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         DEMOLITION AND CONSTRUCTION OF STEEL GIRDER                                                                                                                                                                                                          ConCreate USL Ltd.
      BRIDGE, HWY 679 OVER THE SOUTH HEART RIVER, ALBERTA                                                                                                                                                                                                     Constructions ConCreate Ltée.
PROJECT      DATE:                       June - October 2004                                                                                                                                                                                                  Concrete Solutions Inc.
PROJECT      LOCATION:                   High Prairie, Alberta                                                                                                                                                                                                Geo-Foundations Contractors Inc.
PROJECT      OWNER:                      Alberta Transportation
PROJECT      MANAGER:                    Larry Tremere                                                                                                                                                                                                        Precision Contracting Services Inc.
PROJECT      SUPERINTENDENT:              Larry Tremere/Kevin Shattler                                                                                                        INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, RESIDENTIAL                                                 We are committed to “DOING IT BETTER”
PROJECT      ADMINISTRATOR:              Garry Gracher
PROJECT      ENGINEER:                   AMEC Infrastructure Limited                                                                                                          PROFESSIONALS IN CONCRETE REHABILITATION, SPECIALTY WORKS AND GENERAL CONSTRUCTION
PROJECT SUMMARY:                                                                                                                                                      VOLUME 29                                                 PUBLISHED QUARTERLY                                         JUNE 2004
On April 23, 2004 ConCreate USL Ltd.                                                                                                                                                          SPECIALTIES INCLUDE:
was awarded the contract for the demoli-
                                                                                                                                                                     CONCRETE REHABILITATION OF:        AQUEDUCTS, BRIDGES, DAMS, TUNNELS,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
tion and construction of a new steel girder
                                                                                                                                                                                                    PARKING GARAGES, RESERVOIRS AND SILOS
bridge on Highway 679 over the South                                                                                         KERRY HAYES                             EXPANSION JOINT SYSTEMS:                        WABOCRETE AND JEENE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         With the first half of the year behind us, the staff
Heart River near High Prairie, Alberta.                                                                                      ACCOUNTANT                              SHOTCRETE:                                      WET AND DRY METHODS                 of USL finds itself very busy in the midst of the
The project will involve construction of a                                                                                                                           PRESSURE GROUTING:                        CEMENTITIOUS, CHEMICAL AND                construction high season. Our crews are once
detour road and temporary bridge, removal                                                                          Kerry Hayes has been employed                                                                                   BITUMEN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         again located from one end of the province to the
of the existing bridge, construction of a                                                                          with USL Group of Companies in                    WATERPROOFING SYSTEMS:                   HOT RUBBERIZED AND THIN ELAS-
                                                                                                                   the Accounting Department for the                                                                              TOMERIC                other working at a steady pace to complete our on-
new 44m long steel girder bridge with a                                                                                                                              DRILLING & ANCHORING:               DIAMOND AND ROTARY PERCUSSION                   hand work in a timely and safe manner. ConCreate
cast-in-place deck, installation of perma-                                                                         past eight years. Kerry is originally
                                                                                                                                                                     CONSTRUCTION OF POST-TENSIONED RESERVOIRS:    PRELOAD DESIGN SYSTEMS                USL Ltd. has its crews working up north on the
nent erosion controls and re-construction                                                                          from New Carlisle, Quebec and has
of approximately 500 meters of roadway.                       Hwy 679 over South Heart River                       known Gordon and Dawn Tozer                                                                                                           Alaska Hwy as well as in Newfoundland with the
                                                                                                                   and family for many years. She has                    CITY OF HAMILTON CONTRACT # PW-03-20(H) KING STREET                             construction of a design build tank. With the nice
                                                                                                                   years of accounting experience hav-                       BRIDGE OVER SPENCER CREEK BRIDGE REPAIRS                                    weather upon us, our crews are forging ahead on a
                                                               The construction of the detour road and             ing worked for thirteen years in the
                                                               installation of three 80 foot long tem-                                                                                                                                                   day-to-day basis to meet the challenges that each
                                                                                                                   Scotia bank in New Carlisle. She                 PROJECT DATE:                          October 2003 – March 2004
                                                               porary bridges is scheduled to begin in                                                                                                                                                   new project brings.
