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GRANITE CONSTRUCTION Digging Deep on Midfield Satellite Concourse North Project at the Los Angeles International Airport


STEVE P. RADOS, INC. Partners with LADWP to Build the L.A. Reservoir Ultraviolet Disinfection Plant in Sylmar


SUKUT CONSTRUCTION Brings Added Value to Projects by Self-Performing Underground Pipe Installation


ARB UNDERGROUND A Unique Approach to Complete a Shore Approach




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Granite Construction Digging Deep on Midfield Satellite Concourse North Project at the Los Angeles International Airport By Brian Hoover, Senior Editor

Depending on the source, the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is said to be the second or third busiest airport in the United States with more than 80 million passengers passing in and out of their gates this past year. LAX has functioned as an airport since 1928, with the main terminal complex being constructed in 1961. In recent years, LAX has embarked upon a multibilliondollar modernization program designed to provide state-ofthe-art facilities to travelers worldwide. The Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) North Project is the latest part of the LAX Master Plan that was formed back in 2004. The MSC facility is located west of Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), which is in the central area of the airfield and underwent a $2.1 billion


remodel and expansion that was concluded in 2015. The MSC Program includes a new passenger concourse and will be completed in independent phases. Phase 1 (MSC North Project) will improve the terminal operations, concessions facilities, and overall passenger experience at LAX for both domestic and international flights. The MSC North Project will also provide LAX with the flexibility to accommodate passengers with additional gates, while other LAX terminals undergo modernization. In addition, the MSC Project will include a five-story concourse building. The new 750,000-square-foot terminal will come complete with several lounges, retail and dining concessions, as well as a stateof-the-art baggage system. The building will be connected to the


Bradley terminal via a 1,000-foot passenger tunnel equipped with moving walkways. Phase 1 of the MSC project began in September 2016 and is scheduled for completion in 2020. City officials broke ground on Phase 1 of the massive $1.6 billion LAX renovation project in February 2017. Turner/PCL Joint Venture is the general contractor on the MSC North Project and they awarded a $59 million sub-contract to Granite Construction Incorporated (Granite Construction) who will be performing a variety of tasks. Granite Construction’s scope of work includes demolition of over 80,000 cubic yards of existing concrete and asphalt surfaces and the demolition of more than 13,000 feet of existing utilities. Their responsibilities also include [Continued on page 8]



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Top Left: Granite Construction uses a Komatsu 490 excavator rented from Savala Equipment Rentals to place slide rail in the the 24’ sewer trench at phase 1 of the MSC North project at LAX. Top Right: Left to Right: Al Scappaticci, Israel Canal, Trench Shoring Company, Stephan Urban, Granite Construction Inc., Jerry Maletich, Joel Vargas, Leo Carlson and Clyde Small, Granite Construction Company at the MSC North project at LAX. Above Left: Hitachi 870 excavator and Cat 336 excavator work together to install slide rail for oil and water separation at the MSC North project at LAX. Above Right: Granite Construction uses a Cat 349 excavator rented from LaLonde Equipment Rentals inside the 56’ deep receiving tunnel for the new Thomas Bradley International Terminal at LAX.

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more than 350,000 cubic yards of mass grading, structural excavation and backfill, and installation of over 28,000 feet of new domestic and fire water, storm drain, sanitary sewer, and natural gas utilities, along with nearly 3,000 cubic yards of utility structures including the construction of five pump stations. Stephan Urban is the Superintendent in charge of overseeing the wet utility portion of Phase 1 of this project for Granite Construction. “We began our work in October 2016, and are performing all of the dirt work and wet utility construction on the site.” According to Urban, Granite Construction has completed approximately 2,500 feet of


domestic with only a few hundred feet left, as well as 2,500 feet of firewater with roughly 3,000 feet left to complete. “Typically and commonly, your deepest utility would go first, which would be sewer, but that is not the case on this project,” says Urban. “This is primarily due to the phasing of the job and in this case, the sewer work is scheduled in the middle of the construction process. This means we will have to cross over some of the utilities that we have already installed and consequently support those structures accordingly.” By jobs end, Granite Construction will have installed 7,760 linear feet of 24” ductile iron pipe for firewater (fully restrained), 2,867 linear feet of 16” ductile iron pipe


for the domestic water (also 100 percent fully restrained), 13,585 linear feet of storm drain from 54” down to 18” RCP. There will also be another 685 linear feet of 48” ductile iron for the storm drain, along with around 4,000 linear feet of 6” natural gas lines. “At one point, we had six pipe crews on-site and are now down to four,” says Urban. “A standard pipe crew is typically a foreman, two operators, and three laborers.” Urban points out that the success of this project so far is due all of the great crewmembers and foreman. “We have four really strong, knowledgeable, industry-leading underground foreman on this project who deserve both credit and recognition. They are Jerry


