Geiger Brothers completes Site Clearing for Piketon plant waste disposal facility

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Under contract to Geiger Brothers, Caudill Chipping used state-of-the-art feller bunchers on the OSWDF project. These implements have a vertical grapple that holds each tree in place while a circular saw cuts through the trunk. This photo shows a John Deere 959 tracked feller buncher — which can cut tree trunks 40 inches in diameter and was the larger of two on the job — cutting down the first tree on the 215-acre clearing site.

Geiger Brothers recently completed Site Clearing as prime contractor to Fluor-B&W Portsmouth, LLC (FBP) at the U. S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) uranium enrichment complex in Pike County, Ohio. FBP is the DOE prime contractor for Decontamination & Decommissioning (D&D) of the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

The project required removal of trees and vegetation covering approximately 215 acres. Work began in early November 2015 and was completed mid-February 2016. The task was completed incorporating nearly 9,000 safe contractor personnel hours without incident.

The Site Clearing was done to prepare for a future On-Site Waste Disposal Facility (OSWDF) for the D&D project. The location lies within the DOE property in an area consisting of open and forested land.

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Skidders with grapples moved logs to a horizontal chipper. While most of the timber was chipped directly into trailers for boiler fuel, some pieces were measured on a sawbuck and automatically cut to length for transport to saw mills.

Geiger Brothers was responsible for project management and directly for chipping and grinding of undergrowth and scattered trees and saplings up to four (4) inches in diameter using mobile forestry equipment; clearing of non-forested grassland, grubbing within a 30-foot wide strip to allow for future perimeter fence installation; installation, inspection and maintenance of erosion and sedimentation control devices; and temporary and permanent seeding. Under a contract modification, Geiger Brothers is continuing erosion control maintenance following basic project completion.

Extensive planning was required to decide on the location of landings, haul roads, stream crossings, and skid trails as well as which Ohio Department of Natural Resources “Best Management Practices” (BMPs) were best suited for use. Prior to the start, erosion and sediment controls such as check and filter dams were placed in critical areas. Personnel from Geiger Brothers installed additional erosion and sediment controls as phased clearing proceeded using BMPs such as silt fence or filter-sock (a fabric tube filled with mulch to control run-off) and removing stumps along the OSWDF perimeter. Areas where ground disturbance occurred were stabilized and revegetated as soon as possible after use to control erosion. Environmentally sensitive areas such as selected streams and wetlands were surveyed and fenced out to prevent disturbance before tree cutting started. A temporary stone boundary put in place prior to the land-clearing project prevented unauthorized access to the potentially hazardous clearing zones.

Geiger Brothers was responsible for construction and maintenance of temporary roadways, parking areas, lay-down areas, landing areas, and storage and work areas, and restoration to pre-construction condition upon demobilization. Geiger Brothers personnel provided dust control measures and for maintenance of traffic in accordance with the Federal Highway Administration’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

Prior to clearing work, Geiger Brothers had performed temporary construction facility set-up and utilities installation and prepared equipment staging, maintenance, and refueling areas.

Geiger Brothers was required to provide a professional surveyor, licensed in the state of Ohio, to survey and stake clearing limits as identified on construction drawings and to determine locations of surface water management and erosion and sediment control measures. For this task, Geiger Brothers engaged Howerton Engineering & Surveying of Portsmouth, Ohio.

In managing the project, Geiger Brothers was responsible for the performance schedule and sequence of work; for coordinating personnel training and reporting; for daily, weekly and monthly reporting and schedule updates; and for a wide range of client submittals including Safety Data Sheets, equipment and instrument data, and inspection plans. Most critically, Geiger Brothers developed and submitted to FBP a Surface Water Management and Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan, a project Site-Specific Work Plan (SSWP), and a comprehensive Job Hazard Analysis (JHA). The environmental plan required submittal of manufacturer’s erosion control device product data and erosion control device inspection reports.

For the major tree clearing on the 215 project site acres, Geiger Brothers engaged subcontractor Corbett R. Caudill Chipping, Inc., based near McArthur, Ohio. Caudill performed the clearing of standing timber above a diameter of 4 inches using specialized industry-specific clearing equipment and logging practices. Trees were removed from the site as chips or as logs.

Fluor-B&W Portsmouth and Geiger Brothers had sought a reputable professional local logging company that primarily used mechanized means so as to enhance safety and limit the number of ground personnel and chose Caudill Chipping based on its years of experience and expertise in logging. The company had participated in ODNR development of Best Management Practices for logging, including how to handle erosion and sediment control during operations. The company has twice been featured in “Timber Harvesting” magazine as “Logging Business of the Year.” The company is a member of the Ohio Forestry Association and three of its employees have achieved Master Certified Logger designation.