                                                                                                                   moved to Orangeville, Ontario in                 PROJECT LOCATION:                      Dundas, Ontario
                                                               mid June followed by the removal of the             1996 with her husband, Bradley, and              PROJECT OWNER:                         The City of Hamilton
                                                               existing bridge. The construction of the            sons, Ryan and Cody. Kerry’s son                 PROJECT MANAGER:                       Nick Giacalone                     Spencer
                                                               new bridge will involve installation of             Ryan, a university student, has spent            PROJECT FOREMAN:                       Borje McKinnon                     Creek
                                                               steel H piles, casting of two abutments,            his summers over the past two years                                                                                        Waterway
                                                               installation of 4-single span WF steel              working for USL on various job sites.            PROJECT SUMMARY:
                                                               girders, forming and pouring of silica              Kerry spends much of her spare time
                                                               fume concrete deck and integral back                in the cheering section of her son,              The original contract work for the rehabilitation of the Spencer Creek
                                                               walls using our Gomaco C-450 deck                   Cody’s, hockey games.                            Bridge included the repair of the existing concrete railings and local repair
                                                               finisher, installation of steel PL-2 bridge          Kerry is a very important member of              of the existing beams, to be completed before Christmas. Influenced by
                                                               rail, and casting of approach slabs.                the accounting team at USL and is                USL design proposals; the final scope of work included two new concrete
                                                                                                                   highly regarded by her peers.                    beams, a new sidewalk, and new parapet walls with aluminum railing.
  North side of existing bridge approximate location of                                                                                                             The additional work carried over the winter months through record cold
           detour road and temporary bridge
                                                                                                                                                                    spells in early January. The weather provided some challenges but USL
Upon completion of the bridge structure ap-
                                                          MISSION STATEMENT                                 USL Group of Companies                                  staff was up to the task. The contract value tripled with the additional
proximately 500 meters of the roadway will                                                                  135 Commercial Road, Bolton (Toronto) On-               work. At job end the City was extremely pleased with the final product
be reconstructed, paved and new approach                  The employees of                                            tario, L7E 1R6, CANADA                        and look forward to working with USL in the future.
guardrail installed. Permanent erosion con-                                                                      Tel: (905) 857-6962, (800) 363-7580
trols consisting of rip rap, gabion baskets, and          USL Group of Companies                                 Fax: (905) 857-0175, (905) 857-9656
soil covering will be put in place followed by            undertake to:
                                                                                                                 Montreal: Tel.: (514) 335-0412
seeding and the planting of seedlings along               - work safely,                                          Calgary: Tel.: (403) 295-9355
the river bank.                                           - work together as a team,                                  Acton: (519) 853-3216
Due to the sensitive environmental project                                                                    Amherst, NY, USA: Tel.: (716) 831-9926
                                                          - be patient with and considerate
requirements, a detailed Environmental Con-                                                                 E-mails:     usl@usl-1983.com
                                                            of fellow workers,
struction Operation Plan has been developed                                                                              concreate@usl-1983.com
to comply with all contractual conditions and             - go the distance - when                                       csi@usl-1983.com
permits issued by the Department of Fisher-                 accepting a task, to finish it,                               gfc@geo-foundations.com
                                                                                                            Web sites:   http://www.usl-1983.com
ies and Oceans, Navigable Waters Protection               - maintain the highest quality                                 http://www.precisioncontracting.ca
Act, Public Lands and Alberta Sustainable                   of workmanship,                                              http://www.geo-foundations.com
Resources Development.                                    - maintain a positive attitude,
The girders are scheduled to be delivered and                                                               If you have any ideas or special projects you would
                                                          - keep an open mind, and,                         like to see profiled, or mentioned in the newsletter,
erected in early August with project comple-                                                                please contact Karen at 905-857-6962 and we will
tion by October 31, 2004.                                 - be flexible to change                                                                                                               Sidewalk Resteel                                                    New Cast in Place Beam Formwork
                                                                                                            try to accommodate you.
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         G E O - F O U N D A T IN D S E R V IT R A C(T O8 3S I N C . . N E W SS                                                                                 UNDERGROUND SERVICES (1983) LTD. NEWS
          INSTALLATION OF MICROPILES AT AMBULATORY CARE CENTRE                                                                                                 CITY OF HAMILTON CONTRACT # PW-04-04(BR) - CLAREMONT ACCESS
                     CREDIT VALLEY HOSPITAL, MISSISSAUGA                                                                                                       RAMP TO 5TH STREET-BRIDGE DECK REPLACEMENT, HAMILTON, ON
                                                                                                                                                   PROJECT      DATE:                      April – October 2004                            Existing
PROJECT        DATE:                   July 2003 - March 2004                                                                                      PROJECT      LOCATION:                  Hamilton, Ontario                               Bridge
PROJECT        LOCATION:               Mississauga, ON                                                                                             PROJECT      OWNER:                     City of Hamilton
PROJECT        OWNER:                  Credit Valley Hospital                                                                                      PROJECT      MANAGER:                   Robert Coulombe
PROJECT        MANAGER:                Jim Bruce                                                                                                   PROJECT      SUPERINTENDENT:            Derek Martin
PROJECT        FOREMAN:                Gerry Kingsbury                                                                                             PROJECT      SUPERVISOR:                Paul McKinnon
                                                                                                                                                   PROJECT      CO-ORDINATOR:              Paul Berry
PROJECT SUMMARY:                                                                                                                                   PROJECT SUMMARY:
                                                                                                                                                                                         The complete overall length of the structure
                                                                                                                                                   USL is currently commissioned         is 165m. USL looks forward to meeting the
The brand new Carlo Fidani Peel Regional
                                                                                                                                                   to complete the removal and           challenges of this unusual project.
