AVON, Conn. (September 28, 2017)

Oldcastle Infrastructure Avon, Connecticut Volunteers Help to Fight Hunger

Oldcastle Infrastructure Avon, Connecticut Volunteers Help to Fight Hunger

Working towards a hunger free community, Oldcastle Infrastructure Avon, Connecticut decided to partner with Foodshare, a well‐known and highly respected service organization in their community, located in Bloomfield, CT. Foodshare works hard every single day to help those who are struggling with food insecurity.

As part of their commitment, twenty‐four Oldcastle Infrastructure Avon volunteers met at Foodshares’ Headquarters and then at the Regional Market in Hartford on June 28th and July 29th. They spent the evening and morning sorting perishable foods, donated by local grocery stores, for immediate distribution to families in need.

“We plan on continuing to partner with Foodshare in the coming years. Just one volunteer shift served helps to ensure that more families will not have to go without food required to thrive,” said Troy Mittler, Regional General Manager at Oldcastle Infrastructure. “Moreover, Foodshare staff told our employees that they were the hardest workers they have had and were very impressed that they automatically cleaned up after the work was complete. Housekeeping is instinctive for our guys!  All volunteers received very positive feedback from their experiences. I commend our employees for volunteering for a good cause and supporting their community.”

Hunger is an invisible problem, so most people are unaware of how large the problem actually is. In Hartford and Tolland counties alone—the area served by Foodshare—there are 127,000 people who cannot be sure where their next meal is coming from. That includes one out of every six children in the area.

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Oldcastle Infrastructure Ogden Reaches 3 Years Recordable Injury Free

Oldcastle Infrastructure Ogden Reaches 3 Years Recordable Injury Free

On August 25, 2017, Oldcastle Infrastructure Ogden reached a major milestone, three years recordable injury free as an organization. A tremendous success and a major achievement for Ogden, this safety accomplishment reflects Oldcastle Infrastructure’s commitment to health and safety while demonstrating their ability to maintain a culture of accountability.

Their relentless and continued efforts have created a culture where safety is the most important aspect of their business, without their employees, servicing their customers is impossible.

“This achievement is no accident,” stated Ashley Reese, Oldcastle Infrastructure Regional EH&S Manager. “Through careful planning and execution of key safety factors, our team has built a safe and caring culture here in Ogden and the results speak for themselves.  Top to bottom, we take pride in our Safety and Health perseverance and it permeates in all we do.  3 years, totaling 652,709 man hours, injury free is a record for this facility, and we are ready to continue this important endeavor.”

Oldcastle Infrastructure attributes this safety milestone to quality people, state‐of‐the‐art facility and management’s commitment to Safety.

Oldcastle Infrastructure Regional General Manager Van Fuller commented, “I am very proud of the Utah team and their achievement of three years recordable free.  It has been a team effort and a change in the culture which has enabled this milestone. We hope to continue this record as we strive to keep this safety culture alive.”

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HOUSTON, Texas (September 26, 2017)

Oldcastle Enclosure Solutions Employees Volunteer at the Houston Food Bank

Oldcastle Enclosure Solutions Employees Volunteer at the Houston Food Bank

In June, Oldcastle Enclosure Solutions employees gathered to volunteer at the Houston Food Bank and do their part in the fight against hunger in the state of Texas. The corporate initiative was spearheaded to aid people with resources aimed at improving their quality of life and creating a hunger‐free community.

In addition to making meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the coming week, they cleaned out the hot and cold food storage bins, unloaded milk and ice pallets and packed pallets for food distribution to various locations who provide food for families and children. During their time, they helped provide over 14,000 meals!

The organization heavily counts on volunteers to make its mission a reality. “Not only was it rewarding giving back, but we also had the opportunity to learn about the different ways the Houston Food Bank contributes to the community,” noted Sean Dvoran, Plant Manager for Oldcastle Enclosure Solutions Houston. “They do a remarkable job in helping people in need and I was grateful to share this experience with my colleagues.”

Oldcastle Enclosure Solutions plans on continuing to partner with the Houston Food Bank in the coming years.

