Underground Utility Construction In Pensacola

By Steve Hudson | September 28, 2010

Multifamily construction is doing well in many parts of the southeast, and that is helping drive infrastructure and utility construction in many areas.

A case in point is the Avalon Apartments project in Pensacola, Fla., where Northwest Florida Underground recently worked as the underground utility subcontractor to site work contractor Floyd Brothers Construction. Charter Construction Management, Auburn, Ala., is construction manager on the project.

A major part of Northwest Florida Underground's work on the project has involved installation of the underground utility lines on the site.

When Dixie Contractor visited the project, crews were working on construction of some 1,800 feet of 8-inch sanitary sewer. Using a Daewoo 225LCV excavator, Northwest Florida Underground's crew was excavating cuts as deep as 12 feet and installing the pipe in 14-foot joints. Miller trench shields were utilized to protect the crews working in the trenches.

Also busy on the project was Northwest Florida Underground's new Doosan Daewoo 200-V wheel loader, outfitted with a quick coupler system. Working with Coastal Machinery Company, Northwest Florida Underground selected bucket and fork attachments to meet the project's needs. This machine handled a variety of assignments on the job, using its fork attachment to transport materials such as pipe and precast manhole sections or swapping the forks for the bucket for backfilling and other site work operations.