Geiger Brothers Employees Join Nationwide “Heat’s On” Program

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On November 2, six employees of Geiger Brothers gave up their Saturday morning to make sure local seniors were ready for winter.

This was a Geiger Brothers’ independent entry into the nationwide “Heat’s On” program, which has the goal of checking furnaces of neighbors at risk to ensure that when the snow starts, no one will be left out in the cold.

“Heat’s On” stands for “Handicapped and Elderly Assistance to Service Our Neighbors” and it began in 1986 in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.  The 2013 program was the 28th carried out annually as the program has spread nationwide.  The free service helps low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners and raises public awareness regarding regular furnace servicing.

Through this program nationwide, union pipefitters have volunteered hundreds of thousands of hours helping these individuals and families prepare for the cold months ahead.  Homeowners are pre-qualified with the help of local community human service organizations.

As the autumn temperatures start to drop, program volunteers make sure these families have working and reliable heat in their homes.  They inspect, clean and service furnaces to make sure they are operating efficiently.

Safety assurance is paramount, as the volunteers monitor carbon-monoxide emissions from the furnaces they service, install and/or check to make sure smoke detectors in the houses are working and replace failing batteries.

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Geiger Brothers Leads Demonstration Cascade Construction

Construction of USEC Inc.’s Commercial Demonstration Cascade for the American Centrifuge Project (ACP) Research, Development & Demonstration Program (RD&D II) began in March 2012 and was finished in April 2013.  This set the stage for testing that could lead to full commercial plant deployment to support USEC’s continued enrichment of uranium for sale on the international market.

Geiger Brothers was the lead contractor during construction activities, given responsibility for performing all Quality Level 1 and 2 activities based on USEC audits and rating of the Geiger Brothers quality management program.

The project consisted of installation of prefabricated centrifuge service modules.  These modules included piping, electrical and control components and miscellaneous connections for supporting 120 centrifuge machines.  Geiger Brothers was responsible for unloading the service modules from special delivery carriers, transporting each to the installation location, raising the modules into place, and then completing all structural, electrical and piping connections.  Each activity required significant quality control measures.

All activities were performed using work packages as a basis for not only the construction, but also to document all work steps such as bolting, welding, electrical connections and other critical tasks.  These packages became the basis for the record documents that provided the owner with complete traceability of all work completed.

All installed piping was prefabricated based upon modeling.  Each pipe spool, individually marked, was controlled to the appropriate quality level and cleanliness maintained throughout receipt, storage and installation.  Cleanliness checks were performed on a daily basis while piping was installed to ensure integrity throughout installation.

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Geiger Brothers completes gas-fired steam boiler

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Geiger Brothers continued to support Fluor-B&W’s mission at the U. S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant by building the new X-690 Natural Gas Steam Plant.

The construction done under contract to Fluor/Babcock & Wilcox Portsmouth (FBP) is part of infrastructure and miscellaneous project work in preparation for and as part of Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Decontamination & Decommissioning (D&D).

The X-690 Natural Gas Steam Plant will reduce greenhouse emissions and provide ongoing steam to support the D&D project.  The new right-sized and efficient steam plant is capable of providing 80,000 to 90,000 pounds of steam per hour.  Its two Cleaver-Brooks boilers now are providing heat to more than a dozen buildings more efficiently than its predecessor, the X-600 Coal-Fired Steam Plant, which last operated on October 16 and is now scheduled for demolition.  Due to its age (built in 1953), related maintenance, reliability issues and more stringent environmental regulations, the X-600 Steam Plant was not able to continue to efficiently meet site demands.

Geiger Brothers performed design-build for the new $5.8 million X-690 gas-fired plant and self-performed civil, concrete, steel erection, plumbing, process, HVAC, instrumentation/controls and general trades work.

Crews from Geiger Brothers began work in July by pouring concrete foundations and connecting a natural gas line and backup fuel tank.  The 20,000 gallon fuel oil tank was set in early August, followed by the two boilers later in the month.

Installation of remaining equipment was completed in early September, followed by testing and startup of the facility.  Typically, steam boilers arrive with the burners already attached.  In building the X-690 plant, the burners were installed at the scene, which saved nearly three weeks of assembly time.

