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Mahoning County Courthouse Restoration

Youngstown, Ohio

Mahoning County Courthouse Restoration
Mahoning County Courthouse Restoration
DRIVEN BY THE NEED TO MAINTAIN THE PUBLIC’S SAFETY, SECURE THE BUILDING’S ENVELOPE AND PRESERVE THIS HISTORIC STRUCTURE, THE COMMISSIONERS NEEDED A SPECIALIZED TEAM TO COMPLETE THIS RESTORATION.
  • Architectural Design
  • Construction Documents
  • Bidding Assistance
  • Construction Administration
The architectural team of ms consultants, inc., Chamber, Murphy & Burge, Barber & Hoffman, and Incorporated (TAI) Roofing Consultants were commissioned by the Mahoning County Commissioners to complete an assessment and restoration of the Mahoning County Upper Court House.   Built in the early 1900s and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Mahoning County Courthouse is a grand example of Renaissance Revival style architecture. At 28,825 square feet in size, the courthouse was constructed to be the most prestigious courthouse between New York and Chicago.   Notable features include: Granite and terra cotta facades Four-story rotunda Elegant marble columns Opulent glass dome Impressive rooftop copper sculpture   During its more than 100 years, the terra cotta cornice, upper facades, and rooftop balustrades had never been restored and had fallen into disrepair. Pieces of terra cotta had fallen or were at risk of falling and water leaks were persistent within the building.   Driven by the need to maintain the public’s safety, secure the building’s envelope, and preserve this historic structure, the Mahoning County Commissioners hired ms consultants, inc. and subconsultants to assess and restore the courthouse.   This team’s expertise combined the specialized architectural, historical, structural, and public contracting knowledge needed to guide the county through the design, bidding, and construction of this complex project.   Because the 108-year-old building is listed on the National Register, the team followed the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties guidelines. These guidelines encourage quality and appropriate rehabilitation. To meet the stringent standards, the team used materials and methods to match and preserve the historic integrity of the building.
ASSESSING THE HISTORIC COURTHOUSE
The team observed the building’s existing conditions and documented their findings. It was determined that the building damage included: Progressive failure of terra cotta cornice and rooftop balustrades Rusting and failure of the structural steel brackets, rods, and channels supporting the terra cotta Missing terra cotta units Deterioration of steel beams supporting the granite statue pediment Shifting of the granite roof slabs capping the statue pedestal Age failure of the roof system and flashings Age failure of the copper gutter liner along the building cornice Age failure of the copper statue skin and supporting frame
RESTORATION RECOMMENDATIONS
The team advised the commissioners to restore the building’s most critical elements. The parapet and balustrade were restored by deconstructing the terra cotta components and either repairing and reinstalling or replacing with new custom units to match the original. This included replacing all steel supports embedded in the masonry walls below with new stainless steel components.   While the cornice is granite on three sides of the building, the west cornice is constructed of terra cotta and was completely reconstructed with new units. The structural steel channels embedded in the masonry walls, supporting the cornice and the associated rods and hangers, were completely replaced with stainless steel components. The granite was patched in places of need on the building’s exterior.   The roof system was completely removed and replaced with the exception of the light wells and skylights. The wide gutters built into the cornices were re-lined with new custom copper gutters and flashings.   The copper statue was restored and reinstalled on the repaired granite pediment. This included lifting and straightening the partially-collapsed copper skin, installing a new interior supporting umbrella frame and mounting structure, stripping and repairing the surface and seams, and applying a chemical patina to replicate the aged condition before restoration.   Additional work included reconstruction of the front granite stairs and installation of new handrails, cleaning the entire exterior, and updating exterior lighting to LED.
A RESTORED PIECE OF HISTORY IN MAHONING COUNTY
Upon completion, Mahoning County reclaimed an impressive and beautiful piece of historic architecture. The commissioner successfully maintained public safety while preserving a historic structure the public can enjoy for generations to come.
2019 Preservation Merit Award - Mahoning County Courthouse Statues

