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BrightView Completes Design-Build Landscape Site Package on University of California, Merced 2020 Campus Expansion Project

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BRIGHTVIEW Completes Design-Build Landscape Site Package on University of California, Merced 2020 Campus Expansion Project

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BYROM-DAVEY, INC.

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Serves as Construction Manager on Phase 4 of the Highway 101 Widening Project and General Contractor for Segments A and C

Breaks Ground on $5.25 Million Arnhold Tennis Center at University of California, Santa Barbara

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BrightView Completes Design-Build Landscape Site Package on University of California, Merced 2020 Campus Expansion Project By Brian Hoover, Editor / Photos provided by BrightView

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niversity of California, Merced (UC Merced) became the newest campus to join the UC system on Sept. 5, 2005. UC Merced is not far from the famous Yosemite National Park and serves as a significant base of advanced research and diversification throughout the region. UC Merced recently completed a massive four-year campus construction expansion project, nearly doubling the size of the existing campus. This project was made possible by a coalition of organizations that together completed the largest public-private partnership (P3) social infrastructure project in U.S. history. The 1.2 milliongross-square-foot master-planned campus extension, known as UC Merced 2020, broke ground in October 2016 and was officially delivered to the University on June 1, 2020. The $1.3 billion project includes student housing, classrooms, teaching and research space, student wellness and counseling facilities, and recreational spaces. Delivery of the required milestone completion construction dates occurred in three phases, beginning in mid-July 2018, with the second phase finished in mid-2019, and final phase completed in June of 2018. The P3 development team, which branded together

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under the banner of Plenary Properties Merced (PPM), was led by developer and equity provider Plenary in partnership with Webcor Builders; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, the lead campus planner; and Johnson Controls, Inc., which is responsible for operations and maintenance. The UC Merced 2020 Campus Expansion is the largest project ever awarded to Webcor Builders. Webcor Builders is a premier commercial construction service provider known for its innovative and efficient approach, a wide range of experience, and cost-effective design-build methodology. As the nation’s leading commercial landscape company, BrightView was chosen early in the pre-development process by Webcor Builders to provide the complete landscape and site hardscape design package. As one of the key design-build trade subcontracting partners to Webcor Builders, BrightView put forth an amazing design and worked tirelessly to meet all of design deadlines and technical specifications throughout the project. Jacob Gliddon was the Site Project Manager for Webcor Builders, and he worked closely with BrightView Landscape Development and other key collaborative design-build trade

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Right: Installing drainage in recreational field. BrightView utilized compact equipment to minimize field damage.

subcontractors. “BrightView assembled a great team for the UC Merced 2020 Project. They exceeded all expectations, and I look forward to working with them again in the future,” says Gliddon. Skip Stevens, vice president and general manager for BrightView Landscape Development, says that BrightView was honored to have been selected early in 2016 as one of several design-build trade partners exclusively chosen for the UC Merced 2020 Project. “The delivery milestone dates had to be met within the covenants of the agreement between the developer and the UC. BrightView always recognizes the responsibilities that come with being the last guys out, and we are continuously aware of the incredible efforts that are required by our BrightView team members and trade partners to meet milestone completion deadlines and contractual obligations,” says Stevens. “I am extremely proud of BrightView’s design-build team members whom collaboratively partnered with Webcor Builders and the trade partner teams on this 8

design-build to provide UC Merced with an incredible finished product.” The $24 million BrightView design-build contract included a robust approach to water conservation that was a major focus of the landscape site design package. This included 61-miles of drip irrigation line installed by BrightView throughout all three phases and within the 250-acre campus work area. Additionally, BrightView designed and constructed a NCAA Div. I competition sports field along with multipurpose recreational sports fields, tennis courts, as well as bleachers and around 30-miles or 158,000 linear feet of irrigation hard pipe. BrightView also installed 805 trees, 41,000-plus shrubs, and other duties like native wetland and grassland hydroseeding, landscape drainage, site furnishings, outdoor bike storage facilities and the erection of several shade structures. BrightView blended around 40,000 cubic yards of existing on-site soil, blending and placing more than 500 cubic yards each day.

