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Civil | TYAM EXCAVATION AND SHORING LTD. ‘There’s No Mercy’ ‘I Preparing the Site IT’S DOWN AND DIRTY WORK, AND TYAM EXCAVATION AND SHORING IS UP FOR THE JOB. BY RUSS GAGER t is like outside strip mining,” says Ken Jessamine, principal of Tyam Excavation and Shoring Ltd., Langley, British Columbia, about his division’s work. “You do a strip mine outside — it’s very similar. It’s bull work — guys in the mud, rain and all weather conditions. You’re always dragging 10 pounds of mud on your feet as you’re working, and a lot of this stuff is always heavy.” He points to the air track drills used to place anchor rods in the walls of excavated areas. “These things are averaging about 75 pounds apiece — they carry grout bags that run around 70 pounds a bag,” Jessamine estimates. “We’re always digging down in a sequence, and the work doesn’t stop. The work gets harder and harder because it takes longer to get into the workspace. “You’re always going up and down excavated ramps — anywhere on the average between 25 and 70 feet deep. This is backbreaking — like working on an oil rig, in a sense – there’s no mercy. Not everybody can do that type of work.” Excavation and also decorative concrete »Tyamform it and carveShoringmakeperformslike natural rock,” Kenwork (below). “We it and it look Jessamine says. Jessamine formed a partnership with Tyam Construction Ltd., and a new company was created called Tyam Excavation & Shoring Ltd., which also is headquartered in Langley. Jessamine started a shoring and foundation company in 2006 that he sold to Tyam. Tyam Construction specializes in construction, construction management and engineering of large-scale civil engineering projects, including infrastructure improvements such as bridges, roads and wastewater, commercial and industrial developments and healthcare facilities. “I’ll go into a job site and excavate around the perimeter and under the adjacent buildings,” Jessamine explains. “We would dig down from 30 to 80 feet deep, installing anchors, Shotcrete and underpinning of the adjacent buildings, then take all that dirt out of the site and prepare an excavation for the foundation and underground parkade. “The Shotcrete shoring is primarily for the contractor to go down into the excavation and build their underground footings, core pad structures, and the foundation slab. All these anchors are holding the soils and Shotcrete sidewalls up so the building contractor can safely work out of the hole without it collapsing or failing. So it’s strictly a safety mechanism for the contractor to build his way out of the deep excavation due to limited building space.” Jessamine notes that Shotcrete “is mainly temporary — just backfilled when the foundation walls are complete and not even utilized for strength whatsoever. There are cases where we would use the Shotcrete to build permanent retaining walls and permanent building structural walls. The Shotcrete could be finished with a wood float or stamp and stain for the esthetics.” In these cases, the concrete is made attractive for permanent use. “We do a decorative component,” he notes. “We do decorative concrete, form it and carve it with lines, and stamp and stain it for texture and make it look like natural rock. We try to offer some specialty aesthetics to go along with that.” Applications include hot tub grottoes, waterfalls and structural retain- CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM DECEMBER 2009
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Product Showcase: Hand Tools
F&R Construction Group Inc.
Suffolk Construction: Met 2
Weitz Co.: Solaris at Crossroads
Chance Construction Co.
Allied Building Products Corp.
Bird Construction Co. Inc.: Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
Broccolini Construction Inc.: EDC Headquarters
CJ Pink Ltd.
Cobra Corporate Management Inc.
DDRM: The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort
T.N. Ward Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
Blumenfeld Development Group & Forrest City Ratner – East River Plaza
Clark Construction: Michigan International Speedway
Morton Buildings Inc.
Triangle Associates Inc.: The Gallery on Fulton
Vogel Bros. Building Co.
Walsh Construction: Mercy Corps.
Wasatch Advantage Group: San Tropez
John W. Danforth Co.
Shore Environmental LLC
American Civil Constructors Inc.
Archer Western: I-75/I-475 Reconstruction
Cleland Site Prep Inc.
Delaware DOT: Indian River Inlet Bridge
Goodfellow Bros. Inc.
International Construction Equipment Inc.
Kiewit Pacific Co.: SR 519 – Seattle Intermodal Access Project
Plaza Construction Corp.
B. Gottardo Construction Ltd.
Bergmann Associates: Walkway Over The Hudson
Craig Olden Inc.
G.M. Sipes Construction Inc.
Idaho Sand & Gravel Co.: Ten- Mile Interchange
Malcom Drilling Co. Inc.
Mid Eastern Buildings Inc.: Southampton Wastewater Treatment Plant
Minnesota Department of Transportation: I35W Crosstown/ Urban Partnership
Nicholson Construction Co.
Papich Construction Co. Inc.: Route 46 Expansion Project
Tilcon New York Inc.: Interstate
Tyam Excavation and Shoring Ltd.
W.C. English Inc.: U.S. 321
West Electric Corp.
Turner Construction Co.: Eastern High School
Gafcon Inc.: Carlsbad High School Modernization Project
DASNY: Gouverneur Healthcare Services
Stuart Olson: University of Lethbridge Markin Hall
University of Houston Student Housing
HDR Architecture Inc.
Marshall-Lee Construction Corp.
RA-LIN & Associates
Suffolk Construction: Boston Renaissance Charter School
Suffolk Construction: FIU School of International and Public Affairs
Tower Construction: Huntington Memorial Hospital expansion
Absher Construction Co.: Chief Sealth High School and Denny International Middle School
Casey Middle School
Cedar Ridge High School
Clark: Lowell Reception Center
Gilbane/Banks Joint Venture: Coppin State University
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: FORSCOM/USARC New Headquarters
Shaw Construction: Mesa State College Student Center
Shiel Sexton: Butler University
SpawGlass Contractors Inc.: Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus Parking Garage
Stuart Olson: New Edmonton Remand Centre
The Christman Co.
Turner Construction Co
Weddle Construction Ltd.
Kite Realty Group Trust: Eddy Street Commons at NotreDame
Last Look: DANSY
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