Every dollar donated to the Houston Food Bank provides the equivalent of three meals for an individual. The organization plans to grow to an annual distribution of 100 million nutritious meals by 2018. In 2016 it was 79 million meals. Because they receive strong support from donors in the community and the food industry, the Food Bank keeps administrative costs low ‐ less than five cents on the dollar and this 5 cents includes the energy it costs to run the building!

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CAPE MAY COUNTY, N.J. (September 25, 2017)

New Cape May County Correctional Center Builds with Prefabricated Cells

New Cape May County Correctional Center Builds with Prefabricated Cells

After several years of diligent determination, Cape May County will finally get the new correctional center they have been waiting for and will be utilizing prefabricated jail cells to do it.

Contracted by General Contractor Hall Construction Co., Oldcastle Infrastructure Modular Group of Telford, Pa. is designing, engineering, manufacturing and fully‐outfitting the precast concrete rear chase cell and dormitory style cell modules that will house approximately 320 inmates in the new $37.3‐million correctional center.

Facilities Director AnnMarie McMahon stated in the Cape May County Herald, “the use of modular units will help with quality control and the schedule to construct the facility. They are factory constructed and delivered to the site, so before we know it, there will be significant progress once we begin. The modular units get delivered with plumbing fixtures and interior fixtures already in place so it’s just a matter of stacking them and constructing around them.”

“This significantly saves in on‐site construction time. And since they are constructed at a factory, there is more quality control. The strength of the concrete is almost double the strength of masonry construction,” McMahon added.

After producing the precast cell modules at their Telford, Pa. facility, Oldcastle Infrastructure Modular fully outfits the cells with all furnishings and system tie‐ins, including HVAC, plumbing, electrical, doors, frames, toilet, sink and bunk. In all, ninety‐six, 2‐inmate, precast concrete, rear‐chase cell modules and sixteen, 8‐man, dormitory style cell modules will be produced.

The rear chase configuration was chosen because it allows the maintenance personnel to have access to the mechanical systems without having to disrupt the prison population’s daily routines.

“After the jail cells are complete, they are shipped to the jobsite,” said Sandy Kester, Project Manager for Oldcastle Infrastructure Modular. “It takes under 10 minutes to make one cell secure as the crane rolls on to hoist another. That’s one reason construction can advance quickly.”

The 85,000‐square‐foot correctional center features housing for 320 inmates, a medical area that will be able to house inmates, in addition to a laundry facility which will enable the jail to do most of the laundry items for the Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the animal shelter, reducing costs. The correctional center will also include a separate juvenile housing unit as an alternate bid package.

The start of the project on Crest Haven Road was Aug. 1, 2016. Target completion is scheduled for the beginning of August 2018.

Construction is being performed by Hall Construction Co. and Hill International is overseeing the project for the county.

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CAROLINAS ()

Oldcastle Infrastructure Carolinas Continue to Help Feed the Hungry

Oldcastle Infrastructure Carolinas Continue to Help Feed the Hungry

As part of their ongoing commitment to fighting food insecurity and hunger, Oldcastle Infrastructure Carolinas’ “Feed the Hungry” campaign is continuing to help raise awareness and provide on‐going support to food banks and pantries in its service areas in the Carolinas.

As a result of their efforts, on Saturday, August 19th, Oldcastle Infrastructure Carolinas employees gathered at The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina for their 2nd Annual “Feed the Hungry” community event. The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina provides food for 34 counties surrounding the Raleigh area.

The Oldcastle Infrastructure team spent the day sorting through potatoes provided from local farmers.  Yes, you read correctly, “potatoes”. Large bins of potatoes were sorted into smaller 8‐lb bags. In all, the team processed 12,000 lbs. of potatoes, which equates to 10,105 meals. All the potatoes were distributed within 24 hours and delivered to other agencies and shared with 5 other locations.

“With over 650,000 people in eastern and central North Carolina who are food insecure, our employee volunteers are eager to be part of this important work to prepare food for those in need across the state,” remarked Kevin Blackwell, Vice President / RGM Carolinas Region at Oldcastle Infrastructure. “I would like to give a big thank you to everyone who gave up their day and volunteered at the Food Bank on Saturday, in Raleigh. Equally important, the day was a lot of fun and definitely for a great cause.”

