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MSU Spartan Stadium Finished

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Posted by: Kent Companies, Inc. | Jul, 24th

Project: MSU Spartan Stadium

Michigan State University installed three new electronic signs at Spartan Stadium just prior to the 2012 football season.  The signs, rated as the fifth largest in the country, and the related support structure was huge, heavy, and high.  This created the problem of supporting the signs from sinking and from blowing over in strong winds because of the huge wind resistance factors.  Helical piers were installed in a highly designed pattern to be able to absorb the wind forces from all directions.  Several piers were field tested to assure performance.  They passed the tests flawlessly and are now fully loaded and in full operation, touting Spartan Football.

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Cherry Capital Airport Traverse City Finished

The stimulus bill that passed Congress in 2009 provided funding for many government structures, one of those structures that received funding was a new airport traffic control tower and administration building for the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan.  Kent Companies entered into the competitive bid process and was selected as the cast in place concrete subcontractor by The Christman Company, the awarded general contractor on the job.             Kent Companies’ scope of work for the tower included the three hundred fifty cubic yard basemat with foundation walls, the slab on grade, and slab on metal decks and precast at the top of the tower.  The scope of work for the administrative building included the foundations, the slab on grade, and the concrete on the metal deck for the roof.  Along with the buildings, there were also numerous sitework concrete items that were poured.             The pictures for this job tell only part of the story.  While this may look like just another construction site, what the pictures don’t tell are the high tolerances required for a tower structure that rises over one hundred and fifty feet in the air.  The basemat foundation walls had numerous sized vertical rebar in it, with the allowable tolerances being an 1/8” in either direction.  A template was provided, and was installed with double and triple checking of the reference points to assure it was properly placed.  Along with the challenges in meeting the tight tolerances, Mother Nature seemed bent on slowing the progress with regular lake effect snow events that required a full day just to dig out from.  It all paid off when the tower foundations were complete and the precast structure began to rise out of the ground.              Throughout the project, many different challenges arose either due to conditions in the field or in meeting the requirements of the FAA’s paperwork.  Both the field staff and the office staff at Kent Companies partnered together to work through whatever challenges arose to get the job done and to meet the customer’s expectations for quality and schedule, demonstrating the company slogan, “Make It Happen.”            

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Benton Charter Shorewell Station Completed

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Posted by: Kent Companies, Inc. | Jul, 24th

Project: Benton Charter Shorewell Station

The shore well station for Benton Charter Township looks like a small building from the road, but the small size of the building is much like the proverbial tip of the iceberg.  Underneath the building lies a forty foot deep, twenty foot diameter well with an inlet pipe at the bottom that allows Lake Michigan water to gravity feed into the bottom of the well, where it is pumped out of the station to a treatment facility nearby.             Kent Companies won the competitive bid to perform the concrete scope of work on Contract D of the Benton Charter Township Raw Water Pump Station as a subcontractor for Erhardt Construction.  From bid day on, it was known that the shore well itself would be a complicated endeavor.  The construction site was on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, so digging a hole forty feet in the ground and starting at the bottom was not an option.  Team Elmers drove steel sheeting into the ground to act as the outside form of the shore well. Through much discussion and modeling, it was decided to begin construction from the top of the shore well in eight foot sections.  After each section was poured, the next eight feet of dirt would be excavated, the exposed sheeting power washed, anchor points welded, inside forms installed, and then concrete poured.  One challenge in all of this was how to get the concrete into each new pour with the previous pour already in place above it.  The solution was to create pour pockets in the bottom of each wall section so that once the concrete was poured and the forms removed, an opening existed to allow concrete to be pumped into the pour below it.  As the pictures indicate, this was a challenging task.  The job was further complicated by winter conditions.  Once the shore well wall was in place, the cast in place lid was next.  This was accomplished by setting up shoring at the bottom of the well and building it up to create the deck to pour the lid on.  The openings in the deck had to be precise to allow the various pumps and traveling filter screen to move through the openings without issue.             The well house structure itself was another challenge.  The construction of the well house was similar to that of the shore well.  Steel sheeting was driven into the hillside and the dirt excavated away.  Once the sheeting was cleaned, hundreds of anchor points were welded to the sheeting and formwork was erected and held in place with ties screwed into the anchor points.   Once again, the planning and execution paid off, and the complicated one-sided wall construction went off without a hitch.              As the job progressed, Kent Companies was asked to offer assistance in finding a solution for filling in the area between the water intake pipe and its boring casing that ran out into the lake.  Through consultation with the experienced concrete pump operators at Kent Companies, it was decided to weld a plate over the area at the end of the pipe and the casing and put a valve on it to allow flowable fill to be pumped through the valve.  This same thing was done at the other end of the pipe to allow the air to escape.  Once the weld plates and valves were all complete, the flowable fill was pumped into one side, and the other valve remained open until the material came out.  When the flowable fill came out the far side, the pumping operations were ceased and both valves were closed.  A job well planned and executed.             The challenges encountered at the Benton Charter Raw Water Pump Station allowed Kent Companies to showcase the talents and inventiveness of its employees, along with diligence and dedication to the cause that Kent Companies has been recognized throughout the industry for.