Maletich, David Sharpe, Tim Foster and John Wolfe,” says Urban. “The decision was also made to promote Sean Berry to a general foreman position where he is focusing on the storm drain portion of the project. This decision has helped put us back on track and with so many wet utilities to manage, this has certainly relieved some of the pressure off me in the process.” Urban also has a glowing review for Granite’s project engineer, Jacqueline Rigor. “Jackie has been my right arm out here and her work ethic has been amazing, to say the least,” says Urban. “She is a great engineer, but she takes that a step further by her deep understanding of underground construction and what it actually requires to get this all safely into the ground. She is out in the field working with the foreman and not just pushing paper. These are the sort of individuals that separate Granite from the pack.” Urban says that challenges include a tight schedule and the stacking of trades on the MSC

North Project. “The site is only so big and this is one of those rare jobs where the building is going to be constructed before all of the utilities are installed,” says Urban. “The timeframe has been compressed due in part to the heavy rains from last year, which has required our crews to work underneath and around utilities and other trades.” Even with these challenges, Granite Construction remains on track and are confident that everything will be completed on time and to the strict specifications of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). When performing work for LAWA it is now a requirement that contractors use only Tier IV Final heavy machinery and low emission technology on-site. According to Urban, Granite construction has 2 water trucks, wheel loader, and excavator on-site. The remainder and majority of the heavy equipment are being rented from LaLonde Equipment Rental and also Coastline Equipment. Additionally, they are renting articulated trucks from Volvo and an excavator

from Savala Equipment Rentals. They also have cranes on-site to lift equipment in and out of the 40 foot-plus trenches and drill pits. “We have a wide variety of Tier IV Final equipment on this job, to include excavators that range from a John Deere 35G (7,760 lb.) compact excavator to a Hitachi (ZX)870(LC-5) (193,255 lb.) hydraulic excavator, which is still working on-site,” says Urban. “We also purchased a new Cat 336 excavator specifically for this job, and are using it and a Cat 349 for a great deal of the general excavation work that will run from 3 feet to 25 feet on an average day. The Hitachi 870 is going to be in use for around 8 months for all of the sewer manhole work where we will need to excavate to depths of 48 feet.” Due to the tremendous amount of excavation for utilities on this project, Granite Construction is utilizing a long list of shoring solutions. “We are renting vast amounts of shoring equipment from our “go to” vendor, Trench Shoring Company,” says Urban. “They are or will be supplying us

Below: 42’ jack and bore pit for sewer.

Above: Granite team members working on the 48” storm drain under existing utilities.


Below: Placing tie-in to bypass existing domestic water.

Above: 24” pipe in fire water trench.



with everything from trench plates, trench shields, hydraulic trench shores and modular aluminum panel systems to various SBH Slide Rail Systems for variously sized excavations. We will also be renting pneumatic testing equipment, along with confined space equipment. The budget for shoring is staggering and is a good measurement to illustrate just how much deep excavation is required for this project.” Granite Construction has been relying on Trench Shoring Company for many years and according to Urban, it is their customer service that keeps them coming back time and time again. “We work almost exclusively with Trench Shoring Company for all of our shoring needs. Israel Canal is our representative and I just can’t say enough about the service he has provided us over the years,” says Urban. “Israel will take my call no matter what the time, day or night. That comes in handy when we are running crews around the clock

on jobs like this one. Trench Shoring Company and Israel Canal are always there for me when I need them.” Urban points to the fact that it is always a challenge when they work on active airport projects and the MSC North job at LAX is certainly no exception. “You know the air traffic comes first and just like with our company, safety is the number one concern. This is why a lot of our work is being done at night after the flights have been discontinued,” says Urban. “We were working two shifts a day for five months and our carpenters will soon be working four shifts a day for nearly six weeks in order to construct several structures.” The Midfield Satellite Concourse North Project is part of an ongoing $14-billion modernization of LAX. The second phase of construction could bring an addition seven gates in the future and officials estimate that all of this work could provide around 6,000 jobs

and more than $300 million in wages. Additionally, at least 15 percent of the work will be done by small businesses with more than half of the 250-plus contractors being based in Los Angeles County. Granite Construction Incorporated is one of the nation’s largest infrastructure contractors and construction materials producers. They specialize in complex infrastructure projects, including transportation, industrial and federal contracting and they are a proven leader in alternative procurement project delivery services. Granite is also an award-winning firm in safety, quality and environmental stewardship. They have been honored as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute for eight consecutive years. For more information, visit or call their Watsonville corporate offices at (831) 724-1011. Cc

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Above & Right: SPR setting the first 108inch diameter outlet welded steel pipe segment into the excavation underneath the UV building footprint and 144-inch diameter pipe being set at chlorine injection vault.

