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Steve P. Rados, Inc. Teams Up with Myers & Sons on I-215 Barton Road Interchange Reconstruction Project








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Above: Stage 1 existing bridge demolition performed by subcontractor, National Demolition Contractors.


oint Venture partners, Steve P. Rados, Inc. and Myers & Sons have been working together since February 2015 to provide construction management services to Caltrans District 8 on the I-215 Barton Road Interchange Reconstruction Project. This particular project makes use of an alternative contracting process referred to as the Construction Manager / General Contractor (CMGC) project delivery method. CMGC is a unique method used to accelerate project delivery and allows a project owner the opportunity to engage a construction manager during the design process. This construction manager is generally chosen based on their


overall qualifications and bestvalue basis. During the CMGC process, the Myers-Rados joint venture reviewed the design process with Caltrans officials. This included but was not limited to constructability reviews, phasing, construction cost estimates, project scheduling, and final estimate negotiations for construction of the I-215 Barton Road Interchange Project. When the design process is 60 to 90 percent complete, the owner and construction manager will work together to negotiate a ‘guaranteed maximum price’, based on the defined scope and schedule. Once a price is agreed to, both parties then execute a contract for construction services and the construction

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manager becomes the general contractor. The benefits of the CMGC process are said to be many and include better innovation, improved design and cost control, as well as the opportunity to optimize the overall schedule and mitigate risk. Barton Road is the sole interchange directly serving as the gateway to the City of Grand Terrace, and it is currently a two-lane road from La Cadena Drive in Colton that continues as Brookside Avenue through Loma Linda and Redlands. Construction for the Interstate 215 Barton Road Interchange Project was deemed necessary to improve traffic conditions, increase capacity and provide


Above Left: 1,000 cubic yard Stem and soffit pour on new Barton Road bridge overpass at I-215 Freeway in Grand Terrace. Above Right: Concrete placement on retaining wall 73 adjacent to Southbound on-ramp.

congestion relief at Barton Road and I-215. The project is being funded with both federal and local funds with an estimated cost of $47.5 million. Project features include widening Barton Road from west of Grand Terrace Road to east of Vivienda Avenue, and the addition of the first ever roundabout for Caltrans in San Bernardino County, District 8. This new roundabout is located west of the bridge at the southbound on-and off-ramps. It will transition Michigan Street into a cul-de-sac, and connect Vivienda Avenue to Commerce Way. La Crosse Avenue will also be realigned, and of course, the new bridge is being lengthened to accommodate future freeway

improvements. The project also includes improvements to city sidewalks, added bike lanes on Barton Road, and the upgrading of signal lights and signage. One of the more challenging and interesting facets of this project is the raising of the Barton Road over-crossing by five to 7 feet to accommodate current vertical standard requirements. It will also be widened to five lanes, to include two through lanes in each direction plus one lane that provides access to both the I-215 northbound and southbound directions. The I-215 freeway will also be cold-planed and overlaid to widen the area adjacent to Barton Road. Additionally, new retaining and sound walls are

being constructed along the I-215, while also installing new drainage systems and alterations to an existing concrete channel. Subcontractor, Marina Landscape, will be installing extensive landscaping along the I-215, bridge, roundabout and adjacent ramps and roadways. Other subcontractors include National Demolition Contractors, who is performing the demolition of the existing bridge, and Integrity Rebar Placers is taking care of all of the extensive rebar requirements throughout the job. Blue Iron, Inc. did all of the CIDH piles for the sound walls and soldier pile wall, while Crown Fence provided the fence and guardrail needs. Additionally, Calmex Engineering, Inc. performed

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Above: Installing 18" HDPE at drainage system 6. Inset: Installing 18" HDPE at drainage system 16.