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Below: Removing winterization gravel around building to complete landscape installation. Bottom: Ripping subgrade for placement of blended topsoil.

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Right: BrightView excavating for 3” mainline in recreational field. Below: Placing & spreading blended topsoil.

Below: Removing soil material in landscape planter. Bottom: Trenching irrigation lines adjacent to curb & fence.

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Dustin Harter was the Project Superintendent overseeing the UC Merced 2020 Project for BrightView daily. “Operating within an open and active campus was the biggest challenge on this project. We constructed our work within delivery phases one, two, and three, and our job was to efficiently and safely turn over each phase to the student body as completed,” says Harter. “There was a parking lot built across the street from the campus, and we were tasked with continuously maintaining safe pedestrian access. We established a flag crew at all crossings and entrances for the safe travel of students, faculty, operators, and laborers whose job it was to sweep the temporary walkways to keep them safe and dry. Safety was our number one concern as 10

we concentrated on getting students and faculty to their newly built classrooms, dorms, cafeterias, and other facilities.” Harter continues to point out that the use of heavy equipment and crews was predicated on precisely where they were at within each phase. “We continually maintained a minimum of six to eight team members on-site,” says Harter. “Toward the end of each phase, we would ramp up to as many as 35 crew members to meet all delivery completion dates.” Harter says that the UC Merced 2020 Expansion Project required the use of several types and sizes of heavy construction machinery. “We utilized John Deere dozers on the soil pile and Cat 325 excavators for the heavier digging jobs. We also

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Above: BrightView excavating tree pits in courtyard. Below: Trench excavating in planting area. Bottom: Screening soil for soil blending operation.

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made use of several John Deere 544 wheel loaders and a motor grader on the competition and recreational fields,” continues Harter. According to Harter, skid steers and mini excavators were also plentiful throughout the job site, along with the regular use of dump trucks, trenchers, and other smaller walk-behind pieces of equipment. “Most of the equipment on the UC Merced 2020 Project came from our BrightView owned fleet, but we supplemented as needed with rental machines,” says Harter. Ray Tristan is the Pleasanton Branch Manager for BrightView Landscape Development, and he oversees operations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and greater San Joaquin Valley. “I want to recognize our Operations Manager, Sal Ochoa, and say thank you to all of the management, trade partners, and every 12

stakeholder that made this amazing project a tremendous success,” says Tristan. “We are currently working on several other projects within the UC system after proving ourselves on the UC Merced project and look forward to this trend continuing in the future.” The UC Merced 2020 Project has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2017 Infrastructure Journal Global Award, a 2016 P3 Award, a Public Sector Champion Award from the Performance-Based Building Coalition, and a 2017 award for P3 Social Infrastructure Project of the Year. Please visit https:// merced2020.ucmerced.edu/ for more information on the UC Merced 2020 Expansion Project. For more information on BrightView Landscapes, please visit brightview.com or call 844-235-7778. Cc

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Granite Serves as Construction Manager on Phase 4 of the Highway 101 Widening Project and General Contractor for Segments A and C By Brian Hoover, Editor Photos provided by Granite Construction and Santa Barbara County Association of Governments

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ranite Construction (Granite) was named the Construction Manager for Phase 4 of the Highway 101 Carpinteria to Santa Barbara Project in the fourth quarter of 2018. As Construction Manager, Granite has partnered with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) to participate in the preconstruction and design phase of the Highway 101: Carpinteria to Montecito project, the fourth and final phase of the 16-mile Highway 101 Santa Barbara to Mussel Shoals project. Phase 4 was split into five segments that are designated A through E on the 11-mile project. Segment A represents the southern-most segment in Carpinteria, with E representing the northern-most segment in the City of Santa Barbara. Granite’s $4.1 million construction management contract covers all five segments and related parallel projects for preconstruction

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services. Granite has and continues to work closely with Caltrans on all segments of Phase 4 to prepare budgets, build schedules, conduct constructability reviews, and analyze risk and opportunities for innovation, among many other responsibilities. All five segments are expected to cost approximately $900 million by completion in 2026, pending funding. Granite was awarded the construction contracts for Segments A and C of the Highway 101 project. Larry Camilleri is the regional vice president and manages Central California operations for Granite. “Segment A has been under contract since April, and we just started Segment C at the beginning of November. So, Granite has two of the anticipated 5 major highway projects currently under contract as we speak,” says Camilleri. “As the builder, we help the owner, Caltrans, optimize the design schedule and reduce the overall cost of the project. Construction contracts for

