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SOUTH PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT ‘TOPS OUT’

February 15, 2013

South Portland High School Project ‘Tops Out’

A student signs the beam as Dan Cecil of Harriman Architects looks on

In keeping with a tradition dating back to ancient Rome, South Portland High School (SPHS) today hosted a “topping out” ceremony to mark the completion of steel erection on the school’s new wing. PC Construction serves as general contractor on the $39 million, 311,000-square-foot construction and renovation project.

The event featured placement of one of the structure’s final I-beams which was signed by SPHS students, faculty and staff; project stakeholders such as architects, engineers and contractors; and local dignitaries.


COLBY COLLEGE BIOMASS PROJECT ACHIEVES LEED GOLD

February 15, 2013

Colby College Biomass Project Achieves LEED Gold 2When the time came for Colby College to expand their central heating plant, they specifically sought out a cleaner and more efficient alternative to oil. That vision has turned to reality – the College now boasts a high-tech facility complete with a woodchip-fueled biomass boiler system. With construction completed by PC Construction last year, Colby anticipates an annual savings of more than $1 million at current market prices.

The team of Colby, PC Construction and Rist-Frost-Shumway incorporated a multitude of sustainable options throughout the design and construction process. In recognition of those efforts, the project has achieved a LEED Gold rating by the U.S. Green Building Council.


PC CONSTRUCTION RECOGNIZES SAFETY PROJECTS OF THE YEAR

February 15, 2013

We are pleased to recognize our top Safety Projects of the Year for 2012.

Brattleboro WWTF Upgrade, Brattleboro, VT

Safety Projects of the Year - Brattleboro WWTFA $22.6 million upgrade of an existing wastewater treatment facility to include a new headworks building, primary clarifiers, pump gallery, thermophilic digester tank, sanitary pump station, and plant water pump station. The project also includes modification work to the existing secondary clarifiers, dewatering building, digester complex, control building, chlorine building and contact channels, and selector building with a Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) system. The narrow site is bordered by the Connecticut River on one side and the Vermont Rail System on the other. Lay down and construction staging areas are at a premium. The congested site coupled with deep excavations, around the clock site dewatering and PC forces self-performing the site, concrete and process mechanical work made this project a daily challenge for the project team.

Columbia Water Canal WTP, Columbia, SC

Safety Projects of the Year - Columbia Water CanalA $26 million renovation and upgrade of an existing water treatment plant originally constructed in the early 1900s. Work included the complete rehab of an aged high service pump room, the building of a new raw water pump station and intake structure along with the installation of all new raw water intake and high service distribution lines, new pressure reducing building and required piping controls, and the addition of a new 3.1 MW generator. The team faced the difficulty of replacing all large underground piping while maintaining service to the community. Every bucket of excavation brought a new challenge with how to support the existing piping while installing the new and ensuring that our crews were protected. This was accomplished with no disruptions to the existing plant and no incidents.

Weidmann BM #2 Addition, St. Johnsbury, VT

Safety Projects of the Year - WeidmannA 38,000-square-foot, three-story expansion of an existing facility to house a new hydraulic board press. To support the weight of the new two-million-pound press, the structural design required the installation of 84 caissons socketed into the sloped bedrock below the addition. Due to the size and weight of its various components, the hydraulic press was erected and the addition built around it. The complexity of erecting the structural steel and constructing the building envelope around the press on a fast-track timeline had unique complications adding to the complexity of the project. Construction personnel worked around and above this three-story press while specialty press erectors and contractors completed the installation of the equipment. The project was completed on schedule with no recordable injuries. 




CENTER FOR ART AND EDUCATION TAKES SHAPE

CENTER FOR ART AND EDUCATION TAKES SHAPE

February 6, 2013

That’s right – the highly anticipated year-round Center for Art and Education at Shelburne Museum in Vermont is in the final stretch. Exterior finishes are nearing completion and interior finishes are well under way. On…