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.

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Geiger employee spearheads program to help young black men prepare for success

Charles Meyers, Jr., Project Engineer for Geiger Brothers, Inc.

Charles Meyers, Jr., Project Engineer for Geiger Brothers, Inc.

By day, Charles Meyers, Jr. is a Project Engineer at Geiger Brothers. But in his free time, Meyers is working to help young black men reach their fullest potential with a program he developed called the American Dream Movement. Meyers, a 2013 Marshall University graduate, said the mission of the program is to invest in the education of African American male students in all aspects of their lives, in order to elevate their thinking, behavior and dreams. The purpose of the program is to allow African American male students to have a better opportunity to succeed in life through positive reinforcement, education and guidance.

Over the course of several months, Meyers met with 13 Huntington, WV area middle school and high school students in an effort to prepare them for their futures and success.  Students became members of the American Dream Movement, of which Meyers is the director, during a new membership ceremony called “Gathering of Dreamers” this past Saturday at First Baptist Church in Huntington.

Read the recently published Huntington Herald Dispatch article by Kristi Murphy here: Young black men prepare for success | The Herald-Dispatch.

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.