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segments B, D and E have not yet been awarded.” Segment A of Phase 4 is a $80 million contract, and Granite began construction in April 2020 on a 30-month schedule. Granite’s scope of work on Highway 101 includes the rebuild and addition of three miles of new high occupancy vehicle lanes, on- and off-ramp improvements, construction of new sound walls, bridge improvements, and enhancements to local streets and intersections. The Carpinteria Project, as it is commonly referred to, widens Highway 101 to six lanes from 0.22 miles south of Bailard Avenue in the City of Carpinteria to north of Carpinteria Avenue in the County of Santa Barbara. “Segment A adds a peak-period continuous access HOV lane in each direction for approximately three miles in the City of Carpinteria,” says Camilleri. “These new lanes will tie into the third lanes that were recently added to the south and upcoming lane addition projects in the north.” C A LCO N T R AC TO R .CO M


Segments B through E will also reconstruct North and South Padaro, Cabrillo Boulevard, Evans, San Ysidro and Sheffield Road interchanges and replace and widen several creek bridges and undercrossing structures. The Carpinteria Project will replace existing pavement, widen shoulders and improve ramps from Casitas Pass Road to north of Santa Clause Lane. Additionally, Granite will self-perform underground utility work primarily made up of storm drain installations. The Carpinteria project (Segment A) also includes approximately 64,000 cubic yards of excavation, 55,000 tons of aggregate, 29,000 tons of hot-mix asphalt, 39,000 cubic yards of reinforced concrete pavement, and 14,300 linear feet of concrete

barrier. Hot-mix asphalt and aggregate materials will be provided by Granite’s nearby Santa Paula Hot Plant, Bee Rock Quarry and Gardner Facility. “Having control of the aggregate and asphalt supply chain has allowed us to optimize both the concrete and asphalt mix designs to reduce cost on the project,” says Camilleri. “Additionally, all of the materials are coming from within Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, which allows for a reduction in the carbon emission footprint by reducing vehicle miles traveled on the corridor.” Segment A of Phase 4 in the city of Carpinteria will include the replacement of bridges over Franklin and Santa Monica Creeks. The bridge replacements are being done to accommodate the addition of a new third lane in each

Background: Aerial view of John Deere Dozer pushing material to a Cat excavator in the proposed new HOV lane alignment on Highway 101: Carpinteria to Santa Barbara Project. Inset: View of Segment 4A (Carpinteria): Crew working in the new highway median, excavating dirt to build the new concrete pavement travel way.

direction on Highway 101 and to improve water flow in the creeks. “We are working above two creeks, and our schedule is built around seasonal work windows that are governed by regulatory permits issued by the Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Department of Fish and Wildlife,” continues Camilleri. “This can be a challenge, but with proper scheduling and adherence to our detailed plan, it should not be an issue.” Crews are working both day and night with the work that requires lane closures being done at night. Construction activities that can be accomplished safely behind K-Rail are typically done during daytime hours. “This is a multi-shift project that never sleeps, it is active from Sunday night through Saturday,” says Camilleri.


Above left and right: Granite asphalt paving crews placing hot mix asphalt to strengthen the existing shoulder before switching traffic in Stage 1.

Above left and right: Granite concrete paving crew placing concrete for the new median and HOV lanes.

