- LocationSpringfield, Vermont
- OwnerUnited States of America
- EngineerUS Army Corps of Engineers
Meeting the challenge of a difficult job.
The North Springfield Dam is a flood control structure constructed by the Corps of Engineers in 1958. The site is utilized extensively by the public for recreation and the access bridge is used as a local road saving many miles for buses and residents that would otherwise have to drive around the dam. As part of ongoing refurbishments, failing concrete and bridge bearing points required extensive repair. Access to the areas in need of repair is very difficult requiring much of the work be performed with hanging staging accessed from the top of the bridge.
Excellence in client service.
Kingsbury Companies worked hand in hand with the US Army Corps to prioritize areas to repair and work within budgetary constraints to make as many repairs as possible. When additional funds became available, the contract was extended and many additional elevated repairs were made. The USACE three stage CQC was employed to assure that the quality of the repairs met or exceeded the quality of the original construction.
Project’s contribution to the community.
The North Springfield Dam provides flood control that has saved the Town of Springfield from inundation on multiple occasions; the most recent event was Tropical Storm Irene. In addition to this important function, the facilities also provide a beach for swimming, a boat ramp, picnic areas and protected forest fields and wetlands habitat. The repairs and maintenance performed by KCOS will help to assure the dams continued service for years to come.
Sensitivity to the environment and surroundings.
Over the years since its construction, the facility has become an integral part of the community and significant numbers of residents use the recreation areas regularly. Coordinating traffic flow and accommodating users was key to performing the important repairs with the least impact to the public. Protocols for containment of lead paint, dust and other wastes from entering sensitive waterways and wildlife areas were strictly followed and adjusted as necessary to reduce risks to near zero.
Outstanding safety record.
Working around public recreation areas, an active roadway bridge and, sensitive natural areas, the construction team developed, monitored, and constantly updated the Project Safety Plan. The plan included control and containment of lead paint removed from the existing bridge, extensive fall protection measures and, protection from toxic exposure to an algae bloom occurring during in-water work. Hazard analysis was performed for each operation and emergency procedures were reviewed regularly. There were zero accidents or injuries on the project.