Power Plant Expansion earns EIC Pyramid Award

The Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency’s (SMMPA) Power Plant expansion in Fairmont, MN, was awarded the Pyramid Award for Excellence in Construction by Associated Builders and Contractors at the Excellence in Construction Awards Banquet in January.  As part of the construction team, Dulas Excavating was able to attend and accept the award alongside the Joseph Company, the general contractor of the project.

The Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency entrusted their $8.8M expansion of their power plant in Fairmont to Dulas Excavating and the Joseph Company.  The project was programmed to accommodate four new power generators delivered from Germany.

Along with the mass deconstruction of the outdated coal powered plant, special challenges to complete the project were place four mass foundations pads to bear the generators as well as unloading and placing the generators, weighing 97 tons each.

As testimony to the performance for SMMPA, Peter Reinarts, Manger of Generation & Operations, summarized it well by saying, “We relied heavily on their expertise and they went out of their way to build a better power plant.  I cannot say enough how happy we were with the performance.”

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Dulas Excavating awarded Thorne Crest Assisted Living Project

Dulas Excavating has been awarded site grading and demolition for the renovation and addition of the Thorne Crest Assisted Living Facility in Albert Lea.  The project consists of construction and renovation of the existing Thorne Crest facility including adding a new Wellness Center.  The project will demolish the old garages and former office building to make room for a new, more space efficient garage structure, along with new parking lot across the whole site.

The project is slated to begin in the early months of 2014.

Demolition continues to be a high-risk industry

The Dulas family, along with their employees and staff send their condolences to the Rachel Family in St. Michael, MN, today as Rachel mourns the loss of one of their own, killed in a demolition accident in St. Paul.

This has long been a nightmare of demolition contractors, that one day an employee will not go home with the high risk that demolition carries.  Professionals not familiar with the industry find it hard to understand why simply “taking a building down” could be so hard.

Our prayers are with you on this day, Don and the Rachel Companies.

 

Positions Available

Dulas Excavating Inc. is currently seeking to fill the following positions:

  • Truck Drivers
  • Equipment Operators
  • Drivers/Laborers

For these positions, all qualified individuals must have a Class A CDL License with a current DOT Medical Card and successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen.  Truck Drivers should have previous experience in the construction industry driving Straight Trucks, Belly Dumps and End Dumps.  Hauling Heavy Equipment is a plus.  Willing and able to work some weekends, including overtime.  All driving and operating positions include laboring.  Good benefits and health insurance for qualified individuals.  Operators should have experience with mid-size excavators and dozers, as well as loaders and skid loaders.

Apply in person to our office at 964 Hwy. 109 E., Wells, MN.

 

National Demolition Association assisting government with changes in wake of Philadelphia’s deadly demo tragedy

Following the tragic events of June 5th in the City of Philadelphia where six members of the general public lost their lives on a demolition project site, The National Demolition Association (NDA) Board of Directors and Executive Director are providing whatever assistance the organization can to the government agencies investigating the tragedy.

In testimony on July 9th, before the Pennsylvania House Committee on Urban Affairs concerning legislation meant to change safety requirements for demolition projects, the NDA supported many elements of the law but took issue with requirements on project oversight.  Specifically, the bill would require all demolition plans for commercial structures in Class One Cities in the Commonwealth to be reviewed by a license architect or professional engineer.  “While in no way impugning the value of these professions…they simply lack the training and education in the demolition process to oversee the work being performed by a competent demolition contractor.” said the NDA.  The NDA was invited to provide testimony because it represents more than 800 firms involved in the approximately $5 billion U.S. demolition industry.  Copies of the testimony and proposed Bill can be found at http://207.150.194.71/pdfs/StatementOnHouseBillNo1591.pdf

The Association wants to provide whatever assistance it can to federal, state and municipal government agencies to assure that a tragedy like this never occurs again.  Part of this effort involves the education of the regulatory communities.  Few have a good understanding of how the demolition process works or the skills that a modern demolition contractors brings to his work.

The National Demolition Association is a non-profit trade organization representing approximately 800 U.S. and Canadian companies and many international firms that are involved in the demolition process.  Membership includes demolition contractors, general contractors, civil engineering firms and recycling, landfill and salvage operations.  The association’s efforts help members stay abreast of safety, environmental and regulatory matters, keep regulators informed about issues facing the industry, increase public and industry awareness, and provide member with networking opportunities and information.  Dulas Excavating Inc. is a proud member of the National Demolition Association since 2008.

Source:  National Demolition Association