Ohio State Historic Preservation Office

The Big Box Divide

Various Locations

The Big Box Divide
As big box retailers are evolving and reducing footprints, building owners pave the way for smaller tenants to fill the void.
  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • 3D Scanning
  • Survey
  • Utility Coordination
  • Construction Documents
Developers and Landlords are finding themselves left with massive spaces, far too large to attract a single new tenant. The solution? Repurposing and subdividing the large space to meet smaller, individual tenant needs.   With this, building owners are faced with how to effectively and efficiently split the square footage, utilities, HVAC, usage, flexibility, and more.   That’s where ms consultants comes in. We work with the building owners from the initial building survey all the way through coordination with utility companies for multiple tenants. Our experience with nationwide commercial accounts provides a one-stop-shop for these planning and design services.
Using 3D Scanning Technology to Efficiently Understand the Space
The first step of subdividing the space is identifying the exact dimensions and leasable square footage. While some spaces may have as-built drawings available for reference, accurate record drawings are a rarity in many older shopping centers.   When drawings of the space aren’t available, our 3D scanning capabilities provide significant value. The 3D scanning process uncovers the many unknowns about the dimensions and structural system of the building.   Our 3D scanner is capable of producing a snapshot of all visible building information in just one site visit. This reduces the need for multiple site visits and provides a point cloud of data for reference throughout the entire process. The point cloud is easily transformed into a 3D Revit model, which is then used to develop as-built drawings of the space. Conveniently, the Revit model can quickly be adapted to work within the AutoCAD platform as well.
Demising the Space
After the as-built floor plan has been developed, the next step is working with the developer to demise, or partition, the space.   Through our vast portfolio of multi-unit commercial clients, ms helps identify the individual space requirements based upon the desired tenant type. For example, a coffee shop will require approximately 2,000 square feet, while a small-format grocery store will be in the 16,000-20,000 square feet range. These are two very different tenant types with their own space and layout needs.   Having both architecture and engineering disciplines in house, our team is skilled in efficiently demising the space to maximize tenant square footage, split and reuse the existing utilities, and work within the structural limits of the facility.   As tenants are identified and leases are negotiated, ms can transform the demising plan into a full set of construction documents depicting the desired shell conditions.
Splitting the Utilities
All commercial buildings require electrical, gas (where available), water, and sanitary connections from external utility companies.   Demising a big box space into several smaller tenants brings up many questions about these utilities. For example, what size electrical service does a small-format grocery store require? How will the service be metered? Is the existing service large enough to accommodate the other tenants as well? If a new service must be brought to the building, will the transformer have to be upgraded? These important utility questions must be identified upfront in order to avoid rework and added cost to the project.   At ms, we have a team of experts that know the right questions to ask and the risks to identify when splitting utilities and working with multiple tenants on behalf of a developer or landlord. We propose cost-effective solutions to reuse and repurpose when possible, and identify large ticket items upfront to mitigate unexpected and unplanned for costs.

Greendale Trail

Greendale, Indiana

Greendale Trail
TWO INDIANA COMMUNITIES WERE SEEKING ALTERNATE CONNECTIVITY FOR CYCLIST AND PEDESTRIANS, ULTIMATELY PROVIDING A SAFE, EFFICIENT, AND HEALTHY ROUTE BETWEEN ATHLETIC COMPLEXES.
  • Archaeological Investigation
  • Environmental Services
  • Grants + Funding
  • Hazardous Material
  • NEPA + Environmental Documentation
The Greendale to Lawrenceburg connector trail is the first segment of a master planned trail system that directly joins the Indiana cities via a pedestrian and bike path. It will eventually link, after additional segments are added, to greater regional trails along the Ohio River and the Indiana State Visionary Trail Plan systems.
HEALTHY AND EFFICIENT TRAVEL OPTION NEEDED
This Greendale Trail segment was prioritized because it connects two outdoor athletic complexes currently separated by an industrial park. Both Greendale and Lawrenceburg use these athletic complexes since they share a school district and have combined K-12 athletic events.   Once, only accessible by vehicle, parents and children frequently need to switch between complexes for after-school and weekend activities. The lack of alternatives made school-aged children dependent on car rides—increasing safety concerns and restricting healthier and more-efficient walking and cycling transportation options.
TRAIL FEATURES
The trail will be ADA-compliant with a majority of this segment featuring a 12-foot-wide paved asphalt path dedicated to pedestrian and cycling transportation modes. There will also be a boardwalk section for the ridge descent connecting Greendale’s residential neighborhoods to the outdoor sports complexes.    More than 10,000 Indiana residents in the City of Greendale and the City of Lawrenceburg will greatly benefit from the trail as it connects both sections in a critically-shared and prioritized area.
SECURING PROJECT FUNDING
ms aided the city in procuring an Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Regional Trails Program grant. ms wrote the grant application using gathered information and verbal input provided by the City of Greendale, as well as other resources.   ms also coordinated the gathering and application placement of additional information as provided by the City of Greendale including certification of funds, public participation backing documents and report, location map, sitemap, and photographs.
ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTATION
ms’ in-house team conducted field studies, prepared technical reports, and completed the INDOT Categorical Exclusion required to gain approval for the project. Critical path items included wetlands delineation, management of the archaeological specialists, and coordination with the INDOT district reviewers.

