Shrewsbury River Bridge Replacement


Shrewsbury River Bridge Replacement 

Editor: Allison Braswell 

 

One of the two emergency evacuation routes in Rumson, NJ utilized in times of flooding and coastal storms is deemed unsafe for use. The Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge stretches over the Shrewsbury River between the Borough of Rumson and the Borough of Sea Bright in Monmouth County, NJ. Built in 1950, the drawbridge's structural and functional limitations do not meet today's design standards and is in urgent need of replacement. R.E. Pierson won the $107.5 million contract to replace the old drawbridge with a long-awaited new drawbridge that will feature wider lanes and sidewalks for bicyclists and pedestrians. 

For this project R.E. Pierson utilized two ICE® I-80 Diesel Hammers, one on each side of the river, to accelerate the process of securing the 36" (inches) pipe pile for the bridge's foundation. The ICE® 50B Vibratory Driver/Extractor was also used to help drive the pipe pile, sheet pile, and casings. Temporary cofferdams were also installed to maintain a dry workspace during construction. 

Vehicles and pedestrians will continue to use the existing Rumson-Sea Bright bridge until Spring 2025 when the new bridge is expected to be completed. Thank you to R.E. Pierson for creating this important transportation link for Monmouth County's vehicular and marine traffic. ICE® is proud to be a part of this new infrastructure that will help to ensure the safety of the Monmouth community in times of both crisis and everyday travel. 

Learn more about the ICE@ I-80V2 and ICE® 50B.  

 

Media Contact-    
Pollyanna Cunningham, MA, MBA    
Director Marketing, Brand and Media Relations    
ICE® - International Construction Equipment, Inc    
Office - 704-821-8200    
Email - marketing@iceusa.com   

Posted in Diesel Impact Pile Hammers, Vibratory Pile Hammers. Tagged as 50B Vibratory Pile Driver, Cofferdam, Diesel Pile Hammer, I-80V2, Infrastructure.

Caught, in an Act of Kindness

Rick Sadler of ICE presenting TV to mechanic
Inspiring Act

Regional Sales and Service Manager, Rick Sadler, was invited to attend a client's Labor Day cookout. He was so thankful for the invite and further amazed that this team entered him into their employee raffle. To Rick's astonishment, he won the grand prize: a 43" 4K TV. 

On his way out, Rick noticed that one of the senior mechanics had not picked up his name badge and had missed the party. Turns out this guy was holding down the fort on the Fenway Center Project in Boston, MA.  

Of course, if you know Rick Sadler, you know what happens next...  

Rick Sadler drives to the Fenway Center job site and surprises the missing employee with the new TV.

"It was very nice that Rick thought of me," explained the senior mechanic, "When you are just a normal person who goes to work and gets paid to do a job, you do not expect anything else. I was not expecting this at all!" He added that it felt like Christmas morning when he brought the gift home. "My kids are super thrilled. They celebrated with a sleepover, and everybody had the TV to play with."

ICE, Inc would like everyone to give a huge shout out in recognition to Rick Sadler! 

Nice work, Rick! You are truly an inspiration to all.  

Media Contact-    
Pollyanna Cunningham, MA, MBA    
Director Marketing, Brand and Media Relations    
ICE® - International Construction Equipment, Inc    
Office - 704-821-8200    
Email - marketing@iceusa.com   

Posted in ICE Team. Tagged as Boston, Community, ICE USA, Random Act Of Kindness.

Big Hammer to Stimulate NOLA


Big Hammer to Stimulate NOLA
Editor: Allison Braswell

Louisiana's transportation system, like every roadway in the USA, is the backbone of the state's economy. Maintaining aging bridges has become more difficult for all State DOTs (Department of Transportation) with the increase in personal vehicles. Built in 1960, the swing bridge over Amite River in French Settlement, LA has seen its fair share of motorists. In fact, it is no longer considered structurally capable of supporting its average daily traffic of 5,600 motorists that depend on LA-16 as the most direct route to schools, homes, churches, and work. If the bridge is not in operation, it would force motorists, buses, and trucks to find alternate routes, adding additional traffic to the residential areas and reducing maneuverability within the city and slowing down all commerce from commercial food deliveries to children attending school. Reconstructing this bridge to meet acceptable safety standards has been met with a high priority for the city, state, and locals, alike. 

