Thursday, December 12, 2013

Normadie Ridge

"Serenity - the state or quality of being serene, calm, or tranquil; sereneness.  If I were allowed
to add a new word to define the meaning of serenity I might also add magical."

Normandie Ridge's benefactors have developed "The Serenity Garden" for the benefit of its residents and their visitors. Normandie Ridge held its dedication ceremony on August 6th, 2013 and this writer, along with Kinsley Apprentice Instructor Steve Taylor and Apprentice Associate Director Deb Rohrbaugh, were in attendance.

It wasn't long ago that Bruce Bupp and Tom Scarborough, both independent living residents and members of the Serenity Garden Planning Committee, stopped b

y the Kinsley Education Center to share their dream of developing an area within the Senior Living Community of Normandie Ridge to create "The Serenity Garden." They came prepared to share their drawings and ideas and to ask for the help of Kinsley Construction.

In 2012 the new apprentices started their first job, building the dream for the residents of Normandie Ridge.  A main concern during the project planning was safety, specifically with respect to the safety of Dementia and Alzheimer's patients.

The planning for the flower beds, raised flower beds, pergolas, sidewalk, bench and fountain were designed specifically with patient comfort in mind and with safety as the highest priority. The flower beds contain perennials that will bloom from Spring until late Fall, and the raised beds are filled with annuals planted by residents – with many started from seed and left in the window to begin germination. The placement of the pergolas was designed to provide shade with one built facing east/west and the other facing north/south. The sidewalk was designed specifically with no sharp angles or lines, making it more comforting to the Alzheimer's patients. The tranquil fountain gently bubbles water over a large round carved stone and into a pebbled bed of smooth stone.  The result is a peaceful, serene place to sit, relax and stroll through.

This beautiful space has been provided by the countless contributions of caring and dedicated supporters and, most importantly, by the residents themselves.

Carol True,
Director of Education

Leveraging Technology in the Construction Industry

The construction industry has not changed dramatically over the last 40 years. As a result, the construction industry has lagged behind other non-farm industries in terms of productivity. From 1964-2012, construction labor productivity (measured by contract dollars of construction work per hourly work hour) has declined at an average rate of -0.32% per year compared to other non-farm industries that have seen an average increase in productivity at a rate of 3.06% per year. [Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics]. The total effect over this time period has been significant.

This lack of productivity can be attributed to the fact that the construction industry is highly fragmented, often with project delivery separating the design and construction processes.  Also, the construction industry is unique in that we produce custom, one-off buildings.  The lack of productivity comes at a direct cost to the client, since they bear all costs of design errors, schedule delays, and operational costs.

Within recent years, Kinsley has looked for new tools or processes that can help increase our productivity in all design and construction-related tasks.  Technology presents new opportunities, processes, and workflows that were not possible 20 years ago. Technology transforms how we interact and do business together, with a goal to design and construct buildings better, faster, and more efficiently.

New CAD/BIM software has sped-up production of drawings and helped to create more efficient designs. BIM provides prefabrication opportunities that previously were not possible. Advances in estimating have been made by using programs such as On-Screen Takeoff (OST) and are moving towards more automated takeoff software for both site work and buildings to reduce the time it takes to develop an estimate. “Go To Meeting” provides for real-time conferencing with the ability to share computer screens.  This technology eliminates travel time and reducing expenses while allowing all project members to take part in a meeting even if they are hundreds of miles away.

Cell phones have already revolutionized the way we communicate, both in our personal and work lives. iPads in the field will take it one step further by changing and change how some of our field personnel work and interact. By providing the ability to quickly view, mark-up and send drawings, to a subcontractor, or run pre-install checklists directly from the field, an iPad provides mobility and speeds communication and decision making,  saving time and money.

Change is hard.  While there will always be hurdles and challenges to overcome, we must always continue to improve ourselves.  Advances in construction technology will allow us to deliver higher quality projects with less risk, shorter schedules, and tighter budgets.  It is an industry in transition, looking for the most cost-effective solutions. Technology is revolutionizing expectations and the way we do business. However, technology is only a tool for us to use, and it does not replace a human’s experience, instincts, and intuition. As much as technology can help, it will never replace the need for face to face meetings and building relationships when working together in-person. As great as technology can be, people are still the key to success

Travis Fischer,
BIM Program Manager

Kinsley Properties

Kinsley Properties continues to expand in multiple markets. We are fortunate to have opportunities in the medical, residential apartments, public utility and retail market segments of Maryland and Pennsylvania.