States. That is until the new Ultraviolet Disinfection Facility in Sylmar opens in 2020, at which time it will become the largest such plant west of the Mississippi. According to reports, the UV purification process has been identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as one of the most effective methods for treating drinking water. The UV disinfection process is said to instantaneously neutralize microorganisms as they pass by the ultraviolet lamps submerged within the water. It is referred to as environmentally friendly because the process adds nothing to the water. It is simply UV light that has no impact on the chemical composition of the water, leaving no residue or chemicals behind after


treatment. In recent articles, a LAWDP representative has been quoted as saying, “Save your money. Your water coming out of your tap is just as good or if not, better.” The representative was reportedly referring to the cost associated with bottled water or installing a water filtering system, and how city residents can now simply drink from the tap. Steve P. Rados, Inc. (Steve P. Rados) is partnering with the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power to build the newest L.A. Reservoir UV Disinfection Plant at the Van Norman Complex in Sylmar. The focal point of this $48,830,264 project will be the 34,500 square foot facility that will house (15) 48” UV reactor trains that are all part of the overall complex mechanical system. Additional work will


Above: SPR preparing to set 108-inch diameter inlet welded steel pipe under the UV building footprint. Right: Installing 144-inch pipe at flow meter vault prior to construction of vault walls.

include the installation of 108” diameter pipe that will come from under the building footprint to connect with 144” steel pipe continuing out from both the inlet and outlet sides of the structure. The second portion of the project will include the installation of the flow control station that will sit adjacent to the UV building and 144” pipe outlet. The work will continue at the flow control station with the installation of 96” and 60” butterfly valves and 48” cone valves. Additionally, the scope of work surrounding the UV building and flow control station will include the construction of six underground vaults and 11 maintenance holes. The notice to proceed was provided to Steve P. Rados May 1, 2017, and according to the contract, 955 days were allotted to complete the project. This translates to Dec. 11, 2019, and it is the job of Steve P. Rados project manager, Gerry Perez to make sure it is done on time and according to specifications. “Although the contract is for


just over $48 million, the owner is supplying us with another $20 million in pipe, building materials, and equipment, making it more like a $68 million project,” says Perez. “The most challenging part of this project is and will continue to be, dealing with the tight schedule, especially when you consider the way our work is sequenced and the weather that we have and will continue to manage.” Perez says that the water is not just coming from the sky, but also from the ground in unexpected areas around the job site. “The groundwater is a significant challenge and factoring that into our shoring design caused us to get off to somewhat of a late start. We are not pumping steady water all the time. It is more like pockets of water coming from unique pockets of clay that gets pierced and then we need to dewater,” says Perez. “We also ended up drilling around 15 strategically placed 50-foot wells along the perimeter to keep much of the water pumped away from our

excavation sites. We are now back on track after making great progress over these past nine months.” According to Perez, it is more than just wet weather that could possibly affect the schedule. It is also the physical work, like the intricacies that go along with installing pieces like the “Y” sections of pipe that include an eccentric reducing elbow. “We have gone through a learning curve after already setting one of the “Y” sections. This requires our crews to set three separate point locations so that they line up perfectly with the vaults, valves, and mechanical couplings,” says Perez. “When we bring the 144” steel pipe into the “Y” section, it splits from 144” down into the eccentric elbow and then into a 108” pipe on both sides. To make things more challenging, there are then two vaults that the 108” pipe must connect with almost immediately. Complicated stuff, but our seasoned crews learn fast and they are perfecting the process.”



Above: SPR crew adjusting the 144-inch to 108-inch reducing wye at outlet underneath the UV building footprint. Right: Bottom of excavation at inlet under the UV building near the location of the inlet reducing wye and valve vaults.

Perez points to the fact that an existing 120” welded steel pipe trunk line had already been installed during prior construction efforts. “The owners came in a few months earlier than our start date and installed two 144” butterfly valves on the existing L-shaped trunk lines that are located around the perimeter of the construction site,” says Perez. “These butterfly valves contain reducers for the 120” pipe so that the 144” steel welded pipe can tie into both the north and south ends of the site. In between both of these tie-in locations, is where the new UV facility will be built.” According to Perez, the 144” pipe will run for around 300 feet before splitting into the “Y” section. “We have completed the split from 144" to 108” welded steel pipe on the outlet side and have taken it down to the manifold and flow meter vault,” says Perez. “We have also constructed the vault and have run the lines that get reduced down to 96” and 60” steel pipe. We are currently waiting for the 96” butterfly valve and


two 48” valves to arrive to continue the build out.” According to Perez, the water comes in from the inlet and splits into two different directions before entering the UV building and then through each respective UV train. “Each UV train contains a flow meter and UV reactor that introduces large-scale ultraviolet rays that serve to disinfect and kill microorganisms,” says Perez. “There are 15 UV trains in all with a spare unit located on the south end of the building. The UV trains are separated from line to line by 60 linear feet of 48” steel welded pipe and the water runs through all 15 UV trains before exiting out to 108” steel pipe and then into around 350 feet of 144” steel welded pipe.” Perez continues by pointing out that UV technology has been around for quite some time but implementing it on a large scale like the L.A. Reservoir is rare. He also adds that there will be a chlorination injection system installed in Vault #1 on the outlet side that will treat the water before leaving the facility.


