Civil & Building Improvements Continue

Fabric installed by civil crew

Raft Footing being installed which consist of a rip rap layer, fabric and stone to support the gabion walls.

 

Spreading rock in footing area

Installation of stone layer within the raft footing. The 4’ thick raft footing will support a 22’ high gabion wall when completed.

 

Crew members laying geogrid material

Footing area after geogrid installation

Geogrid, a high-tensile plastic mesh, is a major component of this work. These 2 layers of basket wall will be covered once the slope grades are finished.

 

Masonry work going up

Prep and Paint of front entrance

On the building side of things, masonry work is ongoing. As the masonry work is being completed, the entrance and feature wall of the building is prepped for paint.

 

Planter 1 poured and irrigation installation shown

Planter 2 prep work before pour

The site will feature planters near the entrance area of the building. Planter 1 was poured and stone caps installed with irrigation installation started. Meanwhile, Planter 2 was prepped for the concrete pour and irrigation will follow.

 

Stone laid of Subgrade for drive to loading dock

Loading dock area after pressure washing & paint prep

The loading dock is getting closer to finishing as our crews spent the week grading the drive. Stone was placed at the Subgrade level and the civil completed for access. The actual loading dock area was pressure washed and prepped for paint.

 

Conduit Installation on site

In other areas of the site, the electrical crews neared completion of the conduit runs and tying into the main power

 

 

 

Site & Building Progress Continues

 

View of Duhart Creek as Erosion Control Work Is Performed

Repair work performed on access road due to heavy rains

Overview of site with arch feature shown

There is an inspection done weekly onsite for erosion control. Due to the heavy rain events we had there were a lot of the erosion control devices that needed to be replaced, repaired, or improved upon.  Thanks to the rainout days and 2 ½” of rain, this was the focus of our site work last week.

To date, we have undercut over 15,000 cubic yards of wetlands, hauled over 60,000 cubic yards of overfill and trash, laid 340 linear feet triple run of 72” corrugated metal pipe, installed over 2,000 linear feet of 60” underground detention system pipe and installed the twin arch spans measuring 75’ long by 49’ wide by 17’ high.

 

Foundation finished & Walls Started

Progression of work on the southern wall

During the last few weeks, we’ve seen the building work begin as the site work was winding down.  The foundation is poured and the forms for the walls started on the southern wall. Brick work was began as the wall concrete pours were completed

 

Northern Wall Shown Here

Unloading of the Roof Steel Started

Our crews began to unload the first loads of steel for the roof.

Other necessary structures for the roof steel will be started soon and topping out should be completed as well.

 

Scaffolding and bricks for the mason work for one of the walls

Scaffolding for the Loading Dock Area Walls

Sample of the Bricks used in the Walls

Masonry work was started throughout the building as the walls were finished out.

 

Foundation for wall before concrete pour

Steel Installed for the Retaining Wall

Concrete Pour Retaining Walls

Concrete pours are still a vital part of Gastonia. The retaining wall in the loading dock area was poured last week.  Subgrade work has started after the forms were stripped. The driveline concrete will be poured at the site by our crews soon. Progress continues with the walls up and the roof steel delivered.

 

 

Footing Crews Laying Foundations…vertical construction starts soon.

This week our footing crews started the foundations for the vertical construction once the pad was completed and accepted.

Our civil work continue to progress in and around the weather cycles. While our foundation crews poured out the east footing early this week for the bridge, the remainder of the crew was finishing up H-piles on the center footing. Our plans are to pour the center footing the first of the week. The arch structure is scheduled for delivery next week with erection to follow.

The concrete crews also poured the headwall for the outlet end of the triple 72” pipes.

Fine Grading Operations have begun, no thanks to the weather!

We have been working a seven day work week the last couple of weeks to get the fill material finished for the pad and staging area, followed by the fine grading operation.  The only exception when delayed by the ice and snow of last week.

We have now completed the sheet piling that surrounds the bridge footings and will start driving “H” piles the first of this week. De-water of the area is the main operation for now.

Our Utility crews have been doing double duty to get the water and storm in around the building.

Taking Advantage of Sunny Days

The New Year brought more un-needed weather to the site.  The week started off with wet conditions.   Taking advantage of sunny day windows the crews are using blending and dying techniques to keep the schedule moving forward.

Durharts Creek bypass was put into place to allow for the bridge foundation crews and pipe crews to work without water running through their work areas.  The creek bypass will stay in place until the arch span bridge is erected.

Storm crew finished out the triple run of 72” pipe. Headwalls will be poured next week.  The bridge foundation crew is hoping to have all the sheet pile piles in by the beginning of next week and start driving “H” piles  that the foots will set on.

The waterline crews have started on the loop feed around the building that will provide both domestic and fire line.

Overburden removal and revealing good fill material underneath is still a huge factor in progress. Crews have hauled nearly 40,000cy offsite at this point.   The site contractor has been running to operations  to remove as much overburden as possible at the same time excavating good fill material to bring the pad and parking lot up to grade.

Fill Operations Continue

We were impacted somewhat by the weather events last week but overall had a decent week.  Our fill operation for the pad continued in coordination with overburden removal, which revealed additional good fill material.

The bulk amount of the fill needed for the building pad should be in place mid next week and we will then continue to the parking fields.

We also finished all the 60” CMP portion of the underground detention system. The filtration system is in fabrication and will be on site in January.

The double steel arch bridge, a part of the future Gaston Mall Drive, started this week with the mobilization of the foundation crew.  We have started driving sheet piles around the footing locations of the bridge before the “H” pile installation which will support the concrete footings of the bridge.

Taking Advantage of the Weather

On the job last week we faced low temperatures mixed with some freezing rain, sleet and snow but were able to take advantage of a few good days of weather in between the rain and sleet.

We have now completed the building pad undercut and are continuing the grading operations in this area  by using  earth material from two areas of the job site and then blended it to speed up the fill process.

Anticipating a problem with the weather conditions at the first of the week, we doubled the size of the storm sewer crew and were able to get about 1,000 lf of the 60” CMP completed by Saturday.

Weather Slows Progress

The weather did not help the progress of the project any this week due to rainfall totals of almost three inches. The site contractor spent most of the week working on erosion control.

Site View of Erosion Control Maintenance

They were able to get things going later in the week continuing with the triple 72” CMP and the overburden removal.

Triple 72" CMP heads toward stream intersection

Stockpiling Under Cut for Backfill

Undercut Stock Pile Being Loaded Out

Saturday’s work schedule was cut short due to sleet and rain.