We completed Waterloo Crossing Building "B" in June 2013 with 31% of the space pre-leased and several other lease inquiries look promising in this two-building medical complex in Columbia, MD.

We have finalized design and site approvals for Building "A," the second and final building for this medical office development. This 14,000 SF building is currently receiving attention from several potential medical users and will start construction when a substantial tenant is signed.

Residential Apartments
New apartment complexes with modern living space and resident amenities continue to be in demand nationwide. Demand is fueled by both the uncertainty of long-term homeownership, and changes in lifestyle in our society. Kinsley Properties is partnering in several apartment projects located in Baltimore, MD that are currently under construction.

We are expanding our development of apartments with two new projects. The construction of Fieldside Village apartments started in August 2013 and is a 200-unit complex in Aberdeen, MD. Sporting Hill, a 196-unit complex, is set to start this fall. Sporting Hill is located off Trindle Road on the western side of Harrisburg, PA.

Both projects will include clubhouses with exercise rooms, outdoor pools, private rooms for residents to use computers/printers, and a gathering space with big screen TVs and a kitchen for residents to hold private parties or just get together to watch the Super Bowl or NASCAR race.

Kinsley Properties was selected by Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania to build and lease their new 30,000 SF York, PA office and service center. After working with Columbia Gas on the analysis of four individual sites over several months, 1600 Colony Drive was selected. The property has an existing 17,000 SF building which will be renovated and expanded to meet the needs of Columbia Gas. The facility will include 24,000 SF of office space, 6,000 SF of warehouse space and a fenced 3.4-acre yard for their construction equipment and material storage. Construction began in October 2013.

Kinsley Properties has recently secured a site to accommodate a major national retailer needing a 90,000 SF store. This new retail center, named North Chambersburg Center, is located on Gateway Drive in Chambersburg, PA. The retail center will include this 90,000 SF free-standing store and four outparcels. The outparcels are suitable for restaurants and other retail uses. This exciting new project started construction in October 2013.

These projects will keep both Kinsley Properties and its contractors busy for the next 18 months. The leasing activity and occupancy levels of our existing projects are stable and we look forward to continued growth of new opportunities.

Lanchester Landfill

Kinsley Site is in the process of completing Lanchester Landfill Area E Stage 1b.  This is Phase two of a three-phase project to build an 18-acre cell. The scope of work in Stage 1b was mainly to prepare the site for the installation of a MSE Wall (Mechanically Stabilized Earthen Wall) and make modifications to the existing leachate collection system.

The work consisted of crushing approximately 150,000 cubic yards of rock that was stockpiled from the first phase, screening 20,000 cubic yards of topsoil, and decommissioning three sediment basins by in-filling them to the grades required for the MSE wall.  Kinsley crews were also tasked with building a new five-acre paved compost area so the existing compost area could be abandoned for the future cell.  This required that crews remove 30,000 cubic yards of waste that was located within the footprint of the MSE wall and install geo-grid and structural fill in its place.  Kinsley pipe crews installed the storm drain system that was incorporated into the MSE wall along with modifications to the existing leachate system.

Harkins - The Overlook

Located on Erford Road in East Pennsboro Township in Cumberland County PA, the Overlook Project is a multi-family housing project consisting of six 48-unit apartment buildings and a community center.  The owner is Harrisburg-Holmes, LP and under the management of Chesapeake Realty Partners.  Kinsley Site was responsible for total site preparation as a subcontractor to Harkins Builders, Inc.  The scope of work included demolition of existing buildings, the clearing of nine acres of woodland, and bulk excavation of approximately 92,000 cubic yards of material.

Kinsley’s utility installation consisted of 2,980 lineal feet of storm drain, 1,600 lineal feet of sanitary sewer, 1,700 lineal feet of domestic water, and 2,400 lineal feet of electrical conduit.  Site improvements included 8,590 lineal feet of concrete curb, 33,400 square feet of concrete sidewalk, 23,100 square yards of paving, plus highway occupancy work on Erford Rd.  The site work also included 15,000 square feet of segmented block retaining walls, landscaping and seeding by Strathmeyer Landscaping and site lighting
performed by I. B. Abel, Inc.  This project is scheduled for completion in mid-2014.

