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.
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.
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:
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.
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.