Granite was also awarded Segment C, located in Santa Barbara County in the communities of Summerland and Montecito, and represents roughly a $100 million contract. The Summerland contract (Segment C) began in November and will add a peak-period carpool lane in each direction of Highway 101 for 1.7 miles. Granite will also install a new bridge at the Evans Avenue Undercrossing that connects the freeway bridges. This section will also be accompanied by a 16

pedestrian bike lane and highway lighting improvements. Granite will construct new freeway bridges at the Sheffield Drive Interchange as part of the Segment C Summerland Project. They will also build a new right hand on- and off-ramp on the southbound side of this section while implementing improvements to the northbound ramp. Additional work will include replacing the Wallace Avenue on-ramp and construction of both retaining and sound walls. Greenwell Creek will

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also be enhanced with drainage improvements near the freeway. It hasn’t been all smooth sailing for the Carpinteria and Summerland projects. “We have faced a few challenges so far including a five-month overlap between the work being done by another contractor on Phase 3 and our work on Phase 4. We were working in close proximity with another firm, and that presented a challenge in terms of sequencing and { Continued on page 18 } C A LCO N T R AC TO R .CO M



Above and right: Granite crews excavating dirt for the new HOV lane and installing pipe for a creek diversion in Stage 1. Below: Granite carpenter crews placing forms for a new bridge approach slab.

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coordination of lane closures,” says Camilleri. According to Camilleri, SB1 funding increases the volume of transportation work which 18

creates more competition for labor resources. “The resource pool on the central coast is a bit different than working in large metropolitan areas like Los Angeles or the

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Bay Area,” continues Camilleri. “Operators, laborers, masons, carpenters, and other tradesmen aren’t as plentiful. That means we are actively recruiting talent from inside and outside of the area and doing everything we can to attract labor resources. Completion of all phases of the Highway 101 corridor is scheduled some time in 2026, and contingent on funding, so we will be out here working for several years. We encourage anyone interested to contact our offices.” Camilleri believes that his construction management team should have the schedule, plans, specifications, and cost agreed upon soon to kickoff Segment B by June 2021. He also forecasts that Segments D and E should be ready for delivery in 2023. “There are so many individuals that deserve C A LCO N T R AC TO R .CO M


Above: Granite uses a sustainable approach by crushing concrete pavement from the old highway, which will be used for subbase below the new highway.

credit and should be recognized for their hard work and dedication on this Highway 101 Phase 4 project. Bill McGowan is our project manager; he and I worked hand in hand on the pursuit team to secure the Construction Manager contract with Caltrans,” says Camilleri. “Bill has also been and remains extremely active in the preconstruction services contract. He deserves much credit for our ongoing success.” Camilleri also recognizes construction manager John Van Lenten as a leader and contributor to the successful progress of the work out on Highway 101. “John was also on the pursuit team and is leading the construction and estimating team for Granite as our CALCON TRAC TOR.CO M

Construction Manager on the job,” says Camilleri. “Now that we have multiple segments underway, and as we work to get other segments under contract, he will continue to lead our talented construction team, and we are thankful for his leadership abilities.” In conclusion, Camilleri applauds the great partnership and working relationship that Granite has been fortunate to forge with Caltrans and SBCAG. “I want to emphasize just what a win/win the CMGC process is for both the owner and contractor. It brings the builder into the fold during the preconstruction and design phases. This ultimately provides a reduction in the overall cost and corridor schedule,” concludes

Camilleri. “The collaboration also adds innovation to the design and optimizes and streamlines a construction schedule that ultimately delivers a project sooner than a typical bid/build project. It also provides reduced risk for the owner and allows the contractor to hit the ground running with common goals and a head of steam going into construction.” For more information on Phase 4 of the Highway 101 Project, please visit SBROADS.com, or visit Granite’s website at graniteconstruction. com/careers or call their Watsonville headquarters at (831) 724-1011. Cc

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By Brian Hoover, Editor

Byrom-Davey, Inc. Breaks Ground on $5.25 Million Arnhold Tennis Center at University of California, Santa Barbara

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he University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) has a men’s and women’s NCAA Division 1 tennis program that has brought them attention on a national level for some time. The UCSB Men’s tennis team has won five straight Big West Tournament championships, while the UCSB Women’s tennis team had back to back Big West Tournament titles in 2016 and 2017. The men’s team also has Joseph Guillin, one of the best single players on the West Coast and the entire nation. Guillin was the first UCSB Gaucho to win the Sectional Championship, beating out top-ranked players from UCLA, USC, San Diego State and University of Arizona. During the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, John Arnhold began brainstorming the idea of building a new, first-rate tennis stadium for the UCSB men’s and women’s tennis program. Arnhold was admiring the USC Trojan’s Marks Tennis Stadium and thought it would be great to have a facility of that caliber for the tennis athletes at UCSB.

