Crews That Rock 2014 Winners
Thank you to everyone who submitted entries for the Crews That Rock 2014 contest, sponsored by BASF! We were inspired by the projects, teamwork and commitment from the crews of the concrete construction and masonry industries.
CONGRATULATIONS to the Crews That Rock 2014 winners! We look forward to celebrating with them at World of Concrete 2014.
Online Audience Award Winner
Guam Naval Hospital Replacement
The Guam Naval Hospital Replacement Project was the first project for the Webcor component of the Joint Venture. It is an ambitious undertaking, technically and logistically. Webcor Concrete performed the structural and architectural concrete work for the main structures as its responsibility within the J.V. Webcor Concrete takes particular pride in the team, which was created during the performance of this work utilizing construction trade workers from the local work force. It was a process of getting to know one another on a very challenging job. To emphasize this, there is a note at the beginning of the project drawings, which, in part, states, "This project includes an extensive amount of cast-in-place architectural concrete at the building exterior and interior." It goes on to state, "A high degree of craftsmanship in formwork construction is required." This was a warning to potential bidders of this job and to the team who constructed it of what would be required of this team. Every worker and manager became a better craftsperson and supervisor in the process of executing the concrete formwork, placement and finishing required for the Guam Naval Hospital. We grew as a team and we grew as individuals. This is a success for the Guam Community and a valuable experience for each and every worker and supervisor who took part.
Experts' Choice Award Winner
JT Wimsatt Contracting Company, Inc.
UCSD SIO NIST MESOM Laboratory
The UCSD SIO NIST Marine Ecosystem Sensing, Observation and Modeling Laboratory is a building for research and education in marine ecosystems, climate variability and change and marine ecosystem forecasting. The structure facilitates the coordination of interrelated marine ecosystem research in various disciplines in one centralized location.
JT Wimsatt's crew of 30 worked on the structural concrete portion of this project. We used regionally sourced Type III concrete in the walls and elevated decks, most of which remains exposed on the interior and exterior of the building. The building's structure is exposed architectural cast-in-place concrete shear walls, elevated slabs with slab on grade and a system of spread footings. This three-story, 40,000-square-foot laboratory opened in June 2013.
Safety played a huge role with very limited space, having to use a mobile crane around the site to access different areas. It was imperative that the crew and the other subs knew exactly when and where the equipment was moving within any given day. Pre-tasks and JHAs helped keep everyone aware and a full-time safety manager made sure everything was in order on every phase.
The MESOM Laboratory is currently tracking to meet LEED Platinum with strategies that include:
- Natural ventilation and passive heating for all offices and work space
- Regionally sourced materials for the exposed concrete structure
- Exposed concrete structure to provide thermal mass
- Carefully analyzed and reduced air flows in the laboratories
- Water efficient landscaping focused on restoring native coastal plant species
- Use of FSC certified wood at exterior siding and shade screens
- Use of high solar reflectance index roofing materials
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Online Audience Award Winner
Denes Concrete Inc.
LCJVS World Trade Center Memorial
The Lorain County Joint Vocational School is a trade school located in our community. They acquired a 7-foot section of I-beam from the World Trade Center. The LCJVS asked local contractors to donate time and material for the construction of their World Trade Center Memorial. Denes Concrete worked side by side with the students in the masonry program to design, construct, form and pour the octagon pyramid where the beam is erected as well as pour, color and stamp the concrete sidewalks. In addition, Denes Concrete worked with the electrical and masonry students to install ground lighting throughout the poured concrete and install the brick walkway area surrounding the memorial.
We were recognized at the memorial reveal on September 22, 2013 and presented with an appreciation plaque. There was an article published in a local magazine crediting local businesses for their donations but the rewarding part of donating time and material to this particular project was working directly with the students of the LCJVS. Some employees had attended and graduated from the LCJVS and they were able to work next to young men and women looking to enter into the very same field they work in daily. Denes Concrete is a family owned business incorporated in the state of Ohio in 2013. Primarily an excavation and flatwork company, Denes Concrete employs a crew of 30 men and women who are consistently involved in the community. We have worked on several charitable and for-profit projects within our town and surrounding areas, such as a World War II Memorial, Community Curb Ramp Program and Village Sidewalk Project just to name a few.
