A Sheetz gas station being built on the northeast corner of North Bridge Street and CC Camp Road is generating a bit of interest from residents who rarely get to see what lies beneath it.
In an impromptu walk through, Dan Glass of Sheetz provided a snapshot of the infrastructure installed beneath the station.
According to Glass, most Sheetz gas stations are built in a similar manner like the one being built in Elkin, with most of the fueling installation underground. Multiple fuel tanks are usually deployed underground where tanks store multiple blends of fuel.
“It’s a work of marvel,” said Glass, who said he notices at times the faces of children who stand outside the fencing to take a look at the work being done.
“The blue plastic you see throughout the entire site have pipes in it. It’s literally how the gas makes its way from the tanks into the pumps,” said Glass.
According to Glass, fuel usually is offloaded from a tanker truck into the tanks through a separate valve, located on the filling station’s perimeter. Three large tanks totalling 52,000 gallons are buried underneath the station. Fuel from the tanks travels to the dispenser pumps through underground pipes all armed with sensors.
“One tank will fill 87 octane. The other will store 92/93 octane. The third will hold a mixture blend of the two,” he said.
“Here’s the fuel lines,” continued Glass. “These are sheer valves. The gas will stop automatically of anything compromises it,” said Glass. “Once we get everything done, we fill these lines up with water to test it out. We get someone to run some nitrogen tests. We have to make sure that no vapors are emitting.
“All you’ll see are manholes. Everything is buried. The black pieces are called fills. That’s where all the fuel goes down,” he said.
According to Glass, the building of a typical Sheetz gas station can take about 16 weeks to compete.
Sheetz is a second home for Glass. He’s been with the company for 13 years often lodging in a local motel and going home on weekends. Glass resides in Pennsylvania. He gives credit not to himself, but to all the workers involved.
“Right now you have about a dozen workers inside the building and another dozen workers outside,” he said. “These workers are all part of the process and work tirelessly to get things done.”
According to Glass, the Elkin station is going to have a full convenience store, and also is going to have a Wells Fargo ATM installed.
Two entrances will lead into the station, one on CC Camp and one from North Bridge Street.
“They’re shooting for an opening in middle of January,” he said.
Sheetz, Inc. is a chain of gas stations/convenience stores owned by the Sheetz family. Its headquarters are in Altoona, Pa. Stores are located in Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
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