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New Soo Lock for Michigan’s economy, security

G2’s Mark Stapleton, P.E., is an associate and project manager at G2 Consulting Group – Ann Arbor.

The importance of the Soo Locks to the nation’s shipping and security has been in the news a lot lately.

In 1988, I was working for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and helped develop a comprehensive Soo Locks analysis called “Connecting Channels,” specifically drafting the chapter relating to the Locks’ critical role in America’s national security. Almost 30 years later, the Soo Locks remain vital, but have yet to be updated.

The Soo Locks opened in 1855 and have been used by everyone from Native Americans, French explorers and fur traders to today’s massive Great Lakes freighters.  The Locks now account for the transportation of 90 percent of the world’s iron ore, as well as, tons and tons of stone, coal, cement, grain and other cargoes. Over 60 million tons, and more than 3,000 freighters pass through the locks annually.

Virtually everybody agrees that the Soo Locks are vital to the nation’s security. The Department of Homeland Security estimates that closing the Poe lock alone, one of four locks (only two of which are operable) at the Soo, would likely cause a complete shutdown of Great Lakes steel production and ultimately cost 11 million jobs, most of them in Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland. Therein lies the national security concern.

Those in the know agree that the locks are in desperate need of updating, including the need for a second large lock capable of handling the 1,000 foot cargo ships now traversing the Great Lakes.

The Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials representing 10 Great Lakes states officially petitioned Congress last month to fund the construction of this new lock.  Even President Trump weighed in when he promised in a recent speech in Washington Township that the Locks will be fixed.

Congress authorized construction of a new lock in 1986 and authorized full federal funding in 2007 but still hasn’t authorized the estimated $600 million to fund construction of the lock. The pressure is building to get the job done and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the people who will have to manage the process, are being pushed to speed it up.

Getting the job done won’t be a walk in the park.  Some experts suggest it could take as long as 10 years and cost as much as $1 billion. To give you some idea of the difficulty of the undertaking, the bedrock at the locks is Jacobsville sandstone, a reddish stone that is up to 1,000-feet thick.  Imagine drilling into that underwater mass just to be able to understand the construction needs.

My current company, G2 Consulting Group, specializes in the types of geotechnical engineering skills that will be required to get the job done.  We’ve been doing it for 22 years in over 35 states. Our experience includes harbors and rivers, bridges, arenas, skyscrapers, highways, and more. Obviously we’d like to participate on the Soo project, too, but regardless of who wins the work, the job clearly needs to be done – the country’s commerce, our jobs and our security depend on it.

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Conference Call: Mark Smolinski

Mark Smolinski
Principal
G2 Consulting Group

As long as the clients are pleased and the revenues and profits are good, we don’t watch the clock of our staff,” Smolinski says.

Read the conversation between G2 Consulting Group Principal Mark Smolinski and Liisa Andreassen, correspondent for The Zweig Letter. G2 Consulting was a listed as a Hot Firm (#67) by Zweig Group in 2016.

CONFERENCE CALL: MARK SMOLINSKI

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Superpave Gyratory Compactor expands Hot Mix Asphalt testing capabilities

G2 Project Manager James Berry

James Berry, P.E. Project Manager

G2 Consulting Group is expanding its Hot-Mix-Asphalt (HMA) testing capabilities at its Troy laboratory with the addition of a new Superpave Gyratory Compactor (SGC).  The new machine is a Model AFG2 manufactured by Pine Test Equipment, Inc. The SGC will allow G2 Consulting to test and determine the volumetric properties of the newer Superpave HMA mixtures (MDOT E series mixes) that are being used more and more by our local and regional agency clients.

What is Superpave?

Superpave stands for Superior Performing Asphalt Pavements. It is a mixed-design method that makes the best use of asphalt paving technology and enhances asphalt pavements’ ability to balance the high-temperature rutting and low-temperature cracking characteristics of asphalt concrete. Superpave replaces the Hveem and Marshall methods.

Why is it important?

Harvey Hurwitz, Senior Engineering Technician demonstrates compaction sampling.

