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The three hydroelectric generating stations that make up the Shawinigan complex were commissioned during the first half of the 20th century by the Shawinigan Water and Power Company (SWPC). Two of the three generating stations are still in use today.
Although we don’t know the names of the architects who worked on these projects, the following information may interest you:
- Shawinigan-1 generating station, of which only vestiges remain today, was commissioned in 1901.
- The engineer hired by the SWPC for this project was Wallace Johnson, an American engineer who also designed the Niagara Falls generating station.
- Shawinigan-2 generating station, a century-old facility (commissioned in 1911), was designed by engineers of the SWPC under the supervision of Chief Engineer Julian Cleveland Smith.
- Finally, Shawinigan-3 generating station was commissioned in 1948. Shawinigan Engineering Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of SWPC, is the engineering firm that managed that project.