Perez says that the 144” steel pipe is being installed using open cut methods at an average depth of 25 feet. After performing the digout and grading for the building subgrade, the 108” pipe sections are installed using a 15-foot vertical cut. Additionally, in the manifold pipe areas, which is already excavated down to approximately 25-feet, it was necessary to bench up the grade around 4 feet in order to accommodate the 144” pipe transition into 96” steel welded pipe. “Our crews have been working standard eight-hour shifts while occasionally working on weekends when deemed necessary,” says Perez. Steve P. Rados is utilizing several specialty crews on-site, including a pipe labor crew along with equipment operators to support it. There are also two carpentry crews that work separately and together depending on the project. Additionally, there is a mechanical crew and an electrical crew that is subcontracted. Most all of the work on this project is self-performed by Steve P. Rados and they


Left: Overview of concrete encased 108-inch welded steel pipe and 144-inch outlet pipe leading toward flow control station (top-right corner).

are utilizing several pieces of heavy machinery. For the deep excavations, Steve P. Rados has been using a Komatsu PC600 125,000 lb. hydraulic excavator. They are also utilizing Cat 950 and 966 wheel loaders, along with a Cat D6 dozer and articulated rock trucks to move the spoils to a temporary stockpile area. “We are using a (LS518) 150-ton LinkBelt conventional crane to support the pipe laying crews and a Link-Belt 65-ton (RTC8065 Series II) rough terrain crane to support the carpentry crews to place things like concrete panels and rebar,” says Perez. “Eventually we will need to pick a 103,000 pound, 30-foot piece of steel pipe with concrete coating and lined with mortar.” In addition to the 320 foot by 100-foot steel framework UV disinfection building, Steve P. Rados is also building two sizable electrical buildings adjacent to the UV structure. “We are casting most everything in place with the exception of the precast manholes and electrical boxes,” says Perez. “In all, we will be pouring around 10,000 cubic yards of concrete on-site. This includes around 4,000 yards for the pipe encasement and then the rest is structural.” Perez adds that the 11 vaults on-site will require around 2,900 cubic yards of concrete, the


welded steel pipe encasement, another 2,500 yards, the UV building slab, 3,500 cubic yards and miscellaneous slabs, around 1,800 yards. “We will install 10 manholes that will range from 7 to 15 foot in-depth and 14 standpipe sections at the same depth,” says Perez. “Before we complete the job in 2019, we will have installed around 850 linear feet of 144” welded steel pipe, 600 linear feet of 108” pipe, 225 feet of 96” pipe and 400 feet of 60” reduced down to 48” steel pipe.” Perez is proud of his crews, hardworking foremen, and superintendents that have worked diligently to keep this complicated project on track. “We have outstanding people working here at Steve P. Rados and our project superintendent, Ildesonso Vivanco has done a great job managing our crews, as has our pipe crew foreman, Chris Boyer, who has and will continue to handle some very large and significant pieces,” says Perez. “I also want to thank LADWP and their construction manager and resident engineer, who have been just great to work with. We share a common goal in making sure that this project is not only completed on time but also meets all of the expectations of the owner and residents that will enjoy the clean, fresh water for decades to come.”

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By Yevgenya Koch, Sukut Construction

Above: Sukut was a General Contractor on the Alton Parkway Extension Project, where they selfinstalled 8,000 linear feet of CMLC water line, as well as two pressure regulating valve stations while performing a million cubic yards of mass grading to construct a new sixlane, 1.2-mile roadway.

Below: Sukut excavated 3 million cubic yards of earth while self-installing 3,300 linear feet of deep 78-inch RCP, 1900 linear feet of 60-inch RCP, and a 96-inch diameter Jack and Bore under large diameter water mains at the Orchard Hills, Rough Grading and Storm Drain Project in Irvine.


With 50 years of experience spanning Public, Private, Energy, Environmental, Special Projects, and Joint Venture market segments, Sukut Construction (Sukut) has established itself as one of California’s leading Grading and Excavating companies. What some may not realize is that Sukut is also one of the largest contractors in the region to construct wet utilities, self-performing the installation for over 23 years. Sukut began installing storm drain pipelines with self-perform crews in 1995 after ground breaking on the Eastern Corridor 241/261 Toll Road Project. When the original subcontractor struggled to meet the needs of the Project, Sukut developed crews to construct the 213,000 linear feet of storm drain piping required. The project was subsequently


completed under budget and approximately one year ahead of schedule, making it one of the most successful Design/ Build transportation projects in Southern California, and earning it several national awards. As the 241/261 Project wound down, Sukut sought to capitalize on the benefits of self-performing this type of work on other projects, and also began to branch into other underground activities with the same crews. Today, Sukut installs a wide variety of underground pipes, which generally range from 8 to 144 inches in diameter, and include RCP, DIP, PVC, fiberglass, steel, and HDPE. To service a workload that has grown by over 325% in the past five (5) years, Sukut has doubled the amount of wet utility install crews, and currently employs

15 teams of highly experienced installers. Sukut delivers value and quality that surpass any Owner expectations. Not only does Sukut install utility piping, but they can self-perform all associated concrete work, including cast-in-place sewer line structures, such as those seen at the Spectrum 5 project at Serrano Creek in Irvine, CA. Because everything is selfperformed, Sukut can better manage project schedules, help drive more cost-effective solutions for Owners, and save time while still providing an increased level of project control. This integration allows communication to be more clear and time-effective. Due to this benefit Sukut can also introduce an accelerated schedule at the beginning of a project, and oftentimes finish early. While



