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Bridge construction team reinvents mobility and driven pile control
Editor: Debbie Reaney
Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc., based out of Wilmington, NC, was awarded a new project in July 2021 on behalf of Effingham County and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to help increase residential and business access to the rapidly growing Rincon community. Selected due to their past work with GDOT infrastructure projects across the state, including Harry S. Truman Parkway Phase V, King George Boulevard, Back River Bridge, SR 540 Fall Line Freeway and Jimmy Deloach Parkway; construction began in September 2021 and is scheduled for completion in April 2025.
The Effingham Parkway Extension will include the development of a new, six-mile, two-lane roadway which will extend from State Route 30 to Blue Jay Road in Effingham County. This project will also include six bridges, two Cast-in-Place (CIP) box culverts and 861 55-foot 18-inch concrete piles, to support the bridge structures. To maximize productivity and costs, Balfour Beatty decided to implement a fixed lead set-up, enabling one crew to produce twice the results. Not only is this unusual in bridge work, but it was also the first time that the contractor had used a fixed lead system. In this instance, the standard 2-axis set-up with an ICE® I-30 Diesel was not ideal; thus, the ICE® engineers were tasked with designing a 3-axis set-up that would attach the ICE® Fixed Leads system and ICE® Model-155 Hydraulic Spotter to Balfour Beatty's existing crane. The 3-axis system allowed for the fixed leads to rotate 30° to either side and gave the crew more versatility when placing the hammer. An efficient, productive lead set-up with full mobility is key to a profitable pile driving operation as it enables the contractor faster hammer placement.
ICE® proudly services, sells and rents a full line of deep foundation equipment, leads and accessories to meet a wide variety of job requirements. In addition, ICE® engineers and production are fully qualified to design and build specialized equipment in our Matthews, NC facility meeting unique and difficult job specifications. Experienced ICE® team members are available to fit the customized components to achieve the optimum results for each job. We are pleased that Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. understands the importance of innovative designs and thank them for their belief in our team.
Learn more about ICE® Leads & Spotters & ICE® I-30 Diesel
Pollyanna Cunningham, MA, MBA
Director Marketing, Brand and Media Relations
ICE® - International Construction Equipment, Inc
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ICE® 20-years of Service
~ Rick Sadler ~
Rick Sadler is a valuable team member, trainer, innovator, and friend to all who know him. ICE® is thankful and proud of his service within the ICE® New Jersey Service, Sales & Rentals Branch for over 20 years.
"Since I was 10 years old and was allowed to ride the crane hook from the bridge to the barge, I knew I would work in the pile driving industry," Sadler explained. "There was never a dull moment shadowing with my dad. He knew how to make visiting his clients exciting for a young boy." Sadler spent a generous portion of his adolescence learning as much as he could about the industry. He often joined his father on the jobsite and began honing his craft as a draftsman, hand-drafting drawings of pile hammers with vellum paper and a pencil. At 16 years old, Rick started his own pile driving business selling hammers in the Caribbean. By 18 years old, he was paying his way through college at the University of North Florida. Following college, Sadler decided to take his contractor hat off to begin an equipment sales career to assist clients in the pile driving industry.
In 2000, Sadler joined the ICE® Team as Regional Sales and Service Manager in the northeast USA and has grown into a remarkably dedicated trainer; teaching and developing those around him. When asked about how he felt about his team at ICE®, Rick stated that he believes the wonderful thing about it is the camaraderie and dependability. "Over the years at ICE®," he continues, "I have seen a lot of people working hard to accomplish really remarkable things for the driven pile industry and they do this by focusing on client needs. You know this work is in good faith as they are genuinely good, honest people--family. My family."
ICE® is grateful for Sadler's commitment to his team, loyalty to his colleagues, and diligence in his vested interest. "The combination of skills and willingness to share these skills and knowledge make Rick Sadler an inspiration to others in our industry", Pollyanna Cunningham, Director of Marketing, Brand & Media Relations, said. "Rick has a true passion for helping people, sharing his knowledge, and telling really great stories along the way."
Congratulations on 20 years, Rick!
Editor: Debbie Reaney
Expansion for the Port of Baltimore was necessary to accommodate the triple digit cargo increases seen during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now completed, the Seagirt Marine Terminal will be able to accommodate a 50-foot berth, which will allow them to hold some ultra-large container vessels. This project is a partnership between the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Ports America Chesapeake that will allow for two 14,000-TEU vessels to be docked simultaneously, which will help aid in getting much needed supplies and equipment to US small businesses. With the expansion that's underway, Baltimore is solidifying its position to be the top tier of ports to handle larger vessels and the $122.1 Million will revitalize the Port, as well as create 7,300 new jobs.
The work of placing pilings for this massive foundation development was entrusted to the experts at Fay. A leader in creative accelerated construction delivery methods, Fay understood the unique challenges that a job like this pose. Fay reached out to the foundation professionals at ICE® to provide distinctive solutions for the Seagirt Marine Terminal. Creating a 50' extension and coupling it with the ICE® 110 Vibratory Pile Driver/Extractor, allowed Fay to continually work to drive the 52' king piles in the marine conditions. This also negated the need for divers, as the extension allowed the structure to be cleared, creating valuable cost savings.