ICE® I-125V2 Diesel Hammer was chosen to install the foundation for the permanent bridge across the river. The ICE® I-125 maintenance friendly framework and consistent blow count made easy work of the 30" (inches) concrete piles, installing these approximately 70' (ft) below the surface for the bridge's abutments, and 36" (inch) concrete piles for the piers. The construction team also installed the template pile utilizing the versatile ICE® Model 14D Vibratory Hammer. 

ICE® values the mission of this project to preserve Louisiana's commerce while enabling better personal mobility. #GoNOLA #BuildThisBridge 

Learn more about the ICE® I-125V2 and ICE® 14D

 

Media Contact-    
Pollyanna Cunningham, MA, MBA    
Director Marketing, Brand and Media Relations    
ICE® - International Construction Equipment, Inc    
Office - 704-821-8200    
Email - marketing@iceusa.com   

  

Posted in Diesel Impact Pile Hammers, Vibratory Pile Hammers. Tagged as 14D Vibratory Driver/Extractor, I-125 Diesel Impact Hammer, Infrastructure, US Bridges & Roadways.

New Fenway: A Gateway into Boston


New Fenway: A Gateway into Boston
Editor: Allison Braswell

One of the first over-the-Pike projects to be built in Boston in nearly 40 years, the Fenway Center Project in Boston, MA plans for a 2.1 million-square-foot multipurpose development across 5.32 acres (about twice the area of a Manhattan city block) surrounding Fenway Park. The City of Boston is excited to create more year-round activity in the area and plans to put a two-acre deck, followed by a 350-foot (107-meter) tower, above the Massachusetts Turnpike. 

J.F. White was awarded Phase II of the project including the Deck and Foundation package. The open-air deck structure will accommodate four upcoming life-science buildings, additional walking paths and parking spaces for pedestrians to meander over Interstate 90. These features will reconnect Brookline Avenue and Beacon Street, two iconic neighborhoods that have been separated by the Pike for decades. The $200 million steel deck will take approximately two years to complete. 

To help keep this project on track, J.F. White purchased two ICE® 44E Vibratory Hammers and two ICE® IP-7 Hydraulic Hammers to revitalize the Fenway area. Building over an existing roadway was a challenge, but possible, and the team successfully installed sheet piling for excavation systems that would enable foundation construction directly adjacent to Interstate 90 and the MBTA Commuter Rail tracks. With its impressive driving force of 207 tons, the ICE® 44Es secured a tight cluster of HP-14x117 beams, followed by the ICE® IP-7s to drive them to their maximum depth. 

International Construction Equipment (ICE®) is honored to support the J.F. White team in serving the needs of Boston's residents and future tenants who will contribute to the city's rapidly growing life science sector. Congratulations, J.F. White on this exciting project that is sure to invigorate small business and tourism while reuniting the local community.  Thank you for making ICE® a part of this important project. 

Learn more about the ICE® 44E and ICE® IP7

 

Media Contact-    
Pollyanna Cunningham, MA, MBA    
Director Marketing, Brand and Media Relations    
ICE® - International Construction Equipment, Inc    
Office - 704-821-8200    
Email - marketing@iceusa.com   

Posted in Hydraulic Impact Hammers, Vibratory Pile Hammers. Tagged as 44E Vibro, Boston, IP7 Hydraulic Impact Hammer, Pile Driving.

ICE® 50B Protects the Environment

ICE® 50B Protects the Environment   
Cofferdam at Casco Bay
Editor: Allison Braswell 


Over 80% of lobsters sold in the USA come from the adjacent waters of Maine. The state's lobster harvesters bring in more than 100 million pounds (about 45359200 kg) of lobster per year, mostly at Casco Bay--an inlet busy with commercial fishing vessels, cargo ships, and cruise liners. North of the bay is Back Cove, where there is a loop trail offering grand views of the city skyline and areas ideal for hiking and cycling. 

However, the vibrant, historical town of Portland, ME is currently facing a smelly challenge. During heavy rainfall, water overpopulates their sewage solutions and the overflow drains into Casco Bay. This can cause residents and tourists to contract diseases from consuming these lobsters plus it is harmful to all marine life contaminated by the overflow. A solution was needed to prevent combined sewage overflow (CSO) from entering local waterways and estuaries like Back Cove. 