Above: Sukut complemented their grading activities with self-performing the installation of nine 60-inch rock-filled HDPE columns vertically to a height of nearly 170 linear feet at the Rolling Hills project.

traditional delivery methods require schedule input from multiple subcontractors, Sukut manages the schedule by bidding everything in-house to create an optimized project workflow, while still keeping control of every activity, and providing value engineered services to the Owner, all without wasting any time or extra resources. “Another ability that we have with underground services is that we employ our own GPS service, which separates us from the competition and attributes to increased efficiency of our team. The use of GPS in -house allows us to track what we are doing and foresee any conflicts that we can fix in real time,” says Robbie Zwick, Estimator at Sukut. Zwick joined Sukut in 2008 as an estimator and project manager. “Sukut does well when it comes to challenging projects because we value-engineer jobs for the mutual benefit of


the Company and the Owners,” says Zwick. One of the most memorable projects for Zwick was the Rolling Hills Country Club Project, which involved the transforming of the existing golf course and adjacent quarry into a larger golf course with a new clubhouse and more than a 100 residential lots. As a subcontractor, Sukut proposed and successfully installed vertical HDPE pipes, which was thought to be near impossible to achieve. Sukut not only successfully installed pipe, but simultaneously performed adjacent grading activities, and finished on time, and under the Owner’s initial budget estimates. During the project, Sukut cut more than 400,000 cubic yards of soil to provide the bottom of a 22,500 square foot infiltration pad. The pad was built using sand, gravel, and several layers of non-woven filter fabric. As the infiltration pad neared completion, Sukut began


installation of 9 systematically placed 60-inch rock-filled HDPE columns vertically to a height of nearly 170 feet. To accomplish this feat, Sukut imported and placed nearly 420,000 cubic yards of soil in unison with the vertical column installation. At the top of the columns, Sukut built a 96-inch diameter, 30 foot deep, concrete Flow Distribution Structure designed to convey all low flow waters from the project through the deep vertical columns. Sukut has also successfully completed numerous other challenging projects, including Los Patrones Parkway, the Alton Parkway Extension, and the New Model Colonies. During the Alton Parkway Extension project, Sukut worked as a General Contractor, connecting the existing Alton Parkway with the 241 Toll Road in Lake Forest, CA. This project included overlapping construction of cutting-edge stormwater


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facilities, such as 24 filterra boxes and a large gabion structure along with a complex arrangement of water and sewer pipelines, dry utilities, and street improvements. Sukut’s team installed 8,000 linear feet of CMLC water line, as well as two pressure regulating valve stations while performing a million cubic yards of mass grading to construct a new sixlane, 1.2-mile roadway. Sukut separates itself from the competition as one of the only companies in California that self-performs both underground utilities and grading. When asked about Clients’ feedback on the quality of their work, Zwick says that he always witnesses great relationships with agencies and frequently sees repeat customers, especially in the private sector. “So much of Sukut’s underground work in the Public sector is based on

availability. On private jobs, over the years, Sukut was able to develop an image of a hybrid general contractor who does grading and pipe installation, which brings an added value, saves time, and eliminates havoc of having someone else on the job,” says Zwick. Many large residential developers prefer to use Sukut for large underground projects that involved grading and pipe installation. “When a developer hires another grading contractor, they have to hire a separate underground subcontractor, but with Sukut, they get all in one. A lot of our repeat customers are from the private market,” adds Zwick. Currently, Sukut has 16 active projects that involve underground utility pipe installation throughout California. These include Water Reclamation Projects for the HiDesert Water District in Yucca

Valley, Trampas Canyon Dam and Reservoir Site for the Santa Margarita Water District in San Juan Capistrano, Moffett Drive and Legacy Road Extension job for the City of Tustin in Orange, Industry Business Center West Side Mass Grading Phase Two Project for the Successor Agency to the Industry-Urban Development Agency in the City of Industry, Technology Drive Street Improvements for the Irvine Community Development Company (I.C.D.C.) in Irvine, Rolling Hills Country Club Projects for the Chadmar RSM Partners in the City of Rolling Hills Estates, and Clinton Keith Road Construction Phase 2 job for the County of Riverside Transportation Department in Riverside. For more information on Sukut Construction, please visit their website at or call (714) 540-5351. Cc

Above: Sukut’s crew installed over 11,000 feet of pipe to ensure proper water supply for the population of Orange County.

Right: Sukut’s crews installing 10,000 linear feet of RCP strom drain at the Clinton Keith Road Extension Project in Murrieta.



Left: Sukut self-performed the installation of over 25 miles of new gravity and force main sewer lines at the Hi-Desert Water District Wastewater Reclamation Project, Phase 1, in Yucca Valley.


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A UNIQUE APPROACH TO COMPLETE A SHORE A P P ROACH Left: The small jobsite footprints meant the crew had to seek out a new HDD drill – the D330x500 NAVIGATOR was small enough to fit the space, yet powerful enough to meet the drilling requirements.