The mission of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is: No One Goes Hungry in Central & Eastern North Carolina.

Established in 1980, the Food Bank is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties for over 35 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 800 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through distribution centers in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines) and Wilmington.

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HOUSTON, Texas (September 20, 2017)

Oldcastle Infrastructure Houston Quickly Transitions Efforts to Support Employee Family’s, Effected by Hurricane Harvey, Immediate Need for Food, Water, and Shelter

Oldcastle Infrastructure Houston Quickly Transitions Efforts to Support Employee Family’s, Effected by Hurricane Harvey, Immediate Need for Food, Water, and Shelter

On August 25, 2017 one of the worst weather events in United States history made landfall in Houston, Texas. With that said, the Central Region within Oldcastle Infrastructure made preparatory arrangements with the southern plants to prepare for the impact and relief once the storm had passed.

Calls with the plant management team and the regional safety manager were held to ensure all preparations were made for our families and facilities.

After the flooding event unfolded, 2 crisis calls were held daily to report the status of the families. Each plant manager contacted their employees daily to determine their whereabouts, status of their homes and cars, and any special needs.

Employee tracking spreadsheets for both facilities were utilized to assist in disaster planning. Even when the General Manager and Plant Manager became personally impacted by flooding and evacuations, the tracking spreadsheets were seamlessly routed to the Mansfield factory, continuing accountability calls with their southern families.

By Wednesday, August 30th, 95% of the employees and their families were located and their needs identified. Ultimately, 25 families needed to be evacuated, and had some level of damage to their homes, ranging from 3 inches to 3 feet of standing water inside.

With this level of communication and tracking, they could quickly transition their efforts to support the immediate needs of food, water, and shelter. A large U‐Haul truck was obtained and loaded with the necessary supplies and delivered to the Houston teams, along with ensuring every family had a dry place to stay.

Central Region EH&S Manager Joe Malato said, “Oldcastle Infrastructure is a family of families and there is nothing more important than our employees and their families. Getting the supplies to our families was an easy decision to make.”

Many employees throughout the company asked how they could help, consequently Regional Safety Manager, Joe Malato set up a “Go Fund Me” account to assist in purchasing needed materials, in an attempt to return families to their homes.

Central Region Operational Excellence Director, Glenn Stinson stated, “Our Oldcastle Infrastructure family is our greatest asset and it was an honor serving them and their families in an attempt to minimize the impact of the storm. It was through the giving nature of Oldcastle Infrastructure that it was possible to positively impact our employees in such a meaningful manner.

The funds collected in this Go‐Fund Me account were used to purchase drywall, drywall supplies, and other building materials the families needed to get back into their homes.

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PEACH BOTTOM TOWNSHIP, Pa. ()

Precast Concrete Adds Strength to Explosion‐Proof Restroom for Gas Transmission Facility

Precast Concrete Adds Strength to Explosion‐Proof Restroom for Gas Transmission Facility

At Calpine’s York 2 Energy Center in Peach Bottom Township, Pa., a precast concrete restroom from Easi‐Set Buildings was the preferred building solution. The restroom—manufactured and installed by Easi‐Set Buildings licensed producer Oldcastle Infrastructure, Easton, Pa.—provides superior R‐values and explosion‐proof qualities to keep workers safe, if an accident ever occurs at the facility.

The 28‐megawatt center is a dual‐fueled, combined‐cycle electric generating facility. Using clean‐burning natural gas, the combustion turbines were also designed to run on ultra‐low‐sulfur diesel fuel oil when necessary. The project began commercial operation this year to provide additional reliable power to the region.

The restroom is a single unisex ADA‐compliant building, measuring 8’‐10” wide x 12’‐0” long x 9’‐4” high, with one toilet and one sink. The building has insulated reinforced concrete walls with a simulated split‐faced block external appearance. The walls were manufactured by Oldcastle Infrastructure to be 8” thick having a 5,000‐psi strength at 28 days. That equates to a R‐13 value for the walls and R‐19.5 for the roof. Stainless steel was selected for the toilet and sink. All electrical components are NEMA 4 rated. A crane from general contractor CB&I, Charlotte, N.C., was used to hoist the restroom into place within the structure. The install took just one day.

