Ridgeway Gold Mine


acres of re-spread topsoil and stabilization


cubic yards earthwork to complete reclamation


cubic yards of embankment construction

Ridgeway, SC

KRMC constructed and operated the largest precious metal (gold & silver) mining operation east of the Mississippi. Morgan Corp. was instrumental in the initial development, ongoing operations, and final reclamation of the facility.

In 1987 Morgan Corp. was contracted for the initial site preparation work which included over 1.5 million cubic yards of embankment construction required for the 250 acre Tailings Impoundment. This impoundment is covered with an impermeable clay liner and 60 mil HDPE synthetic liner. Subsequent to the initial phase of construction, Morgan Corp. contracted directly with KRMC for Phases 2, 3, 3A, and Phase 4 projects which incrementally raised the elevation of the impoundment from Phase 1 elevation of 470 to the final, Phase 4 elevation of 560. This increase required in excess of 24 million cubic yards of embankment material, of which Morgan Corp. placed approximately 10 million. The impoundment presently encompasses over 365 acres of area, is approximately 14,000 feet in length, with a maximum height of 190 feet.

In October of 1999, KRMC contracted with Morgan Corp. for final reclamation of the facility after the conclusion of active mining operations. This work included the hauling, placement, and compaction of over 1 million cubic yards of inert armor material for the 365 acre impoundment. It also included the construction of passive wetlands and a one-mile water conveyance channel connecting the North and South Pits. The total earthwork volume required to complete this reclamation project was approximately 2 million cubic yards. Additionally we re-spread topsoil and permanently stabilized 600 acres of disturbed area, placed 11,000 tons of Rip Rap, 71,000 square feet of AB matting, and established the final contours on the two 180 acre mine pits.

Huntington Hills Lake Dam Rehabilitation


cubic yards excavation


cubic yards controlled embankment

Anderson, SC

Rehabilitation of the existing dam which included the removal of the failed spillway structure, 10,000 CY of excavation, 16,000 CY of controlled fill embankment, 1,600 CY of cast-in-place concrete for a new labyrinth spillway, stone trench drain with PVC perforated and solid pipe, sand drainage layer, new cast-in-place outlet control structure with slide gates and trash racks, 40 LF of 42” DIP with concrete cradle from outlet control structure, Rip Rap plunge pool and lined channel downstream of spillway, temporary control of water, erosion control, final grassing and temporary erosion control matting.

This dam is classified as Category I High Hazard. Control of water was accomplished by a combination of a temporary coffer dam, creek diversion through 250 LF of temporary 36” HDPE pipe and several deep wells for control of ground water. 

Still Branch Reservoir


acre reservoir


cubic yards embankment


tons of aggregate drainage

Griffin, GA

475 acre reservoir; Earthen Dam “Category I Large Dam” – approx. 950,000 cy embankment; 100,000 cy of undercut; Outlet Structure; Drawdown Control piping; 65 ac wetlands mitigation; 1.5 mi paved roadway; 1.2 mi gravel roadway; 2,300 lf of 42” DIP & 1,900 lf of 30” DIP waterline; 735 lf of Pre-stressed Concrete Cylinder Pipe (PCCP); 540 ac of clearing; 110 ac of grassing; 9,000 tons of rip rap; 42,000 tons of aggregate drainage material. 

Stoney Creek Reservoir Dam Rehabilitation

Cat. 1

high hazard classification


cubic yards reinforced concrete


cubic yards excavation and backfill

Bedford, VA

Rehabilitation and reconstruction of the existing chute spillway including new sidewalls, parapet walls, cut-off walls, spillway crest, and chute slab overlay (approximately 2,900 CY of reinforced concrete); overtopping protection on the downstream side of the existing dam embankment consisting of 10,000 CY of roller-compacted concrete; sand blanket drain; stone trench drains including 2,500 LF of PVC perforated and solid pipe; 20,000 CY of excavation and backfill; Rip Rap channels; water line relocation; sheet piling; pressure injected grout; piezometers.

This dam is classified as Category I High Hazard. Control of water was handled by drawing down the existing lake, cofferdam installation at the crest of the existing spillway and localized pumping to mitigate ground water. A Rapidmix 600 pugmill mixer was used to mix the RCC. The RCC was transported via articulated dump trucks discharging into a Gomaco material transfer devise, which fed a stacker conveyor belt. A telescoping crane was used to receive the RCC and conveying it to the final placement location. 

Prichard Intermodal


cubic yards of RCC


pound minimum of cementitious materials per cubic yard of RCC

Prichard, WV

The new Prichard Intermodal encompasses approximately 100 acre site in Prichard, WV. It is serviced by a Norfolk Southern railroad line. The site is bordered by the Big Sandy River on the west, which is also a state line between West Virginia and Kentucky. The facility offers industrial and warehousing space, a modern and efficient freight container service and improved access to international rail lines. The purpose of the project is to stimulate and support economic development within the region and provide and maintain connections to key regional and national transportation corridors.