Determining volumetric properties of compacted HMA samples is an important component of mix design development and project quality control and quality assurance testing. With the older Marshall designed mixes, this was relatively easy with simple mechanical compaction equipment. Superpave mixes require the much more sophisticated SGC to compact the laboratory samples for testing. The SGC allows us to produce samples in our laboratory representing a variety of different projected traffic loadings using compaction methods that more closely simulate mix compaction under repeated vehicle wheel passes rather than compaction with a smooth drum roller. Many regional agencies are requiring volumetric properties tests as part of standard QA/QC testing, and it is anticipated that MDOT Local Agency Projects will require QA volumetric testing for Marshall and Superpave HMA mixtures in the near future.

Superpave Gyratory Compactor

G2’s new Superpave Gyratory Compactor will be used to test newer Superpave Hot Mix Asphalt mixtures.

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Transformers: Dominick’s Grocery to Emagine Theatre

 

You know it as a movie, but G2 Consulting Group became “Transformers” when it helped convert a former Dominick’s Grocery Store into a 10-screen Emagine Theatre – the first in the state of Illinois. The fast-tracked project consisted of a 70,000 square foot slab-on-grade building that required the removal of portions of floor slab and grade cuts of up to 10 feet to construct the individual theaters. Building columns were relocated as needed and the roof beams were reinforced to carry additional loads.

Fast Facts

Project Owner
Emagine Theatre

Project Scope
G2 Consulting Group worked collaboratively with Tower Construction (GC) during all phases of the project to construct the first Emagine Theatre in Illinois.

Services Provided
Geotechnical Investigation
Environmental Engineering Services (Phase I, Asbestos Survey)
Quality Assurance / Materials Testing / Steel Inspection
Clean Construction or Demolition Debris (CCDD) Services

Challenges / Solutions
G2 Consulting Group found that existing fill soils were present below the floor slab and allowed for new foundations to wear on existing soils provided they were observed and properly documented during construction.

The project moved at a very fast pace and G2 was available to cover inspections on short notice – sometimes within two hours of being called. This allowed the project to move forward without delays.

How did we accomplish “Smart. Results. Fast”?

Soil borings within the interior of existing buildings can be challenging due to height and width restrictions of drilling equipment. G2 used its contacts with local drillers to determine the best equipment to allow for access and drilling within the building and work was completed in two days. G2 also coordinated environmental surveys at the same time as drilling to minimize delays to the project and minimize interruptions to the building.

G2 fast-tracked CCDD testing on short notice to allow for offsite disposal of soils and allow the contractor to stay on schedule with soil removal. There was no place to stockpile soils and any delays with soil removal would have hindered the project timeline.

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“Quality of Life” improves with Downtown Fenton Streetscape project

Fenton, Michigan

G2 Consulting Group was part of the construction team that earned two industry awards for its work on the Downtown Fenton Streetscape project. Downtown Fenton wanted to retain its historical charm while offering modern shopping, dining and lifestyle experiences. The city sought to improve portions of its streetscape along South Leroy Street and make significant enhancements to the downtown area, including work on the water mains, sanitary and storm sewers, roadway pavement and sidewalks that are now ADA compliant. As a result, there is an improved quality of life for residents and visitors to Fenton.

G2 was recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers Southeast Michigan with the “James F. Biskey, P.E. Quality of Life Project of the Year” in 2017. The Michigan Concrete Association recognized the team in its “Municipal Flatwork” category.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

City of Fenton

Project Scope

Significant improvements to streetscape and road reconstruction including water mains, sanitary and storm sewers, roadway pavement and sidewalks.

Services Provided

Geotechnical Engineering
Construction Materials Evaluations and Testing

Challenges / Solutions

Working in a downtown environment requires coordinating with city officials and contractors to maximize safety and work efficiently.

G2 encountered challenging soil conditions during the road reconstruction project and worked with OHM Advisors and Eastlund Concrete Construction to ensure the City of Fenton’s geotechnical engineering requirements were met during the design phase. G2 worked closely with Champagne & Marx, general contractor, to monitor construction quality while maintaining the overall project schedule.

Smart. Results. Fast.

G2 developed an economical solution to challenging soil conditions and performed construction testing to meet City requirements while maintaining the overall project schedule.

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Huron Academy expands operations in Macomb County

Huron Academy, a tuition-free public charter school for 3rd through 7th grade students, expanded its operations in 2015 by purchasing a 19-acre parcel along Utica Road in Clinton Township.

