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St. Elizabeths Campus Project

March 30, 2018

Beginning in February of this year, BPSM was contracted by Rockville general contractor, Grunley Construction Company. The project has been going along smoothly as we perform excavation services and install graded aggregate base and asphalt overlay at the West Campus of the historic St. Elizabeths Hospital on Martin Luther King Jr. Ave in the District of Columbia.

This work has continued through the month of March and is expected to be completed in July of this year. 

The photos above show the crew paving at the center building of the vast complex.  St. Elizabeths psychiatric hospital is located in SE Washington, D.C. and overlooks the Anacostia River.  Founded in 1855 by an act of Congress, it was the first large scale federally operated psychiatric hospital in the country and is a national historic landmark.  The campus spreads over 350 acres and housed more than 7,000 patients at its peak in the 1950s.

St. Elizabeths West Campus is the new headquarters for Homeland Security in Washington D.C.

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5 Ways to Save Fuel in Construction Equipment

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5 Ways to Save Fuel in Construction Equipment

March 15, 2018

There is no way around the fact that heavy construction equipment uses a lot of fuel. Construction machines have power train mechanisms that make it difficult to save on energy and resources.

Because of this, manufacturers today are relying on energy-saving technologies like hybrid power trains for a future of green and economical construction.


The 5 tips below can help create fuel savings for heavy equipment, making machine operation a more efficient experience.


1. Limit Idle Times

In older models of heavy equipment, repeated restarts could damage the electrical system. Heavy machinery manufacturers have modernized the engines of today so they are more efficient than previous models. This means that machines can be put to use and/or shut down almost immediately without wasting fuel. As a result, newer models no longer need to idle for long periods.

Idling time is one of the biggest wastes of fuel when it comes to heavy equipment and construction vehicles. Getting your operators onboard for a no-idling policy is an educational process that can help reduce fuel consumption and slash environmental pollution as well.


2. Anticipate Repositioning Requirements

Indiscriminately repositioning heavy equipment due to a lack of forethought can equate to improperly allocated resources. This may be unavoidable when new equipment is brought in. A bit of planning to prevent other machines from impeding the way when you have a cramped job site can be very helpful.

While an appropriate anti-idling strategy will help to keep things in check, communication will be important when it comes to cost-saving procedures like this one.


3. Keep Tires in the Proper Pressure Range

Tire pressure has a large impact on fuel economy and maintaining proper tire pressure is critical to maintaining efficient operation. Under-inflation by just 6 psi consumes 3% more fuel. For best results, operators should have the tire pressure of their equipment inspected on a regular basis.


4. Shift at Lower RPM

Gearing up and throttling down at high RPMs can destroy fuel economy. Operators should always be careful to reduce RPMs before they shift.


5. Keep Machines in Top Condition

Consistent maintenance helps to save fuel, reduces repairs, improves reliability and minimizes exhaust emissions. Be sure to replace air filters, oil filters and change oil per the manufacturer’s recommendations for best results. There are many factors that can increase fuel consumption, from locked air filters to valve and ring wear.


With the growing concern for environmental preservation, and the rise in fuel costs, it’s becoming increasingly necessary for companies to use fuel efficient machinery and to find ways to cut fuel consumption in the machinery that happens to be not so fuel efficient.


Construction equipment dealers will often conduct free education classes on how to save fuel. Through education and awareness, construction businesses can significantly reduce their bottom line as it relates to fuel costs, while doing their small part to pitch in and help the environment as well.

U.S. Infrastructure Chart

America’s Infrastructure Graded

Every four years, the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers’) determines the quality of the country’s infrastructure by assigning a letter grade Report Card based upon the physical condition, performance, and necessary investments for the improvement of American infrastructure.


In both 2013 and 2017, the cumulative grade for America’s Infrastructure is a D+.  In decades past, our infrastructure has been a source of national pride but currently our roads, bridges, water, energy, and aviation networks are all in need of key investments for upgrading and reinforcing our near-failing system.


