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Goes to Work for Pardee Homes on Their New Skyline Community in Santa Clarita







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Goes to Work for Pardee Homes on Their New Skyline Community in Santa Clarita In 2014, ValleyCrest Landscape Companies and The Brickman Group combined to form BrightView. The new name speaks to the 140 years of combined heritage and success of both companies and the brighter views and overall optimism the new company has in store for both their clients and staff. The “B” and

“V” in their name acknowledges their legacy brands with a nod to their history as dependable, adaptable, and proactive partners in the commercial landscape construction industry. BrightView serves a wide range of clients in diverse industries nationwide. As the nation’s leading commercial landscape company, BrightView

brings their services to a variety of markets including commercial, education, health care, hospitality, religious, residential, sports & leisure and more. Their services include design, development, maintenance, snow & ice, water management, tree care, tree growing, and the sports turf industry.

Below: Looking to the West, "The Lookout" Phase 1 Recreation Center has something for everyone: exercise building, covered outdoor yoga area, lap pool, wading pool, splash pad, event building with outdoor entertainment space, fire pits and BBQ's, a tot lot, event lawn, bocce ball courts and the Cloud 9 coffee shop - All of which enjoy picturesque views over the Santa Clarita Valley with spectacular sunsets hosted throughout the year.

BrightView crews are found working throughout the nation, as well as right here in beautiful, sunny California. Their list of jobs is long and impressive with each one carrying the same importance and significance as the other. One such project is underway for Pardee Homes, currently celebrating 94 years as a builder of new homes and communities with regional offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, the Inland Empire, and Las Vegas, Nevada. BrightView is currently involved in several developments including Skyline; a 1,200+ unit residential community. Skyline is comprised of four phases set atop the scenic hills of the Santa Clarita Valley with Phase 1 recently opening four model complexes and a recreation center. The new development offers miles of hiking trails, parks, and recreation centers to complement modern home designs, utilizing energy and water-saving LivingSmart® features with price points from the mid $500,000s to high $600,000s. Glen Sharrar is the managing principal for BrightView Design Group in Irvine and he speaks to the design elements of the Skyline project. “Skyline is really about capitalizing on the geography, topography and maximizing the views,” says Sharrar. “Another key element that is important to this project is making use of the on-site boulder material to create more of a naturalistic setting as opposed to a formal landscape.” Sharrar also points to the numerous amenities that include a highly amenitized recreation center in phase one, and ultimately, at build-out, an age qualified component with a recreation center, another future recreation center, county park and extensive network of trails and paseos to connect residents from their homes to the regional open spaces and these amenities. These were some of the key principles throughout the design process. According to Sharrar, the entitlement design portion of this job began in 2015 with construction documentation beginning in April 2017. One of the biggest goals for Skyline was to have a more native and drought tolerant planting design, which has not been done on such a scale in the region. This unique feature helps tie the ‘designed’ landscape back into the scenic-naturalized hills that Skyline is nestled within. To accomplish this goal, a series of conversations headed by Matthew Taylor (BrightView) and in accordance with the LA County Fire Department's Fuel Modification Unit were undertaken to develop plant palettes and layouts that meet both native/low water design intents. Stakeholders then began collaborating to develop mutually

Top: The main entry sign greets visitors and future residents alike to Skyline utilizing a gabion wall structure filled with site-sourced cobble and brushed metal sign to create a contemporary sign that reflects Skylines past, present and future aspirations. Middle: Front elevations of the Lyra model homes, Pardee Homes' largest community to date at Skyline priced from the high 600,000's. Bottom: Front elevation of Sola Plan 1 model home showcasing an expanded front patio space with drought tolerant planting design surroundings.