Dunkin' Brands

Multiple Locations

Dunkin' Brands
WITH A GOAL OF 15,000 LOCATIONS BY 2020, DUNKIN’ NEEDED A FULL-SERVICE PARTNER FOR ITS CONTINUED GROWTH.
  • Architectural Design
  • Survey
  • Site Civil Engineering
  • MEP Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Permitting Assistance
  • Construction Management
Dunkin’, formerly Dunkin’ Donuts, is multi-national coffee company and quick service restaurant owned by Dunkin’ Brands. With currently more than 11,000 locations worldwide, Dunkin’ is one of the largest coffee and baked goods chains in the world.   Working with various franchisees and Dunkin’ Brands, ms consultants provides full-service design solutions for regional Dunkin’ projects, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
FULL SERVICE SOLUTIONS
Dunkin’ projects vary from tenant improvements to major remodels.   A typical Dunkin’ project begins with an architectural and/or site survey of the project space. Upon completion of the survey, ms works with the franchisee and Dunkin’ Brands to develop a space plan for the project location. After approval of the space plan, ms consultants provides design services for the architectural, site-civil, MEP, and structural plan sheets.   In addition to design services, ms consultants has provided permitting assistance and construction management services on several Dunkin’ projects.
DESIGN SOLUTIONS FOR FUEL + CONVENIENCE STORES
Some Dunkin’ locations are paired with fuel and convenience stores. These projects offer a number of unique challenges in environmental compliance, fire and life safety, and circulation and traffic.   Challenges for these Dunkin’ locations, specifically associated with the fueling islands are in addition to the overall design challenges of providing visitors a positive customer experience.
EXPEDITED REVIEW PROCESS
To fast-track its internal store planning design process, Dunkin’ has developed a vendor program identifying Expedited Review Process Approved Vendors.   As one of Dunkin’s valued partners, ms consultants was asked to become an Expedited Review Process Approved Vendor to improve the experience for its franchisees. This partnership allows franchisees to reduce the design and approval phase of their project when working with these select, trusted vendors.   By working with ms consultants, the project delivery timeframe is reduced and the process is simplified for the franchisee.

Lower Alum Creek Relief Pump Station/Force Main

DELAWARE, OHIO

Building Information Model of proposed structure
THE DELAWARE COUNTY REGIONAL SEWER DISTRICT PROACTIVELY IDENTIFIED FUTURE FLOWS EXCEEDING EXISTING CAPACITY DUE TO PROJECTED EXTENSIVE GROWTH IN THE AREA THAT WILL NEED ADDITIONAL SYSTEMS.
  • Architecture
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Planning
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Wastewater Systems Engineering
  • 3D Scanning + BIM
The Delaware Country Regional Sewer District Sanitary Sewer Master Plan identified wet-weather flows exceeding existing capacity in the Alum Creek Interceptor sewer and at the Alum Creek Pump Station. Due to extensive growth in the Delaware County area, sanitary and stormwater flows have increased causing the Alum Creek Interceptor sewer to be undersized. The Lower Alum Creek Relief Pump Station will provide additional system capacity by reducing flow through the Alum Creek Interceptor sewer.
INCREASING CAPACITY WITH A NEW PUMP STATION
The Lower Alum Creek Pump Station diverts up to 14 MGD off of the existing Alum Creek Interceptor Sewer through a diversion structure and 36-inch gravity sewer. Flows enter the station by passing through influent channel grinders to reduce the influent solids. From the wet well, flow is conveyed using up to 4 dry-pit submersible pumps through an 8,200 foot force main. The force main required a new connection to the pretreatment building. Along with the new connection structure, additional upgrades to the pretreatment building were constructed. These improvements included new influent sampling, a new odor control system, and new HVAC improvements to meet NFPA standards.   The dry-pit submersible pump station configuration with brick façade and electrical control room features: Four, vertical, dry-pit, submersible 250-horsepower pumps with variable frequency drives Influent grinders and an odor control system On-site backup generator Overhead door and hoist for pump removal Instrumentation and controls Photoionisation odor control system for the wet well   The discharge force main design includes: 8,200 feet of 24-inch force main of horizontal directional drill installation. A 14-foot-by-7-foot diversion structure to divert flow from the existing Alum Creek Interceptor to the new pump station. Replacement of an existing culvert with 80 feet of an 8-foot-by-6-foot box culvert, which runs along a hiking path in Preservation Parks. Modifications to the influent chamber at the headworks of the Alum Creek Water Reclamation Facility.
UTILIZING BIM
The Lower Alum Creek Pump Station was designed using Revit, a BIM technology, to model the proposed structure. Utilizing BIM technology, changes within the model are visible to all disciplines in real time, making conflict identification a seamless and instantaneous process. Using our Virtual Reality technology, the client was able to take a guided tour through the structure to provide live feedback throughout the design process.

