EHS was proud to participate in two events on November 1st aimed at promoting new opportunity in North East Wilmington, and helping promote a more diverse supplier base in the Delaware construction industry. The first was the "Opportunity Symposium" hosted by Delaware State Senator Darius Brown. Senator Brown brought dozens of policy makers and business officuals to the Wilmington Riverfront to discuss stragies for new opportunity in his District, parts of which have struggled economically in the last half century with the decline of industry in Delaware.
Eastern Highway Specialists has always been firmly committed to this area, having recently moved down the street from Church St to our new facility off of Governor Printz Boulevard an effort that Senator Brown helped with through a Transportation Infastructure Investment grant to improve the public road near our new site. Company President Bob Field was happy to participate in the event and was featured on a video display:
In the afternoon, Field and Vice President Chris Magdefrau participated in the Delaware Department of Transportation sponsored DBE and Small Business Development Summit in Dover.
Vice President Chris Magdefrau was a paricipant on a panel, sharing insights on now sub-contractors can get more work with prime contractors.
Bob and Chris also took part in networking events aimed at building up greater connections for DBE firms to break into the construction market:
EHS is strongly committed to new and more equitable opportunity in Wilmington and helping to build a more diverse construction industry and looks forward to continuing to work with stakeholders to achieve these objectives.
In October the academic year starts, and EHS is proud to have a record 11 of our employees enrolled as students in the State of Delaware Apprenticeship programs, ranging from Carpentry, Construction Craft Laborer, Heavy Equipment Operator to Iron Worker. As a sign of our appreciation for the commitment of time our employees make by participating in the program, which includes extra hours away from their families, on September 20th, we hosted our 2nd Annual Apprentice Appreciation Dinner, enjoying a fun steak dinner and camaraderie at Sullivan's Steak House in Wilmington.
Using Hubbell Power Systems, EHS has in-house capabilities to design and install helical pile foundation solutions where typical spread footings aren't suitable or economical. Helical Piles are steel shafts with steel plates affixed to them that are screwed into the earth to a depth where suitable soils allow us to achieve bearing capacity. The below pictures illustrate this in practice on a recent project where we were called upon to replace a golf cart bridge at the former location of Edgmont Country Club. The site where we designed and installed a helical pile foundation, poured concrete pile caps and installed a prefabricated pedestrian bridge is being redeveloped as Edgmont Preserve and the new bridge will serve the community in the open space as part of the pedestrian trails.
Original golf cart bridge at the former site of the Edgmont Country Club. Presented with options the owner decided to replace the bridge.
Typical installation of Helical piles upon which the pile caps will be installed.
Finished pile caps after they have been poured in place and their forms stripped.
A 100 ton crane was utilized the seat the prefabricated bridge in place.
The pedestrian bridge secured in place awaiting the completion of the pedestrian trail