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acceptable planting plans in and around high fire zones. “We (Los Angeles County Fuel Modification Unit and Matthew) reviewed conceptual plans very early on that established a framework for what types of plant material could be used and where it could be used,” says Taylor. “We utilized drought tolerant plant material which is native or native compatible, and a fire-friendly landscape design.” BrightView also installed around 400,000 linear feet of high-density polyethylene (HDPV) inline drip tubing with a high strength-to-density ratio on the slopes to establish erosion control measures. This irrigation system design reduces the amount of water applied while allowing for greater flexibility compared to other point-source methods like overspray irrigation. “The drip tubing installation began with a test slope area over a year ago, where we successfully saw the hydroseed germinate,” continues Taylor. “That was a new one for us and a procedure that we will more than likely be using on other communities in the future.” Sharrar says that working with the County of Los Angeles Regional Planning and Public Works departments has been pretty straightforward with clear direction. “We want to thank everyone from LA County for their continued support and direction on this and every project we work with them on,” says Sharrar. “I also want to recognize the entire development team at Pardee Homes. They are always very professional and great to work with. This includes Greg Ray, Dave Little, Lyndsay Fuller, Mike Carillo, Bob Spielman, Paul Hughes, Donato Ramirez, and their entire support team. Pardee is very hands-on, and attentive to detail while always looking out for the betterment of the project." [Continued on page 10] 8

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Top: Overall view of Skyline looking East. Phase 1 areas are on the front-left of the graded area with park and school sites on the front-right. Areas in the back of the graded pads are future phases and age qualified residential lots. Middle: Test area of the hydroseeded slopes with surface drip application. After a few weeks there was clear germination. Bottom: Test area of the hydroseeded slopes with surface drip application shown after initial hydroseed spraying. Note the irrigation water coverage pattern.

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Above: Referred to as the "Rock Quarry" this was the sorting and crushing operation of site-mined boulders for everything from road base to aesthetic rock outcroppings. Left: Just one of the dozens of trucks that were feverishly working to transport site earthworks. Middle: The round-up pen for the graders where they would pause briefly between shifts as they sculpted the massive terraces for the future homesites.

[Continued from page 8] Independent Construction Company with offices in Concord and Valencia has one of the largest earthmoving fleets in the United States, and they were contracted by Pardee Homes for all of the mass excavation on the Skyline project. Joe Finger is the area manager for Independent Construction, and he oversaw the earthmoving process. “We started out in February 2017 and completed our portion of the work in August of this year,” says Finger. “We moved around 27 million cubic yards of dirt on the 500-acre project, running three spreads with 40 Cat 657 scrapers,” says Finger. “We also moved 180,000 cubic yards of rock that was crushed and used for base and backfill material for utilities or aesthetically throughout the project.” Specifically, the excavated boulders were used aesthetically by BrightView in rock outcroppings, dry creek beds, on gabion walls, within water features, and even as monuments and signage throughout the development. 10

According to Tony Messina, branch manager for BrightView’s Los Angeles development services division, the Skyline project is massive in size and complexity. “We are installing approximately 1,250 trees, 86,000 1-gallon and 5-gallon containerized plants, as well as a significant amount of hydroseed for the slopes and fuel modification zones,” says Messina. “We are also installing all of the pressurized mainlines that feed the irrigation system, as well as other lateral pipes that feed various areas. This includes the complete irrigation system for the entire site, including the controllers and booster pumps.” Pardee Homes has been dedicated to quality construction and smart solutions since 1921. They have built upon their reputation for partnering with civic leaders and communities with industry-leading green and safe building practices. Greg Ray is VP and project manager for Pardee Homes and is overseeing the Skyline development project. “The original master plan

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called for 1,220 homes with a much larger land footprint. We reduced the footprint and made the lots a bit smaller so that we could provide a more affordable community, as well as more segmentation,” says Ray. “This has allowed us to offer a variety of communities from large to small and includes a 292-home 55-plus active adult community.” Pardee Homes worked with LA County to come up with a land plan that called for the development to be located on one side of the road; previously the design showed the community being bisected by a major arterial road. This was done with safety and convenience in mind for their loyal homebuyers. “Skyline is being constructed so that homeowners will not have to cross Skyline Ranch Road to get to any of our amenities,” says Ray. “We have three community recreation facilities in the conventional development and one recreation center in the active adult. The entire community is tied together with