Caudill Chipping used using state-of-the-art feller bunchers to hold and cut the trees. Trees intended for the chipper were dragged to a stabilized landing area where the portable chipper was located. Grapple loaders fed the trees into the chipper which then dispensed the chips into trailers. Some few logs were measured on a sawbuck and automatically cut to length. Stumps were left in place and will be subjected to grubbing just prior to OSWDF earthwork activities so as to control erosion in the interim.

Upon OSWDF Site Clearing project completion, the achieved desired end-state was for the 215 acres to be clear-cut with trees and brush removed and to achieve its readiness for construction of the waste disposal cell and support area. “This was a project characterized by utmost safety, compliance and efficiency,” said Geiger Brothers CEO and Project Manager Scott Massie, “made possible by full communication and successful coordination between Geiger Brothers, its subcontractor Caudill Chipping, and its client Fluor-B&W Portsmouth.”

Geiger Brothers finishes construction of Murphy Tractor sales and service center

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The new Murphy Tractor & Equipment Company center near Jackson officially opened October 22 at the intersection of State Route 32 and Mayhew Road near Jackson. Finishing touches recently included mounting and lighting of building exterior signage.

Geiger Brothers, Inc., was the design-build contractor for this new sales, service, and parts facility. The complex includes a 12,000 square foot building for offices, the sales floor and the parts department and a 9,000-square-foot service area. The service area features include four large drive-through full maintenance bays, two 10-ton overhead cranes, and an interior wash bay. The site also includes a two-acre stone equipment lot.

Founded in 1982, Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co., Inc. is one of John Deere’s largest North American construction and forestry equipment dealer organizations. Headquartered in Park City, Kansas, Murphy has 28 locations in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Murphy moved to Jackson from its previous site near Chillicothe, which is no longer in operation. The Jackson location employs nearly 20 including management, sales and parts personnel, and service technicians. John Deere products offered at the new facility include bulldozers, backhoe loaders, excavators, skid steers, wheel loaders, forestry crawlers, loaders, harvesters and more.

 

Geiger Brothers completes new pedestrian bridge at Ohio University-Chillicothe

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Geiger Brothers has completed replacement of the pedestrian bridge on the Chillicothe campus of Ohio University.

While the project was completed in August and the structure has been in use, campus administrators and Chillicothe city officials led a ribbon-cutting ceremony October 7 to officially “open” the new Shoemaker Center bridge to pedestrian traffic.

The new bridge connects the Shoemaker Center with upper-level parking lots on the Ohio University-Chillicothe campus and replaces the original bridge, built in 1979, that had degraded such that replacement was crucial.

Shoemaker Center, in addition to daily campus-related functions, is heavily used by the Chillicothe community for its walking track, attendance at OU-C men’s and women’s basketball games, various expositions and special events. The parking lot served by the pedestrian bridge provides easy access to the center for those activities.

Geiger Brothers began work last winter with demolition of the current bridge. The base of the new span is foundations setting on auger cast piles poured to bedrock and then precast prestressed steel beams set on the new abutments.

The structural steel and glass serve both aesthetics and as functional safety containment. The 70-foot-long span also includes a steel covering and roof to protect individuals from the elements and reduce the need for deicing.  The laminated glass panels are digitally printed with the campus name and logo.

The bridge is visible from various locations throughout the site. The goal of campus officials was a highly functional span that will serve as a landmark and appealing focal point on campus.

Geiger Brothers prepared and implemented a comprehensive Site Logistics Plan to ensure Shoemaker Center remained fully accessible during the work with normal operations in classrooms, offices, and the gym and wellness facilities.

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West Virginia Veterans Memorial renovation complete

Geiger Brothers has completed work to renovate the West Virginia Veterans Memorial on the Capitol Complex in Charleston.

Under contract to the West Virginia General Services Division, Geiger Brothers performed stone and bronze restoration, waterproofing, masonry and paving stone work, and hand rail and lighting replacements. Plumbing repairs included replacement of reflecting pool pumps, filters and other system equipment.

An architectural and engineering review in 2013 had found electrical and drainage issues, cracked paving stones and failing joints.

Designed by West Virginia sculptor P. Joseph Mullins, the memorial has four limestone monoliths surrounded by a reflecting pool. Black granite covering the inside walls is etched with the names of more than 10,000 West Virginians who have died in 20th century wars.  The outside walls feature four statues that represent each military branch and major war.

St. Mary’s Medical Center beautification project completed

Geiger Brothers has completed the final phases of campus beautification work at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia.

