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Michael W. Byerly, P.E.
, Construction Services Department Manager and Partner, has 22 years of experience managing construction services and geotechnical engineering projects in Central Florida.  Mike also worked for 6 years as a construction services field technician and inspector prior to obtaining his engineering degree.  Mike is Contract Manager for GEC’s continuing services contracts with Osceola County, the City of Kissimmee, City of St. Cloud, Toho Water Authority and the School District of Osceola County. Email: mwbyerly@g-e-c.com

 

 

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Construction Services Summary

GEC provides a team of highly skilled professionals supported by two accredited, full–service testing laboratories for your projects needs. Our fully equipped and staffed facilities provide our clients with the ability to perform the full range of both laboratory and field testing on soils, base materials, asphalt, concrete, and aggregates. Our firm can provide construction materials testing and construction engineering and inspection on nearly every type of construction including: roadways, planned urban developments, high-rise structures, airports, utilities, bridges and commercial developments.

GEC is FDOT qualified for construction materials testing in work groups 9.3 (Highway Materials Testing), 9.5 (Geotechnical Specialty Laboratory Testing) and 10.3 (Construction Materials Inspection). GEC’s qualifying NAICS code is: 941380, Testing Laboratories.

GEC’s CMT staff provides our clients with confidence through timely and accurate test results and reporting. Each project is staffed with experienced personnel holding qualification through CTQP, ACI, CMEC and FDOT and is further supported by GEC’s two centrally located laboratories holding accreditation by CMEC and FDOT. Our Orlando laboratory is validated by the Army Corp of Engineers. These accreditations are the most difficult to obtain and require thorough training and quality control/quality assurance (QA/QC) procedures.

GEC Orlando and Kissimmee Laboratories

GEC's Orlando laboratory is validated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Both laboratories have been approved by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to provide testing services for FDOT design and construction projects. Both laboratories are equipped to perform various tests on soil, concrete aggregate andasphalt. Both laboratories are accredited by the Construction Materials Engineering Council (CMEC) to provide field services for soil, concrete and aggregate testing.

GEC CMT PROJECT SUMMARIES:

 

Dubsdread Golf Course Renovation

Start/Completion: April 2007/March 2008

Project Description: GEC performed construction materials testing services for the renovation of the existing Dubsdread Golf Course, which included re-design of several holes and numerous stormwater enhancements.

The project site is located on the northeast corner of Golfview Boulevard and Par Street in College Park, Orlando.

This project consisted of both field and laboratory testing services. In-place density testing was performed on backfill soil materials on and around storm pipe and structures. In-place density testing was also performed on the embankment, stabilized subgrade and base materials used in the construction of the roadways. Representative samples of concrete were cast into cylinders, which were then cured and tested for compressive strength. Concrete was used to construct driveway aprons, sidewalks, and curbs throughout the project. Samples of the asphalt, used for the construction of Dubsdread Circle, Greens Avenue and the parking area, were brought to our laboratory facility for asphalt extraction and gradation analysis testing to confirm product conformance.

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SODO (South of Downtown Orlando)

Start/Completion: October 2007/February 2008

Project Description: GEC performed construction materials testing services for the infrastructure around the SODO mixed-used development. SODO includes retail, luxury residential, office space, and restaurants on a 22 acre site.

SODO is located just South Of Downtown Orlando on South Orange Avenue, between Grant Street and West Crystal Lake Street.

Our services consisted of both field and laboratory testing. In-place density testing was performed on backfill soil on and around storm pipe and structures. In-place density testing was also performed on the embankment, stabilized subgrade and base materials used in the construction of the roadways. Our laboratory provided testing on representative samples of soils used in the backfill of the stormwater system, as well as the stabilized subgrade and base of the mainline roadways.

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City of Orlando Fire Station No. 15

Start/Completion: January 2007/August 2007

Project Description: GEC performed construction materials testing services for the new development of the Savannah Park Fire Station. The City of Orlando designed and constructed its new Fire Station #15 to be a LEED Certified building. Fire Station No. 15 is located on Lake Nona Boulevard north of State Road 417 (SR 417).

GEC sampled and tested fresh concrete for temperature, slump and air content. Compressive strength tests were performed on cured concrete cylinders.

