Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Heavy Construction Equipment: Ryan McCourt McCourt Construction

Ryan McCourt and the professional staff at McCourt Construction maintain a strong knowledge of a wide variety of heavy construction equipment and materials.

If you are starting to get into construction by trade or hobby, there are a lot of pieces of equipment you will need to become acquainted with. Here’s a brief summary of some of the main pieces of heavy equipment you may want to familiarize yourself with when getting started on any big construction job.

Ryan McCourt McCourt Construction - Front Loaders

Front Loaders –  Front loaders are machines with a scoop or bucket attached to an articulated arm. They are used for digging and loading. The bucket is attached to a tractor and may be removable in some cases. These are used for loading materials into trucks, clearing rubble or digging. They are commonly used to remove snow. Also they are used to load materials like sand, snow or dirt into bigger trucks. They come in many different sizes and varieties.

Ryan McCourt McCourt Construction - Vibratory Roller

Vibratory Roller – Sometimes called a road roller, a vibratory roller is used to compact different surfaces such as concrete, soil, gravel, or asphalt. These rollers use the weight of the vehicle to compress the surface being rolled. They are used to build roads and spread bulk materials evenly into the ground. These vary in size from being a simple drum attached to a handle or a ride on vibratory roller that can weigh around 44,000 lbs.

Ryan McCourt McCourt Construction - Bull Dozer

Bull Dozers – A bulldozer is a large tracked piece of construction equipment. It comes equipped with a heavy plate on the front end. The tracked wheels give them an excellent ground holding capacity. The plate on the front is referred to as a blade. The blade is a heavy metal plate on the front end of the tractor used to push or shove sand, soil or anything that needs moving. On the back of the bulldozer is a claw like device called a ripper. The ripper is used to break the ground surface pavement into small manageable pieces which are easy to transport or remove.

Ryan McCourt McCourt Construction - Backhoe

Backhoes – The backhoe can go by a few different names such as a rear actor or back actor. This piece of excavating equipment consists of a digging bucket on the end of a two-part articulated arm. They can be employed to dig up large mounds of dirt. They are good for digging out tree roots. And also for digging trenches used to lay pipes, or for digging ditches.
Ryan McCourt McCourt Construction - Wheeled Excavators

Wheeled Excavators – Excavators, also called diggers or mechanical shovels are large machines used to remove soil from the earth. They come in a wide variety of sizes and use hydraulics or a wire rope pulley system to dig holes or trenches.  These have a large boom arm and a cab that is mounted on a pivot. The bucket can be replaced with different attachments depending on the necessity of the job. The smallest of these machines can fit through a doorway. While the larger ones can weigh over 180,000 lbs.

So those are some of the main pieces of equipment that you may want to get to know better before beginning any construction project, or just for personal knowledge. Each one of these machines can be modified to evolve into new machines which can work in ways that the originals cannot.

These pieces of heavy equipment and more are available for sale and rent at McCourt Construction. Contact McCourt Construction today to learn more.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Airport Construction at Logan International Airport

McCourt Construction has over 120 years of experience offering a wide variety of services to a diverse client base. One of the major services offered by McCourt Construction is airport related construction. Project Manager, Ryan McCourt and the staff at McCourt Construction are experts in the complex scheduling, safety, and security concerns associated with building at an airport. Since the 1940’s, the McCourt Construction team has worked at several airports throughout the northeast. Based in Boston, McCourt Construction has worked largely with New England’s biggest and busiest transportation center, Logan International Airport.
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Logan International Airport

Ryan McCourt and the McCourt Construction team have built or rebuilt every taxiway, runway, and apron at Logan International Airport. Beyond airfield construction, McCourt has also installed fuel farms, built ferry landing docks, constructed rip rap barriers and seawalls, erected training facilities, and installed security systems.

One of the biggest projects completed by Ryan McCourt and McCourt Construction is Runway 14/32.

Runway 14/32

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Runway 14/32 Logan International Airport

Opening on Thanksgiving Day in 2006, Runway 14/32 became Logan’s first new airstrip in over 30 years. This project resulted in a mile long runway which included:

-250,000 cubic yards of fill
-150,000 tons of asphalt
-250,000 cubic yards of excavation

Additionally, the runway project called for extensive security measures which included the installation of state-of-the-art blast walls. In order to open the runway for traffic as soon as possible, the McCourt team worked under an extremely tight schedule. Working on an active international airfield created a confined work zone and unique scheduling challenges in order to accommodate existing air traffic. Despite these complications, however, the project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget. A letter from Massport commended McCourt Construction for their professional and timely work at Logan International Airport:

“This highly visible and controversial project was safely completed on-time, under budget and without controversy from the press or neighboring communities. This is a direct reflection of the attitude and professionalism that McCourt brings to every project, time after time.”

McCourt Construction was a recipient of MassPort’s “Contractor of the Year” award in six of the first seven years it was presented. Ryan McCourt and the McCourt Construction team are proud of the work they have accomplished. They are eager to continue working with Logan and other local airports in the future.