Transforming Land for Farming - Cecilton Farms

Featured, Maryland Construction, Site Work
Jul 2, 2020

by Kinsley,

Situated across 500 acres in Warwick, Maryland, are four production crop areas ideal for farming. However, these sites are positioned within waterways and would occasionally flood, saturating the surrounding land and leaving it unusable for crops. In order to improve the water filtration of these lowlands and create a wetland habitat usable for farming, our Site team partnered with Aquatic Resource Restoration Company to help transform the site.DJI_0026

Beginning in mid-December our scope of work included:

  • 40,000 cubic yards of earthwork across four separate drainage basins
  • Installation of 10 Agri-Drain inlet structures and associated piping
  • Installation of four Faircloth skimmers and associated distribution piping
  • Installation of 240 linear feet of high density polyethylene pipe
  • Installation of 2,000 tons of rip rap as slope stabilization
  • 200 tons of CR-6 stone to act as a stabilized path for the center pivot irrigation system to run across the wetland facility berms
  • Temporary seeding and Curlex fiber mat stabilization

Aquatic Resource Restoration Company handled erosion controls, clearing the site, stream tie-ins and permanent upland and wetland seeding and stabilization.


Like many projects we’ve encountered recently, the poor weather combined with the site’s existing soil conditions created an additional challenge for our team. In order to keep the project on schedule, we had to strategically plan which work areas would be open for excavation.

In addition to the site’s condition, this project involved many field changes that happened in real-time including grading design updates and the method used to reinforce the slopes. As is the nature of the design-build process, there was constant communication between the foreman, project manager, owner and engineer to make sure everyone was aware and prepared for any changes.

One of the biggest challenges came from the learning curve our team was up against, as this type of project was something that we did not have experience in. Each step was another learning opportunity, and our team was able to quickly adapt and enhance construction methods as work progressed. Despite the challenges, we were able to successfully complete all of our work by May.

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