Cancer Centre and Ambulatory Care Cen-                                                                                                             placement of the WEST 5th/Cla-
tre at Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga                                                                                                       remont Access Ramp located in
will soon include 3 new levels of parking                                                                                                          the City of Hamilton. The struc-
built on top of the existing 3-level P1                                                                                                            ture has twin structural steel box
elevated parking structure. Enabling this                Loading test-                                                                             girders supporting a concrete
                                                         ing to 1750                                                                               deck which is to be replaced with
future vertical expansion, work to fortify
                                                         kN using an
selected existing framing and deep foun-                                                                                                           “Caltite” Waterproof Concrete.
                                                         instrumented
dations was completed during periods of                  sacrificial test
                                                                                                                                                   Placement of the new “Caltite”
activity between August 2003 and March                   pile                                                                                      Waterproof Concrete will be
                                                                                                                                                   completed in 5 pours.
2004.
                                                                                                                                                   This is a 3 span structure with a
Foundation upgrading consisted of con-                  The purpose of the test program was         Production micropiling was completed in        spiral ramp. In addition, it has a
struction of 92 micropiles – a total of                 to determine the ultimate geotechnical      just 6 weeks, with some of the work occur-     changing slope, varying from 3%
32 tension/compression micropiles to                    bond available in the till using sacri-     ring at night to accommodate garage traffic.                                                    Exposing Steel Box Girders                          Removals and Placement of Road Protection
                                                                                                                                                   to 8% over a 61m distance.
support 8 expanded grade beams, and 60                  ficial test piles loaded to geotechnical     After standing down to allow the general
pre-loaded compression micropiles to aug-               failure. To this end, an instrumented       contractor time for pile cap construction,              PRECISION CONTRACTING SERVICES INC. NEWS
ment the existing capacity of 13 column-                test pile, complete with oversized          GFC forces returned to complete pre-load-                       INDOOR WATER PARK, AMERICANA RESORT, NIAGARA FALLS, ON
supporting caissons. Geo-Foundations’                   reinforcing and a purposely shortened       ing and subsequent post-grouting of the 60
scope for this project included the design              bond socket, was tested in compres-         caisson-augmenting micropiles. Pre-load-       PROJECT      DATE:                    December 2003 – April 2004
of micropiles and pile caps, and construc-              sion to its eventual limit state of 1791    ing was specified as a means of ensuring a      PROJECT      LOCATION:                Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls, Ontario
tion of all micropiles, including a detailed            kN applied compression. Sacrificial          more harmonious load share between the         PROJECT      OWNER:                   Americana Resort
pre-production load testing program to                  tension piles used to anchor the test       existing caissons (under stress from 2 floors   PROJECT      MANAGER:                 Chris Campbell
determine micropile-specific geotechnical                frame were also monitored during load       of above-ground parking since 1987) and        PROJECT      SUPERVISOR:              Jude Gallibois
parameters.                                             testing, and later loaded individually      the new micropiles when the additional lev-    PROJECT SUMMARY:
The site is underlain by a filled-in glacial             to failure in separate tests, in order to   els of parking are built. The highest loaded
valley – micropiles at the west end of the              corroborate the results gleaned from        micropile was designed for a working load
garage are socketed entirely in shale, while            the compression pile testing.               in compression of 1200 kN. The magnitude
micropiles at the east end of the garage are                                                        of pre-loading varied from 104 kN to 225
                                                                                                    kN per micropile.


                                                                           Low Head-
                                                                           room Micropile
                                                                           Construction at                                                                                                                                                                “Ontario Merit” - Pool of the Year
                                                                           Column A-4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The indoor park will have several pools, water slides, and climbing features.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           PCS is installing the reinforcing steel, concrete placement and finishing of all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the pools and surrounding decks. The pools being built are as follows: a wave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           generating pool, a landing pool for the slides, a shallow tot pool, clover- shaped
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           spa pool and basketball pool. All pool bases are poured conventionally, with
                                                                                                                                                                   Shotcrete for Pool and Stamped Patio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the walls being formed with wet shotcrete. PCS is working with the owners
                                                                                                                                                   After a month of shutdown due to the cold temperatures, PCS is          on incorporating PCS’s stamped concrete patterns as a potential finish on
                                                                                                                                                   now ramping up to complete the remainder of this project. Previ-        the pool walls. PCS will also be forming and shotcreting several waterfall
                                                                                                                                                   ously, PCS completed all the footings and the foundation walls for      features to appear like rock formations for two of the pools. A large part of
  Pile cap reinforcement in place ready for concrete-each micropile                                                                                the new indoor water park being added to the Americana Resort in        this project is still to be completed and coordination with the other trades on
   is dressed with ducting and tension rods to enable pre-loading                                                                                  Niagara Falls (approx. 17,000 sq. ft.).                                 site will be one of the biggest challenges.

				
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