Design/build team uses rapid mobilization and nimble scheduling to construct cap and containment solution

Confidential manufacturing company Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Project highlights

Client challenge
After decades of industrial use, a contaminated site owned by our manufacturing client was deemed a brownfield. Previously used as a wastewater treatment and hazardous material storage area, the resulting contamination posed a threat to groundwater. When approached to remediate the site, Haley & Aldrich was also faced with the challenge of an extremely compressed construction schedule that required us to meet key regulatory milestones and a fast-approaching winter. With only five days of float in the schedule, any delays would push the project into the spring adding significant time and remobilization costs. The site's location in an urban environment also posed inherent security risks. Our reputation for overcoming challenges and maintaining tight schedules was critical for keeping this repeat client. 

Our approach
The Haley & Aldrich design/build team used a detail-oriented project planning  approach to meet the client's objectives. Understanding that a high level of teamwork, efficiency, and schedule management was crucial to achieving critical path milestones, we committed our design and construction resources to design and construct a cap and containment solution that included a slurry wall, perimeter toe drain, and asphalt cap. Unexpected lead contamination in the soil was encountered during construction which required the stabilization of the additional impacted soil.

Through a design/build approach, we refined the budget and reduced labor costs by maximizing equipment operator utilization and sequencing and consolidating tasks accordingly. We approached problems as a unified team setting the expectation that each functional group would meet the schedule and budget for our client. Project was completed under budget and prior to temperatures dropping to the point where the local asphalt plants shut down.

Value delivered

  • Integrated multiple design/build services to facilitate a shortened schedule
  • Working as one team, the design, permitting, and construction functioned seamlessly
  • Cost-effectively delivered a challenging design/build project on time
  • Client consistently noticed our adherence to safety requirements and we received written compliment at end of project
  • Successfully mitigated unforeseen site conditions with minimal impact to the project budget

 Additional details

  • Saved a net $45,000 on permitting costs by using an available code variance
  • Worked around the clock in an urban environment to meet schedules and ensure the security of contractors
  • Negotiated a design/build contract that afforded closer coordination to help meet a compressed schedule
  • Removed 4,524 tons of soil and debris, installed a 37-foot deep by 674-foot long slurry wall, and placed 44,800 square feet of PVC liner and asphalt cap

For more information on this project, contact:

Anita Broughton

Walter Kurzeja