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New VA Hospital Construction Updates

Updated Weekly

Week of May 1:

  • Security personnel are now on the site during non-construction hours. Security cameras will be installed on the construction site at some point in the future. The cameras will be placed on the site so that they are facing the construction activity and will not face any private residences near the site.
  • Mechanical rock-breaking is ongoing. This activity involves using a hydraulic hammer that repeatedly hits areas of rock to break them into smaller pieces – allowing them to be removed. This form of rock removal is being used in areas where limited rock removal is required. Noise associated with mechanical rock-breaking sounds similar to that of a jackhammer being used.
  • Pier drilling has also begun. This involves using a mounted drill rig to remove existing earth and core into the bedrock. Reinforcing steel is then placed in the drilled-out area so that concrete can be poured into it to form a solid pier that is anchored to and bears upon the bedrock. This foundation type allows for long-term, stable performance, for the very high structural loading the hospital will have.
  • Earthwork, including the construction of roads/haul routes onsite, installation of stormwater/drainage features, select topsoil removal, and stockpiling of soil onsite are all ongoing.
  • Blasting is ongoing and is expected to occur between 2-2:30 p.m. daily and continue potentially through Spring 2022.
  • Concrete is expected to start being delivered this week to be used in the construction of the support piers for structures.

Week of May 8:

  • No changes from the previous week.

Week of May 15:

  • No changes from the previous week. 

Week of May 22:

  • Additonal work/office space trailers are currently being delivered for the contractors and their subcontractors to work out of on the site.
  • A new haul route is being extended to the south of the property, and crushed stone is being placed on the north parking garage area near the site entrance.
  • Security personnel are now on the site during non-construction hours. Security cameras will be installed on the construction site at some point in the future. The cameras will be placed on the site so that they are facing the construction activity and will not face any private residences near the site.
  •  Mechanical rock-breaking is ongoing. This activity involves using a hydraulic hammer that repeatedly hits areas of rock to break them into smaller pieces – allowing them to be removed. This form of rock removal is being used in areas where limited rock removal is required. Noise associated with mechanical rock-breaking sounds similar to that of a jackhammer being used.
  • Pier-drilling has also begun. This involves using a mounted drill rig to remove existing earth and core into the bedrock. Reinforcing steel is then placed in the drilled-out area so that concrete can be poured into it to form a solid pier that is anchored to and bears upon the bedrock. This foundation type allows for long-term, stable performance, for the very high structural loading the hospital will have.
  • Earthwork, including the construction of roads/haul routes onsite, installation of stormwater/drainage features, select topsoil removal, and stockpiling of soil onsite are all ongoing.
    • Blasting is ongoing and is expected to occur between 2-2:30 p.m. daily and continue potentially through Spring 2022.
  • Concrete used in the construction of the support piers for structures is being placed on site.

Week of Apr. 3:

  • Mechanical rock-breaking is tentatively planned to start this week. This activity involves using a hydraulic hammer that repeatedly hits areas of rock to break them into smaller pieces – allowing them to be removed. This form of rock removal will be used in areas where limited rock removal is required. Noise associated with mechanical rock-breaking sounds similar to that of a jackhammer being used.
  • Pier drilling is also tentatively scheduled to also begin this week. This involves using a mounted drill rig to remove existing earth and core into the bedrock. Reinforcing steel is then placed in the drilled-out area so that concrete can be poured into it to form a solid pier that is anchored to and bears upon the bedrock. This foundation type allows for long-term, stable performance, for the very high structural loading the hospital will have.
  • Plans this week include moving forward with earthwork including the construction of roads/haul routes onsite, continued installation of stormwater/drainage features, select topsoil removal, and stockpiling of soil onsite.
  • There will be work taking place to install temporary utilities on the site as well as installation of more construction trailers.
  • Blasting is ongoing and is expected to occur between 2-2:30 p.m. daily and continue potentially through Spring 2022.
  • Contractors may contact some area residents to install seismic monitors in yards next to the construction site. The purpose of these monitors is to record ground seismic data from each daily blast. The monitors will be installed in a neat manner near homes or structures and are buried in the yard approximately 10-12” deep. The monitors pose no harm to homeowners or animals. Preliminary data from seismic monitors on the site indicate readings well below state requirements for all blasts so far.

Week of Apr. 10:

Mechanical rock-breaking is ongoing. This activity involves using a hydraulic hammer that repeatedly hits areas of rock to break them into smaller pieces – allowing them to be removed. This form of rock removal is being used in areas where limited rock removal is required. Noise associated with mechanical rock-breaking sounds similar to that of a jackhammer being used.