Fun Facts

Scope

The new, $8.4 million, 32,000 square foot, single-story building features 22 classrooms, computer labs; a gymnasium; special spaces for music and art; a science lab; and a state-of-the-art media center. The site was once home to Bishop Gallagher’s athletic fields. Some of the existing athletic fields are preserved for use today.

G2 Services Provided:  G2 Consulting Group worked with Partners in Architecture of Mt. Clemens and provided geotechnical engineering services. G2 also provided special inspections and materials testing services for general contractor Cunningham-Limp Company of Novi.

In addition to special inspections and materials testing, G2 evaluated earthwork operation and utility backfill, foundation construction, masonry evaluation, structural steel evaluation, and interior floor slab and site concrete evaluation.

Challenges / Solutions

G2 Consulting is used to working on tight construction schedules, especially knowing that the school bell will ring for new students in the fall. G2 overcame several challenges with the site which included building pad earthwork with high moisture clay soils that occurred in October and challenging subgrade conditions in the Spring for support of floor slabs and pavements.

Smart. Results. Fast.

G2 Consulting Group provided cost-effective solutions to keep the project moving forward during a tight construction schedule and ensured that school began on time.

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Evergreen Road Gets a Makeover

It’s Orange Barrel season again in Michigan. Like most municipalities, the City of Southfield, MI, got to work reconstructing its main roads. Its a tight timeline to get it all done before winter hits, however, G2 Consulting Group prides itself  in Smart. Results. Fast.

In 2017, G2 Consulting Group provided materials testing services for the concrete reconstruction of Evergreen Road from 9 Mile Road to the Northwestern Highway Service Drive.  Florence Cement Company, working as a subcontractor for Dan’s Excavating, Inc., placed approximately 8,000 cubic yards of grade P1 Modified concrete as pavement with integral curb for the project.  Services were provided for OHM Advisors and the City of Southfield.

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ACEC/MI offers 2018 Michigan Educational Scholarships

Mark Smolinski Principal G2 Consulting Group

Mark Smolinski
Principal
G2 Consulting Group

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Michigan Education Scholarship Application is now available for 2018.

ACEC of Michigan’s Scholarship Program was created to promote the profession and to provide financial support to those individuals pursuing careers in engineering and surveying. Multiple scholarships are awarded each year in varying amounts. Last year, five university students received assistance.

To qualify, college students must have completed their freshman year and enrolled in an ABET accredited engineering or surveying program. Recipients of the awards will be evaluated in the following areas: Work experience, extra-curricular and community activities, references, grade point average, and a written essay. Applicants must have worked for a private engineering, architectural or surveying firm in the past 24 months.

“G2 Consulting Group is a proud member of ACEC of Michigan,” says Mark Smolinski, principal at G2. “Our chapter will award three to five scholarships to deserving students this year totaling approximately $12,000.”

The scholarship entry deadline is Friday, January 5, 2018. Please click on the link below for the ACEC of Michigan 2018 Education Scholarship Application.

ACEC of Michigan 2018 Educational Scholarship Application

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Science and Engineering Center Opens at UDJHSA

The Science and Engineering Center opened its doors to students in 2016 and is the largest addition to the campus since the main school building was constructed in 1931. The center represents the largest dollar investment in science and technology at any Michigan high school in recent years and positions U of D Jesuit as a leader in STEM education in Southeast Michigan.

Fast Facts

Scope

The new $16 million, four-story, 40,000 square foot addition artfully blends historic features of the original structure with artwork and iconography. Located between the main school building and Jesuit residence, the state-of-the-art facility doubles the classroom and laboratory space for biology, chemistry, and physics; adds laboratory space for eco-car and robotics programs, engineering activities; and it includes dedicated classrooms and laboratories for seventh and eighth grade students.

G2 Services

Working with Wold Architects and McCarthy and Smith, Inc., G2 Consulting Group provided geotechnical engineering services and performed special inspections and materials testing during construction.

Challenges / Solutions

Challenged with upper weak or loose sands with more competent clay soils deeper, G2 performed extensive analysis to provide improved support for the building foundations..

Smart. Results. Fast.

G2’s value engineering helped optimize foundation sizes and reduce overall construction costs.

 

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Holiday Inn Express opens its doors

Plymouth Township, Michigan

A new Holiday Inn Express was constructed along the east side of Beck Road, north of M14, in Plymouth Township, Michigan and completed in the Spring of 2016..