the asphalt paving on the city streets, while Griffith Company constructed the curb, gutter, sidewalks and driveways and Ferreira installed the electrical for lighting and signals. The Stormwater Polution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) was developed by Inland Engineering. Josh Dybala, from Steve P. Rados, is the project manager overseeing the I-215 Barton Road Interchange Reconstruction Project for the Myers/Rados Joint Venture team. “The construction phase of this job started in January 2018 and is expected to be completed in April 2020,” says Dybala. “This is a five-stage project that started out with a focus on designing and implementing a solution that would allow traffic to continue to use the existing bridge throughout the construction process.” Dybala 8

points out that the existing bridge demo was handled in two phases where half the bridge was demolished, leaving one lane each direction open for traffic. “We essentially cut the bridge in half over the freeway, and began building one-half of the new bridge, while motorists continued to utilize the remaining lanes of the old bridge,” says Dybala. “At this point, we also performed a lot of the street work, including portions of the on and off ramps, which required grading and excavating for electrical and other underground utilities. Dybala says that once the work on the first half of the bridge is complete, they will move traffic to the newly constructed portion and then commence demolition of the second half of the old bridge and repeat the same process. “When both

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segments are complete, we will do a closure pour to mend both halves together and then open the entire bridge to traffic,” says Dybala. “The old bridge did not meet Caltrans height specifications, and that is why we were required to raise it by five to 7 feet, which probably looked pretty peculiar to some of the pedestrians and motorists watching our progress daily.” According to Dybala, much of the work had to be completed during nighttime closures due to the potential impact to the traffic below. This included the demo of the first half of the bridge this past February, as well as during falsework construction and some of the concrete pours. This Myers-Rados, Joint Venture project, has also called for the exporting and relocation of thousands of yards of dirt. [ Continued on page 10 ]


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“The earthwork on this project has amounted to around 160,000 yards of export and another 60,000 yards of dirt being relocated on-site,” says Dybala. “All of the earthwork, structural and concrete pouring and paving is being performed by the Myers-Rados Joint Venture, and we are also doing the work to relocate the waterline, power and telecommunication lines that ran through the old bridge. We subbed out the installation of the new water casing and other underground utilities to Merlin Johnson.” Dybala says that the existing electrical system was previously run on overhead power poles, but will soon be installed within the new bridge structure and then placed in underground conduit from there on out to the approaches, roundabout and beyond.


Before this job is complete in April 2020, the Myers-Rados Joint Venture will have poured approximately 17,700 yards of concrete. “We have finished pouring six of the eight retaining walls, all of the columns for stage one, as well as the footings and abutments. We are scheduled to perform the stem and soffit pour Aug. 30, which will be around 1,000-yards,” says Dybala. “Additionally, we will be placing six sound walls and one soldier pile wall, and will make two deck pours that will require around 1,100 yards of concrete.” Dybala points out that all of the city streets will be paved with asphalt, with all of the ramps and roundabouts being constructed with concrete. “We have poured more than 1,400 yards of JPCP (Jointed Plain Concrete Pavement) so far, and by jobs end, we will place

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around 6,500 yards total,” says Dybala. “We have also poured around 3,000 yards of structural concrete with another 4,000 yards to be poured for the columns and bridge deck before we are done." Dybala says that most of the larger pours are being done at night due to the heat or access challanges. “We will do one column at a time, and they are around 20-yard pours each, with the retaining walls varying from a 50 to 300-yard per pours depending whether we are doing the footings or the wall stems. The soldier pile wall will require an additional 50 to 80 yards per pour with 5 more sections to complete.” According to Dybala, staging and managing the motorist and pedestrian traffic has been an ongoing challenge. “We are coordinating with several [ Continued on page 12 ]

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subcontractors, local city officials, schools, managing traffic and working around a lot of existing utilities. All of this presents a challenge, but safety is always our number one concern. Nothing comes before the safety of the public and our hard-working crews,” says Dybala. “We have four carpenter crews, each made up of a foreman and four carpenters. We also have laborer and operator crews working at all times on pours, excavations, and other tasks like moving thousands of yards of dirt. The general rule of thumb is that every crew has a foreman with three to five craft workers. This includes our 12

operator foreman, with one crew taking the responsibility of exporting and moving the heavy dirt and the other focusing on the underground utility excavation and backfill work.” Dybala also points out that because the new bridge is five to 7 feet higher than the existing bridge, the use of a lot of unique shoring and staging has been necessary. “We are utilizing shoring longitudinally on each end of the bridge to help shore-up the new roadway and slope areas,” says Dybala. This has been and will continue to be a challenging project, and we like it that way. We have the best in the business working on this project, and it is important that we thank and recognize the