As the prime contractor, Geiger Brothers was responsible for both self-performing and managing the work of subcontractors to demolish the historic but outdated seven-story School of Nursing building that was used from 1947 until 2009, and then to restore the area to “green” space to include benches, sidewalks and landscaping.

A Geiger Brothers subcontractor demolished the outdated School of Nursing building at St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington.  The site now features green space with benches, sidewalks and landscaping.

A Geiger Brothers subcontractor demolished the outdated School of Nursing building at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington. The site now features green space with benches, sidewalks and landscaping.

Subsequent campus beautification project components for which Geiger Brothers was responsible were the replacement of the main entrance canopy and driveway, total replacement of the parking lots, major storm water system improvements, and additional landscaping and green space in other medical campus areas.

Replacement of the main entrance with new canopy, driveway and landscaping was part of the Geiger Brothers role in a now-completed campus beautification project at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington.

Replacement of the main entrance with new canopy, driveway and landscaping was part of the Geiger Brothers role in a now-completed campus beautification project at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington.

Cabell Huntington Hospital boiler system complete

Boiler #3 set in place.

Boiler #3 set in place.

Geiger Brothers has completed installation of a new boiler and support systems at West Virginia’s Cabell Huntington Hospital.  The project began in September 2013.

The scope of work included installation of one of the required high pressure steam boilers serving the main hospital, along with steam piping from the sub-basement to the 6th floor mechanical penthouse.

The project included heating and cooling exchange system upgrades to increase the hospital’s capacity for serving patient requirements.  Project work required the installation of scaffolding up the side of the six-level structure.

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Geiger Brothers used a synchronized gantry crane system to set the #3 high pressure steam boiler at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Geiger Brothers used a synchronized gantry crane system to set the #3 high pressure steam boiler at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Geiger Brothers installs new medical facility at Pike County site

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Geiger Brothers has completed installation of a new medical facility under contract to Fluor/Babcock & Wilcox Portsmouth (FBP), part of the infrastructure and miscellaneous project work being done in preparation for and as part of Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Decontamination & Decommissioning (D&D)

Geiger Brothers work to install the new medical facility included water and sanitary line installations, telecommunications cabling and connections, installation and connection of the eight component units, and interior finishes including floors, ceilings, door frames and cabinetry.

Adena Occupational Health, Chillicothe, owns the “8-plex” facility that serves Fluor-B&W employees and subcontractors.   The facility offers 5,371 square feet of space and includes five spacious exam rooms, one procedure room, and rooms for hearing, pulmonary function and vision tests.

The facility is now staffed with Fluor-B&W employees and Adena medical professionals and offers a wide range of diagnostic testing, wellness programs and emergency medical care.  Services include employee physicals, injury care, fit for duty exams, drug testing, blood draws, x-rays, and return to work exams.

“The X-152A Adena medical facility project was much more than simply installing a trailer,” noted the Fluor-B&W project manager.  “This is the culmination of the previous closure of the long-serving on-site medical facility, and designing a medical facility that will meet the needs of the Portsmouth workforce today and in the future, while maintaining the high standards of Adena. Many hours went into the project to ensure the final deliverable meets everyone’s expectations and needs.  Most importantly, safety was built into the project through planning, engineering, training, security and implementation.”

Although the Adena Medical Trailer is part of the X-152 Trailer complex, it looks very different due to its color. The color serves to allow visitors to identify the facility easier and as a symbol of how different this trailer is from any of the others.

The first day of operation was February 24.  On March 5, the staff welcomed a steady stream of more than 100 visitors for an open house and tours of the facility.  The Medical Facility’s Operations Manager said, “I was really pleased with the turnout and had a great time showing off the clinic. There was a wide mix of people including Fluor-B&W employees, Adena staff, and Department of Energy representatives. All of the medical staff love the facility and is glad to be here on site.”

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A Geiger Brothers operator and spotter dig a utility trench for the new 8-plex medical facility.  Crews began work in late October 2013 to prepare for the installation.

A Geiger Brothers operator and spotter dig a utility trench for the new 8-plex medical facility. Crews began work in late October 2013 to prepare for the installation.

Trenwa pre-cast concrete trench systems used for medical facility, data center and modular office trailer installations house electrical, telecommunications, data and public address system cabling.  The systems allows for removal of lids to add or maintain cabling as needed and as demands may change.

Trenwa pre-cast concrete trench systems used for medical facility, data center and modular office trailer installations house electrical, telecommunications, data and public address system cabling. The systems allow for removal of lids to add or maintain cabling as needed and as demands may change.