The Fluor-B&W Facility Custodian said shutting down the X-600 and seamlessly engaging the new X-690 plant was not an easy task.  “The steam plant and utilities crews, the project crew and Geiger Brothers have worked long hours and many consecutive days. A lot of people don’t realize how much was done because the steam stayed on and no interruptions occurred.”

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Geiger Brothers assists FBP with disposal site geologic investigations

Under contract to Fluor/Babcock & Wilcox Portsmouth (FBP), Geiger Brothers has participated in studies of the geology at locations being investigated for On-Site Disposal Cell (OSDC) construction on U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) property in Pike County.  The work is part of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (GDP) Decontamination & Decommissioning (D&D) program.  Fluor-B&W Portsmouth, LLC (FBP) is DOE’s prime contractor performing D&D and remediation.

An OSDC, in conjunction with off-site shipment of higher-hazard materials, is an alternative being considered for more than 2.1 million cubic yards of material that will be generated from D&D.  The OSDC approach would allow for disposition of low-level radioactive, mixed low-level radioactive and Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) wastes within the boundaries of the GDP site.

The GDP site is undergoing remediation pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

Using an excavation subcontractor, Geiger Brothers was responsible in early 2012 for the initial OSDC test pit excavation.  The excavation was made to help assess the geology as part of the feasibility study for construction of the engineered disposal facility.  The excavation was approximately 19 feet by 50 feet with 12-foot walls.

Geiger Brothers was responsible for pre-mobilization including submittals and training, mobilization and  site preparation including erosion and sediment control and construction fencing, site restoration, clean-up and demobilization and for managing the removal of top soil and overburden soil and rock, rock trenching, diversion berm, rock excavation, stockpiling, dewatering, backfilling and other specific scope-required activities to complete the test pit excavation and for FBP to perform evaluations.

FBP continued geological studies later in 2012.  A trench dug 27-feet deep and 30 inches wide further revealed geology and confirmed results of previous soil and rock samples.  By extending a camera into the narrow trench, crews from Geiger Brothers and the excavation subcontractor were able to safely and efficiently capture images of the soil composition and layer structure.

Scientists and engineers examined density, permeability and composition of soils and underlying rock formations, in particular checking for flow of water and the presence of fractures that could conduct water.

If constructed, the OSDC design will reflect all geological and hydrogeological information and contain engineered liner and cap systems with multiple layers of barriers and drainage layers to encapsulate the material and comply with stringent Department of Energy (DOE), United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) regulations.  DOE and OEPA will make the final decision for site-wide waste disposition with input from members of the Site Specific Advisory Board (SSAB) and the community.  Final engineering design and construction processes for the OSDC and necessary support facilities then would be initiated.

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Excavation as it began at an OSDC test site in the northeast part of the DOE property.  Upon completion, the excavation was about 19 x 50 feet with 12-foot walls.

Excavation as it began at an OSDC test site in the northeast part of the DOE property. Upon completion, the excavation was about 19 x 50 feet with 12-foot walls.

Members of the Portsmouth plant’s Site Specific Advisory Board toured the geologic study site in late February.  Of particular interest was a cross section of the geology of the excavation.   The group received updates on studies under way to provide information to DOE for the decision on how to dispose of material from plant D&D over the coming years.

Members of the Portsmouth plant’s Site Specific Advisory Board toured the geologic study site in late February. Of particular interest was a cross section of the geology of the excavation. The group received updates on studies under way to provide information to DOE for the decision on how to dispose of material from plant D&D over the coming years.

The excavator operator digs a trench 27 feet deep for subsequent geotechnical study.

The excavator operator digs a trench 27 feet deep for subsequent geotechnical study.

Representatives of Geiger Brothers and its subcontractor secure a camera to the excavator bucket to capture images of the soil composition and layering structure in the narrow 27-foot-deep trench.

Representatives of Geiger Brothers and its subcontractor secure a camera to the excavator bucket to capture images of the soil composition and layering structure in the narrow 27-foot-deep trench.

