WSSC Broad Creek Fort Washington, Maryland

BPSM has been contracted to perform asphalt milling and overlay at the Broad Creek Waste Water Pumping Station (WWPS) on Livingston Road in Fort Washington, Maryland by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC).


The pumping station is designed to eliminate/reduce the occurrence of sanitary sewer overflows at the Broad Creek WWPS during wet weather events in the area and has recently been undergoing necessary system upgrades.


The Broad Creek Pumping Station provides pumping for the collection system in the Broad Creek Basin.  The pumping station was originally built in 1968 and was expanded in 1993.  There are three buildings that make up the station: a 2,000 square foot screening building, a 4,600 square foot pumping station building, and a new generator building. 

Building B of the Integrate Ashburn Data Center Campus

In 2016, the Seattle-based Sabey Corporation began construction on a sprawling 900,000-square-foot data center campus on 38 acres of land in Ashburn, VA in what has come to be known as the heart of Northern Virginia’s data center corridor.


As one of the largest data center owners, operators, and developers in the nation, Sabey Corporation has its own internal construction expertise in building data center complexes with its subsidiary Sabey Construction, Inc.  Therefore, Sabey Construction is the acting general contractor for the Ashburn project.

 

Beltway Paving of Southern Maryland, Inc. has been recently subcontracted by Sabey Construction to begin pouring the concrete foundation slabs for the construction of the Building B portion of the campus.


Ashburn, VA is located within the Dulles Technology Corridor and serves as an attraction for high tech businesses and data center providers who cater to both commercial and governmental enterprises.

Cove Point LNG Terminal Dominion Energy

Cove Point LNG Terminal 

May 16th 2018

The first vessel carrying liquefied natural gas left the newly constructed Cove Point LNG export terminal in early March of this year.  Dominion Energy said it spent about $4 billion to add export facilities at Cove Point.


Cove Point is the second of two large LNG export terminals in the continental U.S. - after Cheniere Energy Inc’s Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana, which exported its first cargo in February 2016.


The U.S. is expected to increase its exportation of LNG after a 60 year history of importation.  This is due to record gas production from shale fields.  The United States is expected to become the world’s third- largest LNG exporter by capacity in 2018.


In the above picture, BPSM can be seen performing asphalt milling and paving at the entrance to the terminal.


For more detailed information on the Cove Point Terminal and its history, see our previous blog post listed below from August of 2017. 

BPSM at St. Elizabeths West Campus

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.

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. 


Industrial Concrete Construction at Cove Point Lusby, MD.

The Dominion Energy Cove Point LNG Terminal

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.

BPSM paving at CPV St. Charles Power Plant

CPV St. Charles Power Plant

June 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.


installing asphalt at Keys Energy Power Plant

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.