Jersen Builds Nanocenter With Assistance From Finke

There’s nothing “nano” about the Marcy Nanocenter project at SUNY Poly Institute.

Wed September 09, 2015 - Northeast Edition
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The project includes the construction of 10,500 ft. (3,200 m) of 34-ft. (10 m) wide ring road surrounding the site.
The project includes the construction of 10,500 ft. (3,200 m) of 34-ft. (10 m) wide ring road surrounding the site.
The project includes the construction of 10,500 ft. (3,200 m) of 34-ft. (10 m) wide ring road surrounding the site. One mi. (1.6 km) of stream construction will enhance site drainage. Jersen Construction’s fleet of excavators, which includes both machines they own and machines on rent, is made up nearly entirely of Kobelco. Finke Equipment rented Jersen the 10 by 10 by 10 ft. (3 by 3 by 3 m) manhole boxes that are used as the storm water collection system for the 250-acre site as it is constructed. A 20 by 8 ft. (6 by 2.4 m) trench shoring box is used in conjunction with the Kobelco SK350 excavator. Finke Equipment’s Hamm 3412 sheepsfoot compactor has produced great compaction rates and unexpectedly low fuel consumption. Matt Goedeke (L), Finke Equipment sales representative, and Peter Geelan, Jersen Construction project manager, pose with a Kobelco SK350. One of three lay down yards, which includes water, sewer, electric and a wheel wash center to be used for staging during future site work.

There’s nothing “nano” about the Marcy Nanocenter project at SUNY Poly Institute, on which Jersen Construction Corp. is performing the site work.

Located in the heart of upstate New York, the Nanocenter is anticipated to be a 450-acre greenfield site that is being developed for the semiconductor industry. It will be the largest semiconductor shovel-ready site in the world.

Jersen Construction currently is working on the site development of Phase 1(a) of this project. This $6 million site work project on 260 acres was started in April 2015 and is anticipated for completion by Jan. 1, 2016.

“The project includes the construction of 10,500 feet of 34-foot wide ring road surrounding the site,” said Peter Geelan, project manager. “It also includes the creation of 15.7 acres of wetland; three storm water management ponds; one-mile of stream creation; and the construction of three lay down yards, which will be instrumental to future contractors when the building phase of the project begins. Each lay down yard includes sewer and water hookups and wheel wash centers.

“Currently 60 acres of the site are being cleared of trees and undergrowth. One hundred thousand tons of aggregate material is expected to be brought into the site. A tremendous amount of underground drainage is being installed.”

In the future, this site will have three large retaining walls constructed that will be 10-ft. (3 m) tall and the site is anticipated to require one million yds. of cut to fill.

As the building phases of the project are released, Jersen anticipates having hundreds of millions of dollars worth of work on the site in the future. When the entire site is completely developed it could represent billions of dollars in total construction work, according to the company.

Iron on the Job

“Our current fleet of earthmoving equipment that we own is a little over thirty pieces,” Geelan said. “We are constantly expanding that fleet and renting significant numbers of pieces as projects dictate. We currently have about six pieces of equipment on rent for this project. We have a John Deere 850 dozer; Kobelco SK350 70,000-lb. (31,751 kg) excavator; Kobelco SK215 45,000 lb. (20,411 kg) excavator; Hamm 3412 sheepsfoot compactor; along with a 20 by 8 ft. (6 by 2.4 m) trench box and a 10- by 10- by 10-ft. (3 by 3 by 3) manhole box on rent from Finke Equipment.

“We are just starting into the relationship with Finke Equipment and thus far it has been working well for us. The equipment that we are renting is new or like new. The support has been very good and the rental rates are as good as anyone else’s. We have used Kobelco excavators extensively in the past and the excavators that we own are Kobelco. We have found the Kobelco machines to be aggressively priced, economic to operate, and very reliable. We have experienced nearly zero downtime. Thus far we have also been very impressed with the Hamm compaction machine. We are getting very good compaction rates and the machine has noticeably low fuel consumption.

“Our job site is nearly two hours away from Finke’s facility, yet thus far their response time for service calls has been very good,” Geelan said.

About the Marcy Nanocenter

Located just two hours from Albany, which has already become a hot bed for semiconductor related industries in the east coast, the Marcy site will offer many ideal site characteristics, infrastructure, workforce and transportation assets including:

• Being located adjacent to a New York SUNY campus

• Central location in the semiconductor manufacturing and R and D corridor

• Nanotechnology zoning already in place

• Two independent power substations

• 28 mgd excess water capacity

• 2000 fcm at 8 psi natural gas capacity

• Located one mile from I-90

• Easy access to two international airports

• Startup incentives available from New York State

Jersen Construction Corp.

Jersen Construction Corp. was founded by John R. Jersen, a local to the Albany area who graduated from RPI in Troy, N.Y., as a professional engineer. After working for a significant area contractor, he founded Jersen Construction in 1983.

Initially focusing primarily on building projects, including the Rensselaer County jail, the administration building at SUNY Albany, new facilities for the Beech Nut Corporation in Amsterdam, Hudson Valley Community College, Hampton Inns, new facilities for various school districts, administrative facilities for Global Foundries and the NYS Department of Homeland Security, over the last several years the company has expanded its focus to include general contracting and site work, including excavating, road building, concrete work, utilities and all phases of site preparation.

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Finke Equipment

Finke Equipment is a heavy equipment dealership located just south of Albany, N.Y., in Selkirk, N.Y. It represents Bobcat, Kobelco, Kleeman, Wirtgen, Vogele, Bandit, Doosan, Wacker Neuson, NPK, Superior Broom, Hamm and Talbert trailers.

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