Kuhn complete 2005
News From the Oakland County Drain Commissioner’s Office
Safety Rules Supreme
At George Kuhn Drain Project
July 18, 2005
Construction workers at the massive George W. Kuhn Drain Project in Madison
Heights have completed more than 380 days on the job without a single day lost as a
result of injury. That’s quite an accomplishment when you consider that the project ranks
second only to the Fermi Nuclear Power Plan in Monroe for the amount of concrete and
steel placed on a construction job in Michigan.
To date 104,000 cubic yards of concrete and 14,000 tons of steel has used at the site.
Oakland Country Drain Commissioner John P. McCulloch said that kind of safety
record should be formally recognized. That’s exactly what he plans to do at a recognition
luncheon on the project site July 22, 2005.
In addition to kudos for the construction workers, McCulloch plans to extend his
congratulatory message to Walbridge Aldinger, the general contractor, as well as
subcontractors and trade employees. The safety efforts by all involved have made it
possible for the four-year project to remain on time and under budget.
When it is completed, the capacity of the facility will have grown from
90 million gallons to about 130 million.
“This represents a remarkable accomplishment,” McCulloch said. “It is an
exceptional effort by Walbridge Aldinger and its subcontractors and we wanted to make
sure that all the workers understand how much we appreciate their steadfast attention to
Work on the project, located near I-75 and Twelve-Mile in Madison Heights, began in
October 2001. It serves 14 communities in southeastern Oakland County.
They include Berkley, Birmingham, Clawson, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods,
Madison Heights, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak, Southfield, Troy,
Royal Oak Township and the Village of Beverly Hills.
The engineering team for the Kuhn Drain Project includes Tetra Tech MPS, Wade Trim,
Spalding DeDecker and Somat Engineering.