JE Dunn Construction was digging for two years to remove more than +500,000 cubic yards of dirt. This massive excavation work supports the two new office buildings, underground parking structure, utility relocations, and expansion of the existing central utility plant and utility tunnel.
“Most people would just think this is just digging a hole. It’s actually digging a very complex hole. We have to create a space so other contractors can come in without any problems and go straight vertical.”
Mike Hamline, JE Dunn, Superintendent
The scale of this project can not be overstated. Because JE Dunn was managing three of the six packages in Phase 1 of the Capitol Complex project, the team had to come up with innovative solutions to push the schedule. For the excavation project, JE Dunn broke the project into three phases, which allowed the project team to better manage the schedule, and coordinate and communicate when, where, and how work would be executed.
JE Dunn finished the first phase (1801 building) of the dig three months early, the second phase (1601 building) of the dig four months early, and the last phase (Texas Capitol Mall) of the dig on time for substantial completion of the entire work package. Our ability to complete work early allowed the other general contractors for the offices to begin their work ahead of schedule.
“It’s an honor to be part of this legacy project and to know that we’re doing this to support our state employees and give them new environments to work.”
David Muster, JE Dunn, Senior Superintendent