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The Arnhold’s have a history with UCSB that goes beyond being philanthropists that donate to the Gaucho’s academic and athletic programs. John Arnhold is a UCSB alumnus, former chairman of the board for the International Tennis Hall of Fame, voluntary coach for the UCSB women’s team, and trustee with the UC Santa Barbara Foundation. After careful consideration, research, and working out details with the director of athletics, John McCutcheon, John and his wife, Jody, put up one of the largest donations ever made to UCSB athletics to build a new tennis stadium. UCSB’s new $5.25 million “Arnhold Tennis Center” broke ground this past October and will include eight courts and an 1,860 square-foot team building complete with locker rooms, a team lounge and plenty of storage. The new UCSB tennis stadium is a design/build project and was awarded to Byrom-Davey, Inc. (Byrom-Davey) out of San Diego. Byrom Davey is a general contractor specializing in the

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construction of sports facilities. Byrom-Davey began construction on Arnhold Tennis Center on Oct. 2020 and is expected to be completed by June 2021. Eric Jennings, Sr. is the vice president overseeing business development and operations at Byrom-Davey for the past 12 years. Jennings has worked closely with John McCutcheon, director of athletics at UCSB. “Physical construction began with the demolition of six of the existing tennis courts at the former Rob Gym Courts. Court 7 and 8 were preserved for resurfacing, which allows for eight courts on the newly designed Arnhold Tennis Center,” says Jennings. “We discovered some very minor asbestos trace during the demolition process, but that was remediated quickly and without any issues.”

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Byrom-Davey has now moved on to the grading and over excavating segment of the project. “We are over excavating a few feet down throughout the two-acre work zone,” says Jennings. “In the area where the new building will be constructed, however, we are over excavating around five feet to prepare for the new foundation.” Jennings points out that the over excavation process is necessary due to the history of saturated soil conditions at UCSB and the fact that it is located on a peninsula situated between the ocean and a lagoon. “Rain events bring in groundwater, and the soil becomes saturated. We put together a plan of action utilizing certain grading methods along with an intelligent drainage design that helps to mitigate saturation during rain events,” continues Jennings. “This was a key component to our design criteria where we knew we were going to have to deal with site drainage and infiltration.” According to Jennings, Byrom-Davey was initially looking at utilizing several detention basins throughout the property to fulfill their infrastructure drainage plan. “Because of the saturation issues and excess groundwater, we decided to go with a subsurface basin with infiltration bedrock, underground inlets and catch basins for the overflow,” explains Jennings. “This design adjustment not only saved the owner around $200,000 but also provided a more efficient, consolidated approach for drainage. The specified criteria called for 95 percent infiltration and 5 percent discharge. After implementing our design change, we were able to achieve 98 percent filtration and 2 percent discharge.” CALCON TRAC TOR.CO M

Top: Artist rendering of the new UCSB Arnhold Tennis Center currently under construction by Byrom-Davey, Inc. Above middle: Artist rendering of new UCSB Arnhold Tennis Center 1,860 sq. ft. team building. Above: Custom elevated bleachers at new Arnhold Tennis Center offer 261 spectators with amazing views of tennis competition below.

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Above and below: Byrom-Davey, Inc. performing compaction and over excavating on UCSB Arnhold Tennis Center project in Santa Barbara.

Jennings says that the plan is to have the grading and over excavating complete before the end of the first quarter of 2021 to avoid possible rain events. ByromDavey will then move on to begin constructing the six brand-new post-tension (PT) concrete tennis courts. This process involves installing around 6 inches of structural concrete slab over a prepared base. The concrete is reinforced with single strand unbonded tendons that are tensioned after the concrete is installed. Post tension concrete tennis courts will have the ability to span unstable soils, while increasing resistance to settling and/or heaving. PT also eliminates cold joints around net posts and fence posts with more controlled slope for drainage. PT eliminates the potential liability from structural cracking while providing a stable and attractive edge,” says Jennings. “Finally, we will apply a prescribed layer of Plexipave®, which is a durable, high performance, acrylic tennis court surfacing product.” Byrom-Davey’s design-build contract includes the erection of a new contemporary building complex with two wings. “We were able to use some interesting and progressive 22