The U.S. faces a funding shortfall of at least $2 trillion to bring infrastructure into an “adequate” state of repair.  The country places twelfth in the world in terms of quality of overall infrastructure, according to the World Economic Forum.


The AFL-CIO has launched a major effort to push for funding to upgrade the nation's aging infrastructure and energy-saving retrofits.  One of the key parts of any good infrastructure proposal according to The Resolution on Infrastructure passed at the 2017 AFL-CIO Convention, is that the plan should be “to reach into our communities—urban, suburban and rural—to help more Americans obtain workforce development opportunities that lead to middle-class careers, which our failure to invest has left out of reach for too many.”


The Grading Scale according to the A​merican Society of Civil Engineers:


A: EXCEPTIONAL, FIT FOR THE FUTURE

• The infrastructure in the system or network is generally in excellent condition, typically new or recently rehabilitated, and meets capacity needs for the future.

• A few elements show signs of general deterioration that require attention.

• Facilities meet modern standards for functionality and are resilient to withstand most disasters and severe weather events.


B: GOOD, ADEQUATE FOR NOW

• The infrastructure in the system or network is in good to excellent condition

• Some elements show signs of general deterioration that require attention

• A few elements exhibit significant deficiencies

• Safe and reliable, with minimal capacity issues and minimal risk


C: MEDIOCRE, REQUIRES ATTENTION

• The infrastructure in the system or network is in fair to good condition

• Shows general signs of deterioration that require attention

• Some elements exhibit significant deficiencies in conditions and functionality, with increasing vulnerability to risk


D: POOR, AT RISK

• The infrastructure is in poor to fair condition and mostly below standard

• Many elements approaching the end of their service life

• A large portion of the system exhibits significant deterioration

• Condition and capacity are of serious concern with strong risk of failure


F: FAILING/CRITICAL, UNFIT FOR PURPOSE

• The infrastructure in the system is in unacceptable condition

• Widespread advanced signs of deterioration

• Many of the components of the system exhibit signs of imminent failure


President Trump recently unveiled his long-awaited $1.5 trillion plan to repair and rebuild the nation's crumbling infrastructure.  The proposal was not one that offers large sums of federal funding to states for infrastructure needs, but instead is a financing plan that shifts much of the funding burden onto the states and onto local governments.


The President’s plan does not feature $1 trillion in new federal spending, but promises a much smaller $200 billion.  To account for the discrepancy, the program is now said to generate fully $1.5 trillion in total new infrastructure spending by leveraging $1.3 trillion in additional state, local, and private sector spending.  And it doesn’t say where the proposed $200 billion will come from or what it should be spent on. Such details are being left to Congress.


Supporters of the President’s plan are excited about the potential for private investment to play an increasing role in the advancement of our nation’s infrastructure.  While critics warn that this plan will lead to higher state and local taxes, and an increased reliance on user fees, such as tolls, water and sewer fees, transit fares and airline ticket taxes.

St. Elizabeths West Campus Construction

Beltway Paving of Southern Maryland has been subcontracted by general contractor Grunley Construction Company in Rockville, Maryland to perform excavation services and to install graded aggregate base and asphalt at the West Campus of the 

historic St. Elizabeths Hospital on Martin Luther King Jr. Ave in the District of Columbia.

on the West Campus for the redevelopment project of the West Campus


St. Elizabeths psychiatric hospital is located in SE Washington, D.C. and overlooks the Anacostia River.  Founded in 1855 by an act of Congress, it was the first large scale federally operated psychiatric hospital in the country and is now a national historic 

landmark.  The campus spreads over 350 acres and housed more than 7,000 patients at its peak in the 1950s.


The Department of Health and Human Services transferred the property to the General Services Administration (GSA) in 2001.  The center building was closed in 2004 in anticipation of its adaptive reuse which will become the headquarters of the Department of Homeland Security.  The DHS's current facilities are spread among 40 buildings in the Washington, DC area and the current redevelopment project is designed to consolidate the department into one high security centralized location. 


