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Colonie, New York
A retail facility contracted CPEG to respond to potential public safety issues in the parking lot at their Colonie, New York facility. Field observations indicated that a previous environmental remediation system had been installed at the site. Additionally, the trenching and soil boring locations associated with this system seemed to have been “sinking” under the grade of the existing parking lot surface, causing a tripping/traffic hazard.
Since the facility was leased, no request to investigate the owner of the system or the status of the remediation activities was made. Alternatively, CPEG was authorized to perform asphalt patching activities to minimize the potential of accidental injury until a more permanent surface could be installed. These activities consisted of patching the sunken locations to the existing grade with asphalt patch. Additionally, some of the soil boring locations had sunk two foot below grade. Areas that were six inches or greater below grade, were patched utilizing a wire mesh, gravel subbase and then topped with asphalt patch.
Additional site visits were requested from the client so that CPEG could observe the conditions of the temporary patching materials and to minimize liability, prior to the lot being resurfaced.
Total cost of project: $3,750
A retail pharmacy chain contracted CPEG to respond to potential public safety issues caused by the failure of a retaining wall which borders the parking lot of the adjacent Giant Eagle supermarket. This wall was approximately 250 feet in length and varied from 2 feet to 8 feet in height. During the initial site inspection, it was determined that the wall failure may have occurred due to the hollow-cored masonry block construction being inadequate for this application and the lack of horizontal tie-bars.
Based on the observations made during the initial visit, CPEG developed a reconstruction plan which included obtaining engineered drawings for the new wall and a geotechnical investigation prior to the pouring of the new wall footer. After the geotechnical data was available, CPEG worked closely with the engineering firm to assure that the new design calculations met or exceeded the client’s expectations.
After the new design plans were accepted by the client and approved by the building inspector’s office, a building permit was issued. CPEG was requested to provide on-site construction management during all aspects of construction to assure that the new wall was being built as designed.
During construction, CPEG documented the contractor’s progress through detailed field notes and digital photography. CPEG documented activities such as making sure the contractor installed and compacted the specified depth and type of gravel prior to re-bar installation for the new footer, verifying the specified diameter of re-bar (vertical and horizontal) was being used, re-bar spacing, guard-rail and safety fence installation, coordinating the building inspectors visits and comments, etc. Additionally, throughout the concrete pouring process for the footer and retaining wall construction, CPEG collected concrete samples to be sent out for testing to confirm the concrete met or exceeded the designed strength.
After wall construction was completed, CPEG compiled a report complete with photographic documentation that summarized the various phases of construction and submitted to the client for their review and records.
Total cost of project: $18,500
A retain pharmacy contracted CPEG to provide a structural inspection to evaluate the adequacy of the existing roof structure to support three, new, 15 ton rooftop mechanical units. CPEG worked with a local structural engineering firm to make a visual inspection of the existing site conditions (and new HVAC units, if available on-site) and provide comment of potential concerns.
CPEG reviewed the calculations and proposed structural plans, prepared a brief letter report to document observations and findings during the site visit, and coordinated with the installation contractor.
Total cost of project: $4,500