Landsdale Phase I

Kinsley Construction has teamed up with small business contractor JHG Contractors to perform the mass grading and storm water management for a new 329-lot sub-division in Frederick County, MD.  Located on Ed McClain Road, this 140-acre parcel will be converted to single family and townhouse lots. The mass grading of 465,000 cubic yards of dirt, which started in June 2013, was recently completed in October 2013.

The second stage of this project consist of  underground utilities and street construction, which began in the fall of 2013 and will be complete in the late fall of 2014, with actual house construction scheduled to begin in November of 2014. Kinsley's current contract is part one of a three-part subdivision totaling in excess of 800 lots.

Site Division Overview

The site division is feeling the effects of the building momentum of the economy, especially in the housing sector, which is a good sign of things to come and something we have not seen for quite a while.  The estimating department is overwhelmed with requests to provide pricing for residential sub-divisions and we have been quite successful in the Frederick County and Montgomery County areas of Maryland.  Currently, 36% of our work in Maryland consists of nine active residential developments. The Pennsylvania residential market has yet to see this kind of activity but we feel it slowly building.

The site division has also made great progress and has achieved a good reputation with owners and engineers in the landfill market which has given us a steady workload in landfill cell construction and landfill capping.  Kinsley’s site division has learned from the building division that design-build work can be lucrative and we continue to increase our involvement in this type of work, which helps set us apart from our competitors who do not have these capabilities.  Recently we have been awarded two design-build projects with Food Lion and worked with the bridge division to assist them in securing a contract with one of our long-term developer clients for a $3.5 million, 135’ long bridge.  Commercial work and military installation work are still steady and fill out the remainder of our estimating and field workload.

Mike Royer,
Site Division Manager

Safely Backing Up Behicles

All incidents involving vehicles and equipment that are backing up are preventable. In many cases these incidents involve a vehicle or piece of equipment striking another tool, vehicle or machine. The cost to repair tools, equipment and vehicles impacts the profit of the project, but most importantly, that piece of equipment or that car could have been a person...a co-worker...a life.

Avoiding The Hazard.  Try to avoid backing whenever possible. If practical, park your vehicle so that the vehicle can be driven forward when it is time to leave. When pulling into a parking space, back in when possible to avoid obstructions that may hinder backing out at a later time.

Get Assistance.  When backing on a jobsite, ask someone trustworthy outside the vehicle to guide you. Start backing before conditions can change and use hand signals with your ground guide since verbal directions might not be heard in a construction setting. If there is no one to guide you, walk to the back of the vehicle and check for any obstructions. Look at the entire environment to be certain that nothing is likely to roll up or walk up behind the vehicle in the time it takes you to return to your seat and back up.

Heighten Your Awareness.  Once behind the wheel, with the vehicle in reverse, check the rear again by turning and visually "clearing" the path that the vehicle will take. When backing a vehicle, do so slowly and with extreme care, using all mirrors. It is a good practice to roll down your window and turn off the radio so that you can hear horns and shouts warning you to stop. Also, blow the horn if necessary, to warn everyone that you are going to back up. Proper communication with other employees can make backing an easier task.

These tips should be used whenever you're backing up any motorized vehicle, whether you're at home or at work. You may never know how many incidents may have been prevented by using these tips. However, I am sure you will never forget the time you fail to follow these tips and the obstruction behind your vehicle/equipment is a pedestrian, a co-worker, or a child.

Rick Brooks, CSP
Safety Director

Kinsley Recognitions


This year, Associate Director of Apprenticeship Programs Deborah Rohrbaugh was chosen to receive an award from the Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Education naming her the “Outstanding Occupational Advisory Committee Member of the Year.”  Deb was honored at the 39th Annual Pennsylvania Career and Technical Education Conference held in June in Champion, Pennsylvania where she attended the awards banquet with her husband Joel.