By Lindsay Paulson, RDO Equipment Co.

Fewer than 20,000 people call the waterfront city of Hermosa Beach, California home. Situated on the Pacific Ocean, near California’s Pacific Coast Highway and The Strand – the famous bike path that runs 22 miles along the coast – the city is a hotspot for fun and sun. And now, it's also the final link in a $250 million-project chain that began thousands of miles away. In 2014, five international telecommunications companies formed a consortium to build a cable system between Southeast Asia and California. Beginning in Manado, Indonesia and traveling to Davao, Philippines, through Oahu, Hawaii, and ending at Hermosa Beach, California, this system spans more than 9,000 miles from the Philippine Sea to the Pacific Ocean – all underwater. The system, known as the Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable


system, was designed to improve internet speeds and increase broadband capacity between the continental U.S., Hawaii, Guam, the Philippines, and Indonesia. The final portion of the SEA-US project, a shore approach at Hermosa Beach, would be led by local contractor, ARB Underground, part of Primoris Service Corporation. But even before work began, the company realized the nature of the project and a few unique jobsite challenges meant some new strategies – and new equipment – would be required to complete it. Assembling the Team One of ARB’s specialties is horizontal directional drilling (HDD) for underground infrastructure. With a staff that includes a general superintendent, drilling superintendent, and HDD Division Manager, Jody Parrish, ARB knew it could handle the


Hermosa Beach phase of the SEA-US project and decided to prepare a bid. As Parrish prepared the bid for submission, he took note of the project scope and jobsite characteristics, and quickly realized he’d have to add one more key player to the team roster: the HDD unit itself. To find the right drill for this unique job, he looked to RDO Vermeer With locations from Minnesota to Texas, Primoris and RDO Vermeer had partnered for more than two decades, in several cities and on numerous types of projects. Primoris and ARB were very familiar with Vermeer® equipment, operating a variety of its machines throughout the years – including horizontal directional drills. Yet, as Parrish realized early on in the bidding process, nothing the crew had operated before was going to fit the bill for the Hermosa Beach project.




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Project Scope The main portion of the SEA-US project at Hermosa Beach was a drill-and-leave. The purpose of the HDD was to allow the marine cable to be connected to a telecommunications facility in Hermosa Beach, then on to downtown Los Angeles where it could be accessed by more than 200 other telecommunications networks. First, pilot holes would be drilled under the beach, two each at two neighboring locations. Drill pipe would push the hole beyond the beach and extend into the ocean. The drill pipe would remain underwater as conduit for the cable coming from Oahu. There were two main sites where work was to take place, each about a block from the Hermosa Beach shoreline, which, according to Parrish, posed a set of challenges on its own. “The neighborhood is expensive beachfront property,” he explained. “We would have to interface with the public and ensure disruptions were kept to a minimum.” The limitations, combined with the project’s tight timeline – just eight weeks for four bores – meant efficiency would be another high priority.

Finally, and most concerning of all, the designated work areas were small and narrow, in spaces measuring approximately 130feet by 30-feet. To put that in perspective, the total jobsite footprint was about the same width and only a bit longer than a tennis court. The crew’s third and top priority would be to maximize every inch of workspace it had. “First and foremost, the drill we chose would have to fit in the limited area,” Parrish said. But, keeping the other jobsite priorities in mind, he also needed something that didn’t skimp on performance, saying, “The machine would still need to provide the drilling power and speed of operation to complete the project on time.” As he began looking for the right drill to fit the three musthaves of the project – Size, Power, and Speed – Parrish had a unit in mind: the Vermeer D330x500 NAVIGATOR® horizontal directional drill. This was a drill that RDO Vermeer General Manager of Sales, Ken Hugen, agreed would be the ideal fit for the job because it would meet the project’s must-haves. Number one on the must-have list: Size The D330x500 NAVIGATOR sits in a very small footprint, about

50- by 8-ft (15.24- by 2.44-m). Additionally, the driller’s cabin is on the machine, which shaved off another 8- by 12-ft (2.44- by 3.66-m) box of space. Finally, the unit is equipped with an onboard crane. With a job scope that included moving 30-ft-long by 5-indiameter (9.14-m by 12.7-cm) drill steel, a crane was not a luxury – it was a necessity. The NAVIGATOR’s onboard crane would save the crew from having to bring a crane onsite and take up valuable workspace. Number two on the must-have list: Power While small in footprint, the D330x500 NAVIGATOR boasts a lot of power, enough to satisfy what ARB needed for the job. The machine offers 50,000 ft-lb (67,791 Nm) of rotational torque and 330,000-lbs (1,468 kN) of thrust/pullback. Because of waves and sand movement that occurs near shore, the drilling would have to extend out into the ocean, beyond the beach break where the ocean floor is more stable. The Vermeer drill’s power ensured it could meet this requirement of drilling 3,000 feet (914.4 meters) out into the ocean, navigating different types of underground terrain along the way.

