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Bragg Companies 75th Anniversary Committed to Safety, Integrity, Quality and Superior Service Since 1946 By Brian Hoover, Senior Editor

hat would our world be like without cranes to do the heavy lifting? Cranes have played an enormous role in erecting buildings and structures for thousands of years. The first cranes can be closely tied to the pulley invented by ancient Mesopotamians for hoisting water as early as 1500 B.C. Countless ancient sites around the world could never have been built without the use of some sort of crane system. Imagine constructing Stonehenge, the

Pyramids of Giza, or the Parthenon without a heavy lifting system. Lifting heavy loads with a crane can be traced back to the late sixth century BC. Ancient Greeks used simple rope systems, and over time, introduced the winch and pulley to lift heavier objects further distances. Today’s modern crane can be traced back to 1838, when William Armstrong invented the first hydraulic crane. From these early designs and the introduction of the combustible gas engine came

the evolution of mobile hydraulic cranes now strong enough to lift 1,200 metric tons. Without cranes, our skyscrapers and other modern multistory buildings would have never been constructed. Along with the development of the crane came the formation of entirely new businesses and industries. Cranes are now used in just about every manufacturing industry, including construction, automotive, shipping, aviation, transportation and the energy sector and of course, the crane sales and rental business.

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bragg’s HISTORY Founded in 1946 with Just One Crane Jim Bragg started Bragg Crane Service with just one crane in the Signal Hill oil fields.

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Move to Long Beach Through an acquisition, Bragg Heavy Transport was established and Bragg Companies was moved from the original Signal Hill location to Long Beach.

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Above left: Jim Bragg stands with some of his cranes in the Signal Hill oil fields during the early years of the company. Above right: Founder Jim Bragg with his son George Bragg, who served as president from 1980-2009.

Jim Bragg Starts Bragg Crane Service - 1946 Bragg Companies is currently celebrating its 75th anniversary. Along with his mother and sister, Jim Bragg moved to California from Russellville, Arkansas, in 1945. Jim eventually landed a job as a crane operator for Pacific Crane & Rigging, one of only a few crane and rigging companies serving the West Coast at that time. Several of the operators who worked for Pacific Crane & Rigging started their own crane rental companies and in June 1946, Jim Bragg decided to do the same thing. Jim’s most significant hurdle at the time was getting a bank to

finance his first crane. While all the banks were saying no, Union Bank decided to take a risk on young Jim Bragg and Bragg Crane Service was born. From a small office and yard in Signal Hill, Jim found his start with the oilfields. The oil rigs were mainly made from wood and had to be manually assembled, disassembled, and reassembled, and that kept Jim and his fledgling company busy for the first few years. As Bragg Crane Service continued to expand slowly, Jim began offering his crane services to refineries and power plants, which proved to be an excellent growth sector for the company.

Bragg Crane & Rigging Bragg’s third core division was established: Bragg Crane & Rigging.

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Bragg Heavy Transport – 1955 As the picks got larger and heavier, the trucks and transport trailers also grew in size and capacity. At this same time, contractors, developers and other business owners began asking Bragg if they could provide trucking services for their cranes and equipment. Jim Bragg saw this as a good business opportunity and growth area and in 1955, he acquired an already established trucking firm. Bragg Heavy Transport would be the moniker given to this new division, as the entire company moved from Signal Hill to their new location on Paramount Boulevard in

Jim Bragg Transfers Ownership to His Children George, Mary Ann and Steve Bragg takeover Bragg Crane Service operations.

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Long Beach. From planning to execution, Bragg Heavy Transport has the expertise to handle the most complex heavy haul jobs and is licensed throughout all 50 states. Bragg’s massive truck and trailer fleet is port compliant with cutting-edge clean-air technology. They offer on-road capacities of up to 500,000 tons and off-road up to 1,600 tons. They are also experts in oversized, overweight loads that require specialized care, permits, planning, and documentation. Bragg Crane & Rigging – 1967 Bragg’s third core division, Bragg Crane & Rigging, was formed in 1967. Jim was always keen to listen to what his customers wanted and by 1967, his clients wanted more of a contract, turnkey situation with an operator and a machine. This was the beginning of the construction division for Bragg, as they began taking on projects in both the prime contractor and subcontractor capacities. The company essentially went from a crane rental firm where you hired a hook or needed trucking services to becoming a fully A-licensed general contractor. Bragg began bidding and working directly with the owners needing much larger