• Pier drilling has also begun. This involves using a mounted drill rig to remove existing earth and core into the bedrock. Reinforcing steel is then placed in the drilled-out area so that concrete can be poured into it to form a solid pier that is anchored to and bears upon the bedrock. This foundation type allows for long-term, stable performance, for the very high structural loading the hospital will have.

• Earthwork, including the construction of roads/haul routes onsite, installation of stormwater/drainage features, select topsoil removal, and stockpiling of soil onsite, are all ongoing.

• There will be work taking place to install temporary utilities on the site as well as installation of more construction trailers.

• Blasting is ongoing and is expected to occur between 2-2:30 p.m. daily and continue potentially through spring 2022.

• Contractors may contact some area residents to install seismic monitors in yards next to the construction site. The purpose of these monitors is to record ground seismic data from each daily blast. The monitors will be installed in a neat manner near homes or structures and are buried in the yard approximately 10-12” deep. The monitors pose no harm to homeowners or animals. Preliminary data from seismic monitors on the site indicate readings are well below state requirements for all blasts, thus far.

Week of Apr. 17:

  • Mechanical rock-breaking is ongoing. This activity involves using a hydraulic hammer that repeatedly hits areas of rock to break them into smaller pieces – allowing them to be removed. This form of rock removal is being used in areas where limited rock removal is required. Noise associated with mechanical rock-breaking sounds similar to that of a jackhammer being used.
  • Pier drilling has also begun. This involves using a mounted drill rig to remove existing earth and core into the bedrock. Reinforcing steel is then placed in the drilled-out area so that concrete can be poured into it to form a solid pier that is anchored to and bears upon the bedrock. This foundation type allows for long-term, stable performance, for the very high structural loading the hospital will have.
  • Earthwork, including the construction of roads/haul routes onsite, installation of stormwater/drainage features, select topsoil removal, and stockpiling of soil onsite, are all ongoing.
  • There will be work taking place to install temporary utilities on the site as well as installation of more construction trailers.
  • Blasting is ongoing and is expected to occur between 2-2:30 p.m. daily and continue potentially through spring 2022.
  • Contractors may contact some area residents to install seismic monitors in yards next to the construction site. The purpose of these monitors is to record ground seismic data from each daily blast. The monitors will be installed in a neat manner near homes or structures and are buried in the yard approximately 10-12” deep. The monitors pose no harm to homeowners or animals. Preliminary data from seismic monitors on the site indicate readings are well below state requirements for all blasts, thus far.

Week of Apr. 24:

  • Security personnel are now on the site during non-construction hours. Security cameras will be installed on the construction site at some point in the future. The cameras will be placed on the site so that they are facing the construction activity and will not face any private residences near the site.
  • Mechanical rock-breaking is ongoing. This activity involves using a hydraulic hammer that repeatedly hits areas of rock to break them into smaller pieces – allowing them to be removed. This form of rock removal is being used in areas where limited rock removal is required. Noise associated with mechanical rock-breaking sounds similar to that of a jackhammer being used.
  • Pier drilling has also begun. This involves using a mounted drill rig to remove existing earth and core into the bedrock. Reinforcing steel is then placed in the drilled-out area so that concrete can be poured into it to form a solid pier that is anchored to and bears upon the bedrock. This foundation type allows for long-term, stable performance, for the very high structural loading the hospital will have.
  • Earthwork, including the construction of roads/haul routes onsite, installation of stormwater/drainage features, select topsoil removal, and stockpiling of soil onsite are all ongoing.
  • Blasting is ongoing and is expected to occur between 2-2:30 p.m. daily and continue potentially through Spring 2022.
  • Concrete is expected to start being delivered next week to be used in the construction of the support piers for structures.

 

Week of Mar. 6:

 

  • Plans this week include moving forward with earthwork including the construction of roads/haul routes onsite, continued installation of stormwater/drainage features, select topsoil removal, and stockpiling of soil onsite.
  • There will be work taking place to install temporary utilities on the site as well as installation of more construction trailers.
  • Contractors are contacting some area residents to discuss installing a seismic monitor in yards next to the construction site. The purpose of these monitors is to record ground seismic data from each daily blast. The monitors are being installed in a neat manner near homes or structures and are buried in the yard approximately 10”-12” deep. The monitors pose no harm to homeowners or animals.