Geiger Brothers builds new records vault at Pike County site

Geiger Brothers has completed modifications to the existing X-720 Maintenance Building to provide for a new records retention vault at the U. S. Department of Energy’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

The construction was done under contract to Fluor/Babcock & Wilcox Portsmouth (FBP) as part of infrastructure and miscellaneous project work being done in preparation for and as part of plant decontamination & decommissioning (D&D)

Plant drawings and documents dating back to the 1950s that are being moved to the new vault were housed in the core of the X-100 Administration Building, which will be demolished as part of the plant D&D project.

The project involved a combination of demolition, new construction, and system reconfiguration.  Part of the challenge was to isolate existing utilities (i.e., electricity, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and water lines) to ensure the new vault is independent from the rest of the X-720 Building.

The scope of work to construct the new vault specifically included old system and fixture demolition; modifications to an existing restroom; piping modification to existing utilities and new installations; electrical modifications to existing systems and installation of new power panels; installation of a new alternate exterior electrical power feeder and switching; modifications to the existing fire suppression system and new installation; concrete foundations and construction of fire-rated concrete block including fire stops and fire doors; installation of new HVAC units/systems; installation of security doors, locks, hardware and wiring raceways; installation of the fire the alarm system; fire stop penetration sealing; installation of hardened offices and cubicles including walls, wiring and fixtures, finishes, furniture, ceilings and final trim; and completion of final acceptance testing of all systems and installations.

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Under contract to FBP, Geiger Brothers personnel poured concrete foundations that would bear the fire-rated concrete block walls and doors of the new records vault in the existing X-720 Building.  The new vault replaces the existing core of the X-100 Administration Building, which will be removed as part of plant decommissioning.

Under contract to FBP, Geiger Brothers personnel poured concrete foundations that would bear the fire-rated concrete block walls and doors of the new records vault in the existing X-720 Building. The new vault replaces the existing core of the X-100 Administration Building, which will be removed as part of plant decommissioning.

Geiger Brothers installs new data center at Pike County site

Geiger Brothers has completed installation of a new Data Center under contract to Fluor/Babcock & Wilcox Portsmouth (FBP) as part of ongoing infrastructure and miscellaneous project work in preparation for and as part of Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Decontamination & Decommissioning (D&D).

The Data Center was placed in mid-January to house information technology operations and to keep the computer network running smoothly as work proceeds on D&D.

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The Geiger Brothers scope of work included a role in design and engineering; the concrete foundation; setting the structure in place; installation of the emergency generator, two air-cooled chillers and associated piping; fencing; and system testing.

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The new energy-efficient server room was completed in June, encapsulating several servers in a standard shipping container with the capacity to support multiple companies and locations.  All site-wide data now originates from the server room.  Deploying the server room as a modular unit was quicker than traditional methods and more units can be added as needed.

In general, average server rooms use up to 100 watts of energy per square foot. The new server room will only use about three watts per square foot, and, if there’s a power outage, the system will switch to diesel-fueled backup power within 15 seconds. Each rack is supplied with its own dedicated cooling system to minimize downtime. The fire suppression system — unlike that in some server rooms – is safe for occupants.

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The Facility Custodian credited those who made the endeavor a success, including the Fluor B&W construction and project management team and Geiger Brothers, the contractor.

“It was truly a collaborative effort,” he said.  “The leadership and expertise of these individuals provided the right ingredients for executing this project with excellence. This team had an excellent safety record while meeting this very important milestone. Their relentless efforts to complete this project safely and on time were the major factors in its success. This new facility will provide a stable infrastructure that will support the D&D activities throughout the balance of the project.  It’s been a wonderful project.”

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Geiger Brothers completes piping for new mineral wool plant

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Geiger Brothers has completed the piping installation for a new 30,000 square foot Armstrong World Industries mineral wool manufacturing facility at Millwood, West Virginia.

The Armstrong plant manufactures mineral fiber, an inorganic, vitreous material made from blast furnace slag, ferroalloys smelter slag and other molten minerals and then spun at high temperatures. The final product is primarily a feed material for Armstrong’s ceiling tile plants. Some product also goes to a variety of commercial and industrial applications including building products, fire protection, insulation and friction materials.

Piping systems in this work package included compressed air; tower water return – open system; tower water supply – open system; tower water return – closed system; tower water supply – closed system; spinner cooling water return; spinner cooling water supply; furnace hydraulic oil piping; polyethylene glycol; natural gas; drain, waste and vent above ground; and domestic potable water.