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Program Management

Ohio

MWCD Program Management
Atwood Welcome Center
Tappan Lake Restroom
THE LARGEST CONSERVANCY DISTRICT IN OHIO WANTED TO ENHANCE ITS PARK VISITOR EXPERIENCE WELL INTO THE FUTURE.
  • Bid Assistance
  • Program Management
  • Project Management Consultant (PMC)
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)
  • Utility Infrastructure
  • Wastewater
  • Water Resources
Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) is the largest conservancy district in Ohio. The district includes the Muskingum River watershed, encompassing more than 8,000 square miles statewide. The many MWCD parks, lakes, and recreation areas serve more than 3.5 million visitors annually.   To enhance the park visitors’ experience, MWCD developed a comprehensive master plan for facility improvements and amenities at six of its parks and marinas. The park master plan was developed with stakeholder and public input and included assessing current needs and trends.   MWCD turned to ms consultants, inc. to implement the plan. As the Program Management Consultant (PMC), ms is collaborating with the MWCD staff on 300 capital projects totaling more than $200 million. ms is helping turn MWCD’s vision into reality by taking their plan through to construction completion.
PARK UPGRADES
Six MWCD parks will be receiving upgrades: Atwood Lake Park, Charles Mill Park, Piedmont Lake Marina and Campground, Pleasant Hill Lake Park, Seneca Lake Park and Marina, and Tappan Lake Park. Each park will receive upgrades that align with its theme and its park visitor needs.   Upgrades include:   Modern, full hookup RV campsites with hard surface pads Utility and infrastructure upgrades New restroom/shower houses and common areas with shelters. New children’s play areas Wi-Fi internet access New cabin neighborhoods with lake views and boat dock access Tent campsites Marina improvements Space allocation for the possible addition of water spray grounds­   All upgrades will be performed while maintaining park operations during the summer camping and boating seasons.
ABOUT THE PARKS
Each MWCD has its own theme, incorporating the location surroundings and visitor needs. The project improvements will solidify the themes at each:   Atwood Lake Park. Featuring entertainment and event venues, the park is located in Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties. Charles Mill Lake Park. The park has natural, tree-lined shores, and sits in Ashland and Richland Counties. Piedmont Lake Marina and Campground. One of the state’s top fishing lakes, Piedmont is nestled in a secluded cove on the lake and is located predominantly in Belmont and Harrison Counties. Pleasant Hill Lake Park. This park is the place for active and challenging recreation. It is located in Ashland and Richland Counties. Unlimited horsepower boating is permitted on the lake. Seneca Lake Park and Marina. Focused on water recreation, visitors to Seneca can enjoy power boating, sailing, and other amenities promoting activities both on water and on land. The park sits in both Guernsey and Noble Counties. Tappan Lake Park. Tappan is located in Harrison County and capitalizes on the scenic views provided by a combination of steep terrain and long narrow valleys. It offers ridge-top or lakeside camping. Visitors enjoy the wooded hiking trails throughout the park.   Photos provided by Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.

