Hampton crew awarded for tricky drilling work on OPPD plant

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Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013 12:00 am

Drilling down 100 feet to then create the footing for a 110-foot silo — all while steering clear of high voltage lines and heavy truck traffic in a tight space — can be tricky.

The Lincoln-based Hampton Commercial Construction crew working under those conditions for a project at the Nebraska City coal-fired power plant had daily safety meetings to ensure that all precautions were taken to avoid accidents, said superintendent Scott Eaton.

“The pilings were installed with extreme caution due to the large number of overhead high voltage lines and conduits that seemed to be going every which way,” said a report that Hampton entered in the recent World of Concrete event in Las Vegas.

In building the 25-foot-by-25-foot footing for the huge tank that was added to the Omaha Public Power District plant, the crew also dealt with a grid of 18-inch concrete pilings, 42 anchor bolts that weighed 241 pounds each, I-beams, a Putzmeister Telebelt and concrete vibrators.

All ended safely and successfully, Eaton said.

For their work, the Hampton crew, which partnered with the Texas-based Lauren Constructors, was recognized at the World of Concrete conference with a “Crews That Rock” award.

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