A fleet of Volvo equipment is helping prepare the 288 acres site for the new Pinewood Studios in Georgia, U.S.
Whether it is a seabed adventure, a post-apocalyptic city or aliens invading from outer space, the magic of movies wouldn’t happen without the support of a huge studio infrastructure of stages, sets and enclosed water tanks. With filmgoers flocking to cinemas around the world, investment is flowing back into the movie industry. One of the biggest film companies, British firm Pinewood Studios – producers of the iconic James Bond and Superman blockbusters – is building a 288 acre studio in Georgia, just south of Atlanta in Fayetteville.
When completed, Pinewood Atlanta Studios will be a full service film and entertainment studio complex comprised of five giant sound stages. The project will become a world-class studio for the production of film, television, music and video games. The construction process began in summer 2013 and the first phase is due to open later this year.
Pinewood Studios commissioned general contractor Brent Scarbrough & Company to undertake much of the site preparation work on the project. Brent Scarbrough founded his eponymous company in 1985 – while still in his junior year of college at Southern Polytechnic State University. In the intervening three decades the company has graduated into new specialisms and its ambitions show no sign of slowing
Before any new work could begin existing buildings needed to be demolished and a considerable amount of earth moved. To tackle these jobs Brent Scarbrough & Company used three different types of Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) machines, including a fleet of L70G-Series and L70 E-Series wheel loaders, an EC480DL excavator and A40F-Series, A25D-Series and A40E-Series articulated haulers.
“The Volvo wheel loaders are bulletproof,” says Glenn Nasworthy, equipment manager at Brent Scarbrough & Company. “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 L70G-Series machines is a testament to how we feel about these machines.”
The Volvo wheel loader features a comfortable cab, allowing the operator to focus on the job and work confidently. Outstanding lift capacities both in height and reach expand the capabilities of the machines and an extensive range of attachments turn this powerful machine into an adaptable tool carrier.
With various phases of construction underway, Scarborough & Company had to work within the confines and schedule of the project. As walls were going up, excavators and trucks continued the demolition and grading work.
“We think Volvo’s articulated haulers are the best on the market,” says Nasworthy. “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.”