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Myers-Rados crew members and all of our great subcontractors. We also want to thank and recognize all of the stakeholders involved like Caltrans, the City of Grand Terrace and adjacent cities, as well as San Bernardino County Emergency Services and everyone we have worked with at the San Bernardino County local agencies. I look forward to working together with everyone on this project for another 18 months or so at which time we can stand back and admire a job well done.” For more information on Steve P. Rados, inc., please visit their website at or on LinkedIn at Steve P. Rados, Inc. Cc

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Completes Clinton Keith Extension Project Bringing Relief to Murrieta Residents and Businesses By Brian Hoover


iverside County and City of Murrieta officials celebrated the completion of the Clinton Keith Extension Project with a ribboncutting ceremony July 27. The Clinton Keith Road Extension Project began in spring 2016 and was completed in July 2018, bringing much-needed relief to residents and businesses located around Clinton Keith Road, the 1-15, I-215 and Winchester Road areas. The newly extended Clinton Keith Road will now provide motorists better access to the 14

freeway systems without having to utilize alternate routes like Los Alamos Road, Murrieta Hot Springs or Scott Road. The area of Clinton Keith, stretching from Whitewood Road to a housing project near Leon Road in French Valley, is a new roadway consisting of three lanes in each direction, easing congestion for around 50,000 cars travelling each day on Murrieta Hot Springs Road alone. The new section of the roadway does not yet connect to Winchester Road (SR-79), but the final phase will reportedly join

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Clinton Keith to both Winchester and Benton Roads. Sukut Construction, a Heavy Civil Engineering General Contractor, was awarded the Clinton Keith Extension contract from the county of Riverside in cooperation with the City of Murrieta. Funding was made possible from a variety of sources, including Riverside County Transportation Commission (Measure A – Discretionary) TUMF, The Western Riverside Council of Governments, Southwest Area Road and Bridge

Benefit District, The Clinton Keith Road Community Facility District and the Eastern Municipal Water District. The Clinton Keith Extension Project was made up of two phases, specifically Phase 2, which was just over $23.4 million and Phase 4, which was bid on after Phase 2 began at around $5 million. Steve Gonzalez was the project manager in charge for Sukut Construction. “We started the first phase (Phase 2) before bidding on the second phase (Phase 4), and then ended up

building both phases concurrently,” says Gonzalez. “When we first arrived on-site, we were dealing with a good deal of open land space. There was a lot of earth to be moved before anything else could be done.” The first phase of this project

Main Picture Above Left: Overall view of the roadway grading and wildlife overcrossing. Top Left: Setting the precast arches of the wildlife overcrossing. Above Top: Setting the MSE wall panels for the wildlife overcrossing. Above Middle: The wildlife overcrossing with complete MSE wall system. Directly Above: Blasting hard rock.

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Left: Placing concrete for the soffit and stem walls of stage 1 of Warm Springs Creek bridge. Below Left: Installing the MSE wall panels for the wildlife overcrossing with Warm Springs bridge in the background. Below Right: Stage 1 of Warm Springs bridge complete.

