Crain Construction started this Tencarva Machinery Company project with good ground stabilization and a strong foundation.
Weak soil with unsuitable material was discovered during site preparation for a new 23,000-square-foot building to house Tencarva’s office, training, warehouse and service space. Crain’s solution was to install 200 rammed aggregated piers on the two-acre redevelopment site, providing a quicker and more economical solution for soil stabilization in Tennessee’s limestone.
Crain built the warehouse and service area that is a repair facility for the firm’s municipal and industrial customers and includes two, five-ton overhead cranes and multiple column mounted jib cranes for lifting and to assure worker safety. It also has a filtered “clean room” for bearing frame assembly.
In the service area, Crain also built a test pit that is 14 feet by 23 feet by 8 feet deep with a 12-inch diameter pipe test loop and includes a flow meter and electrical testing equipment. This pit enables Tencarva to test horizontal, vertical and submersible pumps up to 300 horsepower at 460 volts and 150 horsepower at 230 volts.