Left: The D330x500 NAVIGATOR features the driller’s cab on the machine and onboard crane. Combined with its compact design, these features saved precious jobsite space. Right: The project had two main jobsites, neighboring locations along the beach, where the HDD portion took place.




Left: With the jobsites located a block from the Hermosa Beach shoreline, near expensive residential properties, ARB Underground was very cognizant to keep noise and other disruptions to a minimum.

Number three on the must-have list: Speed ARB had to complete the shore approach phase of the project in just eight weeks, while keeping on a daily schedule that would not disrupt the community’s residents. The D330x500 NAVIGATOR is self-contained, which made setup fast and easy for ARB. And in addition to saving precious jobsite space by having the drill and crane on one machine, it would also save the company the time (and expense) of having an additional machine to operate and maintain. ARB secured its drill and submitted the project bid to RTI, the lead architect of the SEAUS consortium. After winning the project, Parrish prepared his team and all the equipment, mobilized, and began work on Monday, September 19, 2016. The Project Armed with a drill that he was confident would stand up to the challenges of the project, Parrish and his crew were eager to get to work. Also ready to get the project underway was RTI. “We had been working with residents and City officials for two years prior to starting construction, to prepare them for what was coming,”


Chris Brungardt, RTI Senior Vice President, Regulatory Compliance, said. Brungardt’s team was wellaware large, directional bore projects were challenging and unpredictable, and in this case, concerns were magnified due to the bore sites being located on narrow city streets, near existing utilities, and, as Parrish noted early on, extremely close to high-value homes. Another challenge ARB discovered early-on was the tight space meant there was no room onsite for extra materials or equipment. ARB had to precisely coordinate delivery and removal of materials and extra equipment to keep the area clear. No matter what other challenges came up or what type of material they encountered during drilling, the ARB team powered through. Brungardt and RTI were, “continually impressed by the crew’s problem-solving abilities.” When all was completed, the path, including the two original holes at each site formed a V-shape. This also brought an added element that Parrish and his team weren’t used to. “Typical drilling projects we do are all on land, requiring drilling from surface to surface,”

he explained. With 3/4 of this project occurring underwater, a marine contractor, divers, and a few extra precautions were required. The crew added rhodamine dye to the drilling fluid. Red in color, the dye would show up on the divers’ spectrometer, alerting of any fractures. The project went smoothly and there were no fractures. Also smooth was the crew’s ability to keep RTI’s promises to the City and residents. Brungardt commended the ARB crew for keeping noise and traffic restrictions to a minimum, while conducting themselves in a professional manner. “We had zero complaints from residents related to ARB,” Brungardt recalls. In fact, residents were complimentary of the ARB crew, several contacting Brungardt to thank him for the accommodations ARB made for them. As for how the NAVIGATOR performed on the job? “Excellent,” according to Parrish. He credits the drill with allowing the crew to finish on time and on budget. And, not only was the City pleased at the end of the project, RTI gave ARB nothing but high remarks. “They rose to every challenge and performed admirably,” Brungardt said. “The project owners had a great deal riding on the project and knew the success or failure would be a direct result of how ARB performed. ARB was outstanding in every phase of the work and we could not be happier.”




“We came back on December 12 and 13 to actually land the fiber optic cable from a ship offshore,” Parrish said. The ship unloaded fiber optic cable onto boats positioned in the harbor. It was then transferred to the divers, who placed it inside the drill hole, underwater, then the cable was winched ashore. Once that was completed, the final clean-up phase at each location included pavement restoration and a slurry seal applied over the whole block to give a uniform look. Of the four initial shots, only one has been used so far. According to Parrish, future plans are to run more cable to accommodate both local growth and international needs. The end of the pipes and marine cable remain approximately three feet below the ocean floor to be protected from anchors and fishing activity. Service, Support, and Second Helpings Not just a good experience for the City, residents, and RTI,


Parrish’s team also enjoyed the project. Much of the positivity was thanks to the success of the Vermeer drill and partnership with RDO Vermeer. While RDO Vermeer offers full support of maintenance and service, Hugen is quick to point out that ARB and Primoris are very self-sustaining when it comes to their equipment management, saying, “They have a very accomplished shop so most of the maintenance was taken care of by their team.” There was one crucial weekend service call where the crane was experiencing a problem onsite. Rather than wait for parts – or Monday morning to arrive – one RDO Vermeer’s technicians disassembled the crane on his service truck, got the parts needed, fixed the issue over the weekend, and ensured ARB was back up and running when the workweek began. Parrish recalls the support and onsite service provided, “It was very good working with RDO and their technicians, they got the job done.”

PRIMORIS Primoris Services Corporation was established in 2004 as the umbrella entity for a group of exceptional companies that share a strong common culture and values. Primoris has nearly two dozen companies in nine states, focused on construction, engineering, fabrication, and maintenance services. Learn more at ARB UNDERGROUND ARB Underground is a division of Primoris Services Corporation, and installs underground structures including largediameter transmission pipelines for natural gas, crude oil, petrochemical and petroleum products, natural gas distribution systems, water, sewer, drainage systems, highvoltage power, and communications (fiber optics).