architecture designs with sophisticated, high-quality design elements within and outside of the building structure,” continues Jennings. “This includes a special feature on the backside of the bleachers, including metal panels and custom downlighting effects. This will be a fantastic area to showcase the tennis athletes while providing an elevated communication and promotion section that you don’t see on other campuses,” says Jennings. In addition to the six newly built and two renovated tennis courts, the new tennis stadium area will also have a new scoreboard and bleachers designed to serve 261 spectators. “The bleachers are custom elevated

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specifically for viewing tennis competitions, and comes complete with a vertical wheelchair lift,” continues Jennings. Jennings points out that UCSB went with the design-build process to accomplish as much as possible with the funds they had available. Byrom-Davey went through exhaustive measures during the estimating and re-estimating process. They considered everything, especially designing the new building with the individual athletes and staff in mind. In addition to what we have already covered, the design includes 2.1 acres of site improvements and 2,000 sq. ft. of team rooms and restrooms. { Continued on page 24 } C A LCO N T R AC TO R .CO M


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Above: Byrom-Davey crew observing safe distancing and face covering practices on the UCSB Arnhold Tennis Center project. Below: Wheel loader working hard to prepare UCSB 2.1 acre site for construction of new tennis stadium at UC Santa Barbara. Bottom: Bomag single drum soil compactor preparing the over excavated base for construction of new tennis stadium at UC Santa Barbara.

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It also incorporates a meeting/auxiliary building, site area lighting and PA system, synthetic turf and playground structure, planting areas, parking lots and ADA improvements. “We wanted a fresh, progressive look that included everything you would expect to find in a state-ofthe-art, college level, athletic facility. We also wanted the spectators to have an amazing view, and we accomplished this with the design of the north bleachers and courts 1 through 4,” says Jennings. “We had to eliminate a few items like auxiliary bleachers and some other miscellaneous features, but we designed the existing infrastructure so that the client can easily plug in many of these components at a later date.” Jennings points out that UCSB’s internal customer is John McCutcheon, director of athletics. “We are working closely with John McCutcheon, who worked hard to secure the funding for this amazing tennis stadium project,” concludes Jennings. “This is a timely investment for a very successful and thriving NCAA D1 tennis program. We will do whatever it takes to assure that John and UCSB are satisfied with the finished product.” For more information on the new UCSB Arnhold Tennis Center, please visit https://www.byrom-davey.com/ projects/ucsb-arnhold-tennis-center or call Byrom-Davey at (858) 829-4076. Cc C A LCO N T R AC TO R .CO M


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HOW CORONAVIRUS HAS AFFECTED SUPPLY AND DEMAND OF THE HEAVY EQUIPMENT INDUSTRY

By Yadi Rodriguez, Sonsray Machinery

Furloughed employees, factories are closed, overseas imports have been halted and there is a shortage of steel… Thank you very much 2020—{that was sarcasm}. Despite all this, contractors and construction companies still have contracts to meet and construction projects to complete. So if you’ve been thinking about adding a new backhoe or mini excavator, now’s the time to look into purchasing an in stock machine ready to ship. Here’s why… COMPETITIVE COMPARISON OF HEAVY EQUIPMENT We know many machine operators have their favorite brands and prefer certain functions on their machines, but truth be told when it comes to Caterpillar, John Deere, and CASE CE we all have an equivalent comparable to each other’s machines--and the 26

