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Issue 23-02 February 2023

Notes From The Director

PCANY is currently in the process of reviewing when and how to conduct our meetings. Accordingly, we have not scheduled an in-person spring meeting for this year. We are considering ideas for members who have to travel long distances to meet in Albany and also to create better opportunities for our valued associate members to participate. We will likely be setting up virtual meetings among our membership to get input and with NYSDOT to get updates on current discussions. 

Stay tuned for updates

Warmest Regards,

Ronald E. Thornton, P.E. NYS
In This Issue:
  • Snell Lock Diffuser Project, MassenaNY

  • Lakelands Concrete Products - The Next Generation
  • Industry News and Events
This Month’s PhotoAerial view of a 90-Ton 110foot long prefabricated bridge unit enroute to a project in Rhode Island. Source: The Fort Miller Company LinkedIn page

Snell Lock Diffuser Project, Massena, NY

Submitted by Josh French of The Fort Miller Company
The displayed photos show Fort Miller's 70,000-lb precast concrete wall panels and 40,000-lb precast roof slabs that were fabricated for Phase I of the Snell Lock project on the St. Lawrence River in Massena. When fully assembled, (8) precast wall units and (4) precast top slab units make up a single new lock diffuser. A total of (6) diffusers will be installed in the bottom of the Snell Lock chamber, replacing the original cast-in-place diffusers that had become deteriorated over time. These diffusers have millions of gallons of water flowing through them each day and play a vital role in assuring that the locks function properly.

This is a design-build project with a team consisting of design engineer, Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers and Kubricky Construction. Fort Miller worked closely with the designer and contractor for several weeks to develop plans to execute the project. Shop drawings were completed by Fort Miller's in-house Engineering Department.

Fabrication of the precast commenced in late December 2022 inside Fort Miller's heated production buildings in Easton, NY. Fabrication for the first (3) diffusers was completed in a matter of only a few weeks.

These locks are essential to international commerce and replacing the diffusers quickly and during the winter months is a perfect example of how precast concrete can help achieve the impossible. Phase II of this project will start in the winter of 2024.
Project Credits:
Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
Engineer-Of-Record: Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers
Contractor: Kubricky Construction
Precast Manufacturer: The Fort Miller Company, Easton, NY

Lakelands Concrete Products - The Next Generation

Submitted By Stacy Stevens, PE of Lakelands Concrete Products

Since its inception in 1951 The Clarke family has owned and operated Lakelands Concrete Products. Three generations have worked hard to create what Lakelands has become today, with each generation growing the company and adding more products to the line up, all while maintaining the high quality the industry expects.

We are honored to have the opportunity to be the next generation of Lakelands owners. We will strive to continue the legacy of growth without compromising the integrity or quality of service.

To our employees, the heart, soul and backbone of this company, we value your hard work and dedication to Lakelands.

To all our customers, past, present and future, we will work tirelessly to continue to provide the service and support you expect.

It has been a journey to get to this point. We want to thank our family and friends who have helped guide us along the way. Without your continued support we would not be in this position today.

And lastly to Todd Clarke who valued keeping Lakelands a family run business, we hope to make you and all the Clarke’s proud. Cheers to another successful 72 years.

Adam and Stacy Stevens

Editor's Note: Lakelands Concrete Products is a long time producer member of PCANY. DIck Clarke was one of the founding members of this organization when it was incorporated in 1986.


NPCA Committee Week

May 22 - 24, 2023
Conrad Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN

Committee Week is an intensive series of working sessions for NPCA committees that provide an opportunity for members to focus on key issues, engage in discussion and develop ideas.

ASTM C27 Committee Meetings

Wednesday May, 2023
Conrad Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN

The C27 Committee will meet in conduction with NPCA Committee Week in Indianapolis. Members are asked to register. There will be an option to attend virually via WebEx.

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