Successful teamwork was the key to Crooker Construction’s completion of Morse High School and Bath Regional Career and Technical Center in RSU 1, in Bath. From design to engineering to quarrying to construction, Crooker built a team of professionals who seamlessly coordinated with each other and with the community, earning The new three-story, 186,000-sq.ft. The high school and technical center accommodates 650 students, and the site includes a new artificial turf athletic field, parking for 285 cars, a new pedestrian and bicycle path, and a new span bridge.
Working with and because of COVID-19 restrictions, Crooker provided opportunities for community input and site visits, and early student use of the athletic field. This cooperative spirit earned praise from RSU 1, the architects, and other stakeholders.
A big challenge was the need to remove 500,000 cubic yards of rock. As part of the project team, Maine Drilling and Blasting developed an innovative plan to make ledge cuts of up to 80 feet deep in a single pass, allowing for 10,000 to 15,000 CY shots, two or three times per week. This meant relocating three crushing spreads and heavy equipment every other day. Existing bedrock materials were crushed and produced on-site, limiting congestion and wear and tear on public roadways, and reducing off-site decibel levels. In addition to 70- to 80-foot cuts and 70-foot fills, Crooker also dealt with a 40-foot-deep pocket of soft marine clay in the middle of the building pad, adjacent to 40-foot ledge cuts, and another area under the abutment near a bridge approach ramp. Because the building and site work were separate contracts, groundwork could begin before the design was complete, accelerating the project.
During the two-and-a-half-year project, Crooker had to control erosion, sedimentation, and dust for the 1,000,0000 SF of exposed soil, and contain sediment in Mill Pond, which bisected a large portion of the site.
As a high school, technical center, and athletic facility, this structure is a center of community life, so involving stakeholders was a priority. Crooker involved the community from the beginning of the project, with information sessions about the process and timeline. RSU 1 staff, building committee members, school board members, educators, students, and the public attended a groundbreaking ceremony. Crooker held guided tours during the construction, including to First Responders, and provided PPE and education about developing the large, complex site. When COVID-19 restrictions meant that student-athletes needed outdoor practice space, Crooker made the new artificial turf field safely available prior to final site completion. After completion, Crooker donated a scoreboard for the new field.
With the amount and frequency of blasting, especially on a steep slope, safety was an even bigger priority than usual and necessitated elaborate coordination with subcontractors through project-specific planning and strategic scheduling. Crooker is proud to have achieved zero lost-time injuries in 105,000 total work hours, thanks to experienced and skilled employees and subcontractors.
OWNER: REGIONAL SCHOOL UNIT 1, BATH – SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS, PATRICK MANUEL
MAINE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Jim Harford, Project Manager
David Lewis, DOE Representative
Architect: Lavallee Brensinger Architects
Ron Lamarre, Design Principal
Cuyler Feagles, Clerk of The Works
SITE CIVIL ENGINEER: SEBAGO TECHNICS
Kylie Mason, Project Manager
Craig Burgess, PE
GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEER: SW COLE ENGINEERING
Tim Boyce, PE, Project Manager
BRIDGE ENGINEER: CALDERWOOD ENGINEERING
Eric Calderwood, PE
PRIME CONTRACTOR: CROOKER CONSTRUCTION, LLC
Thomas C Sturgeon, PE, President & CEO
Rick Powers, Senior Project Manager
Dale Spratt, Site Superintendent
Craig Kroot, General Superintendent
Shoshanna Starks, Project Engineer
Richard Morgan, Crushing Superintendent
Ian Pinette, Project Manager/Drone Specialist
Aaron Sayler, QC Manager
Richard Perkins (ret), Safety Director
John Paradis (Nortrax)
David Wentworth (Whitney & Sons)
Maine Drilling & Blasting
Todd Beaulieu, General Superintendent
Jim Purington, Site Superintendent
Goodwin Well & Water Inc.
Scott Abbotts, President
Jesse Goodwin, Superintendent
Wyman & Simpson, Inc.
Paul Berube, Project Manager
Don Pratt, Superintendent
Jay Shorette, President
Kevin Wright, Project Manager
Main Line Fence Co
Ray Clark, Guardrail Install Foreman
Chuck Maselli, Fence Install Foreman
Thirsty Turf Irrigation, Inc
Josh Doucette, President
Andy Cary, Superintendent
NET Sports Group
Wendy Dawson, Project Manager
Derek Simpson, PE, Project Manager
Craig Harris, Superintendent
George & Kevin Janosco, Owners
Precast Concrete Products of Maine
Branielle Bergeron, General Manager
Doug Moore, Project Manager
Everett J Prescott, Inc.
Jason Chadwick, Project Manager