Additional notes:
Some construction updates may appear to be repetitive, however, they are the most recent information available on upcoming construction activities.

 

Week of Mar. 13:

  • Blasting is ongoing and is expected to occur between 2-2:30 p.m. daily and continue potentially through April 2022.
  • Mechanical rock breaking is tentatively planned to start this week. This activity uses construction equipment which has a hydraulic hammer that repeatedly hits areas of rock to break them into smaller pieces – allowing them to be removed. This form of rock removal will be utilized in areas where limited rock removal is required. Noise associated with mechanical rock breaking sounds similar to that of a jackhammer being used.
  • Plans this week include moving forward with earthwork including the construction of roads/haul routes onsite, continued installation of stormwater/drainage features, select topsoil removal, and stockpiling of soil onsite.
  • There will be work taking place to install temporary utilities on the site as well as installation of more construction trailers.
  • Contractors may contact some area residents to install seismic monitors in yards next to the construction site. The purpose of these monitors is to record ground seismic data from each daily blast. The monitors will be installed in a neat manner near homes or structures and are buried in the yard approximately 10”-12” deep. The monitors pose no harm to homeowners or animals. Preliminary data from seismic monitors on the site indicate readings well below state requirements for all blasts so far.

Additional notes:
Some construction updates may appear to be repetitive, however, they are the most recent information available on upcoming construction activities.

 

Week of Mar. 20:

  • Mechanical rock-breaking is tentatively planned to start this week. This activity involves using a hydraulic hammer that repeatedly hits areas of rock to break them into smaller pieces – allowing them to be removed. This form of rock removal will be used in areas where limited rock removal is required. Noise associated with mechanical rock-breaking sounds similar to that of a jackhammer being used.
  • Pier drilling is also tentatively scheduled to also begin this week. This involves using a mounted drill rig to remove existing earth and core into the bedrock. Reinforcing steel is then placed in the drilled-out area so that concrete can be poured into it to form a solid pier that is anchored to and bears upon the bedrock. This foundation type allows for long-term, stable performance, for the very high structural loading the hospital will have.
  • Plans this week include moving forward with earthwork including the construction of roads/haul routes onsite, continued installation of stormwater/drainage features, select topsoil removal, and stockpiling of soil onsite.
  • There will be work taking place to install temporary utilities on the site as well as installation of more construction trailers.
  • Blasting is ongoing and is expected to occur between 2-2:30 p.m. daily and continue potentially through Spring 2022.
  • Contractors may contact some area residents to install seismic monitors in yards next to the construction site. The purpose of these monitors is to record ground seismic data from each daily blast. The monitors will be installed in a neat manner near homes or structures and are buried in the yard approximately 10”-12” deep. The monitors pose no harm to homeowners or animals. Preliminary data from seismic monitors on the site indicate readings well below state requirements for all blasts so far.

Week of Mar. 27:

  • Mechanical rock-breaking is tentatively planned to start this week. This activity involves using a hydraulic hammer that repeatedly hits areas of rock to break them into smaller pieces – allowing them to be removed. This form of rock removal will be used in areas where limited rock removal is required. Noise associated with mechanical rock-breaking sounds similar to that of a jackhammer being used.
  • Pier drilling is also tentatively scheduled to also begin this week. This involves using a mounted drill rig to remove existing earth and core into the bedrock. Reinforcing steel is then placed in the drilled-out area so that concrete can be poured into it to form a solid pier that is anchored to and bears upon the bedrock. This foundation type allows for long-term, stable performance, for the very high structural loading the hospital will have.
  • Plans this week include moving forward with earthwork including the construction of roads/haul routes onsite, continued installation of stormwater/drainage features, select topsoil removal, and stockpiling of soil onsite.
  • There will be work taking place to install temporary utilities on the site as well as installation of more construction trailers.
  • Blasting is ongoing and is expected to occur between 2-2:30 p.m. daily and continue potentially through Spring 2022.
  • Contractors may contact some area residents to install seismic monitors in yards next to the construction site. The purpose of these monitors is to record ground seismic data from each daily blast. The monitors will be installed in a neat manner near homes or structures and are buried in the yard approximately 10”-12” deep. The monitors pose no harm to homeowners or animals. Preliminary data from seismic monitors on the site indicate readings well below state requirements for all blasts so far.

