Volvo supports Pinewood Studios' Georgia premiereby James Morgan on May 4, 2014
A fleet of Volvo Construction Equipment has been used to clear the way for Pinewood Altanta Studios in the US state of Georgia.
Pinewood Studios commissioned general contractor Brent Scarbrough & Company to undertake much of the preparatory work on the project - before construction work could begin, existing buildings had to be demolished and a considerable amount of earth had to be moved.
“The Volvo wheel loaders are bulletproof,” said Glenn Nasworthy, equipment manager at Scarbrough & Co.
“They are powerful, stable, and our operators prefer the Volvo wheel loaders over other brands. They hold up really well, and I think our recent purchase of 10 new L70 G-Series [wheel loaders] is a testament to how we feel about these machines,” he added.
In addition its L70 G-Series wheel loaders, Nasworthy and his colleagues used L70 E-Series wheel loaders; A40 F-Series, A25 D-Series, and A40 E-Series articulated haulers; and an EC480DL excavator.
“We think Volvo’s articulated haulers are the best on the market,” he explained.
“We’ve been using them for 20 years and have found that they’re very reliable. Some of the machines even clocked more than 16,000 hours and all we have done is routine maintenance,” said Nasworthy.
As various stages of construction were already underway at the site, Scarbrough & Co had to work within the confines of the other jobs taking place. As walls were going up, excavators and trucks continued the demolition and grading work.
“We had 200,000 square yards of material to move,” revealed Wilkes Barnett, superintendent at Scarbrough & Co.
“The excavators are very versatile so I can use different operators on different tasks every day. I can switch someone over from a dozer to an excavator with no problems, which shows how intuitive the machines are to operate,” he explained.
As one of the film industry’s biggest players, UK-firm Pinewood Studios has produced a host of blockbusters including the James Bond and Superman series. Once completed, Pinewood Atlanta Studios will comprise a full-service film and entertainment complex, with five sizeable sound stages. Pinewood is confident that the development will become a world-class studio for the production of film, television, music and video games.