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Vista Metals & Vista Lithium Furnace

Recommended for this project by longtime repeat client Universal Alloy, Choate constructs the addition of four massive equipment pits for Universal Alloy’s top supplier of materials, Vista Metals.

This project consists of the addition of four equipment pits in an existing manufacturing plant in Adairsville, Georgia. There are two casting pits known as project #1; and two tilting furnaces foundations known as project #6. The addition of the pits is being performed in an existing manufacturing plant. Low-overhead clearances and working in and around existing plant appurtenances will make this a challenging project.

In addition to the four pits, Choate is also constructing future furnace foundation #F 1 as well as the casting pit process piping work, cooling tower installation and piping work, air piping, gas piping, casting pit steam exhaust pits, and miscellaneous trenches.

The two casting pits are approximately 40 feet deep with a 23-foot-long steel casing in the bottom for the casting cylinder. They require engineered shoring systems, confined-space entrance safety measures, and man baskets to transport men and material. The design is heavy-industrial; all concrete construction, extra-thick concrete slabs and walls. The overall footprint of the casting pits is 50 feet by 30 feet. The tilting melting furnace has an overall footprint of 50 feet by 20 feet and is about 10 feet deep. Both projects have multiple ledges, haunches, abutments, embedded steel items, and concrete elevation changes that are typical with equipment pits.

Following the construction of four equipment pits, Choate is back again at the Vista Metals campus to add a massive pit for a Lithium Furnace. Located in a pre-engineered metal framed building, this pit measures 50 feet by 30 feet and is 35 feet deep, requiring engineered shoring systems, confined-space entrance safety measures, and extra thick concrete slabs and walls.

Additional features include casting pit process piping work, air piping, gas piping, casting pit steam exhaust pits, and miscellaneous trenches. Multiple ledges, haunches, abutments, embedded steel items, and concrete elevation changes typical with equipment pits are also included.