Dodds tells us that Brayman, headquartered in Saxonburg, Pa., “has been in business 50-plus years and has about 350 employees. We’re a heavy highway contractor specializing in concrete structures, bridges and foundation work. Regionally, Brayman is a bridge and structure company, and we’ll travel within a three or four hour radius of Pittsburgh with our heavy construction, which is a main core of the company. Our foundation division travels pretty much anywhere from the Mississippi to the East Coast. We tend to stay out of the major metropolitan areas like New York or Boston but most everywhere else, we’ll take a look and see if the work is right for us. We have jobs right now in Atlanta and Baltimore, so we’re spread out pretty good.”
“On this particular job, we’ve employed three different drill rigs. The EGT 5000 is doing the drilling and installing of the soil nails. We also have a Casa Grande C-8 drilling and installing high-capacity dam anchors, and a Davey 527, which is a smaller-style rig, to do the dam anchor work out on a platform we’ve built.”
There are 75 of those dam anchors – 58-strand epoxy-coated anchors drilled anywhere between 100 feet and 160 feet deep. Brayman has three crews working on this project – one installing the high-capacity anchors, one constructing the soil nail wall and the other doing the concrete pouring, forming and placement work on the spillway.
The project got started in October of 2002 and is scheduled to go through this November. “The weather has caused some trouble but production has been such that we’ve been able to maintain our schedule to this point,” says Dodds.