Week of Feb. 6:

  • Plans this week include moving forward with earthwork as well as continued installation of stormwater/drainage features and select topsoil removal. 
  • There will be excavation activities and stone placement in preparation for the installation of more construction trailers.
  • Blasting work is tentatively set to begin this week. A date for blasting has not yet been set, but once it is, a special update will be sent out. Once blasting begins, it’s expected to occur between 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. daily and continue potentially through April 2022.
  • Cameras are being installed on the construction site for security purposes. The cameras will be placed so that they are facing the construction site to monitor site activities.
  • Contractors may contact some area residents who have had a pre-blast survey done to install a seismic monitor in yards next to the construction site. Currently, plans are to install them in eight residents’ yards. The purpose of these monitors is to record ground seismic data from each daily blast. The monitors will be installed in a neat manner and pose no harm to homeowners or animals. The monitors installed will be near a house or structure and will be buried in the yard approximately 10”-12” deep and left until blasting operations end in April.

Additional notes:

Also, area residents may see work taking place on the construction site on Saturdays to make up for time lost due to inclement weather.

Week of Feb. 13:

  • Plans this week include moving forward with earthwork as well as continued installation of

stormwater/drainage features and select topsoil removal.

  • There will be work taking place to install temporary utilities on the site as well as installation of more construction trailers.
  • A new date for blasting has not yet been set, but a special update will be sent out once it is. Once blasting begins, it’s expected to occur between 2-2:30 p.m. daily and continue potentially through April 2022.
  • Contractors may contact some area residents who have had a pre-blast survey done to install a seismic monitor in yards next to the construction site. Current plans are to install them in eight residents’ yards. The purpose of these monitors is to record ground seismic data from each daily blast. The monitors will be installed in a neat manner and pose no harm to homeowners or animals. The monitors installed will be near a house or structure and will be buried in the yard approximately 10”-12” deep and left until blasting operations end in April.
  • Cameras are being installed on the construction site for security purposes. The cameras will be placed facing the construction site to monitor site activities.
  • Lastly, there will also be work taking place to install construction roads on the site.

Additional notes:
Also, area residents may see work taking place on the construction site on Saturdays to make up
for time lost due to inclement weather.

Feb. 16:

A new blasting start date is tentatively set for Friday, February 18th. When blasting begins, it will take place between 2-2:30 p.m. It is planned to continue through April 2022. As a reminder, area residents will receive several warnings before a blast takes place. There will be a five-minute warning signal consisting of a series of long audible signals, a one-minute warning signal consisting of a series of short audible signals, and an all-clear signal, which will be a prolonged audible signal following the inspection of a blast area.


Feb. 20:

  • Plans this week include moving forward with earthwork including the construction of roads/haul routes onsite, continued installation of stormwater/drainage features, select topsoil removal, and stockpiling of soil onsite.
  • There will be work taking place to install temporary utilities on the site as well as installation of more construction trailers.
  • Blasting has begun and is expected to occur between 2-2:30 p.m. daily and continue potentially through April 2022.
  • Contractors may contact some area residents to install a seismic monitor in yards next to the construction site. Current plans are to install them in eight residents’ yards. The purpose of these monitors is to record ground seismic data from each daily blast. The monitors will be installed in a neat manner and pose no harm to homeowners or animals. The monitors installed will be near a house or structure and will be buried in the yard approximately 10”-12” deep and left until blasting operations end in April or until blasting has been completed in the vicinity of the house or structure.
  • Cameras are being installed on the construction site for security purposes. The cameras will be placed facing the construction site to monitor site activities. Plans this week include moving forward with earthwork including the construction of roads/haul routes onsite, continued installation of stormwater/drainage features, select topsoil removal, and stockpiling of soil onsite.
  • Some construction updates may appear to be repetitive, however, they are the most recent information available on upcoming construction activities.

 

Feb. 27:

  • Blasting has begun and is expected to occur between 2-2:30 p.m. daily and continue potentially
    through April 2022.
  • Plans this week include moving forward with earthwork including the construction of roads/haul
    routes onsite, continued installation of stormwater/drainage features, select topsoil removal, and
    stockpiling of soil onsite.
  • There will be work taking place to install temporary utilities on the site as well as installation of
    more construction trailers.
  • Contractors are contacting some area residents to install a seismic monitor in yards next to the
    construction site. The purpose of these monitors is to record ground seismic data from each daily
    blast. The monitors are bring installed in a neat manner and pose no harm to homeowners or
    animals. The monitors are being installed near homes or structures and are buried in the yard
    approximately 10”-12” deep. They are being left in place until blasting operations end in April or
    until blasting has been completed in the vicinity of the house or structure.
  • Some additional notes: construction updates may appear to be repetitive, however, they are the most recent
    information available on upcoming construction activities.