Riverfront Park and Amphitheater Master Plan

Youngstown, Ohio

Aerial view of the riverfront park and amphitheater
Amphitheater entrance
View of the stage from the entrance
Seating area
TO ACHIEVE CITY GOALS, DOWNTOWN YOUNGSTOWN WANTED TO REVITALIZE THEIR RIVERFRONT BY CREATING A RIVERFRONT PARK AND AMPHITHEATER; DEVELOPING A MULTIPURPOSE COMMUNITY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER.
  • Architecture
  • Civil Design
  • Construction Administration
  • Cost Analysis
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Plumbing Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Utility and Civil Pre-Design
ms consultants, inc. was hired as a subconsultant to MKSK for architectural and engineering design services for the proposed Riverfront Park and Amphitheater Master Plan. The project site is adjacent to the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown, Ohio.   This project is part of the city’s goal of improving green space and riverfront sites within the downtown area.
Developing A Master Plan
The master plan includes sustainable infrastructure options and remediation efforts of the Wean slab. The Wean United Building, once a downtown eyesore, was demolished in 2014. The nearly 10.5 acre site was turned over to the city. This site will now be home to the Riverfront Park and Amphitheater including a connecting promenade to the nearby Covelli Centre for a complete urban entertainment experience.
Urban Entertainment Center Takes Shape
Upon completion of the master plan, the project quickly moved into the design phase. This brought great excitement to all those involved throughout the Mahoning Valley region. Once final design began to take shape, the main sponsorship was announced and the venue was officially, and proudly named The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater.   The design includes the proposed amphitheater with designated seating and lawn space for 4,500 people. The amphitheater also includes a space for winter time activities so the space can be used year round.   The amphitheater facility includes: A large concession and bathroom facility, dressed with signage for the sponsorships associated with the facility. A ticket building equipped with technology for ticket sales and a secure checkpoint. A large stage structure equipped with integral rigging points, lighting and technology attached to the back of house structures that contain offices, dressing rooms, bathrooms, and a loading area.   A paved seating area for 1,000 sits in front of the stage flanked by a VIP area on one side and landscape buffering on the other. A large beer garden sets the perimeter for the paved seating area with integral landscaping for the best views of Youngstown.   *MKSK provided all master plan renderings
2019 Beautification Award

Youngstown CityScape

The Iranian Room at the University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

THE IRANIAN ROOM
THE IRANIAN ROOM
THE IRANIAN ROOM
THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH WANTED AN AUTHENTIC IRANIAN CLASSROOM TO CONTINUE A TRADITION OF HONORING VARIOUS CULTURES.
  • Conceptual Design
  • Schematic Design
  • Construction Documentation
  • Construction Administration 
CREATING A CULTURED CAMPUS
The University of Pittsburgh has a long history of honoring cultures that settled in Allegheny County thanks to Dr. John Bowman, the university chancellor at the end of World War I. Dr. Bowman aspired to give students the opportunity to learn in culturally-significant classrooms, which would highlight the many nationalities that comprised the county, and that was done in the form of the Nationality Room Collection.   With the help of his program director, Dr. Ruth Mitchell, Dr. Bowman collected community members of varying ethnicities to help design cultural classrooms that celebrated their heritage. His and Dr. Mitchell’s efforts have enriched the university’s environment for generations of students.   As of 2019, the university has 30 Nationality Rooms total. Not only do the rooms pay homage to the county’s rich cultural fabric, but they also attract tourism, bringing in an average of 30,000 visitors annually.
A NEW ADDITION
ms consultants, inc. assisted the university in growing its collection with an additional classroom. ms has been assigned the job of designing a 750-square-foot classroom that will gracefully combine iconic Iranian concepts with modern classroom technology. The team is working with the Iranian Room Committee and the university to create a historically accurate room that depicts a period from or before 1787, the year the university was founded. The classroom will be on the third floor of the Cathedral of Learning building.
BRINGING THE ROOM TO LIFE
To make the space authentic, ms will be working with stained glass, woodworking, plaster, and tile artisans. A key objective of the project is to find the right balance between the artisan’s vision, the overall room concept, and the university-defined design requirements.   As the lead architect, ms is coordinating with Ardelan Associates, who has provided the conceptual design. ms assisted in the production of professional renderings depicting the schematic design which was completed early in 2018 and will be providing construction documentation and administration for the remainder of the project.

