The task of preparing a site for a building the size of 17 football fields fell to Glover Construction. Dubbed “Project ASAP,” the job was contracted through Hamilton County, Tenn., to entice retail giant Amazon to build a fulfillment center near Chattanooga. The contract included moving 895,000 yards of material including more than 500,000 yards of rock. A cumulative penalty of $10,000 per day was to be levied in the event that each of the three phases was not completed on time.

Glover used 20 off-road dump trucks, two 385 Caterpillar excavators, a variety of heavy equipment and more than 50 employees to get each phase, and the entire job, done well ahead of schedule. An around-the-clock blasting crew drilled holes, placed explosives and detonated charges to break up the rock, with special care taken to prevent any residual dust from drifting toward the new Volkswagen facility nearby. The project required the installation of more than two miles of pipe for sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and water lines. Additionally, the local quarry worked multiple days until midnight to keep up with the demand for base stone for the building pads.

Working six (and sometimes seven) days per week in the mountains of Tennessee during the rainy fall and snowy winter months required the use of multiple light plants during the shortened sunlight hours. Several times during the winter, the crew steadily worked to move measurable amounts of snow as it fell, while continuing to make progress on the site.