The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve located in Mount Hope, West Virginia is one of four facilities managed by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The Summit is the future home of the National Scout Jamboree, the Summit High Adventure Base, and the National Center for Scouting Excellence. The Reserve is 10,600 acres in size and will house several different “zones” which will provide a variety of activities for campers. One such “zone” – Boulder Cove – will consist of several rock walls, both natural and manmade, for climbing. McCrossin’s scope of work for the above referenced project included drilling for 43 solider beams, drilling and installing 69 permanent tiebacks, and testing 69 permanent tiebacks for the 6,250-sq. foot climbing wall. Soldier beam drilling took place from the top of wall with drill depths up to 35-feet. Tieback drilling took place from benches created in front of the wall with drill depths in excess of 45 feet. Geologic conditions encountered included mine spoil, lean clay, coal seams, shale, and sandstone with unconfined compressive strength up to 27,000. Once the bottom row of tiebacks was installed, tiebacks were tested to 25% design strength and locked off. The upper row of tiebacks was then installed, tested to 100% design strength and locked off. Once all of the bench material was removed, the bottom row of tiebacks were tested to 100% design strength and locked off.
Job Name: Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve – Boulder Cove
Job Location: Fayette County, West Virginia
Job Type: Permanent Retaining Wall
Start Date: October 2012
Completion Date: December 2012