Chattanooga Engineers Club

CEC Tour - Southern Spear & Ironworks

  • 29 Jun 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • 55 WORKMAN RD. Chattanooga, TN 37410

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CEC Tour Southern Spear & Ironworks 

This will be our first face to face event since March!

Monday, June 29, 12:00 pm is start time for Group 1, and 12:30 pm will be start time for Group 2.

Please note face masks, long pants, close toe shoes required for the tour!

This will be a joint event with Associated General Contractors (AGC) of East Tennessee.

About the company and our tour:

Sean Compton, President/CEO/Founder, started the company out of his own home in 2016.  With a passion in construction, he wanted to build the most trusted steel contractor business in the south.  Today, with 100 employees, the company have projects from Chattanooga to Antarctica.

It was the McMurdo Station, Antarctica project that caught our attention.  

The station serves as a logistical hub for scientific research on the world's southernmost continent. McMurdo hosts a wide-range of scientific activities including climate research, astrophysics, geology, ocean study and more. It has allowed scientists to research areas previously unexplored and is the biggest community on the continent. The facility houses about 1,100 people during the busy summer months. The station's footprint grew as scientific progress allowed for more research, and expanded to a 164-acre site that houses more than 100 structures. The 100-plus structures will be consolidated to six primary structures and will ensure the long-term sustainability of the U.S. Antarctic program, this is according to information from the National Science Foundation.

The main challenge for this project is logistics. Dozens of full tractor trailers were shipped to California, placed on a ship and sent to the station. Work teams traveled to the site a couple times a year for several weeks — and up to several months — at a time to do the work. Their portion of the project was to build all the air-tight structures. Other contractors then came in for lighting, HVAC and to finish the facility. The entire project was being overseen by Parsons.  Southern Spear was hired as the shell contractor.

Sean Compton will relive this project with us, as well as other projects.

Sean has 20 years of construction experience.  He played football at Florida State and earn a BS in Realestate Finance.  He received his MS in Construction Management from University of Florida.

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