To combat this public health hazard, the City of Portland is installing a series of four underground tanks that will store 3.5 million gallons (about 13248935 L) of CSO. H.B. Fleming was requested to build a cofferdam that would create a clean, dry workspace, and support the excavation for the new tanks. This was accomplished by successfully driving steel sheet piling spliced to 100' (feet) length with the ICE® 50B Vibratory Hammer. Additionally, the contractor wisely chose to utilize the ICE® 55-ton Dampening solution to help isolate vibrations away from the crane. 

The project will eliminate over 40% of all the CSO that is currently being discharged in the city of Portland, ME and is found to go into local waterways. Please note the importance of this project as it resolves over 25% of the entire state's discharge. Outstanding work!  
We look forward to helping with the remaining projects to stop overflows. International Construction Equipment (ICE®) is proud to supply H.B. Fleming with the vibratory equipment needed to keep Portland's people healthy, marine life thriving, and its economy prospering. 

Learn more about the ICE® 50B and ICE® dampening solutions. 


Media Contact-    
Pollyanna Cunningham, MA, MBA    
Director Marketing, Brand and Media Relations    
ICE® - International Construction Equipment, Inc    
Office - 704-821-8200    
Email - marketing@iceusa.com   
 

Posted in Vibratory Pile Hammers. Tagged as 50B Vibratory Pile Driver, Dampening Solutions, Enviromental Cleanup, Pile Driving.

Hurricane Michael: Rebuilding the Panhandle


Hurricane Michael: Rebuilding the Panhandle
Editor: Allison Braswell

In 2022, the Florida Panhandle is still recovering from the devastating 2018 Category-5 Hurricane, Michael, with Mexico Beach suffering the brunt of its fury. Nearly every house within this beach community was flattened, turning the coast into a 3-mile field of debris and ruins. Although the beach's recovery has come a long way in the past 4 years, there is still a long way to go before the area is fully restored. Due to the high demand of this undertaking Gulf Building Company, who is currently managing all subcontractors rebuilding these homes, decided to add their own pile driving division to their business. The new division officially began operations in early 2022 and ICE® was chosen to supply their newly established driven pile team with equipment. 

Do not make assumptions that this new division is new to driven pile...   This owner and team know a thing or two about deep foundations. As one of the most sought-after GCs for many re-construction projects, the Gulf Building Co team has always been an advocate for a proven foundation, which is always a driven pile foundation. Gulf Building Co wants to ensure structural soundness of these coastal homes, which depends heavily on the foundations that they are built.  

A popular option for many beach houses is a pile foundation, where piles are driven for the house to sit above the base flood level. But this foundation is more than just pretty views. If the piles are installed to the proper depths, tied into the house framework, and installed to the engineered specifications, a house can withstand more forces from a tropical storm in unstable, sandy soil conditions. Understanding the importance of a proven foundation, Gulf Building wisely places value on using the most reliable pile driving equipment for these projects.  

After ICE®'s demonstration of the ICE® I-19V2 Diesel Hammer, the contractor was excited to purchase this hammer to rebuild a family's home in Mexico Beach on 12in concrete piles at the engineered specification of 30ft below.  

This is just one of the hundreds of homes on Mexico Beach left to be restored and so the journey back to normalcy continues.  It is estimated that with the help of the I-19 that it will take next several years to finish the restore.  

Congratulations to Gulf Building Co. on the growth of their business, as well as the purchase of a new ICE® I-19 Diesel Hammer for this amazing restoration project. ICE® looks forward to the time when Bay County can welcome back all affected families and small businesses to a community that is built from the ground up to be stronger and more resilient against future disasters. 

Learn more about the ICE® I-19V2.

 

Media Contact-    
Pollyanna Cunningham, MA, MBA    
Director Marketing, Brand and Media Relations    
ICE® - International Construction Equipment, Inc    
Office - 704-821-8200    
Email - marketing@iceusa.com   

Posted in Diesel Impact Pile Hammers. Tagged as #Florida, Deep Foundation, HurricaneProtection, I-19 Diesel Hammer, Pile Driving.