Deb was hired into her position to develop a relationship with area high schools and recruit young people from Pennsylvania and Maryland into the apprenticeship programs at Kinsley.  Deb has worked closely with Jean Parks, Communications Coordinator at the York County School of Technology, who recommended Deb for this honor. Each year Deb promotes the apprentice program to students and parents, providing information about the program in area high schools and particularly with York County School of Technology.  Deb has established a relationship with educators in the “mission to build workforce excellence and encourage career advancement by ‘teaching the standard’ in the construction trades.” Additionally, Deb sits on the local advisory committees of five high schools in York County, is a mentor in the ACE program, is involved in the Career Opportunities Program in the York County Alliance for Learning, and had the privilege to host a teacher from Hanover High School who was taking a course titled “Educator in the Workplace.”

The Kinsley Education Center - a vision of its owners Robert A. Kinsley and the Kinsley family - serves to not only provide continuing education for Kinsley Employees, but to also provide an opportunity to the young people of our communities.  The apprentice earns his Journey Person status and has the opportunity to achieve an Associate’s Degree by attending a few additional classes at HACC.  The Education Center has the resources to house and train apprentices by providing classroom, hands-on, technical, and on-the-job training.  With the help of our instructors and mentors on Kinsley jobsites, the apprentices are prepared for the future with Kinsley.  In time, our apprentices can potentially go wherever their dreams would take them.

We are very proud of Deb Rohrbaugh and her achievements in the educational community.  We appreciate the benefit of her hard work, bringing new and conscientious employees into the Kinsley community. Congratulations Deb!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

50 Years of Setting the Standard

‘The Kinsley Way’
Left to Right: Tim Kinsley, Pat Kinsley, Jon Kinsley, Anne Kinsley, Rob Kinsley, Bob Kinsley and Chris Kinsley
Companies are defined by their reputation, culture and values. At Kinsley Construction, we call that “The Kinsley Way.” With guiding principles that emphasize quality, accountability, a sense of urgency, employee empowerment and achieving results, Kinsley has been setting the standard for construction excellence for 50 years. Today, Kinsley is proud to have developed seven separate business units that are fully capable of operating independently but that have the ability to join forces and provide more cost-effective, efficient and coordinated projects for its clients. The business units also provide stability for the company as market forces vary within different market sectors. The day-to-day activities at Kinsley are managed by second-generation family executives and personnel who “grew up” in the business. Bob Kinsley, founder and CEO, remains involved in all aspects of the corporation on a daily basis.

Apprentice Program

Appalachian Trail Museum in Pine Grove (Pine Grove Furnace, PA)
The Kinsley Apprenticeship Program has an articulation agreement with Harrisburg Area Community College.  This program has met and exceeded its original expectation, giving the apprentice an opportunity of a lifetime to also obtain an Associates Degree.

Presently there are several apprenticeship programs at Kinsley.  Four-year programs include Commercial Building and Highway & Bridge.  There is a three-year Ironworking apprentice program as well.  Our apprentices come from York, Adams, Lancaster, Dauphin, Perry and Gettysburg areas and more recently, Baltimore.   At the completion of their apprenticeship, students receive their Journeyperson status from Labor and Industry.

Deb Rohrbaugh, Associate Director, spends many hours each year meeting with students and parents to share information and inspire them to prepare for acceptance in this program.  Each year applications are accepted in January and February; March brings testing and interviews and decisions are made for the August class.  Instructors for the apprenticeship program are Steve Taylor, Gary Schaeffer and Rich Miller who work very closely with the apprentices in the Building Division.  They provide classroom instruction and on the job training as well.  Kinsley supervisors, foreman, and lead men are a huge part of the apprentice program – they provide training on the jobsites.  We are looking forward to another quality year of working with our new apprentices.

This group of first- and second-year Apprentices teamed up with the Site Division for construction of a grass walkway at the Appalachian Trail Museum in Pine Grove Furnace, PA.  This walkway provides public access to the upper- and lower-level grounds outside of the Museum.  In order to keep the natural look of the trail, the access walkways were seeded to allow for grass to grow.  The Museum handrails are made of wood and have replaced the white rails as shown in the photograph.

In closing, I want to say that I am very happy to be here at the Kinsley Education Center and feel fortunate to be working with such a great group of people.  My first few months have been very busy and challenging as I become accustomed to the duties of my position.  It has been a pleasure meeting new co-workers and I look forward to many more years as a Kinsley employee and being part of this wonderful team.