a landscape "contour graded" paseo system that connects residents to the parks and recreation centers, as well as a planned school and community park. It is a wonderful and practical design.” Ray notes that one of the first things he noticed when surveying the site were the amazing rock formations. “We wanted to take advantage of what was there naturally and that included boulders with good color and striation. I talked to my friend at Santa Paula Materials and invited him to tour our site. His assessment was that we could not only use the rock material aesthetically but also for base and backfill material, as well as for monuments and walls,” says Ray. “We partnered with Santa Paula Materials, who crushed existing rock material for use as 23-inches of local road base, keeping 26,000 truck trips off our roads, fewer NOx emissions with a monetary savings of $2.5 million in the process.” Pardee Homes also developed their land plan to build dry creeks along paseos instead of non-permeable v-ditches. “We constructed permeable cobble swales in place of concrete v-ditches, allowing the rainwater to make its way back into the groundwater storage system,” says Ray. “All of this works to tie the character of the development back to the original land that is not only pleasing to the eye, but also to the environment and budget.” Pardee Homes is finishing up Phase 1 of the Skyline project and will continue to build future phases as sales continue. “The push was to open four communities and community center by November 30th,” says Ray. In order to meet that timeframe, Pardee needed to have vehicular entryways and streetscapes leading up to those models constructed including the arterial roads, and slopes planted that served or faced the already built or sold homes. “We were successful and now have four communities open for sale with our adult community opening beginning 2020. The remaining construction phases, future recreation centers, and models will be completed as interest and commitments are made,” continues Ray. “BrightView is one of our primary vendors, and they are always enjoyable to work with. You know you can count on quality and commitment when you deal with BrightView. We also want to thank all of our other vendors like Independent Construction Company and Santa Paula Materials who have contributed so greatly to this amazing development.” Cc

Top: Looking South over the recreation center and model complexes the boulder outcroppings add to the story of Skyline and it's geographic heritage. Middle: Looking North over the recreation center's tot lot and event lawn, an adventurous totlot awaits all ages and experience levels to climb on the ropes-course and balance on the spinning-wheel. Bottom: Looking West all four model complexes and the recreation center are visible with a backdrop of the Santa Clarita Valley.

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High-Quality Landscape Plant Materials Backed by Industry Leading Selection, Dedicated Customer Service and Unwavering Integrity By Brian Hoover

Santiago Rosales II stands next to his company's newest equipment addition, their Volvo L70 Wheel Loader from Volvo Construction Equipment & Services.

C&S Nursery, Inc. (C&S Nursery) is well-known for their exceptional quality of plant 12

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materials, including ornamental shrubs, grasses, tropical plants, succulents, and a variety of annuals and perennials. They are also leaders in the movement toward water-wise landscapes and gardens that are now heavily in demand due to recent and past droughts. C&S Nursery, Inc. is a familyowned and operated enterprise that has been serving all of Southern California since 1992. Santiago Rosales Sr. started in the arbor business after purchasing

Above: C&S Nursery, Inc.'s Volvo L70 Wheel Loader mixing and loading soil at their 25-acre nursery in Fallbrook.

a tree company in 1980. Then in 1992, he turned to his boys to see if they would be interested in helping him start a nursery business in Los Angeles with both himself and their mother, Maria. His oldest son, Santiago Rosales II was 21 years of age and had just received his degree in business administration from Santa Monica College, while his son Christian Rosales, at 20, was finishing up his landscape design degree at the same college. Both decided to join their father in the new venture with their sister, Leslie Sourdi (13 years younger) entering the family business after graduating from UC Berkeley in 2004 with a degree in Latin

American Studies. “We established ourselves quickly in Los Angeles with a great market location on Hauser Boulevard and grew from there,” says Santiago Rosales II. “It wasn’t easy, and there were those that tried to deter and persuade us from going forward, but we persevered.” They were a minority company starting out in a very competitive industry in the middle of a recession, but they were determined to succeed and resolute on achieving their dreams. “Speaking for myself, I was young with nothing to lose and starting from the bottom, so everything was up from there as far as I was concerned,” says Santiago Jr. “We

continue to offer an unmatched selection of native plants and succulents, as well as a large variety of ornamental and tropical plants and grasses. The biggest thing that helped us grow and earned the respect of both our customers and even competitors was our visible work ethic and overflowing passion for what we do.” C&S Nursery, Inc. started in 1992 with one employee other than the family owners and now employ more than 25 individuals between their distribution facility in Los Angeles and 25-acre nursery in Fallbrook. Santiago Rosales Sr. and wife Maria Rosales continue to be involved in the family