(Phase 2) included construction of Clinton Keith Road from Whitewood Road to Trois Valley Street. This phase included the construction of four lanes, a median, two bridge structures, and traffic signals at Menifee Road and Trois Valley Street. The second phase (Phase 4) of the project completed the final two lanes, median, and sidewalk to provide a full six lanes from Whitewood Road to Leon Road. Now that construction is complete, motorists have access from I-215 to SR-79 via Leon Road and Max Gillis Boulevard along Clinton Keith Road. The final phase, to be scheduled sometime in the future, will seamlessly extend six lanes of Clinton Keith Road from Leon 16

Road to SR-79. According to reports, it is projected that when the final phase is complete, it will allow for as many as 35,000 vehicles travelling each day to directly access the nearby freeway systems from I-215 to SR-79. Sukut started in the spring of 2016 with the mass grading activities that, according to Gonzalez, were a bit more involved than first anticipated. Sukut welcomed these challenges and successfully managed the newly presented conditions. “We knew that there were a lot of hills and cuts and fills to be addressed, but we ended up getting into more hard rock than was initially expected,” says Gonzalez.

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“The contract originally called for the export of all of the cut material. After working closely with the County of Riverside, the decision was made to do away with the export process and use all of the material on-site.” All drilling and blasting activities were subcontracted out. “We were moving dirt with ten of our Cat 651 scrapers and began ripping with our Cat D10 dozer and then moving up to our Cat D11 after that. When the heavy machinery could no longer rip the stubborn rock material, we brought in a subcontractor to do a series of nine drill and blasts at various locations throughout the site,” says Gonzalez. “After blasting, we came back in with [ Continued on page 18 ]



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Left: Drilling the 90" CIDHs for Warm Springs Creek bridge. Below Left: Double 36" RCP storm drain. Below Right: Backfilling the MSE wall system for the wildlife overcrossing.

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our Cat dozers. We moved around 310,000 cubic yards of dirt and 190,000 cubic yards of rock into the expanded fill areas.” Gonzalez says that they also used Cat 345 excavators with 10,000-pound hydraulic hammers to break up some of bigger material. Cat 773 rock trucks, loaded with with excavators and wheel loaders, were used to transport extracted material to the fill sites.” With a help of a subcontractor, Sukut Construction was also responsible for constructing two bridges and two retaining walls on the Clinton Keith Extension Project. According to Gonzalez, one of the retaining walls was 415 feet long and 25 feet tall, 18

while the other was 302 feet long and 13 feet high. “The retaining walls were constructed with around 1,500 cubic yards of poured-in-place colored concrete, while the cast-in-place bridge called for around 5,000 cubic yards of concrete,” says Gonzalez. According to Gonzalez, the 132-foot cast-in-place bridge was constructed over a creek bed. The bridge also required around 1.2 million tons of rebar. “Because it was over 105 feet wide, the bridge was required to be constructed in two stages per Caltrans’ design requirements,” says Gonzalez. “We also faced limited access under the bridge as the creek area was designated as an environmentally sensitive area. Once the first stage of the

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bridge was complete, we started assembling the falsework for the second stage. Everything had to be assembled and poured from the top at this point with minimal access below.” Gonzalez points out that the abutment required 24” cast-in-drilled hole piles (CIDH), and they installed eight 90” CIDH piles into solid rock for the supporting bridge columns. Each column was drilled down an average of 50 feet. Another precast bridge was constructed by Sukut Construction to serve as a wildlife overcrossing. “We constructed a double arch bridge made out of twin-leaf precast arches. Each arch section was installed using two 200-ton cranes,” says Gonzalez. “We built up the sides with a precast

Above: Overall view of the complete roadway and the wildlife overcrossing. Left: The completed Warm Springs Creek bridge.

mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) wall system, and when the arches were in place, we backfilled with lightweight cellular concrete. Because we utilized mostly precast concrete sections, we ended up using only around 1,500 cubic yards of poured-in-place concrete on this bridge.” In addition to the extensive grading, blasting and bridge construction, Sukut Construction was also responsible for paving around a mile and a half of roadway. “We brought in around 25,000 cubic yards of Class II base between the two phases of road construction,” says Gonzalez. “After we placed and compacted the base material, our subcontractor, placed

approximately 30,000 tons of asphalt to pave the three lanes in each direction of the two phases. When the paving was complete, another one of our subcontractors placed the finishing touches with striping and signage.” Sukut Construction completed the Clinton Keith Extension Project on time and accident-free. “This job had its challenges, but overall was fairly straightforward and without too many complications. The reason it went so smoothly is directly attributed to the great agencies and subcontractors we had the pleasure to work with,” says Gonzalez. “I want to thank everyone for a job well done, including our job site