Carol True
Director of Eduction

A new associate, Carol True, was hired to assume the Director of Education position in April.  Carol brings with her many years of assisting co-workers in the steel industry who took classes to enhance their abilities both on the job and in their personal lives.  Carol welcomes this opportunity and is eager to assist Kinsley associates and its affiliates in their education experiences.  In addition to training required in the construction industry, the education center has classrooms available for your training/meeting needs.  Please contact Carol at (717) 851-1053 with any questions you may have.

Leadership Mentoring

(Back Row) John Sivulka, John Diehl, Jerry Caslow, John Clemons, Jan Wagner (Front Row) David Muehling, Wanda Peatross, Bob Kinsley, Kayla Holdridge (YC), Norman Rathborne (YC), Matt Jovineli (YC), Stephen Przybyszewski (YC) and John Kotchish
Kinsley Construction has always been a supporter of York College of Pennsylvania.  This past semester, we had the privilege of participating in a Mentor Program and teaming up with four senior YCP students (Matt Jovineli, Kayla Holdridge, Stephen Przybyszewski and Norman Rathborne) as part of an Integrated Business Experience course led by Professor Chris Meisenhelter.

The students were able to gain first-hand knowledge of several of the Kinsley Companies as well as taking a more in-depth look at one of the Kinsleys current educational construction projects at York College, the Willman Business Center at the Graham School of Business.  Under the leadership and guidance of Jerry Caslow, Kinsley Vice-President of Finance, the students were able to meet with multiple Kinsley employees and participated in various aspects of business development, marketing, accounting, human resources, estimating, safety, steel fabrication and project management to highlight just a few.

The program recently concluded with the students giving a professional presentation to about a dozen Kinsley employees, including Robert A. Kinsley, CEO and several YCP faculty members.  The students summarized what they had learned about the company through their time spent with us over the past several months.  They also shared with us suggestions on ways that we may improve the integration within our company.

It is wonderful to see such bright and talented young men and women preparing to graduate and enter the business community.  It was a privilege for us to share some of our time with the students and to continue the relationship between York College and Kinsley.

Jan L. Wagner
Project Executive

Energy Modeling

Energy modeling is a tool used by Kinsley Construction during the design, pre-construction, and construction phases of a building project to assist owners in decision making.

Energy modeling is used throughout the design process to provide life cycle cost analysis of various energy efficiency measures and alternatives to aid in making design decisions.  Everything from schematic level decisions such as building placement and orientation within a given site, to HVAC system selections, to the quantity of insulation to include within exterior walls can quickly be assessed and summarized to aid a building owner in making a decision.  The end result of this series of informed decisions is a high performance, optimized building with little money wasted on features or equipment that won’t offer a favorable payback.

Sample Results from Building Energy Modeling - Annual Utility Usage
One benefit of Kinsley’s participation in this building optimization process is the potential for mechanical and electrical systems to be reduced in both capacity and space requirements.  Smaller ductwork, piping, conduit, and equipment can help alleviate conflicts during construction and limit scheduling delays.

One of the biggest advantages for Kinsley when performing life cycle cost analyses is the generation of reliable and accurate capital costs for various options.  Kinsley has a wealth of previous project cost estimates and subcontractors that they can rely on to get quick and accurate cost estimates for all energy conservation measures.

Energy modeling is not limited to new construction.  Many owners have existing buildings in need of substantial renovations and upgrades.  One service offered in these circumstances is a thorough walkthrough and audit of the existing building envelope and engineering systems.  The intent of the audit is to develop a comprehensive list of all energy use within an existing building and to use that list to generate a calibrated energy model and help determine the most effective capital improvement options.

A calibrated energy model uses the results of the building audit, and then adjusts equipment, building envelope, and scheduling variables in order to get the results to closely match actual utility bills.  Calibrated energy models can be used to benchmark an existing facility in order to compare its energy use against similar facilities across the country.  This relative energy score can then be used to target the worst offenders on a campus or the worst performing buildings in a client’s portfolio for renovation.

Another application for energy modeling is the documentation of compliance with federal grant, rebate, and financial incentive programs.  Alternative sources of funding for construction projects is available, however a large number of these government programs are beginning to require independent, third party energy modeling to validate the energy savings of a proposed building in order to qualify for the incentives.  The requirement that the energy modeling be performed by a third party, not a representative of the owner or design team, opens up an avenue for the construction manager to step in and fulfill a need.

