The project includes construction of the new Cyber and Engineering Academic Center (CEAC), a four-story, 136,000 square foot structure state of the art building with a two-story below grade parking garage. The CEAC will house the engineering laboratory functions of the departments of the Civil & Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and Systems Engineering together under one roof. The building was developed to play a critical role in the “enabling USMA Cadets to experiment and develop new and emerging technologies, that will enable the United States Military to remain at the technological forefront of new battlefields, both physical and digital. The Center will be for Cadets to receive training on robotics and allow indoor flight drone flight training.
SCOPE OF WORK:
Baystate Blasting, Inc. (BBI) was contracted to perform drilling & blasting services to remove approximately 300,000 cubic yards of bedrock up to about 90 feet deep for the foundation of this four-story building with a two-story below grade parking garage and pre-split on rock walls for the new CEAC building for the USMA at West Point New York. Due to the proximity of the existing occupied historical buildings surrounding the worksite, our main goal was to avoid any interruptions to the faculty and students and to keep PPV levels at or below 1.5 inches/second and in some more critical areas as low as 0.5 inches/second.
To accomplish our goals, BBI first had to implement a very exacting standard to pre-split the four-hundred-forty-foot-long rock face of the wall at depth of up to ninety feet to give it a clean look. BBI also timed the blasting to five hundred milliseconds’ to most effectively mitigate impact on the abutters.
Location: USMA, West Point, NY