“Taking a gamble” Leeward Construction entered into three contracts, the first in 2006, to forge the infrastructure to the Mount Airy Resort & Casino. When the ink dried, Leeward embarked upon their largest venture to-date. With diversified projects, massive quantities and an extremely constricted timeframe, the company knew their capabilities were going to be tested.
Astoundingly, Leeward’s crew moved a combined 272,268 cubic yards of earth throughout the entire building process; a quantity that is comparable to filling the Washington Monument almost seven times. The primary source of the excavation was the Main Site for the casino; however, the parking areas and the reconstruction of Woodland Road made large contributions.
The vital essentials of any building are a well-designed sewer and water system capable of sustaining the inhabitants. With well over one hundred years of collective experience, the task of installation was placed in the hands of the pipe crews. When the final layer of earth was compacted 9,417 linear feet of sewer line had been placed and 21,777 linear feet of water line. One of the most common causes of erosion of roadways and surfaces is an ineffective drainage system. The preventative measure devised included the placement of the most pipe from the three classifications; 34,865 linear feet of storm water pipe. As the dust settled from the equipment rumbling down the road, over twelve and a half miles of pipeline was functioning.
As the Casino site began to take form, it became evident a safe route would be required for the patrons to cross Woodland Road. The solution; a pedestrian bridge. A pre-fabricated structure arrived and crews worked to assemble the footpath. When all was said and done, the bridge was complete with footers, two drops on the stairs and a beautiful lighting system designed to illuminate the client’s way to the Main Site.
Aesthetically speaking, the project had three major finishing touches needing to be executed in order complete the overall conceptual design of the complex. Nearly six miles of curb was dropped and finished beautifully to frame the Main Site and Woodland Road. Forming sidewalks leading from the parking areas to the main building became the next step of the process. Finally, Leeward’s “closers” came in to pave the entire project area with an incredible 59,000 ton of blacktop. From one end of Woodland Road to the other, crews worked tirelessly to shape the road from a modified subbase to the top coat of bituminous pavement. Additionally, the parking lots, main entrance and portions of State Route 611 were tied-in with pavement.
With the fall foliage from of the month of October as a backdrop, the doors of the Casino opened in 2007. The exhausted crews of Leeward Construction had accomplished a feat many had considered a longshot; the project was wrapped up in a mere fifteen months.