Since 2008, Maple Reinders Construction has been the general contractor on the reconstruction of the existing Lorne Water Treatment Plant. On the largest project the company has undertaken in its 45-year history, Project Manager Adam Coombs and his team faced many challenges along the way.
One such challenge was completing the reconstruction of the facility without taking the potable drinking water supply off-line. Their solution was to work with High Frequency technology (HF). High Frequency wall and wire saws have emerged in a hydraulic dominated industry to provide many companies with less risk. They are light enough to be carried around and are safe enough to use around water. “With electric power, there is no risk of hose leaks and oil getting into the tanks,” said Coombs, having previously run into that problem with another machine. The technology behind HF doesn’t use oil, rather a high frequency converter creating a cleaner work environment.
The construction company was highly motivated to meet the project deadlines for all three phases of the expansion. They faced large penalties of $5,000 each day the project was over schedule. “Without the Husqvarna wall saw, we would have never met the tight schedule for the second phase of demolition work,” said Adam Coombs.