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.”

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.

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.

Heat’s On Project helps local residents stay warm

Steve Spires, Brian Woltz, Paul Lykins and Ryan Canter. Service technician Stephen Haley, Jr. was unable to participate in this year’s event due to Ohio Air National Guard obligations.

Service Technicians Steve Spires, Brian Woltz, Paul Lykins and Ryan Canter. Service technician Stephen Haley, Jr. was unable to participate in this year’s event due to Ohio Air National Guard obligations.

More than a dozen Jackson residents will stay warm this winter, thanks to the help of some local volunteers.

This past weekend, mechanical service technicians from Geiger Brothers participated in the Heat’s On Project, providing free furnace inspections for low income senior and disabled homeowners.

The four technicians that participated performed preventative maintenance on furnaces and boilers, which ensures they are operating efficiently to keep fuel cost as low as possible. Additionally, heat exchangers and safety controls were inspected and tested to confirm safe operation.

“It’s just our way of showing good will back to the people in the community,” said Brian Woltz, Geiger Brothers’ Service Manager.

The volunteers also inspected smoke detectors in the homes, replacing old batteries and added smoke detectors where needed.

Geiger Brothers would like to thank Callahan’s Do-It Best for donating the furnace filters for the project and West Virginia Electric for donating smoke detectors and batteries.

HVAC preventative maintenance can save

Geiger Brothers' service division repairs, services and maintains all makes and models of air conditioning, heating, and plumbing equipment and fixtures.

Geiger Brothers’ service division repairs, services and maintains all makes and models of air conditioning, heating, and plumbing equipment and fixtures.

You wouldn’t drive your car 100,000 miles without changing the oil. The same logic holds true for your home comfort system. Regular HVAC preventative maintenance is the best way to ensure trouble-free operation and peak performance. Pre-season maintenance is also important. It can help to avoid a system failure in severe hot or cold weather when you need it most, and it can also keep your energy bills from getting out of control.

WHEN SHOULD I DO FURNACE MAINTENANCE?

  • For a system that heats and cools: perform maintenance in the spring and fall
  • For cooling maintenance only: perform maintenance at least once a year, before the cooling season
  • For furnace maintenance only: perform maintenance at least once a year, before the heating season.

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO CLEAN/CHANGE MY FILTER?

  • You should always double-check your owner’s manual for specific recommendations, but generally speaking it’s best to clean or change your filters once every 3 to 9 months.
  • Remember, regular cleaning/changing of your filter will ensure the best filtration, increase the life of your machine, and give you peace of mind that you’re breathing easier.

For more information about Geiger Brothers service division, please visit our website.

 

 

 

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.