Roughly 1.3 million cubic yards – that’s how much dirt our Site crew moved in just three months for a new 1.8 million-square-foot warehouse in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. This became our largest earth-moving job to date, requiring a true “all hands on deck” team to tackle its tight schedule.
Over 60 employees were involved in this project. In just three months, they put in over 40,000 man-hours. On any given day, they were operating between 40-50 pieces of equipment including scrapers, haul trucks, track hoes, rollers, compactors and dozers.
Keeping this equipment moving was necessary to move that much dirt in a short period of time. In order to do just that, we brought on a dedicated maintenance crew. They made daily visits to the job site to make any repairs that could be completed on site, such as suspension work, engine repairs, rubber track replacement and hydraulic repairs. In addition to the maintenance crew, we also brought on two fuel delivery drivers and a fuel truck driver to fill the equipment each morning, before work began. On average, they delivered around 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel a day.
Planning ahead was also critical to keeping this project on schedule. We referred to our recent UPS Distribution project as a blueprint for how to organize the resources, schedule and execution plan. To succeed in moving all of this dirt, our teams had to plan ahead and rent numerous pieces of large equipment that is outside of our fleet. The upfront teamwork from our equipment shop and our operations team prepared our crews with the tools to tackle this job. With work falling around the holidays, we prepared to supplement our workforce when employees were on vacation. All of this planning was key to keeping us on track.
Thanks to our dedicated team and their commitment to meeting the schedule, we were able to complete the building pad a week early, allowing the foundation contractor to begin their work earlier. The remainder of our work includes installing four sediment basins, 155,200 square yards of asphalt paving and 54,500 linear feet of underground utilities. Our work is on schedule and slated for completion by the fall of 2021.