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Steelpointe

With all of our projects, the safety of our team and the community is our top priority. The Steelpointe project presented its own safety challenges because it borders the French Creek, the back of residential buildings and a popular bike trail.

The Brubacher crew took every precaution as they removed hazards on the 64-acre old steel mill project in Montgomery County. During the demolition phase, they cleared land, removed two rail bridge structures over the French Creek, removed underground vaults, and broke up concrete slabs and old piping from the site alongside subcontractor Neuber Environmental.

On one of the bridge removals, the bridge foundation was under water requiring Brubacher crews to strategize a pre-construction plan before moving forward. Once the plan was in place, everyone got to work restoring steep slopes to access the bridge and removing a significant log jam, and ultimately accessing and removing the bridges without any debris moving downstream.

Our crews are continuing work on this site as they prepare to raise the site two-to-three feet to reduce the risk of flooding and lay complicated pipework that's interconnected with the existing creek. We're proud of their ability to take a step back, strategize, and work collaboratively with one another, our partners, and DEP to ensure the project is done safely, efficiently, and right the first time.

 

Pond's Edge

The first phase of the Pond’s Edge project is preparing the lots for 123 out of 197 total residential units. The job requires land clearing, erosion control, 250,000 CY of earthwork and grading, retaining walls, drilling and blasting, 20,000 LF of sanitary, storm, and water pipe installation, 8 underground stormwater storage systems, 8,500 LF of curb, and 19,000 SY of paving. However, on day three of this project, our crew was shut down due to COVID restrictions. They are back in full force.

This site is heavily wooded and has various streams running through it. Our land clearing crew is now clearing the 35 acres as they coordinate with other contractors on adjacent properties.

This project highlights the Brubacher team’s ability to navigate any unforeseen challenges thrown their way.

 

AQUA West Brandywine

Starting in February, the Brubacher crew located the existing 8-inch water main and performed an 8" x 8" wet tap, which involved speed shoring because it was a 7 foot deep placing. Once the tapping work was finished, the crew progressed installing 5,331 LF of 8 " DIP Pipe along Beaver Creek Rd, from Manor Rd to Steven Way and E. Reeceville Rd From Manor Rd to Reeceville Rd in West Brandywine Township. The watermain was installed as an interconnection.

Frequent rainy days and 9am to 3pm state road work restrictions presented many challenges during the project's first phase. Still, the Brubacher team was able to accomplish three tie-ins, incorporating a fire hydrant, and 120 foot directional boring under Beaver Creek. Phil W., Supervisor, recognized Allen C., excavator operator, Matt Y., backhoe operator, John B., pipe layer, and Alex B., pipe laborer, for understanding how one another worked to make a challenging job meet everyone's expectations.

AQUA Embreeville Tank Line Replacement

Brubacher was contracted to place 3,500lf of 12-inch waterline up through a wooded easement.

However, starting in a field and moving up through a wooded easement filled with boulders, a creek crossing, and 600 feet of wetlands to reach three holding tanks wasn't a cut-and-dry task. The Brubacher crew devised a game plan before starting the installation process. This started with Tim M., Supervisor, stringing one piece of pipe out at a time through the woods to make the installation process go smoother for his crew.

Despite the many obstacles, the Brubacher crew completed the project injury-free, in a timely manner and with the proper planning and execution, were able to move through challenges faster than anticipated. Once the project was finished, the crew seeded and stabilized the area to prevent erosion by placing 500 straw bales and planting a grass and fertilizer mixture.