Much like Building Information Modeling (BIM), energy modeling requires a collaborative effort of all project team members to be a successful and worthwhile exercise.  The results of the energy model are only as good as the inputs, and extensive communication and coordination is required across all design disciplines in order to ensure the accuracy of the model.  For this reason, it becomes a natural fit for a construction manager to offer these services.  Historically, it has been our responsibility to ensure the coordination of all parties throughout the construction process.  The spirit of sustainable design is the idea that all building systems and components work together and complement one another to function in the most efficient way possible.  Energy modeling is one tool available to the design and construction team that can provide an approximation of that final product.

Kyle Flanagan P.E.
MEP Coordinator

Fall Distance

Falls are the number one cause of construction related fatalities and have been for many years.  This is why Kinsley has a zero tolerance fall protection policy for employees that are exposed to a fall hazard of 6 feet or more.  Guardrails, warning lines, and personal fall arrest systems are some of the ways employees can protect themselves from fall hazards.

Personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) are made up of three different components; a harness, an anchor point, and a lanyard.  The OSHA standard 1926.502(b)(16)(iii) states that a PFAS must be rigged so an employee may not free fall more than 6 feet or contact a lower level.  In many instances a 6-foot lanyard may not be an effective method of fall protection.  When using a 6-foot lanyard you need a clearance of 18.5 feet from the anchor point to the floor below (View the diagram to the right).  Tying off overhead is the ideal anchor position but may not be possible in some scenarios.  If the anchor point is lowered and a fall occurs, the chances of an employee striking the ground is greatly increased.  Therefore, a 6-foot lanyard device, if used incorrectly, can give employees a false sense of security.

With new safety products coming out each and every day, Kinsley Construction has found a safer more effective way of “tying off”.  With the use of a double legged retractable we are able to reduce our fall distance from 18.5 feet to 11 feet from the anchor point.  The double legged retractable stops an employee within two feet after a fall, decreasing the free fall from 6’ to 2’.  Also, the retractable device does not have a deceleration pack, therefore eliminating the 3.5 feet of stretch from a 6-foot lanyard.

Double legged retractable devices will greatly reduce the chance of an employee striking the ground in the event of a fall, and that is the main purpose of a PFAS.  Kinsley Construction has already started phasing these products into the company to allow employees to work safer every day.

Rick D Brooks

Front Street (Harrisburg, PA)

Kinsley Heavy Highway/Bridge currently has a PennDOT project in Harrisburg PA, at the interchange of Front Street and SR 81.  This $1.4 million project consists of two single-span structures, both of which require the performance of the same scope of rehabilitation work.  The biggest challenge so far has been getting started on this project.  The first delay was due to the incompletion of the George Wade bridge contract.  Complicating matters was the tanker fire that took place in early may; the ramp that was affected by the fire - and closed due to instability - was on our detour route, requiring PennDOT to redesign a detour plan before we could start.  The project schedule was very tight to begin with; now we have even less time to complete the work this year. The first ramp to be done is the North Front Street to SR 81 Southbound ramp, then we’ll switch to the off-ramp from SR 81 to the South Front Street ramp.  The work items consist of: detouring the ramp, milling one-fourth inch off the existing deck, demolition of the back walls, remove and replace a three-foot portion of the deck and parapets  at the existing joints,  jacking of the structure to remove and replace the bridge beam bearings, set new dams, tie rebar and pour them in place, hydro demolition one-half inch off the deck and the placement of one and one-half inch of latex modified concrete on the deck within seven days, and reconstructing approximately  800 feet of shoulder on each side of the structure with asphalt and concrete patching of the existing ramps.  This work needs done in under 90 calendar days or it’s a $5800 fine per day.  We are maintaining an aggressive schedule, keeping PennDOT well- informed of potential delays, and the crews are beating aggressive productions.  This formula will keep us on schedule to have the first bridge completed within 90 days. The last items to be completed do not fall under the 90-day time limit and include structural steel repairs, removal of the lead-based paint, and application of a new paint system on the beams of both structures.

York County Cool Creek Road

The Cool Creek Road Reconstruction Project was one of PennDOT District 8-0’s initial design/build projects that were let in October 2009 and finally progressed to physical construction this year.  The anticipated construction timeframe was originally conceived to occur between October 2010 and October 2011.  The expected duration for design, permitting, Right-of-Way acquisitions and utility relocations was 10 months; however, due to numerous issues, the actual duration became 32 months.

