Revitalizing Downtown Waterville

In November 2020, Crooker Construction was awarded a $9.3M project to revitalize the downtown area in Waterville.  The project is funded largely with a Federal BUILD grant, with additional funding from Colby College, Maine DOT and the City of Waterville.  The project will reverse “urban renewal” and return Main Street to a two-way, pedestrian friendly street that will spur economic development in the downtown area.  Starting March 2021, and over the next 20 months, the Crooker Team will work to reconstruct roads, improve and re-align intersections, and landscape Main street with new granite curb, lighting, concrete and brick sidewalks, brick crosswalks and street trees.  We will use our in-house expertise, local talent and a dedicated team of subcontractors to deliver Maine’s largest Locally Administered Project (LAP) to date!

Winter Construction Update

Along with our usual winter time maintenance and snow removal, Crooker has been staying busy this winter on a variety of projects.

EJP Laydown Area

The Crooker Construction team is hard at work in Gardiner building a laydown area for Everett J. Prescott, a water, sewer, drain and gas material supplier. Crooker has been working with the design team and General Contractor over the past year to budget and value engineer the project to help bring the owner’s thoughts for a facility expansion to reality. Over the next two months 60,000 cubic yards of earth will be moved to level the site and make way for five acres of new paved area. Large excavators are digging material and loading trucks one after the other to move the clay and large cobbles that are on site. Dump trucks are hauling subbase gravel from our stockpiles in both Topsham and Brunswick to keep up with demand. The project is slated for pavement once the plant opens this Spring and should be completed by early/mid-summer. The Crooker team is overcoming adversity by constantly battling cold temperatures, snow and everything else that comes with the harsh Maine winter. Hats off to our crew for their hard work and dedication!

Underwood Road Drainage Improvements

Crooker wrapped up the majority of the work associated with the Underwood Drainage Improvements in Falmouth during December and January. A challenging project to say the least, Crooker had to battle limited access and close quarters to reshape the existing slopes, install a stone revetment mattress for scour protection and stabilize the drainage outfall that leads into Casco Bay. By use of our GPS equipped excavator, the work was able to be completed without the use of any stakes to achieve grades. Once complete, Crooker was able to move on to the second phase of the project, which included installing 48” storm drainage, manholes and catch basins, over 20’ deep! This was all completed adjacent to existing houses, garages and trees, so Crooker utilized a slide rail system to shore the excavation and install the infrastructure. Great job by all to complete a difficult task in harsh conditions.

Mt. Ararat High School

Crooker has been busy this winter working on phase III of the Mt. Ararat High School project in Topsham. Now that the existing school is complete (Crooker started this project in 2018), the initial high school has been demolished. Crooker was tasked with removing the foundations and slabs of the old school to make way for the new track and field facility. Large amounts of asbestos material was found on the initial foundation, so careful work had to be completed to separate this material from the clean concrete we removed and crushed for future gravel production. Now that the slab demo is complete, Crooker is moving onto sub-grading (over 10,000 CY of material to be moved) and installing utilities associated with the future track and field facility to be opened this summer.

L.L. Bean Corporate Headquarters

Crooker has been steady with continuation on the L.L. Bean Corporate Headquarters project located in Freeport. This project involves remodeling/repurposing existing warehouse space into future office space for L.L. Bean employees. We have been busy working on foundation demo, water line relocation, storm drainage, site electrical and prepping for a future Fitness Terrace that will provide employees with an outdoor space to exercise. Crooker is now moving onto the interior courtyard, which will be a nature center for all employees to look at throughout the workday, even from the inside.

All this on top of continued work at Bath Iron Works, water main breaks, and miscellaneous repairs, has made for a very busy winter!

 

Make-A-Wish Playground Project

In June of 2020 Crooker was contacted by AGC Maine’s Emerging Contractors Group about a Make-A-Wish project they were trying to help complete.  A four-year-old boy who was battling an illness wanted a playground of his own!  Crooker did not hesitant in agreeing to help out and not only would donate materials but as soon as the news of the project traveled throughout the company, multiple employees were asking how they could be a part of it.

We hope this playground brings hours and hours of joy to this boy and his family!  Thank you for letting us be a part of the process and allowing us the opportunity to spend that time with the family while prepping the site for the playground.

Announcing CCI – Crooker Construction Institute

Crooker Construction Institute (CCI) offers a paid training program to individuals interested in building a career in the construction industry, not just a job. The primary goal is to attract, train and retain quality employees and to ensure their successful transition into our workforce.

This introductory course is designed to educate motivated individuals. Participants will learn about the basics of working in the construction industry as well as the specifics of working for Crooker Construction.

Three-week training overview:

– Employee expectations

– General safety requirements

– Proper use of hand tools, small equipment, pipe saws, dewatering pumps, etc.

– Quality control practices

– Understanding grades and elevations

– Underground utility installation

– Precast concrete production

– Paving skills for hand crews

– Aggregate production and blasting

– Construction Layout

– OSHA 10 (Certificate upon completion)

– MSHA Overview

– And much more

 

Click here to read the full program details and apply as a participants

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Crooker Construction is a proud contributor to Bath/Brunswick area Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is that all youth achieve their full potential and to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

Crooker was honored to receive the President’s Award at the Annual Big Awards Party in 2019.  President, Thomas Sturgeon, and Crooker have been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters for many years and are proud to be a major supporter of this amazing community program.

Visit their website to discover more about their organization and ways you can help at https://www.bbbsbathbrunswick.org/.

Crooker’s Response to COVID-19

Crooker and Precast’s Response to COVID-19 Public Notice

March 26, 2020 Update – Additional updates will continue to be provided as appropriate

Full guidance can be found on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml.

Our top priority is safety!  Safety of our employees, our customers, our vendors, our subcontractors, and the public!

Per Governor Mills, Construction is considered essential and remains open at this time.  Our business and material sales to customers are remaining open.  We have implemented recommendations by the CDC to continue to work safely and reduce the risk and do our part to flatten the curve and spread of COVID-19.  All employees who are feeling ill or showing symptoms are staying home and those who are able to are working remotely and outdoors to increase the practice of social distancing.  Our offices and shared areas on job sites and facilities are being cleaned and sanitized regularly.

Effective today, we are restricting public access to all of our buildings and shops.  Anyone needing access is asked to call ahead first for instructions on how to proceed.

It is our intent and our commitment to follow the necessary protocols and CDC guidelines in order to remain open and keep our employees working.  Anyone observed not following CDC guidelines will be promptly removed from the premises.

These are unfamiliar times for everyone but you can count on Crooker and Precast of Maine to work responsibility and do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Here are a few of the things we are doing:

  • Washing hands regularly. Covering coughs with tissues or coughing into elbows.  Wiping down shared surfaces, door knobs, etc. regularly.
  • Distributing and ordering cleaners, sanitizers, wipes, and other disinfecting products.
  • Social Distancing – Gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited and we are utilizing conference calls and texting services to communicate with employees virtually.
  • Employee and public health is our priority! Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are to stay home and not come to work until they are free of symptoms for at least 24 hours.  Anyone at work who appears to have symptoms will be sent home immediately.

Stay safe!

Midcoast Tree Festival 2019

Crooker recently kicked off the holiday season by participating in the Midcoast Tree Festival through the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber of Commerce. This fun holiday event benefited the local community with all proceeds being donated to All Saints Parish, Spectrum Generations’ Meals on Wheels and the chamber. Crooker had two trees in this event, one for Crooker Construction as well as one for Precast of Maine. We appreciate all who stopped by and donated to the great cause!