superintendent, JD Pickartz, and every single member of his outstanding crews. I also want to recognize and thank our subcontractors, the County of Riverside, the City of Murrieta and all of the other agencies we worked with over the past two years on this project.” Sukut Construction is one of the industry leading heavy civil general engineering contractors who is currently celebrating 50 years of outstanding performance on residential, public, commercial and industrial projects in the Western Region. For more information, please visit their website at or call their Santa Ana headquarters at (714) 540-5351. Cc

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oncrete is second only to water as the most consumed material on earth. Its origin goes back to the Roman Empire, where it was used to build numerous structures, including the Pantheon in Rome with its 42-meter-diameter concrete dome. Concrete is the world’s go-to building material for constructing much of modern society’s infrastructure: bridges, roads, runways, sidewalks, dams, and buildings. On the flip side, concrete contributes around 6 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. That’s right, and research shows 3 to 7 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions in the world come from the process it takes to manufacture cement. If concrete is going to continue to be the main component in the world’s infrastructure, it needs sustainable options. California has long set the standard on green building policies, mainly where CO2 emissions are concerned. The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, also known as AB 32, requires the state


to revert to 1990 levels of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. AB 398 recently extended this largest cap-and-trade system in the nation through 2030. Additionally, California was the first to enact the first Green Building Standards Code in the country. The CALGreen Code (Title 24, Part 11) became effective Jan. 1, 2017, and requires all newly constructed buildings on new or existing sites to comply with requirements for green building design and green construction practices. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted a resolution in July 2007 to reduce diesel particulate matter (PM) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions emitted from vehicles, including those used in construction, mining and industrial operations. California is unwavering in its commitment to promote and mandate environmentally friendly materials and sustainable practices in the construction industry. Contractors and construction materials suppliers across the state have lessened their efforts to fight these mandates and, in some

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cases, have become proactive and sought technology and methods to help expedite these sustainable measures. Graniterock is one of only 10 ready-mix concrete producers nationwide with a certified Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for green concrete mixes. They have taken their commitment to the environment and a sustainable future to new levels with the advent of their Granitegreen concrete initiative. An EPD provides performance data about the lifetime environmental impacts of a product. Look at it as a label that is to building materials what a nutrition label is to food. Instead of displaying calories, sugar, fat and vitamin statistics, an EPD describes a product’s environmental impacts, such as how much energy went into producing a product like concrete, and how much greenhouse gases and wastes were created as a result. Contractors, developers, owners, architects, and engineers are looking for best-in-class green products to meet the requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council’s

Graniterock provided 33,000 yards of green concrete for San Francisco International Airport’s newest parking garage. Graniterock partnered with general contractor Nibbi Brothers and concrete contractor Bomel Construction of Las Vegas on the 1.2 million-square-foot project.

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification program. Projects are certified from basic to platinum based on the number of points they receive from following green building practices and using green materials. The latest version, LEED v4, gives points to building projects with products that have EPDs and Graniterock is helping to lead the way with a certified EPD for green concrete mixes. Graniterock’s Granitegreen concrete initiative produces EPD report lifetime environmental impacts from all steps of concrete production, including the harvesting of sand and rock into aggregate and cement, shipping it to the plants, processing it into ready-mix, loading the material into mixer trucks and getting the trucks to the plant gate. Graniterock’s EPDs are certified by the National Ready Mix Concrete Association (NRMCA), the leading technical experts on concrete EPDs. The rigorous data collection, analysis, and review process took about a year to complete, and they are available to review at