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differences aren’t many. A perfect example is how CASE CE invented the backhoe, however Caterpillar, JCB and John Deere have engineered their own version. In every category, whether you’re looking for a John Deere 35G, there’s a CASE CX37C; or looking for a CAT 259, there’s a CASE TR270. This is why dealerships like Sonsray Machinery, an authorized CASE CE distributor, focus on selling the relationship rather than the brand. All of the brands above are great and they all have great products. What sets apart a dealership like Sonsray Machinery is you get a young and modern ownership paired with a white glove signature service among no other in the industry. It won’t be long before shopping around for your favorite brand will not be a priority and contractors may need to start buying heavy equipment by type of C A LCO N T R AC TO R .CO M


machine and what’s available to get their jobs done. In stock inventory is really the best way to go. In average when a customer orders an end-of-line machine built to specific specs it takes about 4-5 months to be delivered. Nonetheless with Covid 19 hitting our economy, it has put a damper on manufacturers’ production and delivery times. Customers are having to wait about 8 months to have their custom machine delivered. Sometimes the difference may simply be a leather vs. a cloth seat. Is that really worth the wait and miss a construction project deadline? At the end of the day, contractors want a high-performing machine up and running, regardless of the brand or that it has leather or cloth seats. Plus, that excavator or asphalt paver you’ve been needing to finish your construction project, will give you the same productivity. IN STOCK INVENTORY IS A SOLUTION FOR YOUR BUSINESS Sonsray Machinery is among the many dealerships who healthily stocked their yards earlier in the year. Heavy equipment sales softened a little due to the impact Covid 19 had in our industry, which means dealerships are eager to move aged equipment older than 3 months. However, that won’t last forever. Coronavirus has disrupted the supply chain and it won’t be long before dealership owners take notice of the supply running low and the demand increasing. This will cause the industry to flip and it will be a seller’s market. Not suggesting to settle for anything less than what you need, but sometimes ordering construction equipment with all the bells and whistles with a long delivery wait is not worth putting your construction business’ reputation at risk. Call your local heavy equipment dealership and request a new equipment inventory list. If you’re looking for a specific type of machine, ask to see what they have in stock and don’t forget to ask for deals either! If you have a favorite brand you prefer to work with, it never

hurts to seek out a comparison for a comparable competitive model. Take advantage of in stock inventory today! In stock inventory sitting on a yard is ready to ship and dealerships are excited to find that iron a new home. About Sonsray Machinery – Sonsray Inc Is the largest authorized CASE CE distributor with 13 locations in 4 states: California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. With locations that stretch from the borders of Canada and Mexico, they are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for new & used sales, rentals, and parts & service. Cc

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NIXON-EGLI HOLDS LINK-BELT CRANE OPEN HOUSE FEATURING THE NEW 80-RTXL 80-TON ROUGH TERRAIN CRANE AND THE 175-AT 175-TON ALL TERRAIN CRANE

Above: Nixon-Egli Open House guests were treated to the Habbit Burger Grill.

Above and bottom right: Customers received a firsthand look at the new Link-Belt 80-RTXL and 175-AT.

Nixon-Egli Equipment Co. held their annual Link-Belt Crane Open House on October 29th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their Ontario location. Nixon-Egli took advantage of the event to showcase their new LinkBelt 80-RTXL 80-ton Rough Terrain Crane and their Link-Belt 175-AT 175-ton All Terrain Crane. Tom Trevithick is the Southern California crane specialist for Nixon-Egli Equipment Co. and he points out some of the features that Nixon-Egli shared with their more than 100 open house guests. “The new 80-RTXL offers the longest reach and greatest capacity of any 80-ton rated rough terrain 28

crane on the market,” says Trevithick. “The 175-AT is Link-Belt’s first fullcab version on an all terrain crane. It also is capable of transporting full counterweight using just two fall-off loads.” The “Habit” food truck was on hand and a variety of refreshments were served to Nixon-Egli customers that were happy to get out and take a look at Link-Belt Cranes new offerings. Nixon-Egli is a frequent top five Link-Belt dealer and was named Link-Belt Crane top five dealer in 2019. Nixon-Egli Equipment Co. is the official authorized distributor for Link-Belt cranes in California and Northern Nevada.

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Nixon-Egli Equipment Co. has been working hard to supply their customers with the best cranes, municipal, and road construction equipment for more than 50 years. Along with Tom Trevithick in Southern California, Nixon-Egli has Bruce Brownie as their Link-Belt crane specialist in Northern California and Dennis Schulgen as their crane specialist in Northern Nevada. For more information on Nixon-Egli or Link-Belt cranes, please visit www.nixonegli.com or call (909) 930-1822. Cc CALCON TRAC TOR.CO M

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