Selected employees visit the World of Concrete annually and spend a few days in Las Vegas celebrating a year of hard work. These men and woman are all hard-working individuals who have been loyal to our company. They deserve to be recognized for their commitment to their boss, their community and their families.
Experts' Choice Award Winner
Gerace Construction Company, Inc.
Midland County Veterans' Memorial
The Midland County Veterans' Memorial Committee was tasked with removing the historic WWII bronze memorial and placing it on new granite substrate. In addition, bronze plaques were to be commissioned commemorating the fallen from WWI, Korea, Vietnam and the Global War on Terror and be mounted adjacent to the WWII bronze on the new granite substrate. Gerace Construction generously donated the necessary craftsmen, formwork and accessories required to form, pour and finish the 3.5-foot-deep x 10-foot-wide x 49-foot-long reinforced concrete foundation for the memorial as well as the 6-inch-deep x 20-foot-wide x 49-foot-long reinforced concrete slab-on-grade under the fundraising paver bricks. Gerace's craftsmen also formed and poured epoxy grout under the granite base and ledger stones supporting the granite panels that were to display the bronze plaques and WWII memorial. Gerace's superintendent went "above and beyond" to coordinate and integrate the activities of the other volunteer contractors and consultants regardless whether it involved Gerace's work or not. Gerace's crew diligently completed their work and turned the site over to subsequent contractors on schedule. The Veterans' Memorial project team commenced work at this site July 29, 2013; dedication ceremonies for the completed memorial were held November 1, 2013. Gerace Construction's craftsmanship and professionalism made this high-profile, public project look easy. They contributed to a legacy that is intended to span the coming generations.
WINNERS WILL GET:
There will be 2 winners in each category:
Audience Award – Popular vote via online voting.
Experts’ Choice – A panel of industry professionals will select this winner.
WINNERS’ RECEPTION: All 4 winning projects will be honored at WOC 2014 on Wednesday, January 22, from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the CCLive Booth.
Winners will meet TV hosts Dean & Derek, members of the CTR’s exclusive sponsor BASF, and WOC Show Management, along with members of the industry press.
THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER IN EACH CATEGORY WILL RECEIVE:
- Up to $1,500 airline credit to fly your crew to WOC 2014 (flights to be booked through WOC Housing; details will be provided to winners).
- NEW this year, $500 American Express gift card awarded to each winning crew.
- Each winning crew receives 3 complimentary rooms in an official WOC hotel during WOC 2014 for your crew (based on double occupancy – maximum of 6 individuals; 9 nights total).
- 2 FREE seminars per person (90-minute or 3-hour).
- A bag of FREE WOC “swag” from WOC Show Management & BASF.
- Projects completed between 1/1/13 and 11/8/13 are eligible.
- Deadline for submissions is 11/8/13.
- This contest is not open to manufacturers promoting a brand or product.
- Any photos submitted will be posted online on the WOC website and become the property of World of Concrete.
- Entry forms and photos must be submitted via email to email@example.com.
- Each entry must contain a description of the completed project and should be between 250-500 words. WOC reserves the right to edit for content and space purposes.
- Finalists will be determined based on entries received. Each entry must have a minimum of two photos in jpeg or gif format.
- Please do not include work-in-progress shots as these will not be used for judging. We want to see one photo of your crew and one of the completed project. (Both images should be high resolution 300 dpi for reproduction.)
- There will be no jobsite visits. Judging will be based solely on submitted entries.
- Online voting will begin on 11/22/13 and end on 12/13/13 to determine winners.
- Winners will be notified via telephone by 12/16/13 and confirmed via email.
- Flights must be booked by 12/20/13 via World of Concrete Housing
- Entry requirements and guidelines subject to change without notice.
- Projects submitted for CTR 2013 are not eligible for CTR 2014.