Several Projects Are Design-Build
(1st/2nd Quarter 2012)
Road construction in the mid-Atlantic states is more valley than peak these days due to funding limitations, but energy-related site work has continued heading upward for Vecellio & Grogan, with several recent projects involving design-build work.
Coal mining and natural gas operations have hired V&G to prepare new sites, improve existing sites, and reclaim old ones.
One design-build contract calls on V&G to build a retaining wall and concrete pad for Central Appalachian Mine, a coal mining operation in Matewan, WV.
Two other D-B jobs involve stabilizing natural gas drilling sites, originally developed by other contractors, that had begun to fail or slide. The work is for Chesapeake Energy, a substantial leaseholder in the Marcellus Shale region. The sites are located in the ridgelines of northern WV and require the type of specialized attention V&G can provide with its many years of experience working in mountainous terrain.
V&G is also developing new drilling pads, ranging from 100,000 to 200,000 sq. ft. in area, and water impoundment ponds up to five million gallons in capacity, for Chesapeake sites in Greene County, PA, and Ohio County, WV.
Other V&G site work includes reclaiming a surface mine in Rupert, WV, for Greenbrier Smokeless Coal Mining, and removing 500,000 cu. yds. of overburden for Boxley Aggregates at a quarry in Beckley, WV.
Vecellio & Grogan is building a retaining wall for Central Appalachian Mine under a design-build contract. (Photo by Matt Farley)