Foundations Keeping the Lights on in Ohio


Foundations Keeping the Lights on in Ohio  

Editor: Allison Braswell 

A substantial portion of Interstate 75 near Dayton, OH has been undergoing major improvements to meet new and improved safety standards. The construction of new roadways and overpasses has created a need for changes to surrounding overhead power lines. Sufficient ground clearance between power lines and the highway is necessary to allow the tallest vehicles to pass without danger. If these lines remain in their current locations, an oversized heavy-load dump truck, for instance, could contact one of the wires and cause a fire, power outage and even worse kill those who are inside or around the vehicle. To ensure the safety of all motorists, the Ohio Department of Transportation requested that FirstEnergy take measures to re-evaluate the current elevation of their existing power lines. 

Accomplishing this task quickly and with as little disruption as possible was imperative. With safety and speed in mind, FirstEnergy selected M. Betters Construction, Inc. to install new foundations for the power lines over I-75. M. Betters choose the mighty ICE® 110C Vibratory Pile Driver/Extractor to install the 132-inch diameter caissons for the driven 80' (ft) foundations.  

The I-75 Power Line project is expected to be completed by Fall 2022. Cheers to M. Betters on successfully executing this job swiftly and safely. ICE® is proud to have been selected by M. Betters Construction to provide the equipment needed to ensure safe travel for Ohio's commuters and visitors.  

Learn more about the ICE® 110C

 

Media Contact-    
Pollyanna Cunningham, MA, MBA    
Director Marketing, Brand and Media Relations    
ICE® - International Construction Equipment, Inc    
Office - 704-821-8200    
Email - marketing@iceusa.com   

Posted in Vibratory Pile Hammers. Tagged as ICE 110C Vibratory Pile Driver, Ohio, Pile Driving, Powergrid.

Dundalk Marine Terminal is Efficiency Bound


Dundalk Marine Terminal is Efficiency Bound 

Editor: Allison Braswell 

The 570-acre Dundalk Marine Terminal is the largest and most versatile cargo facility at the Port of Baltimore, it is also one of the top 10 busiest terminals in the nation. It is not unusual for semi-trailer truck drivers to wait for up to eight hours to pick up shipping containers that cargo ships unload onto the terminal due to the sheer volume housed on every vessel. Not only does the heavy traffic pose dangers on the road, but the old age of the bridge also raises concerns for overall public safety.  

Baltimore City Department of Transportation (BCDOT), in partnership with the Secretary's Office of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Maryland Port Administration (MPA) decided that the best solution was to start fresh with a new bridge. The replacement of this functionally obsolete bridge on Broening Highway over Colgate Creek, will enable trucks to reroute away from residential communities, addressing major impacts upon residents' quality of life, and allow them to access I-95 more efficiently and safely. 


Allan Myers Construction was awarded the contract for this critical infrastructure plan and utilized the combined the power of ICE®'s vibratory hammers and ICE diesel impact hammers to replace the first portion of the two-lane bridge with a new four-lane bridge. After one side of the old bridge was demolished, the team pre-set the 46" (inch) diameter caissons needed for the new foundation using the ICE® 44E Vibratory Driver/Extractor. The next portion of driving was left up to both the ICE® I-80 and the ICE® I-125 Diesel Impact Hammers dependent on the soil and driving conditions. Completion for this project is currently estimated for Spring 2024. 

Once the new bridge is completely installed, the port will be able to better manage global supply chain challenges and move goods more proactively, shortening the time for trucks to get in and out of the port when these mega ships are unloaded. Thank you to Allan Myers for trusting ICE®'s vibratory and diesel equipment to help boost efficiency and safety near the nation's busiest port for automobiles and Ro/Ro cargo ships. 

Learn more about the ICE® 44EICE® I-80V2, and ICE® I-125V2

 

Media Contact-    
Pollyanna Cunningham, MA, MBA    
Director Marketing, Brand and Media Relations    
ICE® - International Construction Equipment, Inc    
Office - 704-821-8200    
Email - marketing@iceusa.com   

Posted in Diesel Impact Pile Hammers, Vibratory Pile Hammers. Tagged as ICE 44E Vibratory Hammer, ICE I-125, ICE I-80 Diesel Impact Hammer, Port of Baltimore.