Fast Facts

Scope

The four-story, 67,366 square foot structure, with a walk-out basement, services the local business parks and adjacent USA hockey arena. The hotel has 107 rooms, a conference room, pool, and exercise facilities.

G2 Services Provided

Working with Emmett Contracting, G2 Consulting Group provided special inspections / materials testing during construction including evaluation of earthwork operation and utility backfill, foundation construction, masonry evaluation, structural steel evaluation, and interior floor slab evaluation. Test methods included compaction control of fill soils, bearing capacity of supporting soils, compressive strength testing, and slump and trained air content evaluation of concrete, and mortar proportions, and grout specimen strength testing for masonry materials.

Challenges / Solutions

Challenged by upper weak fill soils with more competent clay soils deeper, G2 worked closely with the foundation contractor to ensure that foundations were supported on suitable bearing soils per the recommendations of the geotechnical report.

Smart. Results. Fast.

G2’s value engineering helped to optimize foundation construction and reduce overall construction costs.

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Korean United Methodist Church

Troy, Michigan

The Korean United Methodist Church in Troy, MI, discovered they needed more space to worship and gather together for their growing church community. They turned to Cunningham-Limp Development Company in early January 2016 to assist them in conceptualizing a new addition for their church.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

Korean United Methodist Church

Scope

The Korean United Methodist Church constructed a single-story, steel-framed slab-on-grade addition to its existing facility. It was also necessary to construct a new parking area, provide associated utilities and create a 4-1/2 foot deep detention pond. By the end of the summer of 2016, it was completed.

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical Investigation

Special Inspections and Materials Testing

Challenges / Solutions

As on many of Cunningham-Limp Development Company projects, G2 Consulting Group provided the geotechnical investigation prior to construction and construction engineering services during construction. These services included: observing earthwork operations and utility installation; performing foundation inspection and concrete inspection for foundations, flatwork and site concrete; performing structural steel evaluation; and observing bituminous concrete and Portland cement concrete pavement construction.

G2 determined and evaluated the general subsurface conditions at the site and developed related foundation recommendations for support of the proposed structure. G2 also recommended new pavement design and provided construction considerations for the new development.

How did we accomplish “Smart. Results. Fast”?

Significant geotechnical investigation was performed in a short period of time. G2 provided preliminary design recommendations shortly after completion of the field report which allowed the construction team to move forward quickly with the project. During construction, G2 observed construction activities and advised the contractor accordingly to conform with project specifications.

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Beacon Square Senior Living Center

Orion Township, Michigan

Pomeroy Living is constructing its newest senior living facility, Beacon Square Senior Living Center in Orion Township, Michigan. Beacon Square Orion will be a senior living community that provides Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care Residences. The new facility is designed with the latest in senior standards in resident care, life enrichment and wellness services for all generations and living situations. There will be a total of 161 residents within the state-of-the-art facility opening in September 2017. KIRCO MANIX is the general contractor.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

Pomeroy Senior Living

Scope

G2 Consulting Group performed a geotechnical investigation for earthwork operations, foundation design, and construction considerations and is performing special inspections and materials testing services during construction.

G2 professionals explored the site during the geotechnical investigation to determine and evaluate general subsurface conditions and developed related foundation recommendations for support of the proposed structure. This included pavement recommendations and construction considerations related to its development.

Our special inspections / materials testing scope of services includes evaluating earthwork operations, utility installation, retaining wall installation observation, performing foundation inspection and concrete inspection for foundations, flatwork, and site concrete, performing structural steel evaluation, masonry inspection, and bituminous paving.

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical Investigation

Special Inspections and Materials Testing

Challenges / Solutions

This three-story, slab-on-grade building has a 69,585 square-foot footprint. It required significant earthwork and grade balancing across the site. Engineered fill was placed within the building pad and parking lot areas. In addition, there were pockets of organic soils that were removed and replaced with engineered fill prior to construction.

How did we accomplish “Smart. Results. Fast”?

G2 Consulting Group provided cost-effective solutions to keep the project moving forward during a tight construction schedule.