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C&S Nursery, Inc. in Fallbrook is dedicated to growing quality plants, grasses and other landscape materials.

business, although on a more part-time basis these days. Santiago Rosales II serves as the company president, Christian Rosales as vice president and Leslie Sourdi as secretary, and every family member is an owner in the business. “Together, we have worked hard to grow and nurture our high-quality trees, plants and other materials and it has paid off,” says Santiago Jr. “We are a minority Hispanic family that started from the bottom, and I believe that we offer the highest quality of landscape products and the most outstanding service in our local industry. It is an understatement to say that we are very excited about the future of our business.” 14

With service available throughout Southern California, C&S Nursery, Inc. primarily sells their products to landscape contractors and landscape architects working in the residential, commercial and public works construction industry. They are however also diverse in the fact that they also sell to municipalities, resorts, parks and recreation facilities, golf courses, hotels and even the Hollywood movie industry. “We sell outdoor general landscape products with a focus on drought-tolerant plants. Our water-wise product line has been instrumental in getting us through the most recent and lesser droughts periods with plants that can tolerate those type of

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environments," says Santiago Jr. “Much of our offerings are native to California; however we also provide product from as far away as Australia and other countries.” From billion-dollar enterprises like BrightView to small mom and pop landscape companies, C&S Nurseries provides the same consistent product and service. They have provided landscape materials over the years for some extensive and unique projects, including large development projects for well-known and respected builders. “We provide everything from the typical native design to things like living roofs and living walls,” says Santiago Jr. “We have it all, and no job is too big or too small.” [ Continued on page 16 ]


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C&S Nursery cares for an enormous amount of plants, grasses and other landscape materials, and that means they need reliable equipment to keep up with the demanding workload. According to Santiago JR, they currently own and operate around 10 pieces of heavy machinery. This includes skid steers, wheel loaders, backhoes and pull tractors. Their most recent purchase was a Volvo L70 wheel loader from Volvo Construction Equipment & Services and their representative, Michael Burrell. “We purchased our new Volvo wheel loader to aid in and increase the capacity and production of our soil mix designs. We were looking for a larger machine to mix around 150 yards of soil each week, and the Volvo 16

is working out very well for us,” says Santiago Jr. “We demoed a few different brands, and the Volvo loader came highly recommended to us from other nursery owner peers in the industry. We were very impressed as well and will continue to add more Volvo machines to our fleet in the future.” Santiago Jr. points out that there is still a lot of growth on the horizon here in California and C&S Nursery, Inc. plans on maintaining the proper inventory to meet that demand. “There is a lot of home building going on right now, and we want to be a part of that, as well as the future developments that are currently in the works,” says Santiago Jr. “To keep up with the pace and future growth plans of our company, we know that we

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will need more land and space, particularly at our production facility in Fallbrook where we plan on adding at least an additional 10-acres.” The Rosales family knows that it is their loyal customers that make everything possible and they want to keep those clients after they work so hard to get them. “I continually tell our employees that I am not that concerned about what a customer purchases or even how large of an order we receive,” says Santiago Jr. “What we value most is that every customer continues to come back to us time and time again. That is how we measure our service. We want satisfied, loyal customers and that is how we will continue to grow our business now and in the future.” Cc



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1st Place Winner - Large Commercial/Industrial Installation K & D Landscaping, Inc. - VA Hospital Monterey-Marina - Marina, CA

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outstanding landscapes, create pride in superior workmanship and to bestow public recognition on companies, institutions, municipalities and residents for their interest in a beautiful California.


