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Crews That Rock 2014 Winners


Online Audience Award Winner

Webcor Builders

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.


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

Community Service/Not-for-Profit

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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.

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Commercial/For-Profit Winners / ONLINE AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER

  Hampton Commercial Construction Inc.
Nebraska City Power Plant Silo Footing

The project consisted of a 25' x 25' footing that was to be poured on top of a grid of 18" concrete pilings that were drilled to a depth of 100' to bedrock below, with reinforcing cages made of #6 rebar. The pilings were installed with extreme caution due to the large number of overhead high voltage lines and conduits that seemed to be going every which way. Everyone was very concerned with this phase and continued to closely monitor this operation. Everything went very well and at this point, we were able to start the excavation of our footing, which was excavated to a depth of 48". In this same adjacent location was a 115' tall silo on one side and a bank of high voltage electrical switch gear on the other. After excavating the footing, a limestone rock base was installed to create a safe/timing saving surface for our team of rebar iron workers to install the steel reinforcing, which consisted of two mats constructed with #8 bar tied on 6" centers. We installed the wooden template by supporting it from underneath the three steel I-beams that spanned the excavated footing.

We then installed the 42 individual anchor bolts, which weighed 241 pounds each. After threading nuts above and below the template to firmly secure the bolts to the template and with a few minor adjustments to the I-beams, everything fit together very well. The contractor had their surveyors come to verify our anchor bolt locations and elevations, which we were once again within the tolerances. We used a Putzmeister Telebelt to place the concrete, which consisted of approximately 100 yards. We used two concrete vibrators as we poured to eliminate any air pockets around the steel or bolts. The only problem that occurred was keeping the anchor bolts plumb. So once the problem was identified, we started to place the concrete in at 12" lifts around the bolts nad had a couple of carpenters follow with levels to plumb the bolts. The pour overall went very well. The tank erectors were very happy when the sections fell into place and they could start welding the sections together. After the sections were welded together they could start constructing the 100' tank.

Our crew at Hampton did an excellent job of construction, reinforcement placement, layout, placing, planning, checking and double checking of steel and anchor belts, all the while maintaining a strict code for safety. That is why I am very proud to work with these men, which makes them the backbone of this company. This crew is definitely a crew that 'rocks.'

Commercial/For-Profit Winners / EXPERTS' CHOICE AWARD WINNER



PULLMAN/Shared Systems Technology, Inc.
10 Light Street Facade Restoration

The Ten Light Street building is an immense 37-story, 360,000-square-foot structure that was constructed in 1929 and is considered the first skyscraper in Baltimore. The Art-Deco style building is decorated with carved limestone statues of humans, falcons, and lions. The wall system consists of multiple wythes of brick backed by terra cotta wythe, which encase the structural steel framing. The limestone accent pieces are either full wall depth or occupy a single brick wythe with the terra cotta back up.

Beginning with early investigation and planning work in the winter of 2011, the PULLMAN crew worked continuously through record heat in summer 2011, a 5.8-magnitude earthquake, Hurricane Irene 5 days later, and various snowfall events typical of the Northeast. The successful project was completed in April 2012 with over 33,000 incident-free man hours worked. PULLMAN's repair scope consisted of stabilizing the building's exterior while integrating modern safety measures to complete the high-rise restoration in an Urban Metro Area (downtown Baltimore). The three major scope categories were limestone resetting and repairs, brick masonry repairs and marble replacement and repairs.

By the numbers, our crew:
Repointed 59,000 linear feet of limestone joints (over 11 miles!)

Replaced over 500 pieces of custom fabricated marble

Installed over 16,000 helical wall anchors up to 16 inches long

Reset 20 pieces of large limestone up to 200 pounds each

Rebuilt over 5,000 square feet of brick masonry

Safely restored the ferociousness of 4 limestone lions

Repaired the beak of a carved 2,000 lb. limestone falcon


Community Service/Not-for-Profit Winners / 

Giving Back to Those Who Have Served (Veterans for Veterans)

While learning to create hardscapes out of concrete, in a StoneMakers training session, some vets along with the some additional contractors and the StoneMakers crew had the opportunity to give back to a disabled vet. Mark lost his leg after been hit by an IUD in Iraq. He is now home with his wife and young daughter in Epsom, NH and is teaching and coaching. StoneMakers had heard his story and wanted to say “Thank You” for what this family sacrificed for our country. Plans were made with his wife, Katie, and she arranged for the family to be away on vacation for 3 days, during that time this group recreated his back yard.

