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Institutional | BARTON MALOW - UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, BALTIMORE COUNTY

About 31,000 cubic yards
of soil was excavated and
reused as fill for the project.

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Solving Soil

BARTON MALOW HAS AN ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND. BY TIM O'CONNOR

O

n the University of Maryland,
Baltimore County (UMBC) campus, just a few feet away from
the footprint of the school's new
event center, is a massive pile of dirt crews
affectionately call "Mt. Charles," named for
the 72-year-old excavator who put it there
earlier this year. "When you start naming
them, you know the dirt's been around too
long," says Steve Herckner, senior project
manager for Barton Malow, the construction
manager-at-risk on the project.
Soil management has proven to be the
biggest challenge in the early phases of the
project, which began construction this past
February. The new arena and event center is
located on a hillside with a grade difference
of three-and-a-half stories from the top of
the hill to the ground elevation. "The first

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half of this job is all dirt, concrete and steel
because of the logistics of cutting into a hill,"
Herckner says.
About 31,000 cubic yards of soil was
excavated from the site and reused as
fill, meaning it had to be stored on location. Another 6,000 cubic yard of soil was
exported. If Barton Malow could do it over
again, it would transport all of the soil off
site instead of repurposing it. In the end,
moving the dirt around has saved money
but increased time.

Barton Malow - University of Maryland, Ba imore
County Event Center
www.bartonmalow.com
* Project cost: $70 million
* Location: Ba imore
* Scope of work: Arena and event center

"We're basically building is
building from e inside out."
- Steve Herckner, enior project manager

New Home for Varsity Sports
The event center and arena is replacing the
school's Retriever Activity Center (RAC),
which has served as the home of UMBC's
varsity basketball and volleyball programs
since it opened in 1973. The RAC will

continue to be used for recreational and
intramural sports, but it will no longer act
as a singular facility to serve all UMBC's
functions. Moving varsity sports and events
such as commencement and concerts into


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