“Each Easi‐Set Buildings licensed producer offers customized precast concrete buildings for its customers because each project has such unique requirements,” says Moffette Tharpe, managing director of Easi‐Set Worldwide. “Licensed producers are production‐trained in their own facilities by Easi‐Set Buildings’ personnel to ensure that quality custom solutions are always the top priority.”

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September 13, 2017

Excerpt from: NPCA – PRECAST PUSHES THE LIMITS OF SCALE

Excerpt from: NPCA – PRECAST PUSHES THE LIMITS OF SCALE

Precast enables rapid dam construction

Elsewhere in the state, and armed with a $1.7‐million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, Bill French of Billerica, Mass.‐based French Development Enterprises LLC set out to create a dam that incorporates non‐traditional construction methods with off‐site manufacturing and on‐site installation. Calling his development “The French Dam,” he wanted to make the entire dam production and installation process both “just‐in‐time” and weather‐ independent.

FDE’s patented technology for rapid dam construction was also funded through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

“The French Dam” includes six 27,000‐pound precast concrete blocks interconnected to form a 24‐foot‐long, 16‐foot‐high monolithic structure. Photo courtesy of Oldcastle Infrastructure.

The 24‐foot‐long, 16‐foot‐high prototype was designed by GEI Consultants of Woburn, Mass., and Oldcastle Infrastructure of Littleton, Colo. It comprises six 27,000‐pound precast concrete 8‐foot‐by‐8‐foot‐by‐8‐foot blocks interconnected with each other, forming one monolithic structure. A modular precast impoundment for construction and retrofit of hydroelectric dams, water control systems and powerhouses, the product was assembled on‐site in less than four hours, even with a heavy rainstorm occurring during installation.

“Building on Massachusetts’ long history of innovation, this investment advances inventive technologies and strengthens renewable energy infrastructure that powers the Commonwealth with clean resources such as hydropower,” said MassCEC Interim CEO Stephen Pike (2). “By modernizing our energy infrastructure, we are capitalizing on investments that produce cost reductions and economic growth to benefit residents across Massachusetts.”

Precast: The material of choice

Bob Kramer, Oldcastle’s vice president of marketing and product development, said French approached his team with the idea of using precast modular components to build hydroelectric dams. Kramer added that French wanted to build a prototype to commercialize the concept. Oldcastle served as a design‐manufacturing partner on the project.

Working with a civil design consultant, a dam expert and other members of FDE’s cross‐ functional team, Oldcastle spent about a year developing the dam prototype and experimenting with different manufacturing, assembly and connection iterations.

“The main driver was how to manufacture and create mechanical connections that would be suitable in the environment of what’s known as a small head dam,” Kramer said. “So that’s what the team did.”

For example, one condition of the federal grant dictated the manufacture and assembly of the modules in a way that would ensure watertightness and the ability to withstand the hydrostatic pressures. This was in addition to being able to unbolt, remove and replace a piece, if necessary.

“Collectively, we created a design and were successful in building up a prototype that satisfied the requirements of the federal grant,” Kramer said.

Dam of the future?

In total, Oldcastle produced six modules. All were of identical dimensions inside and out and manufactured from rigid steel forms to extremely tight manufacturing tolerances. The specifications weren’t unusual for the precaster, although Kramer said that if the dams were to be commercialized at some point – and then scaled up to make fully assembled, working dams – the project magnitude would increase exponentially.

Members of the project team hope to commercialize the dam and scale up for real‐ world implementation in the future. Photo courtesy of Oldcastle Infrastructure.

“The product could be used to replace existing spillways, and would be particularly useful for municipal‐owned dams that have fallen into disrepair,” said Kramer, noting that there are more than 80,000 non‐electric‐producing dams in the U.S. “These need to be retrofitted with a quick‐fix, low‐cost, high‐impact solution.”

Bridget McCrea is a freelance writer who covers manufacturing, industry and technology. She is a winner of the Florida Magazine Association’s Gold Award for best trade‐technical feature statewide.