Above: George Bragg, Jim Bragg, and Mary Ann Pool stand with long time colleague Mike Willer in the crane yard.

equipment installations. Bragg now offered full service, structural, heavy mechanical, and rigging erection projects from feasibility and planning to the final inspection. Jim Bragg Transfers Ownership to His Three Children - 1980 Jim Bragg’s grandson, Scott Bragg, is proud of his grandfather’s hard work and legacy and he has many stories to tell about the early

days. “My grandfather (Jim Bragg) established our core values and hard-earned integrity from day one. He never signed a contract, and every deal was sealed with a handshake,” says Scott. “There were a few occasions when clients announced that they were not going to pay my grandfather, so he would take down whatever it was that he was paid to erect. They { Continued on page 10 }

Bay Area Expansion Bragg Crane Service acquires Bay Cities Crane & Rigging and expands north to their Richmond, CA location in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Bragg Family Starts John Deere Distributorship - Coastline Equipment Coastline Equipment is formed and on their way to major future expansion.

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Far left: Bragg Crane and Rigging uses a Chicago Boom to complete a skyscraper in San Francisco. Left: Bragg Crane Service sets the base for a wind turbine on a renewable energy job. Above: Bragg Heavy Transport used an SPMT (Self-Propelled Modular Transporter) to move columns within a refinery. { Continued from page 8 }

were dumbfounded, commenting on how it was just going to cost my grandfather more. He made it clear that he was not about to give these people the benefits of his equipment and labor if they were not going to pay. He was tough but always fair, and things were done a bit differently in those days. I wish we could still do that today.” Jim Bragg remained the sole owner of Bragg Crane Service until 1980, when he transferred ownership to his three children, George, Mary Ann, and Steve Bragg.

George Bragg became president of Bragg Companies in 1980, with his brother Steve serving as vice president and sister, Mary Ann Pool, as secretary-treasurer. “George, Mary Ann and Steve worked well together and along with my grandfather (Jim Bragg), they trusted one another implicitly,” says Scott Bragg. “My father (George Bragg) understood the crane and rigging industry better than anyone I know, and he was big on giving back to our employees, customers, and the community. He did a lot to further develop our culture here at Bragg Companies.”

Current Headquarters Established Bragg moved directly across Paramount Boulevard and formally established the Bragg Companies Headquarters they still use today. The former location is home to their Coastline Equipment headquarters and Long Beach dealership.

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According to Scott Bragg, Mary Ann Pool started working full time for her father’s company when she was 18 years old. She remained secretary-treasurer until her death just a few years ago. “Mary Ann was a big part of the backbone of this company,” says Scott. “She did an incredible job handling the administration work, including payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and other detailed documentation that could be so daunting. She had a great work ethic and led by example.” Scott also has great respect for his uncle Steve, who decided

Growth in the Central Valley The acquisition of Triple R Heavy Haul leads to the establishment of their Stockton Branch, including moving their BCS Sacramento branch to be under the same roof.

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Left: Bragg Heavy Transport completed the haul of over 500 loads of steel from the Port of Long Beach to SoFi Stadium. Above: Bragg Heavy Transport completed the SoFi Steel haul efficiently and right on schedule.

early on to sell his interest in Bragg Companies to pursue other ventures. “My uncle Steve was an estimator and also a very talented operator in his own right,” says Scott. “He loved everything about horses and moved to Arizona to establish his ranch after retiring in the 80s. Sadly, Steve passed away in December 2009. That was a hard year for the Bragg family, as my dad (George Bragg) died in April and my younger brother, Chris, in September of 2009. Chris had been running the transport division for many years, and losing so many of our cherished family

members in one year was difficult, to say the least.” Bragg Purchases Bay Cities Crane & Rigging - 1990 Bragg Companies expanded into the Bay Area in 1990 with the acquisition of Bay Cities Crane & Rigging. The property was located just down the street from the Chevron refinery in Richmond. The name was eventually changed to Bragg Crane Service a few years after the acquisition. “We were very excited to bring our operations into the San Francisco Bay area. We continued our growth

Scott Bragg is Named President and CEO Scott Bragg represents the third generation to manage and lead the group of Bragg family businesses.