The couple had purchased a foreclosure and the yard needed some work. After clearing the yard the crew created a totally new yard complete with wall, patio, water feature, outdoor kitchen, bridge, fire pit, log effect bench and all of the supporting landscape and electrical.

The walls were stacked and built in about one hour with no forms. They were cut and sculpted. The patio was built without forms and the control joints are the lines that create the look of the individual rocks so there is no control joint running across the patio and taking away from a more natural look. Texture molds helped to create realism. The bridge was made to look like railroad ties with the use of a wood stamp. A cage was formed to create the waterfall. Concrete panels were attached to the frame and the seams were filled in. The crew paid great attention to detail in texturing and coloring to get the most natural look possible even sanding off some of the color so the new “rock” would have a tumbled look.

This combined learning and giving experience showed us not only that you can get a great yard done from start to finish in just 3 days, but it showed us how people who have never worked together before can come together and create something wonderful especially when motivated by a great cause. The family received a completely renovated back yard as a result of the generosity of the crew and local vendors that donated either labor or materials.

The smiles on the family’s faces were a tribute to what this crew accomplished.  

Community Service/Not-for-Profit Winners / EXPERTS' CHOICE AWARD WINNER

  Chasco Constructors
The Play for All Abilities Park

The Play for All Abilities Park was five years in the making and has truly been a communitywide effort. In 2006, the city of Round Rock was approached by Round Rock citizens Kenneth and Dennis Seymore to consider applying for a Boundless Playground Outdoor Grant. Although the city was not awarded the grant, the City Council realized there was a great need for a universally accessible park and added the project as a high priority project in the Parks Master Plan.

Two years later, the city was approached by Marge Tripp and Sunrise Rotary organization about installing an adaptive swing for children with autism. While the city agreed there was a need for areas for children with autism to play, the city remembered the need expressed during the boundless playground grant application process. With these two requests in mind, the city began development of a park plan that would provide all children, regardless of ability, with an opportunity to play and develop skills in a fun, outdoor environment. From there, the project grew to become a communitywide effort. Members of local civic clubs joined forces and formed the Play for All committee and a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation (Play for All Foundation). The committee met regularly to fund raise and spread awareness throughout Central Texas.

The design for the park also became a community-wide effort. City staff included professionals and parents familiar with working with children with special needs in the design process. A Design Task Force of 30-plus people was formed, which included several parents of children with special needs along with professionals from different disciplines in medical, educational, and design fields. As a result of their input, the city was able to fine tune the design to ensure the diverse needs of all children.

CHASCO was approached by the city of Round Rock and we were asked if we could contribute in-kind donations. We are a local contractor and have been in business for more than 30 years in the Central Texas area. We specialize in horizontal and vertical concrete work, earthwork and underground utilities. We donated all the labor and materials for the concrete, earthwork and underground utilities. We have 18 concrete crews and for this project. Juan Yanez, a 21-year employee at CHASCO, and his crew prepped and poured all of the concrete for the Play For All Abilities Park. The mission of the park is to provide a safe, fun place to play and develop new skills for children of all abilities in Round Rock and surrounding areas. The Play for All Abilities Park will serve the more than 100,000 children of Williamson County with an estimated 7,945 children with a disability.

This large gated park will include a variety of play opportunities designed to stimulate and encourage the development of several skill sets, such as gross and fine motor skills, social interaction, sense of discovery, creativity and strengthening exercises.




  Southwest Tech Bricklaying & Masonry

Don Borchert, the Southwest Tech Bricklaying & Masonry program instructor, submitted an entry for his crew, which recently donated time to the Grant Regional Health Center Foundation by laying and sealing engraved bricks within the hospital’s Memory Walk.  The Memory Walk was designed to form a sidewalk and patio area surrounding the Healing Garden, an outdoor space for patients, family, and friends to reflect, relax, and enjoy a quiet conversation.  The Memory Walk was also created to provide a tribute to someone through the purchase of an engraved brick or paver.  The proceeds are used to provide scholarship support for nursing students and professional development training for current nurses.  To date, approximately 300 bricks have been sold and over $30,000 has been raised.