Endnotes
(1) csengineermag.com/prototype‐of‐modular‐precast‐french‐dam‐completed/

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MONTICELLO, N.Y. (September 7, 2017)

After 100 years, Sullivan County, New York is Finally Getting a New Jail

After 100 years, Sullivan County, New York is Finally Getting a New Jail

Considering the old jail is at least 100 years old, Sullivan County knew years ago, it was essential to build a new, more modernized facility. Subsequently, after talking about it for decades, the Sullivan County lawmakers gave the approval to move forward with construction of a new jail.

“We’re going from an 18th century to a 21st century correctional center,” said Sullivan County Undersheriff Eric Chaboty. “We skipped the 20th century. We researched so many other jails across the state, and we adopted the ideas that worked.” (Excerpt from recordonline.com – Times Herald‐Record)

Plans called for a jail of more than 155,000 square feet, with 256 single cells and more than 300 beds, at a new location just outside Monticello on Old Route 17. The new $79 million jail in Sullivan County, New York consists of a new two‐story, 300‐bed correctional facility featuring 70 sq. ft. and 100 sq. ft. precast concrete, front chase cells with integral precast concrete bunks.

Contracted to supply the prefabricated concrete cells for the six housing units, Oldcastle Infrastructure manufactured the front‐chase cells at their Oldcastle Infrastructure Telford, Pa. precast plant and shipped them to the job‐site.  A total of 164 precast cells, measuring 70 square‐feet, and 92 precast cells, measuring 100 square‐feet, were manufactured for the new jail.

Built in the factory, the modular precast concrete units were outfitted with all furnishings and system tie‐ins, including HVAC, plumbing and electrical fixtures, doors, windows and frames. Because modular units are built in a controlled environment, issues such as weather and temperature don’t hamper the construction process as compared to CMU or steel.  As the job site was prepared, precast cell modules were delivered to the job site in Monticello, NY, as needed, for immediate erection. The expedited product delivery and fast erection of the precast cells shortened construction timelines.

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Complex, which includes the new jail, started last October and is currently on time and within budget. The complex is being designed to allow for future expansion and more efficient operations. It will house not only the jail, but also the civil, patrol and administrative divisions.

If construction continues on schedule, the project is expected to be completed by September 2018.

Design Consultants: Mark Kukuvka, of LaBella Associates
General Contractor: The Pike Company, Rochester NY
Engineer: Pennoni

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LAKESIDE, Calif. (September 5, 2017)

Oldcastle Infrastructure Lakeside Joins Associated General Contractors Blood Drive

Oldcastle Infrastructure Lakeside Joins Associated General Contractors Blood Drive

On Wednesday July 17th, the Oldcastle Infrastructure Lakeside team (Southern CA Region) participated in hosting a Blood Drive through the Associated General Contractors and the San Diego Blood Bank.

The Associated General Contractors had an overall goal of raising 480 pints of blood over a three‐day period. Joining in the Associated General Contractors Blood Drive were 42 employees, customers and neighboring companies, along with Oldcastle Infrastructure, who hosted Blood Drives at different sites, in San Diego County. The goal was for each company to give at least 20 pints of blood.

Due to the contributing companies’ donations, the Associated General Contractors and the San Diego Blood Bank not only reached their goal but exceeded it with a donation of 517 pints of blood to the San Diego Blood Bank, thus helping to save the lives of 1,551 people.

“It was an honor to chair this event. According to the San Diego Blood Bank, one pint of blood saves 3 lives. Oldcastle Infrastructure Lakeside donated a total of 21 pints, touching the lives of 63 people,” said Sabra Arana, Project Manager at Oldcastle Infrastructure. “I was blown away, as well as very grateful, to be a part of a company team that is more like a family pulling together to give back.”

Regional General Manager Todd Ebbert remarked, “The Oldcastle Infrastructure team partnering with AGC and the San Diego Blood Bank in this important event is a privilege and demonstrates that helping others is part of our contribution to the local communities where we live and work”.

Already signed up to host this awesome event next year, Oldcastle Infrastructure Lakeside has raised their donation goal to 30 pints of blood (90 lives).

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