Concrete Products

JUL 2015

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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52 • July 2015 FEATURE BY DON MARSH FUNDING MEASURES The first U.S. port of call on the Great Lakes from St. Lawrence Sea- way, Oswego Harbor facilitates 1 million-plus tons of cargo annually, including cement for a 23,000-ton Lafarge North America terminal, plus steel, salt, and agricultural and petroleum products. Corps Buffa- lo District staff observed severe breakwater wall damage in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, owing to what Project Manager Captain Kelly Polashenski notes were "oversized waves and extreme angle they hit the structure." "Repairing the breakwater will clear the way for commerce, in- creased job creation and economic development … [and] ensure the Oswego area continues to reap the benefts of this harbor for years to come," adds Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), who credits a $63 billion Sandy Relief bill for funding such work. "This project allows Oswego Harbor to bounce back from historic storm damage in a way that makes it more resilient when faced with future extreme wave action," affrms Corps Buffalo District Com- mander LTC Karl Jansen, underscoring "the resources, leadership, partnering, and technical expertise that came together with a sense of urgency to prepare for these vital repairs. Resilient infrastructure unlocks the potential for economic vitality and assures our national security." Of all project principals, Lakelands Concrete has the best perspec- tive on the contract's positive trickle effect in the New York Finger Lakes region. Area companies, service providers and subcontractors the producer has engaged in the dolosse production and delivery are Deats Construction & Excavating, Honeoye, new Lima plant storage site development; Concor Precision, Brewerton, destructive testing; Klein Reinforcing, Spencerport, cage fabrication; Castle Harvestor Metal Fabricators, Seneca Castle, custom lifting devices; Ron Samsel, Henrietta, structural engineer; Curtis Rickard, Churchville, stencils; plus, Carmel Trucking of Bloomfeld, Coniber Trucking of LeRoy, and CR Anderson Trucking of Manchester, dolosse deliveries. One of the more successful product additions at Lakelands Concrete in recent years has been the Stone Strong retaining wall system. In addition to its established prospects, Stone Strong has emerged as stay-in-place concrete form for abutments supporting shorter span bridges. They are integral to accelerated construction: Contractors place footings, stack Stone Strong, secure vertical rebar, then fll with ready mixed concrete—making way for erection of fat slab bridge decks. Agencies and contractors fnd the stay-in-place forms, with their fnished exteriors, save labor and shrink schedules. Lakelands Concrete yard staff and contract haulers can typically load a dolos in eight minutes. At the Port of Oswego site 100 miles to the northeast, offoading and staging average six minutes. The dolosse order necessitated the addition of a 20-ton Taylor lift truck, while the 45-ton Silver Creek bridge beam (lower right) contract drove an upgrade from a 40- to 70-ton Mi-Jack gantry crane.

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