Nicholson Joins Bellwood Dam Modification Project

June 16, 2022
Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh-based geotechnical specialty contractor Nicholson Construction recently joined the Bellwood Dam Modification Project.

The dam, which is located in Tyrone, PA, is undergoing more than $30 million worth of upgrades, which include the construction of a new spillway, parapet wall, valve vault, access roads and reservoir intake structure for the dam, which has reached the end of its lifespan.

General Contractor Allison Park Contractors awarded Nicholson the foundation contract for the project, which includes void grouting beneath the existing spillway, constructing a grout curtain wall through parts of the dam’s centerline and installing anchors in the new spillway.

Bellwood Dam is located approximately 2.5 hours from Nicholson’s headquarters.

“We’re thrilled to be doing work that will positively benefit a local community right in our back yard,” said Dino Kartofilis, Senior Vice President, Nicholson’s Eastern Region. “The work performed on this project will help to ensure that 20,000 residents have a safe and reliable water source in the Altoona area – and we’re proud to be part of that.”

Nicholson’s work at the dam will be completed in 2023.

About Nicholson Construction Company

Nicholson has been both a leader and an innovator in the geotechnical construction industry for more than 60 years. With regional offices across the country and headquarters located in Pittsburgh, Nicholson is a nationally renowned specialty contractor, offering proven expertise in the design and installation of deep foundation elements, earth retention systems and ground treatment solutions. We pride ourselves on our ability to consistently provide our clients with innovative, high-quality design-build options for projects of varying size and complexity. Nicholson is the North American subsidiary of Soletanche Bachy, one of the world's leading geotechnical contractors, and is part of a global network of unparalleled geotechnical resources and expertise.