Both PZC25-43 sheeting piles and king piles in the form of W21X182 wide-flange beams were installed to create the massive foundation. The support and communication between Fay and ICE® created the modifications to equipment that allowed such a dynamic job to be completed on time and on budget. When it comes to substantial infrastructure projects, it requires years of experience and "know-how" to proactively design the appropriate equipment for the job.
The professionals at both Fay and ICE® worked tirelessly to ensure the Seagirt Marine Terminal was a successful build. Thanks to Fay for trusting the ICE® team for supplying specialty equipment that gave the Seagirt Marine Terminal her sea legs!
CSXT Railroad chooses OCCI for Bridge Replacement Project
ICE assists with rail bridge support efforts.
Editor: Debbie Reaney
The CSX Transportation Railroad bridge crossing built in 1927, recently required the replacement of its original timber framework where Lizard Creek meets the Tensaw River in Hurricane, AL because timber doesn't have the life span of the more modern steel and concrete methods of construction. OCCI of Fulton, MO was chosen to do the work due to their innovative construction approach to the rehabilitation and repair of existing bridges, as well as their past performance working on other CSX projects.
Time is cost savings when time is critical. This being the case, OCCI selected ICE® to provide the knowledge and equipment due to their history of successful railroad bridge replacements on schedule and within budget. Many challenges existed on this project including; having to remove portions of the existing bridge to drive piling through (and around) what is there, trains constantly running by, river level changes, budget constraints and more. Initially, OCCI utilized their own 66 ICE® Vibro, purchased 5 years ago, to drive the 42" (Inch) caissons. In the next phase of the project, which included 36" (Inch) diameter pipe at depths of close to 80' (Feet), OCCI chose to try something they had not used before; a continuous flight auger (CFA). ICE® Service technicians were there to help with first time use of the CFA leads and auger setup. The outcome was a success due to the versatility of the ICE® 115 auger in tandem with the powerful ICE® 110 vibratory hammer, which proved to be both a time savings to the contractor & a more cost efficient way for removal of the old pilings.
ICE® is pleased to provide this team with the equipment necessary to complete this job quickly, safely, and within budget. We value our relationship with OCCI Engineering Contractors and are proud that they have chosen to use ICE® for our vast variety of deep foundation equipment and our outstanding ICE® service and support.
Learn more about our equipment specifications: Model 66C, Model 110 & Model 115-50
Drilling in Downtown Ohio
HS75 groundwork for new modern multi-use hotpot
Editor: Debbie Reaney
Downtown Columbus is upgrading its city skyline with the development of a new 13-story multi-use tower. Just across the street from St. Joseph's Cathedral built in 1878, located at 195 Broad Street, will be the site of a new modern design structure. The construction will feature rental units on floors 6-12 with amenity space on the 13th floor, a rooftop deck with an outdoor pool onsite, and 2,5000 square feet of retail space along the city street. To match the aesthetic and warmth of the city around it, the exterior of the building will have bronze smooth metal panels, warm gray brick, and bronze windows on the storefronts. Being inner city, the calculations and precision of the job were no small task.
Keller, the largest geotechnical specialist contractor in the world, was awarded the contract for the grand addition to downtown. After demolition of the old existing structure, the critical specialized foundation work started. Keller relied on the ICE® extensive rental fleet for immediate availability of an ICE ® HS-75 Hydraulic Rotary Head running with an ICE ® 450 Power Unit.
The ICE® HS-75 Rotary Head was used in conjunction with 16" of CFA flighting to drill to a depth of 50 feet. This will allow Keller to grout in the foundation, creating a solid base for such a large structure. This awesome new addition of 195 Broad Street Columbus will bring life and opportunity to the area.
ICE® is grateful for the partnership with Keller and feels this relationship enables the two companies to work hand in hand on some of the most awe-inspiring projects in the United States. Thank you for the opportunity.
Editor: Debbie Reaney
What is Old Becomes New Again: A refurbished ICE® 216 from the 1980s breathes with new life in New Jersey.
A piece of ICE® equipment that was manufactured in the early 1980's recently was purchased from a customer. When the ICE® 216 Vibratory Pile Driver/Extractor made it back to the New Jersey yard, the service team was proud to see how well the equipment runs even from almost 40 years ago. The customer who purchased it back in the 80's kept the equipment in tip top shape by keeping it on the ICE® recommended service plans and maintenance schedule documenting each service.
This almost 40-year-old piece of equipment was sent out after a quick rehab for C-3 Technologies to use to pull piles from a cofferdam. The work was located directly behind an active local radio station, in Lodi, NJ, requiring a machine with strong pulling force, but a light touch.
The most amazing claim to fame is not just that the equipment was from the 80's but the salesperson who facilitated the rental to C-3, is the same person who worked on this equipment the day it came off our production line back in the 1980s to prepare it for the initial sale. Seeing the 38-year-old machine effortlessly pull the piles for C-3 Technologies was a delight which instilled such pride in all of us for just knowing ICE® (INTERNATIONAL CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT) equipment is as resilient as it is strong.
The foundation equipment manufactured by ICE® is built to last, and with proper maintenance and care can last if you maintain it. Be sure to reach out to your local ICE® Sales and Services Teams to ensure the extended life of your foundation equipment is optimized.
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