Doyon Industrial Group Wins FNSB Contract
Doyon Industrial Group, LLC (DIG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Doyon Government Group, was awarded a contract in May 2017 to construct the heavy equipment operations building for the Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB). The project, located at the FNSB landfill in Fairbanks, is expected to be complete by November 2017.
DIG is self-performing the concrete work, rough carpentry, metal panels, and certain elements of the interior finishes. Key subcontractors are being utilized for the earthwork, steel erection, mechanical and electrical scopes.
DIG’s total manpower, including subcontractors, is expected to exceed 60 people over the course of the project. DIG coordinated with the labor unions to employ Doyon shareholders as much as possible on all self-performing work.
Building construction includes installation of steel wear plates embedded into the slab at each of the building’s six bay openings. The wear plates are designed to withstand stresses and wearing of the large metal drum compactors used at the landfill. One of the FNSB’s concerns was the cracking of the concrete slabs due to the heavy use it will receive.
To address this concern, DIG worked with the design engineer to utilize a plastic fiber in the concrete mix design to minimize concrete cracking. This is a good example of how DIG works with its clients and their engineers to solve potential problems before construction begins. In every project, planning is a crucial and key element in solving issues before they happen.
This particular building also features exterior walls built of insulated concrete forms that are left in place to serve as permanent thermal insulation – which is much needed in Interior Alaska. The concrete forms also serve as backing to install exterior and interior finishes.
This project forwards DIG’s strategic plan to expand its commercial construction portfolio, and allows DIG to gain additional experience that is so vital to winning similar future contracts. With the increasing volume of military construction projects anticipated over the next few years in the Fairbanks area, DIG plans to continue pursuing this type of construction work and expand its market share.