Reclamation Landfill – Multiple Phases
Answering the challenge.
INSIDE THE PROJECT
The project Owner of a landfill facility decided to expand its current site to keep up with its growing waste operation coming from the east coast by rail car. The Owner chose to work with Kokosing on the project to meet their needs. The main features of the first phase of the $2.7 million project involved self-performing 1.2-million-cubic-yards of soil overburden, existing mine spoil, and rock. Blasting was performed to facilitate the removal of the existing rock strata and construction of rock berms on the project.
After Kokosing completed this phase, the Owner chose to bring Kokosing back again the following year for an even larger expansion project. The Owner had a short timeline and a tall order to fill – constructing a new 10-acre landfill cell expansion with 1.4-million-cubic-yards of soil and rock excavation.
Kokosing answered the challenge by moving 1.4-million-cubic-yards of excavation in just 4 1/2 months to complete ahead of schedule and meet the Owner’s needs.
After the completion of the second project, the owner chose to work with Kokosing the following year on a third landfill expansion project moving another 1.9-million-cubic-yards of soil and rock and providing an additional 9.5-acres of landfill cell space. The total combined projects reached $10.7 million in contracts and 4.5-million-cubic-yards of excavation for the Owner.
For all three projects, Kokosing utilized its extensive stock of equipment and resources. A fleet of 100-ton rock trucks loaded by a Komatsu PC 2000, 450,000-pound excavator, worked both day and night to excavate the existing ground down to the cell subgrade. Within the landfill cell, the subgrade was held to strict requirements to comply with the Owner’s landfill permit and Kokosing’s GPS-guided dozers did the job.
Additionally, Kokosing worked with the Owner to improve haul roads throughout the landfill and to maintain the existing daily landfill traffic to keep the Owner’s operations running smoothly during construction.