Ames Construction is preparing a 1,000-acre pad for the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite under a construction manager/general contractor (CMGC) delivery method.
Crews mobilized in January 2022 and ramped up until more than 400 team members were working on site along with more than 200 pieces of equipment. Ames implemented a vigorous on-site equipment operating training program for hundreds of new Ames employees hired locally.
To perform the mass earthwork, Ames is clearing and grubbing 650 acres. Permanent stormwater detention basins, utilities, and erosion control measures are included in the work scope, along with the construction of a transportation network into and out of the site. The transportation improvements include the construction of three grade-separated interchanges.
During this project, Ames will excavate and embank 25,000,000 cubic yards of material. With nearly 1,000 acres of exposed soils open at any given time, crews are working tirelessly to prevent soil loss. The soils on-site are generally wet, and to meet specification requirements for the building pad, crews dry approximately 2.3 million gallons of water out of the soils every day with tractors and disks. That’s enough to fill three-and-a-half Olympic-sized swimming pools every day.
Three building pads were turned over in 2022, with the remainder on track for turnover in 2023. Pad grading is on schedule to be complete by fall of 2023, and the transportation improvements by fall of 2024.