Week of Jan. 2:

  • Earth work will continue this week (weather dependent), to include some topsoil removal and minor grading is scheduled.

Week of Jan. 9: 

  • Recent rainy weather may hamper some of the construction operations this week, but plans include moving forward with earthwork on detention basins as well as some associated drainage pipe installation.

Week of Jan. 16:

  • Recent rainy weather may hamper some of the construction operations this week, but plans include moving forward with earthwork on detention basins as well as some associated drainage pipe installation. There are also plans to do exploratory drilling to get exact depths to the surface of bedrock on the site. 

Week of Jan. 24:

  • Plans this week include moving forward with earthwork on detention basins as well as continued installation of stormwater/drainage features and select topsoil removal. Rock soundings and advanced drilling will be continue to get exact depths to the surface of bedrock on the site.
  • Area residents may see work taking place on the construction site on Saturdays to make up for time lost due to inclement weather.

January 28:  Special Blasting Announcement

Blasting to begin on new VA Medical Center construction site Feb. 4

Blasting work will tentatively begin on the construction site of the new Louisville VA Medical Center Friday, Feb. 4. It’s expected to occur daily between 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and continue through April 2022.

Area residents will receive a five-minute warning signal - a series of long audible signals five minutes prior to the blast, a one-minute to blast signal – a series of short audible signals one minute to the blast, and an All-Clear signal - a prolonged audible signal following the inspection of a blast area.

Public safety is our number one priority and stringent safety protocols are in place. Out of an abundance of caution, area residents directly adjacent to the site are encouraged to stay in their homes or cars until the blasting is complete each day if possible. As a service to our neighbors in the area, contractors may also make rounds through the local neighborhood to remind residents of safety precautions.

Prior to and throughout the end of the blasting period in April, contractors, wearing yellow gear, may contact some area residents who have had a pre-blast survey done to install a seismic monitor in yards next to the construction site.  Currently plans are to install them in eight yards. The purpose of these monitors is to record ground seismic data from each daily blast.

Rest assured, the monitors will be installed in a neat manner and pose no harm to homeowner’s or animals.  The monitors installed will be near a house or structure and will be buried in the yard approximately 10”-12” deep and left until blasting operations end in April.

We want to be good neighbors, so we encourage homeowners to contact the USACE Public Affairs Office with any questions or comments by emailing LOUVAMCconstruction@usace.army.mil.

Week of Jan. 31:

  • Plans this week include moving forward with earthwork on detention basins as well as continued installation of stormwater/drainage features and select topsoil removal. Rock soundings and advanced drilling will  continue to get exact depths to the surface of bedrock on the site.
  • Blasting work will tentatively begin on the construction site of the new Louisville VA Medical Center Friday, Feb. 4. It’s expected to occur daily between 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and continue through April 2022.
  • Cameras are being installed on the construction site for security purposes. The cameras will be placed so that they are facing the construction site.
  • Contractors may contact some area residents who have had a pre-blast survey done to install a seismic monitor in yards next to the construction site. Currently, plans are to install them in eight residents’ yards. The purpose of these monitors is to record ground seismic data from each daily blast. The monitors will be installed in a neat manner and pose no harm to homeowners or animals. The monitors installed will be near a house or structure and will be buried in the yard approximately 10”-12” deep and left until blasting operations end in April.

February 3: Special Blasting Announcement 

Blasting has been cancelled for tomorrow due to the inclement weather and is now planned for next week. A new date has not been set as of today, but the USACE team will share that information as soon as it is available.

Week of Dec. 13:

  • Several mobile office containers are expected to be delivered to the site. They will be powered by generators and will not be hooked up to any utilities.
  • Installation of the construction fencing will continue and there will also be localized topsoil removal and minor features of earthwork occurring.
  • For the two weeks around the holidays, only minor work and potentially some material deliveries are anticipated. Week of

Week of Dec. 20:

  • The setting up of two temporary construction offices on the site. They will be powered by generators and will not be hooked up to any utilities.
  • Construction fencing will should be completed as well as any encroachment work.
  • A few pieces of construction equipment may also be delivered this week.

Week of Dec. 27:

  • Earth work (weather dependent), to include some topsoil removal and minor grading is scheduled.
  • A few pieces of additional construction equipment may also be delivered this week.