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Dufau Landscape, Inc. - Ventura Harbor Village - Ventura, CA

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1st Place Winner - Large Commercial Maintenance

Bayscape Landscape Maintenance - Netflix Campus - Los Gatos, CA

AWARD Herb Frank Memorial Award John Redmond Memorial Award First Place Outstanding Achievement First Place First Place First Place Outstanding Achievement First Place Outstanding Achievement First Place Outstanding Achievement First Place First Place Outstanding Achievement First Place Outstanding Achievement


CATEGORY Best entry from all commercial installation categories. Best entry from all maintenance categories. Small Commercial/Industrial Installation Small Commercial Industrial Installation Large Commercial/Industrial Installation Public Works Installation Small Commercial Maintenance Small Commercial Maintenance Large Commercial Maintenance Large Commercial Maintenance Unlimited Commercial Maintenance Large HOA Maintenance Large HOA Maintenance Apartments/Condos/Townhouses Maintenance Apartments/Condos/Townhouses Maintenance Public Works Maintenance Public Works Maintenance

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Stay Green, Inc. - Olive View - UCLA Medical Center - Sylmar, CA

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The Future of Construction in America Exciting change will reward the aware contractor By Jeff WInke

Above: Busy jobsites have multiple pieces of heavy equipment working simultaneously. Inset: Machine operators can measure production progress against the digital site plan displayed in the cab.



op in a car and drive anywhere and chances are the drive will be on roads and highways that need patching, resurfacing, or widening, and bridges often show signs of needed maintenance. Sadly, things are in bad shape. On the last two report cards from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the U.S. infrastructure scored a D+. This year’s report urges the government and private sector to increase spending by two trillion dollars within the next 10 years, in order

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to improve not only the physical infrastructure, but the American economy as well. The roadway infrastructure is badly deteriorated. According to Robert Puente, writing for the Brookings Institute, "Infrastructure enables trade, powers businesses, connects workers to their jobs, creates opportunities for struggling communities and protects the nation from an increasingly unpredictable natural environment... infrastructure is the backbone of a healthy economy."

Above: Machine control and management systems have revolutionized the grading and excavting process.

In many respects, the future of construction is bright. Construction workers, contractors, and people who know how to design, maintain, rehab, and construct the roadways that people rely on everyday are in high demand. The care and maintenance of America's road network have been ignored too long and with the increased population, the needs have changed. The construction industry will be crucial to fulfilling the requirements and goals of the country's future. Construction has been changing and evolving rapidly during the past 20 years and its dynamic advances will continue. The successful contractor in the future will operate quite differently than today. The key to all of this is technology. "Construction contractors have experienced tremendous benefits in newer, more technologically advanced machines and equipment," said Kris Maas, director of construction product

development for Topcon Positioning Group. "And the highly successful contractor has adopted precision measurement systems, GNSS machine control, and geospatial management and collaboration software to ensure seamless coordination among all involved in their projects—which have revolutionized grading, excavation and paving." There appear to be five technology areas shaping the future of construction: 1. Data — Acquiring, using, and sharing data in real time gives contractors advantages of enabling their machines to "talk." Through connected machines, contractors can remotely monitor progress, communicate with the operator, diagnose and repair problems, track machine location, and provide support. Data collected can confirm quality results and help with bidding on future similar projects. There will be the time when a job site or highway can tell how it should be built through instant data, seamless

communication, exact material amounts. "Our MAGNET software solutions suite, currently provides real-time connected support for hardware as well as integration with our Sitelink3D service for instant data transfer and connectivity into active project sites," Maas said. "Additionally, Sitelink3D allows customers to plan, schedule, assign tasks and get reports, all in real time." 2. Constructioneering — Constructioneering is a term Bentley Systems and Topcon use to refer to automating the digital construction process through surveying, engineering design, constructible model development, and as-built data collection within a connected data environment to improve construction execution and reduce project costs. It is the creation of collaborative systems to bring all the data into digital models that can be seamlessly shared with machines, operators, supervisors, civil engineers and project owners. Unmanned

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Left: Automatic machine control allows production to occur day or night. Right: The asphalt industry has experienced tremendous benefits in newer, more technologically advanced machines and equipment.

