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 begins new pedestrian bridge work at Ohio University-Chillicothe

As the Design-Build contractor for pedestrian bridge improvements on the Chillicothe campus of Ohio University, Geiger Brothers has started direct construction work by demolition of the current bridge that leads from the upper parking lot of the campus to the upper level of Shoemaker Center.

Geiger Brothers will build a new covered pedestrian bridge. The scheduled completion is early May 2015.

Inspectors found the current bridge had degraded such that replacement was crucial. The bridge was original to building construction in 1979. Reinforcements were installed in 2005. Inspectors recently removed the existing soffit system and completely exposed the existing framing, and required temporary blocking and shoring for continued pedestrian use.

Campus officials say the project will result in a highly functional span that will serve as a landmark and focal point on campus. The bridge is visible from all directions, and new architecture and other features will complement the look of the rest of the campus.

The new bridge is one element of renovations under way on the OU-C campus to support current operations and to position the campus for its mission in the years to come.

As the Design-Build contractor, Geiger Brothers is responsible for developing and maintaining estimates of probable construction cost, value engineering and schedules; for leading and managing the schematic design, design development, and subcontractor prequalification and bidding process; and for the construction documents and closeout stages. Geiger Brothers provided several different schemes for the pedestrian bridge replacement, submitted alternates for the covered walkway, and designed a temporary stairway from the second floor to existing grade.

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.

The project will impact campus traffic driving patterns and access to the Shoemaker Center from the parking lot. The lower road and access to the bridge from the upper level also are blocked.

Geiger Brothers prepared and implemented a Site Logistics Plan to manage on-site work, construction site access and material staging, road closure barricades and temporary student egress. The plan accounts for control of personnel, equipment and materials, with consideration for working relationships among all participants in the project – OU-C faculty, staff and students; Geiger Brothers personnel; and all subcontractors and suppliers of services and products.

As such, Shoemaker Center will remain fully functional during the work with normal operations for classrooms, offices, and the gym and wellness facilities.

Geiger Brothers begins work on new Cabell County Incubator School

Artist’s rendering of the new incubator school

Artist’s rendering of the new incubator school

Geiger Brothers has started additions and renovations of the old Beverly Hills Middle School in Huntington, West Virginia, as it transitions to a new Cabell County Incubator School.

The new incubator school will consolidate Peyton Elementary and Geneva Kent Elementary in the east end of Huntington. The former Beverly Hills Middle School facility had been vacated in December 2013 upon completion of a new Huntington East Middle School.

Renovation of the Beverly Hills building is expected to be completed in the late winter of 2015, with consolidated elementary students reporting for school there upon return from Christmas break at the beginning of 2016.

Under its contract with the Cabell County Board of Education, Geiger Brothers is responsible for building retaining walls; widening roads and enlarging parking areas; concrete foundations and slab-on-grade for new additions; a new addition for extending the cafeteria; a new addition for a stairwell connected to the existing building; renovation of the existing building (electrical, mechanical, plumbing, roofing, concrete patching, glazing, masonry, walls, ceilings, floors and cabinetry); specialties such as restroom accessories (dryers, dispensers, mirrors, signs) and metal lockers; doors, frames and hardware; finish paving and artificial turf.

Cabell County School officials describe the new school as an “incubator” based upon its experimental approach into the expeditionary learning model that inspires and empowers teachers to unleash the potential of their students. Officials expect the new school – the first in the state – to be an example for others to use in developing similar expeditionary learning environments.

Geiger Brothers has started the process of transition of an existing middle school to the new Cabell County elementary incubator school by clearing and grubbing to provide space for new retaining walls and to extend parking areas in the north corners of the site.

Geiger Brothers has started the process of transition of an existing middle school to the new Cabell County elementary incubator school by clearing and grubbing to provide space for new retaining walls and to extend parking areas in the north corners of the site.

Expeditionary learning is characterized by fewer lectures and high levels of student engagement. Content standards are embedded into expeditions which help students learn through hands-on experience. For example, long-term student projects in different subject areas may include participation in water analyses, community building safety assessments and environmental studies, and then providing reports of results to agencies of responsibility.

Geiger Brothers employees participate in Ohio University housing Phase 1 topping out ceremony

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Geiger Brothers personnel were honored to set the final piece of structural steel at the August 14, 2014 “topping out” ceremony held at Ohio University.

Geiger Brothers continues its key role in completing major work activities on the five-building, $116 million Phase 1 housing project on Ohio University’s Athens campus, working through Corna-Kokosing-Elford. This work includes the foundation package (pile caps and grade beams) for the five building site, site utilities and civil work for each building, district chilled water piping relocation, and structural steel fabrication and erection.

