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Schlouch Sets Company Single-Day Earthmoving Record

Fri January 09, 2009 - Northeast Edition
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Schlouch Incorporated (SI) set a company record for cubic yards of earth moved in one day in summer 2008 to meet a tight schedule for pad delivery. Preparing the 95-acre (38.4 ha) site at Higgins Arcadia East in East Allen Township, Northampton County, where a Trader Joe’s warehouse and a second warehouse are planned, the SI team moved 22,000 cu. yd. (16,820 cu m) of earth in one day on its way to moving 300,000 cu. yd. (229,366.5 cu m) from stripping to pad delivery in only eight weeks.

Schlouch’s contract for the job with The Norwood Company calls for cut and fill of a total of 550,000 cu. yd. (420,505 cu m) plus the installation of storm sewers, water main, sanitary sewers, paving and concrete work. Additionally, SI is doing reconstruction on Silver Crest Road that is adjacent to the site.

“Although the project started late, we were still able to deliver the pad on schedule,” said Barry Schlouch. “During the pre-site planning we were able to balance the site so that earth would not have to be hauled from the site and so that it wouldn’t be necessary to use stone backfill. This saved considerable time and resulted in about a 10 percent savings in the site-work budget,” he said.

Arcadia Properties LLC, original owner/developers of Arcadia East, sold the improved site on Route 512 to Higgins Development Partners. The Trader Joe’s warehouse being constructed there will be 532,000 sq. ft. (49,424 sq m).

Site Construction and Road Reconstruction Specs

Cut and fill — 550,000 cu. yd. (420,505 cu m)

Storm sewer — 13,200 linear ft. (4,023 m)

Water main — 6,700 linear ft. (2,042 m)

Water line relocation — 3,000 linear ft. (914 m)

Sanitary sewer — 4,900 linear ft. (1,494 m)

Bituminous paving — 77,900 sq. yd. (65,134 sq m)

Concrete paving — 17,700 sq. yd. (14,799 sq m)

Curb — 5,800 linear ft. (1,768 m)

Road paving — 14,000 sq. yd. (11,706 sq m)

This story was reprinted from On Site Fall/Winter 2008 issue.

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