Morgan Corp. Contributions

Morgan Corp. was the RCC paving subcontractor working with the prime contractor - Mountaineer Contractors. Morgan Corp. scope of work included mixing, transporting and placing more than 21,000 cubic yards of RCC paving. The entire RCC pavement is 18 inches thick, placed in two 9-inch lifts. Underneath the RCC layers, the pavement section consisted of a bituminous stabilized open graded drainage layer over an aggregate base course on top of the prepared subgrade.

The project specification required a minimum of 500 lbs. of cementitious materials per cubic yard of RCC. The specified compressive strength of molded cylinders was 5,000 psi at 28 days. Morgan Corp. designed the RCC mixture, which was verified by an independent testing laboratory. The RCC was mixed in a RapidMix 600 continuous pugmill mixer. A three bin blending hopper was used to convey the predetermined aggregate proportions to the mixer hopper. In addition to the plant primary cement silo, an auxiliary cement silo was used to augment the cement feed and maximize the RCC production rate in order to feed two paving trains simultaneously. Two Volvo high-density paving machines operating back-to-back placed the two lifts of RCC. The top lift was spread within 30 minutes of placing the bottom lift to ensure bonding at the lift interface. Cores obtained from the test section demonstrated 100% bonding at core locations.

Morgan Corp. optimization of the RCC mix design included several trial mixtures and selection of the best mix meeting (1) the required engineering properties and (2) the required performance during placing and rolling. The optimized gradation of the combined aggregates mixed with 500 lbs. of cement per cubic yard produced a compressive strength consistently exceeding the specified compressive strength by a wide margin.

Bridgestone Tire Plant


square yards of RCC


RCC surface layer

Aiken County, SC

This Bridgestone Tire project is a new manufacturing plant located in Trenton, Aiken County, SC. Construction of the facility started in 2011 and included 2 phases. The owner and the design team selected RCC as the pavement of choice for the access and haul roads in and around the plant. Placement of approximately half of the RCC pavements was included in each of the two construction phases.

Gresham Smith & Partners designed the pavement section, which consisted of a 6-inch aggregate base layer and a 7.5 inch RCC surface layer. The base layer was placed by others and served as a temporary construction road. The RCC for the first construction phase was also placed by others. Morgan Corp., working as a paving subcontractor to Kajima Design and Building Group, constructed the RCC for the second phase of the project. This phase of the work encompassed 38,500 square yards of RCC.

Morgan Corp. evaluated several sources of aggregates available nearby and chose materials different from what was used in Phase 1. An RCC mix design meeting the project requirements was selected based on laboratory testing and field performance during the first day of placement. The project was completed within the contract time and within budget. Owner, General Contractor, and the Architect/Engineer of record all expressed great satisfaction with the quality of the RCC placed by Morgan Corp. during the second phase of the project. When asked about the pavement, the project engineer stated, “The current RCC job being done by Morgan Corp. has shown Bridgestone what RCC could be.”

South Carolina Inland Port


cubic yards of RCC paving


cubic yards of cement-treated base

Greer, SC

The South Carolina Inland Port extends the Port of Charleston’s reach 212 miles inland and provides shippers with access to more than 95 million consumers within a one-day drive. The inland port boosts efficiency for international freight movements between the Port of Charleston and companies located across the Southeast.

Morgan Corp. work included mixing, transporting and placing more than 57,000 cubic yards of RCC paving and 30,000 cubic yards of cement-treated base. Approximately one half of the pavement area (97,000 square yards) was 13 inches thick placed in 2 lifts and the other half (85,500 square yards) was 9.5 inches thick placed in one lift. Work also included subgrade lime modification to render the silty subgrade manageable after frequent heavy rain events. RCC was mixed in a RapidMix 600 continuous pugmill mixer and placed with two Volvo high-density paving machines. A three bin blending hopper was used to convey the predetermined aggregate proportions to the mixer hopper. Cement was supplied from two silos feeding directly into the mixing chamber.

In addition to the RCC, CTB and lime modification operations, work included ancillary conventional concrete; railroad crossings, and underground utilities.

Value–Engineered Approach for Fast Construction and a Better Product at No Additional Cost

The subgrade soils at the site consisted of silty Clay and clayey Sand. The pavement design grade was 0.5 percent. The original designs consisted of (1) 14-inch RCC over 3-inch dense graded aggregate base for craneways and handling of loaded containers area and (2) 10-inch RCC over 3-inch dense graded base elsewhere. Based on Morgan Corp.’s extensive experience in grading and sitework, the design posed a major constructability problem because of the pavement design slope, expected rain fall in the area, and the soils encountered at the site. There was no chance for the 3-inch base layer to remain stable under construction traffic after rain events. To have a much better chance of completing the project with a reasonable time frame, Morgan Corp. designed new pavement sections of equal or higher structural capacity at no additional cost. These value engineered pavement sections included a 6-inch cement stabilized soil base layer instead of the 3-inch aggregate base. The RCC thicknesses were reduced from 14 and 10 inches to 13 and 9.5 inches, respectively. The soil base layer allowed placement of RCC within a few hours after rain events as compared to waiting days after rain events had the “as designed” base was installed.

