West Chester University
Additions and Alterations to "The Quad" Phase II
"The Quad" project is located in the center of the West Chester University Campus and primarily originated from the need to address the deteriorating condition of the walkways that traversed the center of campus. It also succeeded in eliminating exterior steps around the quad, allowing physically disabled students to access to these central areas. Flyway Excavating, Inc. completed the redevelopment of the site in an environmentally friendly and cost effective manner.
The project demolition consisted of the removal of existing plants, trees, sub-grade utility structures, storm water piping, concrete walks, paving and other site amenities. Another important part of the project was relocation of The Works of Art, plaques and a granite bench to new foundations in other locations of campus. This took extreme care as the various statues needed removed, transported and placed without causing damage.
Installation of temporary facilities including fences, gates, walkways provided students safe passage around the work area while construction was underway. Erosion & sedimentation controls, sub-grade drainage piping, underground storm water detention basins, storm water inlets were also installed. Concrete, asphalt and brick paving, post and chains, an irrigation system, sod, plants, trees, and mulch completed the visually appealing project.
Flyway Excavating attempted to be as environmentally friendly as possibly during the project. An few examples include: existing concrete was transported to a recycling center to be crushed and used as stone base for other projects and the excess fill from the infiltration pits and re-grading of the site was used on campus to level out an existing field.
The schedule for “The Quad” was extremely aggressive as all the work needed to be completed during the 2014 summer break. The project was intended to commence on May 12th and be substantially completed by August 15th. The schedule was further compressed as the final approvals were delayed and work was only able to begin on May 19th.
It was imperative that the initial demolition around the perimeter of the site and re-grading of the proposed sidewalk be completed efficiently so that Flyway’s subcontractors could complete the installation of 16,000 SF of new sidewalk and 4,000 SF of brick pavers by the completion date. There was also significant underground stormwater infrastructure to be installed during this time. Hidden under the lawn area are two large infiltration basins that are supplied with water from the multiple storm water inlets that surround the quad. The infiltration work needed to be completed while concrete sidewalks were being installed around the perimeter.
Often when tight schedules must be met the quality of work being performed suffers. Through proper pre-job planning, employment of qualified subcontractors and diligent project management Flyway Excavating did not allow that to happen on this project. What really stood out on this project was the attention to detail that was maintained by all parties despite the short schedule. West Chester University and Bernard Haber, the project architect, were well pleased with the work we performed with our subs. “The Quad” is a project that Flyway Excavating is proud to have on our resume.