Large earthwork projects are what the employees of R.B. Baker Construction, a division of Reeves Construction Company, are known for – and their expertise in the unique coastal soils of Southeast Georgia. The ingenuity R.B Baker’s team has applied to the JLA at Northport project is proof of that.
The facility is a 1,098,160 square foot mixed-use warehouse on a 68 acre site. The project consisted of 600,000 CY excavation/borrow; 10,500 LF storm drainage; 10,000 FT water and fire line, 3,000 FT sanitary sewer, and 270,000 SY of fine grading.
R.B. Baker Construction was able to efficiently utilize onsite ponds for multiple purposes. The building pad had 5 feet of surcharge placed over its entirety. Baker utilized the overburden in the onsite ponds as surcharge allowing the ponds to be over excavated for structural fill; this minimized the import of off-site borrow. The over-dig of the ponds then allowed Baker to dispose of the unsuitable soil in the ponds, minimizing the need to haul off-site. The concrete pours ranged from 700 to 1400 cubic yards each totaling approximately 50,000 cubic yards of concrete. The JLA warehouse will be used for increased import/export through the Port of Savannah to handle the post Panama Canal expansion container vessels.