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Aqua Thornberry

In mid-February, the Brubacher crew began a unique water main project that traverses directly through the Brandywine Battlefields. Since there is no existing water main in this general area, we were tasked with connecting one source to another with a wet tap and approximately 5,280 feet of 12 inch and 8 inch DIP water main pipes.

We got the project underway by first drilling into the existing live water main at the end of Thornberry Road. A valve was placed to hold the water back, which allowed our crew to dig a 2.5- foot-wide and 5-foot-deep trench for the new water main. This water main will cross four different roads and will connect to two existing systems.

While working carefully to ensure all battlefield exhibits, monuments, and other historical properties were maintained and respected, our onsite team faced various hurdles.

Mid-February brought unfavorable snowy weather conditions. The precipitation only added to a daily groundwater battle that was creating problematic, unstable soil. Our Brubacher team took safety precautions to stabilize the ground while digging trenches. Once the groundwater issue was resolved, operators had to use a hydraulic breaker attached to a backhoe to break through a layer of rock.

The job site also didn’t allow for an adequate staging area for our crew and equipment. Thankfully, the owners at Thornberry Farms were warm in their welcome and accommodations for our parking and staging.

The entire Aqua Thornberry crew deserves acknowledgement for their initiative, perseverance, and focus on safety. Upon noticing there was unstable soil, everyone took the appropriate action to ensure the job site and fellow crew members remained safe throughout the entirety of the project. Whether facing poor weather conditions or other tough situations, our crew members remained positive and were determined to maintain productivity.

Leading the crew was Mike S., whose leadership shone through in this challenging work environment. He never sacrifices safety for productivity, and our crew members know they’re part of a true team with him by their side.

 

Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Phase II

Here at Brubacher, we’re proud to have experts in all areas of excavating. The Washington Crossing National Cemetery project shows just how diversely skilled our team is and the level of teamwork and coordination our team possesses.

In November 2020, the Brubacher crew broke ground at a national cemetery in Newtown, PA, where we performed demolition, clearning, dirt work, pipe work, curb, and paving. Our end goal is to have all of our work completed by mid-May, which will give the Veterans Administration space for a new maintenance facility building, increased parking areas, and space for more burials. Some of these areas are approximately a half mile from the other work areas. Supervisor Darrick P. and Project Manager Andrew S. have worked together to ensure the stone curb work and paving at multiple locations are coordinated back-to-back to keep production moving.

With more grading, paving, demolition, and pipe work to go, Brubacher has already accomplished nearly 1,000 feet of pipe work and three of four tie-ins. The last one presents a rare challenge because it runs directly through the cemetery and the entrance.

With the job site centrally located in the cemetery, this project has presented many unique scenarios. Our Brubacher crew has coordinated with cemetery staff to ensure equipment isn’t being moved to another location while a graveside service is in session. Our crew approaches this job, especially, with integrity and respect to make sure all graves remain undisturbed, funerals are uninterrupted, and visitors can safely navigate through the facility while honoring those who served valiantly in defending our country.

 

The Regency at Waterside

Brubacher began work on Phase I of the 193-acre former Limekiln Golf Course in November 2020. This is notably one of the biggest housing development projects we’ve seen in nearly two decades.

Maintaining a project of this size requires planning and constant communication. With the Brubacher C3 Construction plan kickstarting this project, we were able to start the project with the client’s end goal in mind and discuss all of our tasks together to establish achievable completion dates.

Since the beginning of the year, 46 inches of snow fell on the job site and 14 inches of rain have fallen. The site’s flat landscape has only added to the high water table that our crew is dealing with and will need to continue to manage until the projected completion date at the end of 2021.

Along with wet conditions, we are working around five existing ponds that will remain on the property. As our Brubacher crew performs earthwork, excavates basins, installs sanitary and stormwater pipe, builds retaining walls, and conducts paving operations, sediment and erosion control measures will maintain the cleanliness of each pond.

Regardless of the obstacles they face, our crew working at The Regency at Waterside site takes the initiative on a daily basis to work together to ensure the client’s needs are being met so new homeowners can enjoy their neighborhood.

With our sister company — Trinity Drilling & Blasting — blasting rock for stormwater basins, our crew is digging up to 20 feet deep for nine basins and all of the utilities, storm water, and sanitary sewer. Brubacher is performing over 250,000 cubic yards of earthwork, preparing for six retaining walls, and laying 2,000 linear feet of DIP waterline extension.

Throughout this project and former projects, we’ve become a trusted partner of this client. We frequently communicate to provide feedback on what’s necessary and what isn’t, and how we can provide the best value.

Watch drone footage taken of this project here.

Well Pad, Elk County

  • Crew cutting the tank pad and hauling it to the Pad Expansion.

  • Crew cutting the tank pad and hauling it to the Pad Expansion.

  • Crew cutting the tank pad and hauling it to the Pad Expansion.

A natural gas client reached out to Brubacher when they decided to expand a high-producing natural gas well pad. The work area encompasses six acres of land, and work began in early March. Just a few days into the project, the customer changed the scope of the work. Kurt K., among other Brubacher team members, worked diligently to create new plans, understand the revised scope and updated details, and give the rest of the office team space to focus on repricing and purchasing new materials.

To expand the existing pad, Brubacher’s team took on environmental control responsibilities. Our clearing crew removed a large number of small trees and added 2,400 feet of 18-inch to 24-inch diameter compost sock to capture sediment and protect the surrounding environment. To balance the earthwork, 27,000 cubic yards of cut/fill and 30,000 tons of imported material were used.

In addition, our onsite crew will add an intricate underdrain system to divert water outside of the pad footprint. This will consist of 3,600 feet of four-inch and six-inch underdrain pipes and 10,000 tons of imported rock to build the bottom mattress. Once this system is completed, we’ll import another 20,000 tons of rock to build the pad to move the existing elevation nine to 12 feet higher.

While the underdrain is being built, another Brubacher crew will be at the north end of the job, cutting nearly 13,000 cubic yards out of the hillside. Another major part of this project is the construction of four infiltration basins. Each will receive a bottom layer of composted soils to help rainwater infiltrate the ground and special top cover seed mixtures. These infiltration basins with chisel-plowed bottoms will improve the groundwater table and use 4,300 cubic yards of amended soils for infiltration.