GEC performed in-place density test on subgrade soils for building slabs and footings and concrete pavement. In addition, pipe backfill soils were tested for in-place density. In our laboratory, soil Proctors were conducted on representative samples from the field.

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Lake Nona South Phase I

Start/Completion: August 2007/August 2008

Project Description: This is the master infrastructure project for the Lake Nona South planned development. It encompasses the main road (Lake Nona) from Narcoossee Road into the Lake Nona South community. This project includes smaller roads, Brindle Chase Drive and Middle Crown Drive. This project included the installation of storm and sanitary pipe as well as the construction of the roadways.

Our services consisted of both field and laboratory testing. In-place density testing was performed on backfill soil on and around storm water pipes and structures. In-place density testing was also performed on the embankment, stabilized subgrade and base materials used in the construction of the roadways. Our laboratory provided proctor and LBR testing on representative samples of soils used in the backfill of the stormwater system, as well as the stabilized subgrade and base of the mainline roadways. Extraction and gradation testing was conducted on new asphalt pavement.

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Burnham Institute Phase I - Infrastructure

Start/Completion: January 2008/November 2008

Project Description: GEC provided construction materials testing for continuation of Lake Nona Boulevard into the medical city. This project also included 4 secondary roads, which at time of construction were identified as Road L, Road Q, Road N, and Main Campus Drive. Main Campus Drive will have future expansion to become an arterial road through the Lake Nona South community. This project included the installation of storm and sanitary pipe as well as the construction of new roadways.

Our services consisted of both field and laboratory testing. In-place density testing was performed on backfill soil on and around storm water pipe and structures. In-place density testing was also performed on the embankment, stabilized subgrade and base materials used in the construction of the roadways. Our laboratory provided testing on representative samples of soils used in the backfill of the stormwater infrastructure, as well as the stabilized subgrade and base of the mainline roadways. Extraction and gradation testing was also conducted on new asphalt pavement.

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LB McLeod Re-Use Water Pump Station

Start/Completion: November 2006/June 2007

Project Description: GEC performed construction materials testing services for the new pump station for re-use water. The project site is located on LB McLeod Road due south of Cedar Rapids Way.

GEC sampled and tested fresh concrete for temperature, slump and air content. Compressive strength tests were performed on cured concrete cylinders.

GEC performed in-place density tests on subgrade soils for slabs, pipe backfill soil and limerock base material. In our laboratory, Proctors were performed on representative soil and limerock samples obtained from the field.

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Kissimmee Park Road - Construction Materials Testing

Start/Completion: May 2007 to February 2008

Project Description: Construction materials testing for 2.2 miles of roadway reconstruction. The roadway was widened from a 2-lane rural section into a 4-lane divided urban section. The drainage system was changed from open road-side ditches to a closed stormwater pipe system. Existing utility lines were relocated and new lines were installed during roadway construction. GEC performed tests on soil, concrete limerock, and asphalt pavement in the field and laboratory. Monthly progress reports were submitted detailing the test results.

In addition, GEC provided a geotechnical engineering investigation for mast arm signal poles. Standard Penetration Test (SPT) borings were performed and recommendations were provided for design and construction of the drilled shaft foundations.

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City of St. Cloud Southside Water Treatment Plant

Start/Completion: 2007/2008

Project Description: The project included a new administrative building, new process treatment equipment and upgrades to existing process components. In addition, a 19 million gallon per day reuse distribution pumping station, co-located reuse storage facilities, and sludge-processing facilities were constructed. The expansion increased treatment capacity to 6 million gallons per day with future capabilities projected at more than 9 million gallons per day.

GEC performed construction materials testing for the wastewater treatment facility expansion. GEC's services included soil, concrete and asphalt pavement testing in the field and laboratory. Monthly progress reports were submitted summarizing the test results.

GEC also used in-house structural GPR equipment and software to evaluate the location, spacing and depth of embedded steel reinforcement within the concrete slab of a constructed aeration tank. The inspection of the reinforcing steel was not performed (by another firm) prior to concrete placement. GEC was asked to scan the slab with GPR in order to avoid demolition and re-construction. The GPR results verified the presence, spacing and depth of the reinforcing steel.

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