Our natural gas division specializes in utility construction, including underground distribution natural gas pipelines. The safety of our workers and the general public is of the utmost importance.
Our work includes the installation of distribution natural gas main lines, distribution lines and service line installations. We perform this work for several natural gas utility companies in the Pacific Northwest, including NW Natural, Avista Utilities and Cascade Natural Gas. We also perform work for homeowners and private businesses.
Loy Clark Construction was one of the first companies to own and operate directional drills in the Portland metro area. Our exceptional performance has earned us a proven track record that speaks for itself within the HDD industry. Loy Clark employs some of the best drillers in the HDD field where there is no substitute for experience.
We specialize in small- to mid-range drills with the capability to bore from 1” to 20” in diameter with single or multiple pipe configurations and lengths of over 1,000 feet. Our crews work in all types of soil conditions, with the capability of drilling solid or fractured formations.
Our underground utility infrastructure teams excel in open cut trench excavation, horizontal directional drilling, pipe missiles (hydraulic-powered “hole hogs”), cable plows, vacuum excavation and chain trenchers. We have the expertise to help you make the right decision and the experience to install your project correctly. We install underground infrastructure for power, natural gas, communication and fiber optic cable.
Our fleet of vacuum excavation trucks and trailers excavate native fill material down to existing utilities which allows the location of conflicting utilities to be verified and can be used by engineers looking to design new utilities around existing infrastructure. We can also perform this work in hard surface locations since many of our units have an on-board core saw. A round section of the existing asphalt or concrete is removed by the core saw. Then saved to be replaced after the work is completed. Our vacuum excavation crews can be hired on a daily, weekly, or long-term basis.
Our large fleet of excavation machines includes Caterpillar 420E rubber-tired backhoes and Caterpillar 304C rubber-tracked mini-excavators. Additionally, both machines are capable of large and small construction projects. We employ highly trained union journeymen equipment operators who all have years of experience in the underground utility construction industry.
We dispatch crews from our online dispatched order system for our larger customers. If your organization has the need for this type of order system, please contact us to find out what we can do for you.
In larger, open, soft-surface spaces, utility conduit and cable can be installed by a trenchless option known as cable plowing. In this method of underground utility construction, a machine cuts a small slot in the surface of the ground and places conduit or cable into that slot as the equipment rolls forward along the lane established for installation. The cable or conduit is placed on a reel mounted at the back of the machine and force-fed into the ground through the plowing process. The slot is then back-filled and compacted, showing very minimal disturbance to the site’s surface. Call us today to discuss how this option can benefit your project.