Graniterock’s EPD program sets the company apart from other construction materials producers and is an example of their continuing commitment to their customers, products and the environment. Their current EPDs cover 30 concrete mixes from their plants in Salinas, Seaside, Santa Cruz, San Jose and Redwood City. The mixes are from a variety of applications, range in strength from 3,000 psi to 6,000 psi, and contain up to 50 percent replacement of Portland cement with supplementary cementing materials such as recycled fly ash and ground granulated blast furnace slag. The EPD for each mix can help a project qualify for one LEED v4 point, and a project must use 20 products with EPDs from five manufacturers to qualify. LEED v4 also provides an additional bonus point for materials with EPDs that beat a regional benchmark for environmental performance. Graniterock’s products outperform the environmental characteristics of NRMCA’s benchmark standards for competing mixes produced

regionally by others and therefore help projects qualify for the additional point. The key to Graniterock’s success is the use of local materials produced with the highest environmental standards. Much of their aggregate is shipped from the company’s quarries in Aromas and Hollister by rail, which uses less fuel than moving material by truck. They also purchase local cement, which provides best-in-class concrete and a superior alternative to products shipped great distances from suppliers with lesser environmental standards. Joe Erskine is Graniterock’s director of geological and environmental sciences, and he holds tremendous insight into the green trend and what makes Graniterock concrete some of the greenest around. According to Erskine, the demand for green concrete is to get higher strengths earlier as concrete made with supplementary cementing materials (SCM) typically take longer to cure. There is a push to find new SCMs and admixtures that would act more like Portland

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Half Moon Bay officials aimed to build an environmentally sustainable project when designing their new public library. Graniterock was proud to help the library project achieve LEED gold status by providing 1,000 yards of green concrete for the library foundation, floors and other features such as retaining wall and walkways.

cement but keep the green elements and engineering advantages. Some of the materials being explored are rice husks and silica and different sources of slag. “Environmentally friendly concrete involves replacing a portion of cement with reclaimed industrial byproducts, primarily fly ash and slag, and using locally sourced aggregate,” says Erskine. “In addition to superior strength, concrete with slag and fly ash has greater workability and chloride resistance.” Erskine points out that more and more builders, developers and users of concrete products expect green materials, particularly in the technology sector when building their modern, state-ofthe-art campuses. “An EPD allows direct comparisons between your product and others in the marketplace,” says Erskine. “It is not enough to say you’re green; you have to prove it. Our EPD shows Graniterock concrete beats regional industry averages, which allows our customers one additional LEED point. These points are highly sought after in areas like San Francisco, where 80 percent of all new construction is seeking some LEED certification.” 22

GRANITEGREEN PROJECT EXAMPLES Graniterock supplied 33,000 yards of ‘green’ environmentally friendly concrete for a new parking garage next to the San Francisco International Airport. The five-story parking garage was designed for more than 3,600 spaces and 1.2 million square feet in size. Graniterock provided a concrete mix of 30 percent supplemental cementitious materials for the garage decks and numerous square columns with 10 percent supplemental cementitious materials and a foundation with 45 percent recycled materials to meet the contractor’s green building requirements. When the new $165 million, 260,000-square-foot San Mateo County Jail was built a few years back, Graniterock was there to pour nearly 10,000 yards of low-carbon, environmentally friendly concrete. The concrete mix included up to 50 percent replacement with a carbon dioxide savings of approximately 270 pounds per yard, allowing the jail to achieve a LEED silver certification.

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While providing about 1,000 yards of green concrete, Graniterock played a key role in the city of Half Moon Bay’s goal of building an environmentally friendly library that would achieve LEED gold status. The 22,000-square-foot, $24 million facility was designed to be San Mateo County’s first net-zero energy building and included the installation of solar panels, EV charging stations, a living roof, and other energy-reducing features. Concrete with up to 70 percent supplemental cementitious materials was utilized for the library foundations, floors and other features such as retaining walls and walkways. Graniterock has a long list of green projects that fully illustrate their efforts in the green building industry. CONCLUSION Granitrock utilizes the basic tenets of green building – reduce, recycle and reuse to produce environmentally friendly concrete with less cement. This is accomplished, in part, by taking waste from one industry and using it in another. Erskine [ Continued on page 24 ]

Every sack of cement saved directly reduces greenhouse gases; every mile of travel saved does the same.