aerial vehicles or drones are an example of the type of data that will be collected. Drones can provide virtual reality perspective and data about job sites too difficult or dangerous to reach. 3. Smart roads — Roadways will do more than carry traffic in the future. As solar collector ribbons they may very well be contributing to fueling the vehicles of the future. Or embedded wireless technology could maintain an electric car's charge. Metal street name signs will become nostalgic artifacts of times past, since the self-driving pods will be told by the road what street it is on. Roads will heal themselves as cracks form since the concrete or asphalt mix will be embedded with tiny capsules of sodium silicate. When a crack forms, the capsules rupture and release a gel-like healing agent that will harden to fill the void. 4. Overcoming the skills gap — Technology can help with the labor shortfall and fill the skills gap of new employees. Take a smart, inexperienced worker and place them in the cab of a dozer or motor grader governed by GPS machine control with a 3D 24

site plan displayed and with proper training they will become productive. Technology has not only proved to save time and improve accuracy, but it's impact on productivity has been significant. As technology permeates the construction industry there is a need for university and technology school graduate technicians. The need and challenge is there. 5. IoT — The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the communication connectedness of machines and objects through sensors via online. Think of IoT as the data aggregation and collection going into a central repository where intelligent decisions can be made based on what has been collected in real-time. Workers can be tracked in the field and ensure that they are protected from or at least aware of job site hazards and other potential injuries. Equipment sensors can monitor whether machinery is being productive or in need of repair or preventive maintenance. "The future is getting closer to's inevitable," said Maas. "We continue to develop new technologies and refine the

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innovations we've brought to the market—all with the objective of helping construction contractors to be more efficient, accurate and productive in what is referred to as The Intersection of Infrastructure and Technology. The future expects that of us." As the World Economic Forum said: " Over the past decade, digital progress has transformed whole industries, ushering in a new technological era now known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution...These new technologies are not only satisfying consumer demand for better entertainment, shopping and transport. Innovation has improved companies’ productivity and sustainability, and redefined the skills and competencies needed to thrive." Clearly, the aware construction contractor will exploit the opportunities provided by technology to ensure greater productivity, better quality, and longer lasting results. Cc Jeff Winke is a business and construction writer based in Milwaukee, Wis. He can be reached through jeff_winke@


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CRA Holds Yard Party at Volvo Construction Equipment & Services Corona Facility The California Rental Association (CRA) Pre Golf Tournament Yard Party was recently hosted by Volvo Construction Equipment & Services located at 22099 Knabe Road, Corona, CA. Over 60 industry professionals from 26 companies enjoyed tacos and


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Sukut Construction celebrated its 50th Anniversary Nov. 1 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine Inside Hangar 224 Clients, vendors, government officials, friends and retired Sukut employees joined current employees to celebrate the milestone. Myron Sukut, founder of Sukut Construction, and Michael Crawford, CEO of Sukut Construction, addressed attendees, thanking them for their contributions to the company’s longtime success. Sergio Prince, Orange County board of supervisors community

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relations adviser; Sen. Patricia Bates; and Assemblyman Bill Brough also spoke to attendees. Sukut received resolutions and proclamations from the Assembly, California Senate and the Orange County Board of Supervisors, congratulating the civil-engineering contractor on 50 years of excellence and service as one of the industry leaders. From a two-man operation in 1968 to a respected, top-rated

Michael Crawford speaking at the Company’s 50th anniversary celebration event in Irvine, CA.

company, specializing in residential grading, public works, environmental, energy and joint venture markets, Sukut Construction has been lauded for its work on a wide variety of projects. The Santa Ana, California based company has earned more than 30 industry honors, including Contractor of the Year and Best Company to Work for. For more information, visit Cc

Sukut’s Denny Anderson (long-term Superintendent) and Steve Yurosek (President) enjoying the 50th celebration.

Left to right: Sergio Prince (OC Board of Supervisors) Community Relations Advisor, Senator Patricia Bates, Michael Crawford, and Assemblyman Bill Brough displaying the a resolution from Assembly, a resolution from CA Senate, and a proclamation from OC Board of Supervisors.

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Above Left & Middle: Dramatic entrance to the Sukut 50th anniversary event. Above Right: Inside the time tunnel complete with individual rooms with corresponding company logos and pictures to display the company's transition and growth through their five decades of service. Left: Sukut’s brand new CAT D9T Tier 4 final positioned on display at the 50th celebration ceremony. The machine went on to work on the Trampas Canyon Dam and Reservoir Project.

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