CHARLOTTE – February 9, 2001 – Hall Contracting Corporation of Charlotte, N.C., was honored for its work on the Columbia, S.C. Saluda River Outfall Rehabilitation project with a prestigious Pinnacle Award for “Best Utility Construction Project” by the Carolinas AGC (Associated General Contractors), the largest AGC chapter in the nation.
The challenging project required Hall to clean and “slipline” 620 feet of existing concrete pipe that was originally installed in the 1970s. Even with Hall’s considerable experience with sliplining, this project was unique because it was the first to be located under a river, requiring the use of remote video to perform the work. Sliplining is a method of construction used to refurbish old facilities by inserting a liner into the pipe. The deteriorating pipe handled approximately 13 million gallons of raw sewage each day underneath the Saluda River.
At bidding, there was no guarantee that sliplining would even be possible, yet Hall accomplished it without even bypassing the sewer, greatly minimizing environmental risk. The team had to test the pressure of the slipline first, which required handling the flows of sewage by pumping it into holding tanks and then emptying it back into the main pipes. They had to do this two to three times, working from midnight to 4:00 a.m.
“What helped make this project a success was the cooperation between the city of Columbia, the engineer Wilbur Smith Associates of Columbia and our people coordinating the work and handling the sewer flows,” said Michael Hall, president of Hall Contracting Corporation.
In addition to meeting the planning and execution challenges, Hall underbid the next closest bidder by approximately one-half and still came under budget – not knowing if the designated plan and technique would work.
In Hall’s opinion, “All the effort was worth it. Hall Contracting likes to tackle the tough projects that present a challenge. We have innovative people that tend to think out of the box and make things happen that would otherwise seem impossible.”
The Pinnacle Award judging panel of contractors and subcontractors unanimously selected the Saluda River Outfall Rehabilitation project as the Best Utility Construction Project winner, citing Hall Contracting Corporation’s ability to foresee potential problems and adjust their equipment and forces to overcome them. In addition they noted the project’s completion with minimum disruption in a high-profile, environmentally sensitive area with no spills or incidents.
Hall has been in business Since 1954. Their Charlotte office opened in 1982 and they also have a gunite division office in Jacksboro, Tenn., which grouted the space between the new and old pipe in this particular project. The Best Utility Construction Project award was presented to Hall Contracting Corporation at the Carolinas AGC annual convention in Palm Beach, Fla., on January 26, 2001.
As the largest AGC chapter in the nation with more than 3,400 member firms, Carolinas AGC’s mission is to build its members’ businesses through workforce development, business development, profit management, and CompTrust AGC –a self-insured workers’ compensation trust for members. More than 75 percent of commercial and industrial construction (buildings, highways/bridges, utility facilities) in both North and South Carolina is performed by Carolinas AGC members.