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Fifth Third Ball Park Finished

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Posted by: Kent Companies, Inc. | Jul, 24th

Project: Fifth Third Ball Park

A sign company was contracted to install an electronic sign at a minor league baseball park.  An existing concrete pad was considered by the engineer to be insufficient for the additional loading which included compression loads and wind/overturn forces.  The engineer calculated the requirements and designed four additional helical piers for each of the three concrete pads involved.  Ground water conditions were challenging and the pad was not what the engineer understood it to be.  A couple redesigns and the job was completed including all factors of safety prescribed.  The sign company was pleased with the work, flexibility, and timeliness of the project.  

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Long Lake Elementary School Finished

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Posted by: Kent Companies, Inc. | Jul, 24th

Project: Long Lake Elementary School

Long Lake Elementary School is located in Traverse City, Michigan.  Kent Companies performed the site concrete for this job as a subcontractor to Grand Traverse Construction.  The scope of work included curb and gutter, sidewalks with recessed brick paver bands, rain chain spillways, and playground curbs.  The end product produced a very pleasing environment.  

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Kentwood Road Rehabilitation 2011 Finished

Kent Companies was hired by Rieth Riley Construction Company to handle the concrete scope of work for the City of Kentwood’s 2011 road rehabilitation program.  The job consisted of the reconstruction of twelve streets within the Kentwood city limits.  Kent’s scope included almost 10,000  linear feet of curb and gutter and 516 square yards of driveways.

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Completed work on Cedar Street

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Posted by: Kent Companies, Inc. | Jul, 24th

Project: Cedar Street

The Cedar Street combined sewer overflow separation and water distribution project for the City of Manistee was completed during the summer and fall 2011.  Working for Elmers Crane & Dozer as the prime contractor, Kent Companies was hired to install all curb and gutter, driveways and sidewalks for this very large street project.  Final quantities included nearly 26,000 lineal feet of curb, 7,000 square feet of driveways and over 41,000 square feet of sidewalks.  

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Green Orchard Commons Finished

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Posted by: Kent Companies, Inc. | Jul, 24th

Project: Green Orchard Commons

Green Orchard Commons was a sidewalk removal and replacement project at a retail center in Alpine Township.  The entire job was completed in three days and was phased so that access to the retail businesses was not blocked.

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Bradford White Piers Completed

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Posted by: Kent Companies, Inc. | Jul, 24th

Project: Bradford White Piers

A large appliance manufacturer needed to extend their facilities.  Part of that expansion included a long narrow room alongside an existing portion of the facility.  The soil borings indicated fill at the top of the site and some lenses of peat and other compressible material farther down which limited the capacity of the site to hold the new much heavier load.  They needed to transcend the weaker soils and lock into the stratum at 38-42 feet.  The choice was new construction helical piers, which could be installed through the poorer soils and load up in the much stiffer elevation, thereby giving the needed capacity.  The 4.5 inch diameter pier was selected because of a very strong section modulus for column stiffness and 156,000 pounds of compression capacity.  The engineer laid out the piers to match the loading.  The piers were capped with a custom designed bracket to maximize bearing capacity for the grade beam and stability in the beam.  The engineer selected galvanizing as a necessary corrosion protection.  The project was completed in approximately 2 days' time, with all piers reaching specified capacity, including the required factor of safety.  The piers were ready for immediate loading application.  The customer was pleased with the timeliness and the neatness of the installation.

