The NUCOR Steel Mill job was a ground-up industrial project in Kankakee, IL, that included specialty excavation and backfill for foundation mill components. Crews dug large 60-ft. x 60-ft. pits 15-20 feet deep for steel manufacturing equipment and processes. These “complex structural boxes” will be used as a furnace pit, cooling racks, straighteners, cutters and for other steps in the steel-making process.
An owner-direct job for NUCOR Steel Corporation, with CV Engineering, NUCOR is an 80-acre site. Crews performed 600,000 CY of earthwork, 150,000 CY of foundation structural excavation and placed 80,000 tons of aggregate. Complicating matters, the structural excavation took place in the winter and the backfill was done in the spring.
They utilized Quadtrac scrapers with pull pans for the mass earthwork and articulating trucks loaded by large excavators for the foundation excavations.
We want to thank you and the team of Witech for your current and recent involvement in the expansion project at Nucor Kankakee. We appreciate you and your team’s service and hard work during our capital improvement growth, your partnership with Nucor, as well as the expertise your company brings to the project.
Witech was a great asset to the project providing great equipment and supervision for the job. Your movement of over 400,000 CY of dirt, placement of 80,000 tons of aggregate, and structural excavation was representative of the quality work that Witech performs. The majority of this work took place in the worst weather conditions we have experienced and the project was safe, on schedule, and on budget.
As we complete this project and look forward to the upcoming projects, please remember that our number one priority is SAFETY. We value you, your teammates, your families and the dedication each of you contributes to work safely each and every day.