ODOT Stormwater Volume Reduction Research

Ohio

ODOT STORMWATER VOLUME REDUCTION RESEARCH
ODOT STORMWATER VOLUME REDUCTION RESEARCH
MONITORING EQUIPMENT
MONITORING EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION
ODOT needed a cost-effective, efficient, and successful, alternative to its post-construction, stormwater volume reducing best management practices.
  • Construction Inspection
  • Data Analysis and Research
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Highway Design
  • Hydrology and Hydraulics
  • Stormwater Flow Monitoring
  • Survey
  • Traffic Control
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Location and Design Manual specifies several best management practices (BMPs) that have been approved by the Ohio EPA (OEPA) for use on publicly-funded transportation projects. These OEPA approved BMPs are currently the only practices ODOT can accept for post-construction water quality and water quantity treatment.   Designing post-construction stormwater BMPs is particularly difficult for transportation projects due to their linear nature, restrictive construction limits, and limited right-of-way.   However, there are common features of roadway projects, such as grassed shoulders and medians, with modifications like soil amendments, may increase the infiltration capacity, promote evapotranspiration, and serve as a water quantity BMP.
IDENTIFYING ALTERNATIVES
To identify alternatives for stormwater volume BMPs, ODOT’s Office of Hydraulic Engineering Research, in collaboration with ms consultants, the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and Stone Environmental is undergoing a research project for post-construction stormwater management.   The goal is to first determine the effectiveness of soil amendment as a stormwater runoff volume reducing BMP.   If found to be cost-effective, this potential new BMP may provide a new and improved alternative for post-construction stormwater management for transportation construction projects.
ASSESSMENT OF EXISTING AND POTENTIAL VOLUME REDUCTION
This research project focuses on developing OEPA-approved BMPs that use common features on roadway projects (i.e. grassed shoulders with amended soil) that are within the right-of-way.   The intent of these BMPs is to reduce runoff by infiltration and evapotranspiration to meet water quantity requirements per the Ohio EPA Construction General Permit. This will better enable ODOT to provide additional post-construction stormwater management options to meet regulatory requirements.   The research team has identified twelve sites across the state of Ohio to perform flow monitoring. The sites are located within the grassed medians of ODOT-maintained right-of-ways. The geographic distribution of the sites allows for data representative of varying weather conditions throughout the state. Site-specific flow monitoring plans were developed and equipment was installed to capture and record the rate, volume, and frequency of stormwater runoff generated from the roadway.   The soil amendment process consists of incorporating high-infiltrating soil materials into the top layer of existing soil along the sloped grass shoulder of the roadway. As the stormwater runoff sheet flows off the roadway, the amended soil is intended to decreases stormwater runoff volume by increasing infiltration, evapotranspiration, and initial abstraction of the grassed shoulder. Several soil amendment materials and amendment depths will be installed and analyzed to evaluate their performance.   After the soil amendment installations are completed, post-amendment flow monitoring will begin. The effectiveness of soil amendment as a stormwater volume reducing BMP will be evaluated by comparing the pre-amendment runoff volumes with post-amendment volumes.
THE PROJECT IN NUMBERS
$1.3 million research project 12 monitoring sites Across 5 Ohio counties 4 soil amendment alternatives 3 years of monitoring and data analysis