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Aquus Lifestyle Studio Completed

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Posted by: Kent Companies, Inc. | Jul, 24th

Project: Aquus Lifestyle Studio

The existing concrete slab on this 8,000 square foot building had various old existing flooring throughout the building.  Kent Companies’ crew removed the old mastics first, then structurally repaired the blemishes in the old concrete slab, and polished to a Class C aggregate exposure.  

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Cascade Hilltop Retail Finished

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Posted by: Kent Companies, Inc. | Jul, 24th

Project: Cascade Hilltop Retail

This existing 3,000 square foot commercial retail building was divided into two retail spaces as part of the remodel. The concrete had an old existing carpet. The carpet and mastics were removed and the crew went to work repairing spalls, cracks, and pour-back concrete areas with Kent Companies’ exclusive concrete repair techniques. The customer desired a retro look showing a full spectrum of aggregate exposure with a chocolate brown colored concrete dye and high gloss.

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Private Residences, Grand Rapids, MI Completed

Although Kent Companies’ concrete polishing crews are mainly engaged in industrial and commercial projects, some residential projects are accommodated. The two projects displayed are of basement remodeling for home owners. Both floors were dyed and engraved with a darker six inch border and diamond cut pattern. The dark floor was particularly challenging to accomplish for the customer’s request to mimic the Gold to Walnut colors of a prized abstract painting displayed over the mantle in the living room. A combination of acids stains and microscopic concrete dyes were used to attain the desired look.

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Walgreens Store #15007, Grand Rapids Completed

The typical size for a new Walgreens store is 14,000 square feet. More than 11,000 square feet is dedicated to a Class 2 fine aggregate exposure concrete polish. Walgreens, like many other national retailers, has continued their commitment to a green environment by utilizing concrete polishing as their number one flooring choice. This is the second Walgreens store Kent Companies crews have polished.

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Country Inn & Suites, Dover, OH Completed

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Posted by: Kent Companies, Inc. | Jul, 24th

Project: Country Inn & Suites, Dover, OH

Kent Companies was contracted by Ivan Weaver Construction to provide and install the Maxxon Gyp-Crete 2000/3.2k Underlayment on the 2nd and 3rd floor of the hotel. The amount of area poured was a total of 27,200 square feet and was poured 1” thick.    This project will become a vital stopping point for visitors into and out of the Amish community of Northeast Ohio.

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Residence, Doylestown, OH Completed

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Posted by: Kent Companies, Inc. | Jul, 24th

Project: Residence, Doylestown, OH

Kent Companies was contracted by Grabill Plumbing & Heating to provide and install the Maxxon Therma-Floor Radiant Heat Underlayment on this project.  This project was a new custom home being built for homeowners that wanted the benefits of radiant heated floors. The new construction was a 3200 square foot ranch home with a full basement.  Radiant heat tubing was placed throughout the home including all bathrooms, closets, etc. Kent Companies installed the Maxxon Therma-Floor Underlayment 1-1/2” (total thickness) over tubing. A total of 3200 square feet of Therma-Floor Underlayment was installed in about two hours by Kent Companies’ professional crew.  

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Residence, Lake Milton, OH Completed

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Posted by: Kent Companies, Inc. | Jul, 24th

Project: Residence, Lake Milton, OH

Kent Companies was contracted by Parillo Contractors Inc. to provide and install the Maxxon Therma-Floor Radiant Heat Underlayment on this project.  An indoor pool room was being added on the existing house and the homeowners wanted the entire new pool deck to be heated. New radiant heat tubing was installed around the new pool deck over a plywood subfloor. Kent Companies installed the Maxxon Therma-Floor Underlayment 1-1/2” (total thickness) over tubing and the plywood incasing the radiant heat tubes.  A total of 450 square feet of Therma-Floor Underlayment was installed around the new pool giving them a flat surface to install the finish tile flooring.  NOTE: Kent Companies does not promote the use of Gypsum Underlayments in continuously wet environments however in this case, extreme measures were being used to isolate the water from the Gypsum Underlayment. The Architect had specified a very particular waterproofing detail in which to keep the water from reaching the Therma-Floor.

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