Green concrete involves recycled content, most commonly supplemental cementitious materials. The most used supplemental materials are fly ash from coal-fired power plants and granulated blast furnace slag harvested from the steel industry.

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states that there are many advantages to green concrete, namely a concrete product that is ultimately stronger than standard virgin cement mixes. “Green concrete reduces the heat of hydration, risk of alkalisilica reaction, shrinkage during curing, water required for mix designs and greenhouse gas impacts. It also increases resistance to sulfate or chloride attacks and improves workability,” says Erskine. According to Erskine, green concrete does behave differently and needs to be handled accordingly. “There are some lessons learned from our extensive use of green concrete,” says Erskine. “Early age strength is lower than regular concrete, and there is reduced shrinkage. It also takes longer to cure which has to be factored in when placing this product.” Erskine also points out that there are two significant factors to consider when turning gray concrete green. “Check your aggregate source as imported aggregate takes up to five times as much fuel compared to high-quality local aggregate. Also, use of rail 24

Graniterock is one of nine ready-mix suppliers in the country with a product-specific environmental product declaration (EPD). The company produced a product-specific EPD in 2015, including 30 mix designs, which helps set us apart because all of the sustainable elements that go along with being a local concrete supplier with local aggregates are spelled out and compared against other ready-mix suppliers.

instead of truck or ship can reduce the carbon footprint of your concrete,” says Erskine. “Know your supplier. An experienced supplier with thousands of data points from applications of supplemental mixes and placement will help guide you through specifications, scheduling, and applications. Find a supplier that understands green building

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programs, as well as environmental product declarations and corporate sustainability reports. These can all help garner LEED or other green building points for your next green project.” For more information on Graniterock and their Granitegreen Concrete Initiative, please visit their website at or call 888.ROCK.100. Cc

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RDO Equipment Co. acquired its first construction equipment stores in 1989, including this one in Bismarck, ND.

RDO Equipment Co. is often thought of as an agriculture equipment dealer. Perhaps that’s because the company has deep roots in agriculture, from Ron Offutt’s days as a farmer to the very first RDO Equipment Co. store’s focus on selling and renting green iron. Now, 50 years after Offutt started the company with a single agriculture equipment dealership in North Dakota, 37 RDO Equipment Co. stores sell construction equipment. And according to 2017 financials, construction equipment makes up 46% of the company’s business. Based on those numbers alone, it would be easy to say Offutt’s decision to expand RDO Equipment Co. beyond agriculture equipment was a smart one and leave it at that. But the road to success in the construction industry was a bit longer and certainly included a few bumps along the way. 26

EARLY STARTS Lon Kindseth, Director of CE Inventory, has worked for RDO Equipment Co. since the company entered the construction industry. In fact, Kindseth’s father owned the business that Offutt purchased in 1989 that became the very first RDO Equipment Co. construction stores: Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, and Minot, ND. Kindseth likely would have been the first to recognize the construction industry as a great place to be. Growing up with his father working in the industry, Kindseth has been around construction equipment as long as he can remember. “My dad would take me to work on Saturdays,” he remembers. “I’d get to look at all the equipment and, once in awhile, he’d move things around the yard and I’d get to ride with him.” Kindseth’s early interest in machines stuck and he began

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Today, 37 RDO Equipment Co. stores sell construction equipment.

working at his father’s dealership in Bismarck when he was 14, doing everything from washing and delivering equipment to working in the service department and stocking parts. He worked throughout high school and college, then chose to continue his career with the family’s dealership after graduation. When the business was sold to RDO Equipment Co. in 1989, Kindseth remained on the team as the Bismarck and Minot Store Manager, and has stayed with the company his entire career.

All year long, stores across the RDO Equipment Co. footprint are marking the 50th anniversary milestone in different ways. Here are photos from a few of our store’s celebrations.