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pattern with additional acquisitions and asset purchases over the next several decades.” According to Scott Bragg, these new expansion strategies included startups as well. “Many of the refineries were looking to outsource the dirty business of petroleum coke handling. Bragg Companies saw an opportunity, so we started Crescent Coke Handlers to remove and clean up the petroleum coke. We also established JBA Trucking to haul the cheap yet valuable byproduct to power plants and other end users,” continues Scott. “We later

Expansion East to Florida Due to an increase in work at amusement parks and space facilities, Bragg Crane and Rigging opened an office in Merritt Island, Florida.

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Left: Bragg Crane & Rigging had a great view building Los Angeles International Airport’s new automated people mover system. Above: Bragg Crane & Rigging’s experienced ironworkers completed the LAX job with precision.

changed the name to American Plant Service and sold that end of the business to American Western a few years ago. This part of our history resonates with me since I spent around eight years of my life shoveling petroleum coke for the 30 or so refineries at the time.” Bragg has purchased several other crane companies like Dixon Crane, who primarily serviced the tilt-up business in the Inland Empire. “Precast tilt-up construction is huge in the Inland Empire, and that is why we purchased Dixon Crane and opened our office and yard in Fontana back in the 70s,” says Scott. “We also added another location in the Central Valley when

Bragg Companies purchased Specialty Crane & Rigging in Santa in 2014. My dad (George Bragg) was good friends with the previous owner, Seth Hammond, and when Seth was ready to sell, we were excited to add that to our portfolio.” Bragg Family Starts Coastline Equipment, a John Deere Construction Distributorship – 1984 An opportunity to purchase an existing John Deere distributor presented itself to the Bragg family in 1984. The local John Deere dealer, Milo Equipment, had decided to sell and being that it was right in Bragg’s backyard, the

decision was made to negotiate the purchase. The name would be Coastline Equipment and the Bragg family started their first location right there on Cherry Avenue in Long Beach. Coastline started with the one location in Long Beach but soon purchased Lougee-Michael, another John Dealer headquartered in Oxnard with three additional locations in the Central Valley. Later, a location in Las Vegas was added when Coastline purchased Blaine Equipment. Then in 2015, Coastline purchased CESCO, the John Deere dealer in Meridian (Boise), Idaho. “We now have 12 locations strategically placed in California, { Continued on page 14 }

Bragg Companies Celebrates Their 75th Anniversary!

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Below: Once all the components arrived, Bragg Crane Service hoisted the towers and blades, which Bragg Crane & Rigging set into place.

Above: All of Bragg Companies divisions worked on a recent wind turbine job in Tehachapi. Bragg Heavy Transport hauled all of the components to the site.

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Nevada, and Idaho. These locations allow Coastline Equipment to serve 11 counties in California, almost all of Nevada, Southern Idaho, and a sliver of Oregon,” says Scott. “Buck Baird has been with Coastline Equipment for 33 years, and he has done an outstanding job running all operations since 2015.” Bragg Companies Purchases New Location on Paramount Boulevard – 1992 In 1992, Bragg Companies purchased 20 acres of land directly across from their property on Paramount Boulevard. The property had been owned by Monsanto and came with the benefit of having an entire rail spur operation. “We moved our Coastline Long Beach location from Cherry Avenue to the original Bragg property on Paramount and moved the cranes, trucks, trailers, and other equipment to the new location across the street, along with part of the administration department,” says Scott. “This gave us the land and 14

infrastructure we needed to grow both Bragg Companies and Coastline Equipment simultaneously.” Bragg Acquires Triple R Heavy Haul in Stockton – 2012 Bragg was faced with yet another opportunity in 2012 when they purchased Triple R Heavy Haul in Sacramento. “We purchased the assets and worked out of the yard in Sacramento. But, we wanted to get closer to the Port in Stockton where the heavy haul materials come in,” continues Scott. “So, we found a piece of property in Stockton and moved everything from Sacramento to that location.” Scott Bragg is Named President and CEO of Bragg Companies – 2013 When George Bragg died in 2009, Scott Bragg became vice president and chief operating officer to support the efforts of his aunt, Mary Ann Pool. Then in 2013, Scott Bragg was named president and CEO of Bragg Companies.