Bentleyville Interchange

Pennsylvania

Bentleyville Interchange
Bentleyville Interchange
Bentleyville Interchange
When interstate 70 in Pennsylvania had several safety and efficiency issues, PennDOT needed a cost-effective solution to overhaul the area roadways.
  • Bridge Engineering
  • Environmental Planning
  • Highway Engineering
  • Highway Lighting Design
  • Hydrologic and Hydraulic Modeling
  • Noise Mitigation
  • Right-of-Way
  • Stormwater Management
  • Streams and Waterway Mitigation
  • Subsurface Utility Engineering
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Transportation Management
The Bentleyville Interchange project on I-70 in Pennsylvania was previously home to unsafe and inefficient travel conditions. Narrow shoulders on the median side, sub-standard horizontal curves, inadequate acceleration and deceleration lanes, closely spaced interchanges, and insufficient vertical clearance at underpasses are just some of the issues that travelers dealt with while traveling this portion of I-70.   PennDOT District 12-0 decided it was time to improve the area. PennDOT implemented a partnership between the district, Golden Triangle Construction (the contractor), ms consultants (the designer), and JMT, Inc. (construction inspection). This partnership would go on to provide efficient project delivery and clear lines of communication throughout the project.   The Bentleyville Interchange project included a number of innovative ideas, new technologies and cost-saving elements that led to a very successful project. The updated, safer, and more efficient transportation system, including the reconstruction of two mainline interchanges, was substantially completed in late 2018.
PROJECT DETAILS
The Bentleyville Interchange project is located in three municipalities: Somerset Township, Fallowfield Township, and the Borough of Bentleyville and includes:   Median and shoulder widening Curve realignment On- and off-ramp reconstruction Extension of acceleration and deceleration lanes Reconstruction and paving of over 9,000 feet of S.R. 0070 Realignment and reconstruction of nearly 5,000 feet of S.R. 2040 Addition of a center left turn lane and sidewalks to S.R. 2040 Reconstruction of nearly 1,200 feet of S.R. 0917 and realignment and raising over S.R. 0070 Removal of two interchange ramps Alterations to S.R. 2044, including a total combined reconstruction of 1,800 feet of local roads Replacement of the S.R. 0070 mainline bridge with a 3-span, 345-foot-long structure, carrying traffic over Pigeon Creek, S.R. 2040 and the Norfolk-Southern Railway Replacement of the S.R. 0917 bridge over S.R. 0070 Removal of two bridges Construction of a single lane roundabout Installation of traffic signals
2019 Outstanding Highway Engineering Award - $20M Category

American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) Pittsburgh Section

2018 Project of the Year

American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) Southwest Penn Section

Project of the Year

American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) Northeast Region

Lawrence R. Schreiber Pump Station + Transmission Main

Powell, Ohio

Lawrence R. Schreiber Pump Station
Lawrence R. Schreiber Pump Station
Lawrence R. Schreiber Pump Station
Del-Co needed a solution to better serve Central Ohio residents for years to come with a positive social impact on the community.
  • Architecture
  • Building Codes
  • Distribution and Transmission Lines
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Facility Design
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Permitting
  • Plumbing Engineering
  • Pump Station Design
  • Regulatory Compliance Assistance
  • Site Civil Engineering
  • Social, Natural, and Cultural Studies
  • Structural Engineering
  • Wetland Permitting and Mitigation
The Del-Co Water Company serves approximately 44,000 customers throughout eight counties in the northern area of the Central Ohio region. Their water systems have an operating capacity of 33 million gallons per day (MGD). Del-Co’s main water supply is the Olentangy River, which serves their Olentangy Water Treatment Plant.   In recent years, during periods of drought, Del-Co’s water source supply reached levels requiring Del-Co to use their reserve supply out of their above-ground reservoirs. In part because of this drought, Del-Co partnered with the City of Columbus to construct the Upground Reservoir project along the Scioto River. The completion of this project allowed Del-Co to access source water from the Scioto River, located approximately 3.5 miles west of their Olentangy Water Plant.   Through the Schreiber Pump Station project, Del-Co received 16 MGD to use as a redundant water supply for their water system. This allows Del-Co to better serve the central Ohio area for years to come—providing a positive social impact to the community.
Project Challenges
The project did not come without its share of design and construction challenges:   The pump station and 36-inch waterline were constructed in an area with difficult subsurface conditions. Limestone rock formations were approximately 2 feet below the surface, which slowed the project’s construction since the pump station was more than 25 feet deep. The station’s proximity to the reservoir made excavation/construction practices more difficult. The station’s intake system’s original design was to be an open-channel on the surface of the reservoir. This was cost prohibitive so the intake design was changed—from an open-channel installation to a subsurface steel pipe intake, which required microtunneling operations. It is rare to use microtunneling as the installation method in the Central Ohio area on water projects. Microtunneling is also innovative as it uses a laser-guided tunneling machine to pull a pipe through a newly dug tunnel.   In addition to the design and construction challenges, the project involved substantial coordination challenges between multiple entities, including: the City of Columbus; the Ohio Department of Transportation; Delaware County; CSX Railroad; multiple townships; the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency; the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; the United States Army Corps of Engineers; the State Historic Preservation Office; and almost 40 property owners for securing easements along the waterline.

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