Above: Less than a year after the grand opening of its new store, the Riverside, CA team celebrated RDO’s 50th anniversary in August. Top Right: The Burnsville, MN store took advantage of nice weather to hold its event outside. Right: A drone captured the full Chandler, AZ team.

Throughout the years, he not only had the opportunity to continue growing within the company, he saw firsthand how the company continued to grow in the industry he has always known and loved. GOING CROSS-COUNTRY RDO Equipment Co.’s first expansion outside of North Dakota was in November 1990, with stores in Burnsville, Rochester, and Sauk Rapids, MN. The company’s Midwest expansion was closely followed in June of 1992, with the store in Sioux Falls, SD. Also in 1992, RDO Equipment Co. Leadership looked to push construction growth further and acquired three stores in Arizona: Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Tucson. Since then, the company has added construction stores in California, Montana, and Texas. Beyond the early expansions, RDO Equipment Co. has continued to invest in its construction equipment business, especially in

recent years. In 2015, a new facility was built in McKinney, TX, and became the company’s first to achieve LEED certification. To better serve the growing Phoenix metro area, a new location was built in Chandler, AZ in 2016. And just last year, a new store in Riverside, CA was built, more than doubling the space of the original facility. GRADING THE BUMPS Though it may seem like RDO Equipment Co. entered the construction industry and it was nothing but smooth roads along the way, the journey didn’t come without bumps. In fact, one of the earliest challenges in the construction industry was also a result of RDO Equipment Co.’s biggest success – its reputation as an agriculture equipment dealer. “We did get pushback from customers who assumed we were only an ag dealer and only knew that industry,” Kindseth said. “It was up to us to prove and continually show them that

Above: All 7 Texas stores held their 50th anniversary events on the same day.

Above: Some of the special items commemorating the 50th anniversary.

we were just as focused on construction and would be the best partner for their business.”

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Left: Each store received giant “50” numbers to share in their celebration. Below Left: Customers were invited to celebrate with the Imperial, CA team. Below Right: The Eugene and Portland, OR stores provided trees to be planted – a unique way to celebrate the past and look ahead.

While nothing happens overnight, Kindseth credits the hard work of team members and RDO Equipment Co.’s focus on continuous improvement with building up the company to that level that it became known, respected, and trusted as a construction equipment partner. Another obstacle RDO Equipment Co. has been able to overcome is one that many specialized companies have likely had to deal with at one time or another. When RDO Equipment Co. entered the construction industry, Offutt put his business in a good position to weather the storms of volatile ag markets. However, construction wasn’t immune to its tough years as well. The Great Recession, for example, hit the construction industry hard in 2008 and the long-term effects lasted long after things began to rebound in 2010. Well-rounded and diversified, RDO Equipment Co. has relied on balance from all its industries during ups-and28

downs and continued to be a strong company. WHAT’S TO COME IN CONSTRUCTION While Kindseth has seen tremendous change, growth, and innovation throughout his years with RDO Equipment Co. and in the construction industry, he knows there’s still more to come. He sees shortage of qualified workers as an issue but believes technology will provide solutions. “It’s going to be harder for our customers to hire operators and technicians, so machines and technology are going to have to do more,” he said. Kindseth feels RDO Equipment Co. is poised to lead customers on this path, again citing the company’s continuous improvement philosophy, and highlighting the decision to enter into the Integrated Controls side of the business nearly a decade ago. “I remember when we were first looking at expanding to add

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RDO Integrated Controls,” he said. “The overall feeling from Leadership was we had to do it; it was the future.” While the problem of finding qualified workers is one he recognizes, it’s also one that puzzles Kindseth a bit. “The construction industry is such a rewarding industry,” he explained. “Take an individual who wants to be creative and aggressive, and this is the place.” Perhaps Kindseth’s words will inspire the next generation of construction equipment enthusiasts – the ones who started out in a similar way he did, looking forward to every opportunity to catch a glimpse, take a ride in, or hear the roar of heavy machinery. In 2018, RDO Equipment Co. is celebrating 50 years of partnerships, gratitude, and vision in the equipment industry. Learn more about our history at Cc


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