Geiger Brothers craftsman applies artistic talent to prom decor

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Geiger Brothers pipefitter Bryce Scott donated his time and exceptional artistic talent to carve a pair of Tiki heads from blocks of foam for the 2012 Jackson High School “Stay-At-Home” party.

The location of the “after-prom” event April 28 was the Jackson Area YMCA.  The theme of the party’s 60th Anniversary event was “Welcome to the Jungle.”  Geiger Brothers donated the foam for Bryce’s carvings.

 

Geiger Brothers installs office modular trailer utilities

Under contract to Fluor/Babcock & Wilcox Portsmouth (FBP), Geiger Brothers has completed office modular system infrastructure work in preparation for and as part of Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Decontamination & Decommissioning (D&D).

Geiger Brothers work included concrete foundations and utility installations (electrical and lighting, telecommunications data and public address system cabling, potable water, fire water and sanitary sewer) for modular facilities as part of the Phase 1 (Area 1 & Area 2) and Phase 2 Trailer Complex projects.  The Phase I project also included finishing of a large gravel parking area and a portal installation.

The complexes include a credit union facility (duplex 24’ x 56’), break room and centralized conference facility (triplex 36’ x 56’), restroom facility (duplex 24’ x 56’), engineering facility (10-plex 120’ x 56’), two general administration facilities (10-plex 120’ x 56’), an IT Technical facility (10-plex 120’x 56’), a training facility (10-plex 120’ x 56’), and four construction field offices (duplex 24’ x 56’)

Phase II included three separate modular office systems (each a 10-plex 120’ x 56’) for which Geiger Brothers completed the same utility installations.

Geiger Brothers also assisted with module carpentry and structural installations under contract to the unit supplier.  The mobile structures, before being linked together into larger complexes, arrived on special flatbed vehicles.

The scope of work specifically called for Geiger Brothers to supply labor, supervision, tools, equipment, installed and consumable materials, services, testing devices and warehousing for the design, engineering, supply, fabrication, field erection, application, handling, hauling, unloading and receiving, installation, construction, assembly, testing, evaluation and quality assurance.

The first trailers began arriving during the week of January 14.  Personnel moves into the modular office complexes began March 12.

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Portsmouth West Middle School dedicated; classes in session

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Geiger Brothers had the key role in building the recently dedicated new Portsmouth West Middle School.

The Washington-Nile Local School District board had awarded a $9.8 million contract to Geiger Brothers for general trades, HVAC and plumbing on May 12, 2010. The school district dedicated the new building during a public ceremony August 14, 2011, well in time for the start of school on Wednesday.

The new structure was built on the same campus as the elementary and high school buildings, both done in 1997 by KCI, which became part of Geiger Brothers in 2003.

The exterior has brick and metal panels that match the two existing buildings. The structure was built on approximately 12 feet of engineered fill to place it above the 100-year flood plain.

The 67,457-square-foot single-story building is designed for 474 students. The building features 17 classrooms, three project labs, three special education classrooms, an art center, media center, two music rooms and a stage open to both the cafeteria and the gymnasium.  The classrooms are divided into two wings, one for grades 5-6, and the other for grades 7-8.

Total project cost was $16 million, of which 98 percent was paid by the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC). The OSFC accepted the middle school plan as a special-needs project in 2008.

As part of the OSFC program, schools are required to meet state-mandated minimum LEED standards. The purpose of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is to create environmentally conscious and energy- efficient buildings.  All newly constructed or substantially renovated school buildings that are state funded must achieve a minimum of Silver certification in the U. S. Green Building Council’s LEED-school rating system with emphasis in energy conservation.  The new building and construction practices addressed the Silver certification requirements.

Roof monitors provide daylight to the gym and the media center. Both wings are oriented to face north and south in order to use daylight-providing windows.  Roofing material is white to provide a solar reflectance index (SRI) of approximately 98.  The roof is insulated with a total of R-25; most walls are insulated to a total of R-12.

School board members and administrators were quoted and agreed, “It’s good to have all of our buildings here on the same campus, great for teacher interaction and staff interaction, and great for our students and parents. The campus here is beautiful.”

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