West Plains after 30 years of service to our clients. Bob is a fine Electrical Engineer and was a principal at West Plains Engineering for all 30 years. As a company founder, Bob grew with the company and mentored many young engineers along the way. […]  Click here for more

Bismarck Office Now Open!

West Plains Engineering is pleased to announce our new Bismarck, North Dakota Office. Over the last few years, our engineers have completed many jobs in the Bakken oil patch and throughout the state. This increased activity led to us setting up an office to service our clients and handle our engineering design and inspection projects. […]  Click here for more

30 Year Anniversary

It’s hard to believe that it has been 30 years in business for West Plains Engineering. For the past three decades we have taken great pride in providing Engineering Services to meet the unique needs of our clients and their facilities. We would like to salute the people and businesses that that we have worked […]  Click here for more

Substation Design

The Rush Creek substation located four miles south of Rushville Nebraska is the newest substation belonging to Northwest Rural Public Power District (NRPPD) in Hay Springs, NE. The Substation was designed by West Plains’ power engineers, and greatly enhances the reliability of the electrical services provided by NRPPD on the eastern half of their system. […]  Click here for more