Storage and Rail Facility - Phase I
E.S. Wagner Company has been a key contributor to the construction of the Harrison County Fractionation Hub in Scio, Ohio. With several wetlands surrounding the 164 acre site and numerous jurisdictional streams running through the work area, the proper protection of the environment was essential during all operations. Initial erosion control included approximately 3.5 miles of wire backed silt fence and over a mile of diversion ditches. An additional factor complicating the progress on site was an area believed to have once been a congregating place for a local Native American tribe - inconveniently located in the sites largest embankment area. An almost two month archeological expedition was conducted before E.S. Wagner was permitted even vehicular entry into the subject area. Even given the numerous obstructions threatening progress and continuity, the owners schedule - and the projects location in northeast Ohio where late season earthwork is all but impossible - demanded that grading operations be completed by mid-November. With mass earthwork operations beginning in late September, E.S. Wagner Company utilized as many as four high production earthwork spreads simultaneously to prepare the grade for multiple pads and a ten track rail yard. While being forced to work around the archeological exploration until the last two weeks of grading operations, E.S. Wagner excavated approximately 450,000 cubic yards of soil and 65,000 of blasted rock in approximately two months and met the owners demanding schedule.
Other items completed on this project are as follows:
- 150,000 square yards of cement stabilized subgrade
- 85,000 square yards of lime drying
- Over 2 miles of underground storm sewer
- Con-Span precast three sided bridge
- 180 linear feet of 8 X 8 box culvert
- Placed over 150,000 tons of aggregates
- Installed a 16 tall retaining wall
- Cleared over 25 acres of timber
- Demolished 2 houses, 6 buildings, 2 barns, and removed 2 miles of fence
While completing the above scope, E.S. Wagner Company was forced to adapt to constantly varying site conditions. As the various pads were graded and turned over to the owner, the contractors responsible for the subsequent construction activities were allowed to mobilize. The number of contractors and personnel on site grew almost exponentially and the congestion created an environment demanding constant vigilance. Eventually, with E.S. Wagners operations still ongoing, the site went on line and is an active natural gas processing plant.
E.S. Wagner was proactive in modifying existing internal safety requirements to incorporate the requirements of the owner and the demands of the site as the conditions changed. The Companys culture of safety was measured on April 30th, 2013 when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration performed an inspection. The Compliance Officers toured the project, observed E.S. Wagners operations, and interviewed truck drivers. E.S. Wagner Companys work practices met or exceeded all federally mandated rules and regulations.
During the entire project, E.S. Wagner Company has partnered with the owner to deliver a quality project while eliminating any unnecessary costs. During the owners review of the bids as initially submitted, E.S. Wagner was contacted to determine if any possible cost savings measures were possible. Having already considered some alternatives, E.S. Wagner was immediately ready to respond with a number of suggestions that produced a more favorable earthwork balance scenario while at the same time drastically reducing cost and expediting the schedule. All of the measures suggested were selected by the owner and the combined cost benefit exceeded $1.5 Million.
E.S. Wagner has become a fixture on site dating back to the beginning of construction. Capable of performing in numerous construction disciplines, E.S. Wagner has been asked to step in to assist in a variety of ways, from the construction of lined containment berms to the installation of the facilitys critical fire water system.
Once the site grade was established to a point that would allow the construction of the facilities necessary for the hubs future operation, E.S. Wagner was asked assist in bettering the project schedule by taking over a portion of the structural construction scope. E.S. Wagner mobilized immediately driving almost 3,000 feet of H-piles and constructing a series of concrete foundations for future gasoline tanks.