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Detroit Country Day School Black Box Theater Expansion

Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, MI., expanded its performing arts facility to enhance its nationally recognized program. The school provides students with a well-rounded liberal arts education in academics, athletics, and the arts. The Fine and Performing Arts Department at Country Day School provides a comprehensive arts program to support the school’s commitment to superior education. Drama, theater, music, visual arts, and dance courses enable students to reach their full potential and encourage students to experiment with and develop creativity.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

Detroit Country Day School

Scope

The 6,300 square-foot, two-story addition features a full cat walk and tension grid with highly specialized mechanical and electrical systems. In addition, spaces include two offices and staging scene shop for performances.

Working with Cunningham-Limp, G2 Consulting Group provided geotechnical engineering and special inspection / material testing for the new Black Box Theater Expansion.

G2 provided special inspections and material testing during construction including evaluation of earthwork operation and utility backfill, foundation construction, masonry evaluation, pre-cast plank and structural steel evaluation, and interior floor slab and site concrete evaluation.

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical Engineering
Special Inspection and Materials Testing

Challenges/Solutions

  • Tight timelines while working in an active school campus environment.

Smart. Results. Fast. Site conditions were less than ideal. G2 developed cost effective solutions and offered real time response to testing and inspection needs, maintaining an aggressive construction schedule.

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Telecommunication Sites In U.S. and Canada

 

“Can you hear me now?” “That’s powerful.”  For more than two decades, G2 Consulting Group has helped North America stay connected.  G2 engineers are registered in 30+ states and Canada. We perform geotechnical and tower foundation investigations for numerous companies on telecommunication sites. Oftentimes these sites are located in remote areas which require a significant amount of planning prior to site visits to ensure work is completed as efficiently as possible since return trips to sites would be cost prohibitive. G2 uses an extensive network of drillers and excavators across the country to complete such projects on time and on budget.

Fast Facts

Project Owner
Several major telecommunication companies

Project Scope
Geotechnical Investigation
Tower Foundation Investigation

Services Provided
Geotechnical Investigation
Tower Foundation Investigation

Challenges/Solutions

G2 Consulting Group often performs geotechnical and tower foundation investigations for telecommunication sites at remote locations. These sites require efficient use of time and resources to keep projects within schedule and on budget.

Telecommunication companies are under increased pressures to provide quality cellular services to their customers quickly, whenever and wherever. G2’s expertise provides solutions to each situation at each site. Our vast network of drillers enables us to schedule field operations anywhere in the U.S. We know which methods to use and the proper equipment needed to map foundations accurately and avoid delays.

Smart. Results.Fast.G2 meets tight schedules for our telecommunications clients. We use our vast network of drillers to schedule field operations and expedite projects. We plan, evaluate, and act knowing which methods and equipment to use to avoid delays.

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Shield Material Handling

Auburn Hills, Michigan

In June 2016, Cunningham-Limp Development Company completed construction of a new multimillion-dollar facility for Korean-based Shield Material Handling. The 75,050 square-foot warehouse and distribution structure is located in Auburn Hills, MI. It provides complete logistics services to tier one automotive suppliers in the region. It also provides warehousing and distribution services for products and parts.

Fast Fact

Project Owner

Cunningham-Limp Development Company

Scope

G2 Consulting Group performed a geotechnical investigation, phase 1 environmental site assessment, and provided special inspections/materials testing.

Prior to construction, G2 explored the site to determine and evaluate general subsurface conditions and developed related foundation recommendations for support of the proposed structure, as well as, pavement recommendations, and construction considerations related to the development. Our special inspections / materials testing scope of our services included evaluating earthwork operations; utility installation; observing retaining wall installation; performing foundation inspection and concrete inspection for foundations, flatwork, and site concrete; performing structural steel evaluation, masonry inspection, and bituminous paving.

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical Investigation / Special Inspections and Materials Testing

Challenges / Solutions

The project was challenged with poor subsurface conditions that required the removal and replacement of soft/loose uncontrolled fill soils with engineered fill to support the foundations and floor slab. In addition, a variety of subgrade stabilization techniques were used to minimize removal of non-organic fill soils for support of pavements.

How did we accomplish “Smart. Results. Fast”?

With any design/build project, turnaround time on project deliverables is critical to meeting construction milestones.  G2 performed this significant geotechnical investigation in a short period of time and provided preliminary design recommendations shortly after completion of field report to allow the design / build team to move forward with their design. 