As a joint venture with Bruner Corporation, a Columbus-based mechanical contracting firm, Bruner and Geiger Brothers are performing the design assist and construction contracts to complete the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and plumbing contracts for the new dormitories.

This first phase of Ohio University’s extensive plan to reshape its on-campus student housing includes the construction of four new residence halls and a common Learning Center. The dormitories, with a total of 900 beds, are expected to ready for student occupancy in the fall of 2015. The new residence halls will offer semi-suite rooms with a shared bathroom. Each hall will have study and social lounges for students, as well as a larger area for programming, wireless internet, cable TV, and laundry areas. The project includes a central Learning Commons building that will feature group study, meeting and tutoring rooms, media equipped classrooms, and offices.

West Virginia Veterans Memorial undergoing repairs

Geiger Brothers recently began work under a contract from the West Virginia General Services Division to renovate the West Virginia Veterans Memorial that sits on the Capitol Complex in Charleston.

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

The oval monument was closed Memorial Day and Geiger Brothers began work to address the identified issues. The $1.5 million project is to be completed before Veterans Day in November.

The work includes stone and bronze restoration, waterproofing, masonry and plumbing repair, and lighting replacement.

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, also designed by Mullins, that represent each military branch and major war. Construction of the memorial began in 1990 and was completed in 1999 at a cost of about $4 million.

“I think it is one of the most unique and well-designed war memorials in the nation,” said a representative of the Capitol Building Commission. “It was really thought through and the designer should be congratulated. It is wonderful the state is doing everything it should to make sure it is maintained as it should be.”

Geiger Brothers craft workers report for work to make repairs on the West Virginia Veterans Memorial in Charleston.

Geiger Brothers craft workers report for work to make repairs on the West Virginia Veterans Memorial in Charleston.

Hoops Family Children’s Hospital – Phase 1 complete

Supporters, donors, local and national leaders, physicians and hospital staff celebrated a milestone June 17 with a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the first completed phase of construction of the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital at West Virginia’s Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Construction is progressing in phases so no patient care areas have to close during reconstruction.

The four-phase project of patient room reconstruction is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015.

As the mechanical contractor, Geiger Brothers is responsible for all plumbing, medical gas, heating and ventilation upgrades. Value of the Geiger Brothers contract over the four phases is $2.1 million.

The first phase included reconstruction of treatment, procedure and play rooms as well as the first set of eight patient-ready rooms with unique features and upgrades that make the environment family and child friendly.

During this first phase, Geiger Brothers work included 15 contract helicopter lifts of air handling units, piping and support structures to the roof of the hospital. All lifts were completed in just over an hour on an early Sunday morning.

The second phase began July 1 and consists of reconstructing 10 rooms for the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit as well as a new waiting room.

When completed, the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital will have large rooms with private bathrooms and showers, with many special features to comfort and delight young patients.

During the ribbon cutting Brent Marsteller, President and CEO of Cabell Huntington Hospital, said “The Hoops Family Children’s Hospital has been made possible because of our generous donors and the hard work of our staff, physicians and volunteers, who are passionate about providing the best possible care for sick and injured children. We look forward to the day when this building project is completed and we will have a facility that will provide care and comfort to the children of our community for generations to come.”

Murphy Tractor and Equipment Facility Groundbreaking

From left, Geiger Brothers Project Manager Kyle Hickey, Jackson Mayor/Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Randy Heath, Murphy Tractor and Equipment Branch Manager John Meeks, Jackson City Service Director Bill Sheward, and Geiger Brothers President/COO Erik Massie each move a shovel full of dirt as part of a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday, May 15 for a new Murphy Tractor and Equipment Co. to be located near Mayhew Road and State Route 32 in Jackson.

From left, Geiger Brothers Project Manager Kyle Hickey, Jackson Mayor/Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Randy Heath, Murphy Tractor and Equipment Branch Manager John Meeks, Jackson City Service Director Bill Sheward, and Geiger Brothers President/COO Erik Massie.

Ground was ceremoniously broken Thursday, May 15, for a new Murphy Tractor and Equipment Company facility to be located on Mayhew Road just off State Route 32 in Jackson.

Murphy is a construction and forestry dealer – specializing in items such as bulldozers, excavators, and backhoes. The business is currently located in Chillicothe, but the entire operation is being moved from there to Jackson.

Branch Manager John Meeks explained several factors made Jackson an ideal place to re-locate the business including highway access, working with City of Jackson officials, and proximity to the customer base.

Meeks joined representatives from Geiger Brothers, Inc., general contractor for the project, as well as City of Jackson officials for the ground-breaking festivities.

The new Jackson Murphy Tractor and Equipment will be a full sales, service, and parts facility. It will feature several bays with full maintenance capabilities, a wash bay, and a sales floor. Around 17 will be employed when it opens 8 to 10 months from now.

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