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The Keys Energy Center Power Plant Project

May, 27th 2017

Beltway Paving of Southern Maryland has performed its latest asphalt paving project for SNC-Lavalin at the Keys Energy Center in Brandywine, Maryland. 

 

The power plant, owned by PSEG Fossil, a subsidiary of PSEG Power, is a 755-Megawatt natural gas-fired, combined cycle electricity generating plant and is scheduled to be operational in 2018.  The power plant is being built on a 180+ acre parcel of land that was previously used for a sand and gravel mining operation. 


Located just 1.25 miles east of Brandywine, this plant is designed to power 500,000 homes, businesses and schools in the Prince George's and surrounding counties.  


Construction of the site began in 2015 and will include around 5,000 tons of asphalt by the time of completion.  Having just finished installing asphalt for the PEPCO switch yard of the plant, our work continues as we pave the remaining site. 



Beltway Paving of Southern Maryland's New Website 

May, 25th 2017

Welcome to BPSM's new website!  We are very excited about this new opportunity to post the latest photos & commentary on our recent projects and any highlights of the asphalt paving & concrete construction industry news.  

Feel free to browse our site and check out our list of services offered and our blog.  We serve the Washington, D. C. Metropolitan area, Maryland, and Virginia.  Give us a call today @ 1-800-660-1096.   

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CPV St. Charles Power Plant 

August,15th 2017

Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) St Charles Energy Center is a 725 megawatt natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Charles County, Maryland.


Completed in 2016, the plant was developed on a 76 acre site in the Piney Reach Industrial Park in Waldorf. In 2015 Beltway Paving of Southern Maryland was contracted by the engineering firm - SNC -Lavalin Group to install asphalt for the entire site.


CPV St. Charles Energy Center is one of the cleanest natural gas facilities ever built in Maryland and the Washington, DC area due to its use of clean natural gas which helps to reduce dependency on older coal-burning power plants.


Using grey water from the MWWTP for wet cooling, this power plant’s innovative design will reduce the strain on local water resources and will reduce nitrate discharges from waste-water treatment into the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay.


The power plant has the added benefit of being located close to existing gas and electrical transmission infrastructure, which has eliminated the need to construct new transmission towers or power lines. This has provided significant cost advantages for the project.


Natural gas is supplied by Dominion from its Cove Point LNG terminal and Dominion’s gas transmission pipeline. The St. Charles gas-fired plant provides power to 700,000 households in Charles County and uses state-of-the-art technology to produce electricity efficiently and cleanly to help meet the region’s demand for energy. 

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August 2017

The Dominion Energy Cove Point LNG Terminal located on the Chesapeake Bay in Lusby, MD has been operational since 1978 as an offshore liquid natural gas (LNG) shipping terminal.

 

During the 1980’s there was a large increase in the price for imported LNG and the terminal was discontinued until 1994. This is when the facility was transformed into a domestic natural gas storage facility by installing a liquefaction unit designed to cool natural gas to the point where it becomes a liquid at around −162 °C (−260 °F).


Additional storage tanks were placed into service in 2004 and 2008. The current expansion of the facility is designed to meet the demand for exporting liquefied natural gas. When combined with existing facilities, the terminal will provide a bi-directional service of import and export of LNG.

Construction of the 5.25-MTPA (million tons per annum) facility began in 2014, and is expected to be in service in late 2017.


Dominion Energy awarded its EPC contract for new liquefaction facilities to the joint venture engineering firms IHI/Kiewit Corporation IHI/Kiewit Cove Point, a joint venture between IHI E&C International Corporation of Houston and Kiewit Corporation of Omaha, Nebraska.


The proposed export facility will be in the 131-acre footprint of the existing LNG terminal site. No new pipelines or storage tanks are needed at the facility.


The project underwent a comprehensive 3-year regulatory review and approval process to ensure the project meets all safety, environmental, and other requirements.


Once it opens, the company says, they could move up to 860,000 dekatherms of liquefied natural gas per day. One dekatherm is 1,000 cubic feet of natural gas, enough to meet the heating, hot water and cooking needs of the average home for four days.