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G2 Consulting Group Seeks Qualified Field Technicians

Bruce J. Wilberding, P.E. Principal/Project Consultant

Bruce J. Wilberding, P.E.
Principal/Project Consultant

G2 Consulting Group is currently look for qualified candidates to fill Field Technician positions in its Troy and Ann Arbor offices. G2 clients rely on the firm’s responsive attitude and ability to quickly mobilize an experienced team of professionals. G2 clients include Fortune 500 companies, major utilities, state and local government agencies, and leading architectural, engineering, and construction firms.

Principal duties consist of construction observation and testing, and laboratory testing within the construction engineering services group. Testing duties include earthwork, foundation, concrete, steel, masonry, and paving related activities at job sites. Travel outside of the Detroit metropolitan area may be required. G2 will make efforts to provide a company vehicle available from its current fleet. However, use of a personal vehicle may be required to perform the duties of this position, particularly during training. The candidate should expect to work overtime and occasional weekend days.

Candidates that have Level 1 Concrete Field Testing Technician Certification, Density Control Certification, or Hot Mix Asphalt Level 1 Certification are desired.  Ideal candidates should have good writing and communication skills, and are detail-oriented. In addition, candidates should have an excellent driving record, the ability to work outside in various weather conditions, and the ability to lift 50 pounds and stand for long periods of time.

G2 Consulting Group offers full-time employees a comprehensive range of employee benefits including: health insurance, dental coverage, 401(k), comp time, paid holidays, and tuition reimbursement. Typical hourly rate range for field technicians is $15 to $20, depending on experience and possession of above mentioned certifications.

If you are interested in applying for the position of field technician, please contact Bruce Wilberding at (248) 680-0400, Jason Stoops at (734) 390-9330, or visit the G2 website at www.g2consultinggroup.com.

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Small Cells / Distributed Antenna Systems

Throughout United States

DAS

Wireless companies building out small cell networks or in-building systems are required to consider whether their proposed actions may have an adverse effect on historic resources. G2 Consulting Group performs regulatory compliance reviews and tribal consultations for proposed small cell and distributed antenna system (DAS) facilities. These reviews ensure our clients conform with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Nationwide Programmatic Agreement (NPA) requirements. In the case of DAS installations, hazardous materials (asbestos and lead) surveys and/or abatement work may be warranted to facilitate the safe installation of equipment associated with the DAS. G2 oversees both hazardous material surveys and abatement projects for clients in the telecommunications sector.

Fast Facts

Project Owners

Tower and Fiber Companies, Carriers, and Wireless Service Providers

 G2 Services Provided

Section 106 Review

National Environmental Policy Act Review (NEPA)

Tribal Consultation

Hazardous Materials (Asbestos/Lead) Surveys for In-building Systems

 

Challenges/Solutions

    • G2 assists our clients with interpretation of both the applicable regulatory framework set forth in the FCC’s Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for the Collocation of Wireless Antennas (most recently amended in August 2016), as well as, any carrier-specific processes associated with regulatory review for proposed small cell sites.
    • G2 quickly reviews site information (i.e., project type, pole height, equipment volume, etc.) and the proposed location of small cell nodes to ascertain if they meet criteria for any exemptions from Section 106 Review under the most recent FCC guidelines.
    • G2 provides a written summary with supporting documentation (i.e., state and local maps depicting historically sensitive areas, National Register of Historic Places review, etc.) to clients indicating regulatory compliance due diligence has been completed and no further actions are warranted. If sites are determined to be on or within a designated historic resource, G2 works with an architectural historian, as well as, local, state, and tribal agencies, to achieve a favorable determination or advise clients in the early planning process if a site may involve complications.

Smart. Results. Fast. Telecommunications projects are extremely time-sensitive. G2 conducts thorough Section 106 and NEPA Reviews expediently to provide information to identify sites that require additional regulatory due diligence work in order to maintain client schedules.  Additionally, G2 offers input to clients with respect to site design and/or location to meet certain exemption criteria for Section 106 or NEPA Reviews to minimize costs.

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Magna Seating HQ – “In The Driver’s Seat”

Jason Stoops, P.E Ann Arbor Office Manager

Jason Stoops, P.E
G2 Project Manager

Congratulations to Magna Seating of America, Inc. and Cunningham-Limp on the recent opening of Magna’s new headquarters in Novi, MI.

