The obstacles continued for Breslin’s crew when they began installing piles outside. While installing the first few piles his crew ran into large debris. This is not uncommon in this area of Wilmington as it was once industrialized as a shipbuilding operation. Any large obstructions that were hit that could not be penetrated such as larger boulders, Breslin worked with the Engineer of Record to discuss the next steps and keep the project on track. Breslin lost no time encountering obstructions.
In a site that already had a high water table, Mother Nature presented more challenges as they were faced with heavy rains that flooded the work site. Having been excavated to 5’ below grade, Breslin brought in pumps to remove the water in the five installation areas allowing the crew to get back to work. The team used a torque monitoring system and Digga’s 16k drive head on their CAT 305 to successfully install the (40) piles to a depth of about 40’ each.
About Frawley Stadium: Owned by the Delaware Stadium Corporation (DSC) and home to the Wilmington Blue Rocks who recently became affiliated with the Washington Nationals, Frawley Stadium was originally known as Legends Stadium when its gates opened to fans in April 1993. After their first season the stadium's name was changed to honor Wilmington mayor and major supporter, Daniel S. Frawley. Frawley Stadium has hosted many events through the years, from baseball tournaments to concerts and festivals, the stadium has seen many through its gates. Thanks to the recent improvements the Stadium will continue to provide a safe and comfortable venue in the coming years.