Last August, once the last utility had been relocated, Kinsley Construction, Inc. was prepared to begin the project in mid-August.  The project was to be constructed while Cool Creek Road was under a detoured condition and the signs were in place, but before the detour implementation, Kinsley received a phone call from PennDOT directing that the detour not be implemented until further notice.  It had been determined by PennDOT that because local residents and businesses were already impacted by at least two or three other construction projects, one of which had a detoured condition, they would postpone the construction of this project until the Spring of 2013.  Should the project progress as planned, the anticipated completion date is June 14, 2014.

The project consists of a variety of construction work including demolition of existing buildings and structures, excavation, storm sewer installation, construction of two post-tensioned box culverts that replace two bridges, roadway widening and reconstruction.  The existing alignment is being adjusted to soften some of the more drastic curves both horizontally and vertically.  Additional improvements include the installation of guiderail, signing and delineation.

I-83 Exit 10 (LOGANVILLE, PA)

This $11.4 million PennDOT project was awarded to Kinsley via the traditional design, bid, build method. This project involves improvements to the I-83 Exit 10 interchange, with construction items including replacement of the existing SR 3100 over I-83 with a 2-span continuous composite pre-stressed concrete bulb-tee beam structure, approach roadwork including the realignment of SR 3100, widening of SR 3100, upgrading and widening the interchange ramps to provide enhanced acceleration and deceleration lanes, re-alignment of the interchange ramps, concrete pavement, guiderail, fencing, milling, paving, pavement markers and other miscellaneous operations. Also included is the removal of the existing SR 3100 over I-83 bridge structure after the new bridge is completed and traffic is utilizing the new structure over I-83. This project is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2014.

Heavy/Highway Division Overview

2013 is all about positive change for the highway and bridge division.  Our marketplace has been very challenging over the past few years, and we’ve experienced our share of turnover.  We’ve responded to these challenges by re-tooling operations and changing our mindset with respect to how we execute our work.  When the market is so tight that every move you make counts, you have to be prepared to make them all count.  The most impactful change occurring within the group is our shared understanding that we are working towards common goals - not individual interests.  As a result, we are experiencing increased pre-performance planning, greater communication, and sharper execution; with these things will come success.

Our estimators continue to work hard to maintain our competitive edge and to stay at the top of what remains a very competitive marketplace, and we have recently been awarded 4 new projects.  SR 116 from Broadway Street in Hanover towards Spring Grove is a safety and resurfacing project that will start next Spring.  In Lancaster County we have a new three-span bridge project over Amtrak that will start after existing high-tension power lines are relocated.  In Lehigh County we have a bridge project starting this summer that includes the rehabilitation of two bridge superstructures.  Most recently, we have been awarded a four-year maintenance contract for various repairs to 28 PennDOT bridges within District 8-0.  This contract includes up to three additional years of T&M work throughout the District to keep bridges at serviceable levels.  Maryland Bridge has recently been awarded a sizeable project in Clarksburg, Maryland from a repeat client.  Construction is just getting underway, and we’re excited about the opportunity to deliver another quality bridge project ahead of schedule to meet the Owner’s needs.  

Changing how we look at or think about the work we do is instrumental in staying ahead of the curve.  Our project managers and supervisors have the difficult challenge of meeting the owners’ wants and needs while ensuring each project is successful for us as well.  To see us emerging from the recession with such a high-quality highway and bridge team is a testament to the resolve of the Kinsley employees, and it all starts with a “can-do” attitude.

Fred Thompson
Division Coordinator

Mount Vernon Mill

Before Construction
After Construction
The renovation of the 263,000 SF century-old Mount Vernon Mill has come a long way since its start, much like the mill itself. Spanning the Jones Falls Waterway, the property was first the home of a flour mill, which utilized the Jones Falls to power its milling operations. Like several other flour mills in the area during the mid-1800s, the facility became part of the Mount Vernon Company, a leading maker of cotton duck cloth for ship sails and canvas cloth for tents. Soon the Mount Vernon Mill will enjoy its new life as a mixed-use complex that includes 93 apartments, an interior parking garage, retail space, commercial office space, and two restaurants.