G2 Consulting Group was proud to perform the geotechnical investigation and provide special inspections/materials testing for the new $48 million, 180,000 square foot, three-story facility which will consolidate activities into a single facility to house engineering, research and development, and sales and marketing teams.

As with all Cunningham-Limp projects, I was impressed with the speed and short turn around time to deliver the new headquarters. Cunningham-Limp’s design build services and collaborative approach allows their design subconsultants to work seamlessly with them during the construction process to deliver an outstanding project.

The video below shows the construction process from dirt to delivery.

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Magna Seating of America, Inc.

Novi, Michigan

 

 

G2 Consulting Group performed a geotechnical investigation and provided special inspections/materials testing for the new $48 million, 180,000 square foot, three-story Magna Seating of America headquarters in Novi, MI.  Site paving, truck docks, site utilities, and a retaining wall were also constructed in association with the project. Magna Seating will consolidate activities into a single facility to house engineering, research and development, and sales and marketing teams.

Magna International is a leading global automotive supplier with 316 manufacturing operations and 87 product development, engineering and sales centers in 29 countries. The company has approximately 133,000 employees. Its product capabilities include producing body, chassis, interior, exterior, seating, power train, electronic, vision, closure and roof systems and modules, as well as complete vehicle engineering and contract manufacturing.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

Magna International, Inc.

Scope

G2 Consulting Group explored the site to determine and evaluate general subsurface conditions and developed related foundation recommendations for support of the proposed structure, pavement recommendations, and construction considerations related to the development.  Our special inspections / materials testing scope of our services included evaluating earthwork operations, utility installation, retaining wall installation observation, performing foundation inspection and concrete inspection for foundations, flatwork, and site concrete, performing structural steel evaluation, masonry inspection, and bituminous paving

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical Investigation
Special Inspections and Materials Testing

Challenges / Solutions

Significant grade fills of up to 16 feet and grade cuts of up to five feet required close evaluation of engineered fill placement. Significant challenges with poor subsurface conditions required the removal and replacement of soft/loose fill soils with engineered fill to support the foundations and floor slab, as well as, the removal and replacement of unsuitable organic soils within the retaining wall development area. In addition, a variety of subgrade stabilization techniques were used to minimize removal of non-organic native soils for support of engineered fill.

Smart. Results. Fast. 

With any design/build project, turnaround time on project deliverables is critical to meeting construction milestones. G2 performed this significant geotechnical investigation in a short period of time and provided preliminary design recommendations shortly after completion of the field report to allow the design/build team to move forward with their design.

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Civil crew unearths archaeological remains at cell tower site

Ben Youra Project Manager G2 Chicagoland

Ben Youra
Project Manager
G2 Chicagoland

As reported this month in wirelessestimator.com, a civil crew unearthed what was determined to be human remains while excavating at an existing cell tower site. It is believed the remains were part of an unmarked portion of an adjacent historic cemetery. According to the post, the tower is not registered in the FCC’s database.

http://wirelessestimator.com/articles/2016/civil-workers-unearth-a-skull-and-other-bones-at-s-c-cell-site/

While findings like this are extremely rare, this occurrence highlights the need to perform proper due diligence work on proposed tower sites during the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Review process.  In 2015, G2 Consulting oversaw a project associated with a proposed tower site near Lexington, KY. During the NEPA-related work, over 35 pre-historic and historic artifacts were discovered during a Phase I archaeological survey.  The contracted archaeologist determined an enhanced scope of work to ascertain if any intact archaeological resources were present in the project site.

G2 facilitated coordination for concurrence on the enhanced scope of work seeking input from the Kentucky Heritage Council (SHPO), the FCC’s Federal Preservation Officer, and the consulting tribal entities for that area.

G2 worked with the various entities to agree on an approach in a timely manner. The Enhanced Phase I Archaeological Investigation determined that historical agricultural activities within the parcel had resulted in previous disturbance. It was determined that the project should proceed as development of the proposed communications tower would not result in disturbance of any intact historical resources.

G2 was able to utilize its experience to convey fieldwork findings to State, Federal, and Tribal entities and ultimately get clearance for the project with relatively minimal project delays.

G2 advises its clients in every NEPA Report, that should archaeological materials or human remains be encountered prior to or during construction of their telecommunications facilities, construction activities should cease and the SHPO, the Native American tribal entities, and other consulting parties must be contacted for further evaluation.

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