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Branch Civil Top Projects of 2019

January 13, 2020

Branch Civil celebrated many successes in 2019. They completed projects ahead of schedule, saved their clients money, created new partnerships, and had a significant impact on the communities in which they serve.
It was a busy year, but here’s their list of the Top Projects of 2019
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Project Name: IKEA Norfolk
Project Location: Norfolk, Virginia
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Project Value: $11,700,000.00
Project Type: Private: Retail
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Ikea NorfolkProject Highlights: Branch Civil developed an 18-acre parcel for IKEA’s 331,000-square-foot retail store/warehouse and a three-story parking garage. The 13-month aggressive schedule required more than 100,000 cubic yards of excavation and imported structural fill within three months of mobilization. Crews also performed several other improvements, including site utilities, storm drain, two large underground detention systems, retaining walls, site concrete, heavy-duty concrete pavement, asphalt pavement, pavement markings, signs, and right of way improvements.
Branch Civil substantially completed all work in March of 2019, and IKEA opened its doors to the public on April 10, 2019.
Project Team:

Scott Taylor
Project Manager
Zachary Hill
Project Engineer
Josh Green
General Foreman

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Project Name: I-64 Widening Exit 200-205
Project Location: Richmond, Virginia
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Project Value: $47.9 million
Project Type: Design-Build, Corman-Branch Joint Venture
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Progress Photo of I-64 Widening Exit 200 to 205 Joint Venture Project
Project Update: Branch Civil was the lead joint venture partner on the I-64 Widening Exit 200-205 Project, and construction along the 5-mile section in Henrico and New Kent counties began in August 2017.
The goals of this project were to create additional traffic capacity throughout a corridor of I-64 that has experienced a large number of vehicle collisions in the past and to increase visibility for VDOT traffic cameras throughout the project limits. Improvements included:

  • A 12-foot wide travel lane and a 10-foot wide shoulder in both directions
  • Widened bridges over the Chickahominy River
  • Improved acceleration and deceleration lanes at the DMV weigh station
  • Box culvert extensions
  • Installation of an enclosed pedestrian tunnel between the eastbound and westbound DMV weigh stations
  • New sound mitigation walls
  • New MSE walls and moment slabs at a box culvert to allow inside widening
  • New ITS improvements throughout the corridor
  • Multiple new overhead signs throughout the project
  • New roadway safety lighting at both the eastbound and westbound DMV weigh stations

Despite the extensive time impacts due to extreme inclement weather, this project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget in August 2019.
Project Team:

Jeff Humphreys
Design-Build Project Manager
(Branch Civil)
Ryan Gorman
Design Coordinator/Integrator
(Corman)
Justin Campbell
Project Manager
(Branch Civil)
Jake Leffler
Construction Manager
(Corman)
Aaron Straebel
Quality Control Manager
(Corman)
Bob Cross
Roadway Superintendent
(Branch Civil)
Jim Collins
Roadway Superintendent
(Branch Civil)
Shawn Cannon
Roadway Superintendent
(Corman)
Kenny Little
Structures Superintendent
(Corman)
Gabe Gonzales
Structures Superintendent
(Corman)
Chico Georgopoulos
Structures Superintendent
(Corman)
Albert Miller
Structures Superintendent
(Corman)
Wheeler Dey
Project Engineer
(Corman)
Jonathan Smith
Project Engineer
(Corman)
Kellie Gilbert
Project Engineer
(Branch Civil)
Kevin Duffy
Project Engineer
(Branch Civil)
Mohamed Mousa
Project Engineer
(Branch Civil)
Butch Barber
Foreman
(Branch Civil)
Julie Krotendofer
Foreman
(Branch Civil)
Sammy Seals
Foreman
(Branch Civil)
Sean Gough
Foreman
(Branch Civil)
Misael Martinez
Foreman
(Branch Civil)
Troy Shepard
Foreman
(Branch Civil)
Carlos Funes
Foreman
(Corman)
Francisco Hernadez
Foreman
(Corman)
Hector Barahona
Foreman
(Corman)
James Waters
Foreman
(Corman)
Larry Hamilton
Foreman
(Corman)
Thomas Pennington
Foreman
(Corman)
Ralph Thomas
Foreman
(Corman)
Shawn Kelley
Foreman
(Corman)
Terrence Jiggets
Foreman
(Corman)
Emily Partin
Project Clerk
(Branch Civil)

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Project Name: Southgate Drive
Project Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
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Project Value: $38,361,632
Project Type: VDOT
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Project Highlights: The purpose of this project was to construct an interchange and new primary entrance to the Virginia Tech Campus. The existing Southgate Drive utilized a signalized intersection while this project provided a grade-separated interchange with two bridges and a diverging diamond design. The new Southgate Drive provides two lanes of travel in each direction for traffic and ties into Duck Pond Drive via a roundabout. The new alignment also ties into Research Center Drive via a roundabout, new alignment section, and realignment of three existing intersections on Innovation Drive. This project also included constructing portions of the Virginia Tech Huckleberry Trail as well as two new pedestrian tunnels, one under Southgate Drive and another under Research Center Drive.
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Chad Sutton
Project Manager
Jessica Ishihara
Project Engineer
Jim Freeman
Superintendent
Billy Mayo
Superintendent
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