Mr. Borchert’s crew routinely performs community service projects similar to this in our district comprising of five counties in Southwest Wisconsin.  It gives them the opportunity to learn about teamwork, problem solving, and the importance of community service.  These projects are perfect examples of how the masonry trade can provide a very special gift.  The Memory Walk project taught my crew that this is not just a brick sidewalk.  Every brick in the Memory Walk tells a story and represents an individual.  Mr. Borchert’s crew was able to meet the families that purchased engraved bricks and the hospital staff who cared for the individuals memorialized by the bricks.

Mr. Borchert’s crew completed a masonry paver project and learned the masonry trade means so much more than a nice sidewalk.
“Special thanks go to Southwest Tech for completing the second phase of this project. The class has culminated their technical program by providing community service work and laying the bricks and pavers that form this walkway,” said Sandy Leibfried, Grant Regional Health Center Foundation Director.  

  Stark Excavating Inc.

Stark Excavating Inc. has nominated their “CCFL” - Concrete Crew for Life. This team name came about after a merger of companies. Mark Aberle of Stark Excavating says he was trying to blend both companies, crews, loyalties, personalities and pouring techniques and finishing methods. The crews had triple the workload and no time to take sides.  At the end of the road was a group of men who saw guys come and go and the best were left standing. The Stark Concrete Crew led by Chris Ryan cover the central Illinois region in a wide variety of work from paving, building, bridges, vertical and decorative concrete for both public and private sectors. The workload has been action-packed with a variety of projects and challenges, which has helped the group grow to a be one crew.

On Nov. 12, 2011, the CCFL completed the last pour for the Kirby Hospital Medical Center and Carle Clinic located in Monticello, Il. They poured 731 SY with 486 LF of monolithic curb to complete the main entrance to the clinic and the rear drive to the main generator.  Even though the weather conditions were extremely windy, the crew was done by 3:30 p.m.  After the crew stripped, sawed and cleaned up, they were happy to report that there was not a broken stake on the job. According to HUD, it is anticipated that The Kirby Medical Center Construction Project had a tremendous impact on the community. The hospital employs 250 people and generated $10 million in wages and salaries combined.  A combination of new construction jobs, new employment and secondary impact spending in local business was a great stimulus for the local economy.

In the crew photo, top row, from left, are Chad Boatright, Sam Wallace, Chad Eaton, Edwin Jones, Mark Aberle, Paul Myerscough, Josh Baird, Steve Baird and Adam Weaver. Kneeling, from left, are Ryan Rummell, Al Rollins, Landon Jones, Jeromy Ramm, Alberto Enriquez, Caleb Tovey and Derek Weaver. The photo was taken by Redi-Mix driver Steve Johnson.  

   Impressions Concrete

Due to the dedication of Impressions Concrete’s crew, the company grew its business despite the recession and six weeks of record-setting rainy weather. What made this year unique were the positive impressions left in the community.

Impressions Concrete recently helped three families who were scammed by a con artist out of thousands of dollars and then walked away from their projects.  Impressions Concrete helped these victims by completing their projects at a discounted rate and helped them to file reports with the police to pursue criminal charges for fraud.  In addition, Impressions Concrete has helped connect others who have been scammed by the same company. This story was featured on the local news with the owner of Impressions Concrete, Earl Spinks, speaking about how his crew assisted those who have been cheated.

Fraudsters undermine confidence in products and tarnish the good name of concrete contractors in every community.  The crew at Impressions Concrete believes that it is important for contractors to give back to their neighbors and show that fraud and theft will not be tolerated in our communities. For the crew's dedication, the company was a finalist for its local Better Business Bureau Awards.
The whole team at Impressions Concrete is dedicated to improving the image of good contractors in Ottawa, Canada, helping those who have been victims of fraud and helping the police bring a known criminal to justice.

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