Vogtle Electric Generation Station Units 3 and 4


acres of clearing, grubbing, grinding


acre parking lot


cost savings in suggestions


increase in structural capacity

Waynesboro, GA

Morgan Corp. provided a total site preparation and pavement package for construction of two new AP1000 Model, 1100Mw Nuclear Power Generating Units, covering over 1,000 acres of land disturbance. The project included laydown areas, craft and management parking areas, access roads, cooling towers, on-site batch plant area, and future switchyard.

Work performed included clearing, grubbing, and grinding of 670 acres; design, construction, and maintenance of a 50-acre multi-staged surface and subsurface dewatering system for two 90-foot-deep nuclear island excavations, as well as construction of 70 acres of roller-compacted concrete pavements over soil-cement pavement base layer.

Notable Details

RCC construction at Vogtle started in 2011 to build an approximately 45 acre parking lot. The original design called for a flexible pavement section consisting of 2 inches of hot mixed asphalt over 6 inches of graded aggregate base. Morgan Corp. proposed a value engineered RCC pavement section consisting of 4 inches of RCC over 6 inches of cement treated soil (CTS) base course. This value-engineered option was approved and used to build the parking lot pavement.

The RCC/CTS pavement section offered the following benefits:

  • 60% increase in structural capacity
  • 25% cost savings
  • 50% reduction in illumination power
  • Fast construction-sometimes opening the pavement to traffic one day after placement
  • Low maintenance and long service life
  • Many sustainability attributes by using in-situ soil for the base instead of mining, processing, and transporting aggregates that are not locally available

Building on the success of the RCC at the parking lot, all remaining parking and laydown areas, access roads, heavy-haul roads, etc. were built with RCC over a CTS base layer. RCC thicknesses used on this project for various loading and traffic conditions included 4, 6, 7, 10 and 18 inches.

Twelve Mile Creek Restoration Project


acre disposal facility cap and closure

Pickens County, SC

Access road construction, management of dredged sediment materials within the new disposal unit, dewatering, final cap and closure of disposal facility (+/-12 acres) site and streambed restoration.

Grant Clarendon OSB Plant


cubic yards of excavation


acre site development


tons of base stone placed

Alcolu, SC

This was a 200-Acre Site Development for a new OSB Manufacturing Facility. Morgan Corp., with the assistance of subcontractors, installed a 4-stage dewatering system to perform a 45-foot excavation, of which 40 feet were below the ground water table.

This project involved a total of 850,000 cubic yards of excavation. Morgan Corp. placed 150,000 tons of base stone, 8,000 linear feet of storm drainage (18”-42”), and 60,000 linear feet of silt fence. 16,000 linear feet of waterline (4”-16”) were installed. Installation of an on-site septic system included 2,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer lines, along with three lift stations. Morgan Corp.’s sub grade treatment utilized 35,000 square yards of soil cement.

Notable Achievements

Morgan Corp. was able to complete this project, which was contracted for nine months, in less than eight months.

J. Verne Smith Parkway


miles of roadway


cubic yards of unclassified excavation


square yards of Portland cement concrete paving

Greer, SC

Morgan Corp. served as the Prime Contractor for construction of this four-lane divided parkway between US Highway 29 and US Highway 101 in Spartanburg County, SC. The project provides for improved access to the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport area while helping alleviate congestion on I-85. The total project length was over 5.5 miles of roadway.

The scope of this project included the construction of a reinforced concrete structural steel girder (dual bridge over SC Highway 290); reinforced concrete type IV pre-stressed beams (dual bridges over Norfolk Southern and CSX Railroads, and the South Tyger River); and median barriers. Grading included 1.3 million cubic yards of unclassified excavation; 688,000 cubic yards of rock excavation; and 388,000 cubic yards of offsite borrow. Our workers installed 11,800 linear feet of storm drain piping and structures, as well as three major precast box culverts. 20,000 tons of asphalt paving was placed, as well as 40,000 tons of stone base and 117,800 square yards of Portland cement concrete paving.

Notable Achievements

Morgan Corp. was able to complete this project over a month ahead of schedule.

Seminole Road Landfill, Phase 3, Unit 1


cubic yards of earthwork


linear feet of leachate piping


cubic yards of minus 5 clay liner


linear feet of geogrid reinfoced earth slope

Decatur, GA

This project entailed the construction of a new 40-acre Subtitle “D” landfill cell with a double 60-mil HDPE liner system.

Morgan Corp. placed two geocomposite layers and storm water tarp (200 overall acres of geosynthetics), 5,000 linear feet of leachate piping, and a 250,000 gallon leachate storage tank. Approximately 1,800,000 cubic yards were excavated, of which 176,000 cubic yards were mass rock, which was drilled and shot. Our workers also installed 40,000 cubic yards of minus 5 clay liner, 225,000 tons of protective cover sand, and a unique requirement: 3,000 linear feet of geogrid reinforced earth slope (60-80 feet in height). Morgan Corp. addressed a number of infrastructure improvements on this job and handled the clearing and erosion control of 250 acres.

Of Note

This project had significant overruns of rock excavation. In addition, Morgan Corp. received several million dollars of change orders resulting from an increase in scope. Despite these challenges, the project came in on schedule.