It’s safe to say ARB’s first shore approach project was a success. And as for additional, similar projects in the future? With a mix of certainty and enthusiasm, Parrish says, “Yes, we will do more shore approaches in the future.” Cc

Above: In the second phase of the project, a ship unloaded fiber optic cable, which was placed inside the drill hole, underwater, then winched ashore.

RDO VERMEER RDO Vermeer is part of the RDO Equipment Co. network of equipment dealerships, with 78 locations in 10 states. Founded in 1968, RDO Equipment Co. sells and supports agriculture, construction, environmental, positioning, surveying, and irrigation equipment from leading manufacturers including Vermeer, John Deere, Topcon, and senseFly. Learn more at RTI RTI and its affiliates are leading neutral cable owners, and develop global telecom infrastructure and large-scale data connectivity in select markets. RTI is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, and offers neutral products and services to international telecommunications carriers, multinational enterprises, global content providers, and educational institutions.rn more at




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(Above) Marshall Anderson, Executive Vice President, Southwest Construction Region, RDO Equipment Co., RDO Vermeer and RDO Integrated Controls.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (March 12, 2018) – RDO Equipment Co. is pleased to announce two leadership changes in its Southwest Construction region, effective immediately. Marshall Anderson is Executive Vice President of the region, which also includes RDO Vermeer and the RDO Integrated Controls South division. Dennis Howard is taking on the new role of Vice President of Fleet and Remarketing, and is now based in San Antonio, TX. Since joining RDO Equipment Co. in 2001, Anderson has held several leadership roles, primarily focused on the company’s agriculture, Vermeer, and irrigation divisions. He served as Executive Vice President of RDO Vermeer and RDO Water since 2015. Adding responsibility of the construction division allows


better customer focus and geographic alignment between the John Deere construction, Topcon, and Vermeer businesses. “Key to Marshall’s success has been his ability to balance the organization’s culture with the needs of the business and our customers,” Chris Cooper, COO of RDO Equipment Co., said. Most recently Vice President of RDO Equipment Co.’s Southwest Construction region and RDO Integrated Controls’ South division, Howard has served in management roles with RDO Equipment Co. since joining the organization in 2007. His experience includes time overseeing Arizona, California, and Texas stores, as well as rental operations and technology. Howard’s new role as Vice President of Fleet and Remarketing allows a greater focus on used equipment and rental fleet strategy. “The combination of more than 10 years of leadership experience, and deep industry and OEM knowledge of our


(Above) Dennis Howard, Executive Vice President of Fleet and Remarketing, Southwest Construction Region, RDO Equipment Co.

John Deere partnership gives Dennis the skills and strength to ensure this strategic aspect of our business is properly leveraged,” Cooper said. About RDO Equipment Co. Founded in 1968, RDO Equipment Co. sells and supports agriculture, construction, environmental, irrigation, positioning, and surveying equipment from leading manufacturers including John Deere, Vermeer, and Topcon. With 82 locations across the United States, and partnerships in Africa, Australia, Mexico, Russia, and Ukraine, RDO Equipment Co. is a total solutions provider. Learn more at Cc



COMPTON (CA), January, 2018. Trench Shoring Company, which for almost fifty years has served the construction industry with the highest quality shoring equipment, training, service, and support, has announced the opening of its new, stateof-the-art facility in Compton, CA. Trench Shoring Company President, Kevin Malloy, notes that the new, nine-acre campus, just one mile from Trench Shoring Company’s Los Angeles location, “gives our growing company the space to consolidate all of our services—welding, repair, product development and expanding inventory—allowing us to even better support and anticipate the needs of our valued customers.” The new Compton facility occupies over nine acres. It includes a 130,293 square foot fabrication building to support the Company’s welding, repair, production and development capabilities. The 86,500 square foot Aluminum Hydraulic Shoring building incorporates significantly increased square footage to house the


construction industry’s largest inventory of quality shoring equipment. The truck service shop is 34,000 square feet. This enables the Company to keep their large fleet of boom trucks and additional equipment in top running condition. Trench Shoring Company’s source of pride and a major reason for its growth and outstanding reputation is their commitment to fast delivery and pick-up, providing same-day service. This new Compton facility will ensure that a project’s unique shoring needs will be met with firstin-class turnaround, inventory and customized service and support as required. Since the launch of Trench Shoring Company in 1973, “Commitment to Safety and Service” has been

founder Tom Malloy’s motto. Providing shoring equipment and training to keep contractors safe in the trenches through excellent, consistent service was the Company’s motto then, and Trench Shoring Company remains true to this mission today. Trench Shoring Company provides the construction industry with the largest inventories of highest quality shoring equipment and customized support from their ten convenient locations servicing the Central Coast, Southern California, and Las Vegas, Nevada. Offering the construction industry firstin-class service, engineering, rentals, sales, inventory and training, the Company continues to be on the leading technological edge of their business. Trench Shoring Company has remained a family business with a proud legacy of commitment to safety and service. Cc





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