Kinsley Construction is the Construction Manager of this historic adaptive reuse project. The pictures capture the Kinsley steel erectors constructing the clear span pedestrian bridge over the Jones Falls and also rigging the historical weaving loom back to its original home after being an artifact at the Baltimore Museum of Industry for many years.

Dollar General

Kinsley Construction is building the new regional distribution center for Dollar General in Bethel Township, PA. The facility will have the capacity to serve over 1,000 Dollar General stores in the northeast.

The project includes nearly 1 million SF of warehouse and office space, as well as a truck maintenance facility. As part of Dollar General’s commitment to the Green Portfolio Program, this facility incorporates features designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through LED lighting and energy management systems that automatically control lighting and climate. This climate control along with quality branded interior finishes,
is one way that Dollar General provides a pleasing work environment for their associates. Dollar General collaborated with the Minneapolis office of Leo A Daly to design the facility. Construction is scheduled for completion by late 2013.

York College Business Administration Building

Kinsley Construction was selected to provide Construction Management services for the addition and renovations to the Willman Business Center at York College. Features include a two-story lobby with a new outside entry leading to the auditorium and a renovated main entrance from the academic courtyards.
The new, generously-sized lobby is designed to reflect a corporate environment and includes soft seating, a coffee bar, department and faculty offices, and a conference room. The existing main entrance will be clad in contemporary materials to update the look of the facility. The additions and renovations are tied to the existing campus through the use of the York College standard brick on the lower portion of the building.

Volvo Construction Equipment

Volvo Office Building
Volvo has been a valued Kinsley customer since 2008. As a part of our continued relationship with the construction equipment manufacturer, Kinsley recently completed a series of projects at the company’s Shippensburg campus.

Volvo Office Addition
To permanently accommodate the move of Volvo’s sales staff to the Shippensburg campus, the company needed additional office space. Kinsley was engaged to construct a new 32,000 SF, two-story office building adjacent to their existing facility. The two structures are joined by a connector bridge/walkway on both floors. Volvo is deeply committed to sustainability and has incorporated it into their own real estate and design standards. These standards, along with some innovative design and construction practices employed by our team to achieve LEED points, puts this project on track to reach its goal of LEED Silver Certification.

Challenges on this project included a high level of pedestrian traffic and a rock-filled site. To overcome these challenges, Kinsley worked closely with Volvo’s safety and security team to ensure that employees and visitors were kept safe and clear of construction activities. Rock excavating and blasting had an approximate 6-week impact on the project schedule and occurred close to neighboring communities, requiring careful communication and coordination with Volvo and their neighbors.
PDI Facility

Recon/PDI, Maintenance Facility, and Test Track
In order to free up space in the manufacturing facility for future potential equipment assembly lines, Volvo  ngaged Kinsley to build new facilities for the company’s Recon/PDI shop and Maintenance Building for the facility maintenance staff. At the same time, we worked to extend their equipment test track so that Volvo could conduct expanded testing of graders and loaders.

Maintenance Facility
Maintaining the project schedule was the greatest challenge on this project. Rock excavation, the holidays and winter weather all threatened to impact the project schedule, but by developing construction alternatives to those challenges (like the installation of a mechanically fastened roof in lieu of a fully adhered roof, which isn’t conducive to cold weather application), we were able to deliver the project to meet Volvo's required completion dates.

PDI Facility
Kinsley continues to enjoy an excellent relationship with Volvo. We are already engaged in the renovation of the existing office facilities and we look forward to working on their new Customer Care Center which is currently in design.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Kinsley Breaks Ground on the New North York Family Practice

(York, PA) – April 24, 2013
A ground breaking ceremony was held on April 24, 2013 for WellSpan Health’s new North York Family Practice on Roosevelt Avenue in York, PA.  The construction of this new practice marks another building relationship between WellSpan and Kinsley.  The new family practice will be a 6,145 SF space that incorporates a unique and open design scheme, including staff offices, a modern procedure room, and six spacious patient exam rooms designed around the on-stage/off-stage concept which provides easy access to patients from staff work areas through hallways on both sides of the exam rooms.  The practice is set to open for practice in November following the completion of construction in early October.  For questions regarding this project, please contact Jan Wagner at 717-741-8338.