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“You know, after my father and brother died just months apart, you start thinking about what so many people have done for this company over the years. I tried to get my head around everything that my father did on a day-to-day basis. Unfortunately, we had several good-sized competitors trying to take our customers and poach our people during these challenging times. This made me a bit nervous as I began to take over operations,” says Scott. “We must be doing things right because, in the end, we only lost one estimator while everyone else remained. I guess that speaks volumes for us as owners and the way we treat C A LCO N T R AC TO R .CO M


Above: To ensure safety and project compliance, a staff member reviews the plans for a recent project.

Above: Bragg Companies prioritizes safety, as can be seen by the set up as staff worked on the One Wilshire complex in Downtown Los Angeles.

everyone on our staff. For me, my focus was all about continuing the culture established by generations before me. We love our employees and their families because they are just like family to us. They know that my door is always open and that they can come to me with anything.” Bragg Crane and Rigging Expands East to Florida – 2018 Bragg Companies decided to purchase another crane company out of Florida to expand their space facility and amusement park crane service business further. “We are very good at the launch complex business. We perform a great deal of structural steel erection for both the space launch and amusement park industries,” says Scott. “We found an opportunity to purchase a crane company in Merritt Island, Florida, in 2018 and are now building new offices in Titusville, Florida. This turned out to be a productive business move as we have secured a lot of work from NASA, SpaceX, Blue CALCON TRAC TOR.CO M

Origin, Relativity Space, Northrup Grumman, and other major space research and launch organizations.” Scott Bragg explains that launch facilities are required to have both West Coast and East Coast launch capabilities due to the different orbits. “Through the acquisition of another crane company in Florida, we are now able to offer our crane services to launch complex companies on both the west and east coast.” Out of State Operations Bragg Companies currently has active operations in California, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Texas and Florida. Bragg purchased Western Crane & Rigging out of Reno, Nevada in 1981, and that location is now going by the name of Bragg Crane Service. They bought Total Western, a Washington-based company, in the 80s to expand on their refinery maintenance work. Bragg then added a branch in Mount Vernon, Washington in 2021 due to a large contract they received from

Marathon Oil. A location was added in 2009 when Bragg purchased Valley Crane & Rigging in Salt Lake City. In 2004 Bragg Companies decided to move into the burgeoning city of Phoenix, Arizona. What started as a crane rental yard has grown to now offer Bragg’s complete crane and rigging construction groups offerings. “Our business in Phoenix has grown to the point where we need to move to a much larger facility with three times the space,” says Scott. “Arizona is an amazing market, and we are thrilled that we decided to move there.” Scott Bragg says that their crane and rigging expansion into Idaho was partially based on the Coastline Equipment move in 2015. “It just made sense to offer crane services in Idaho since we were already there with our John Deere dealership,” continues Scott. “We also recently opened a crane and rigging branch in Odesa, Texas. Our crews work primarily in the fracking, oil field and wind energy sectors, and we are swamped in Texas right now.

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Right: Chris, Jim and Scott Bragg stand with a newer machine in the crane yard.

Above: Bragg Companies three main divisions work seamlessly for turnkey jobs such as this one. Left: Scott Bragg, pictured here with sons Cameron, Kelan and Hayden, is proud to continue the family business legacy with his children.

Coastline Equipment Crane Division Coastline Equipment also has a crane division with locations in Sacramento, Santa Ana, Las Vegas and Meridian, Idaho. Coastline Equipment Crane Division sells Manitex Boom Trucks, Tadano Cranes, Elliott Boom Trucks, Shuttlelift Carry Deck Cranes, Skyjack Telescopic Forklifts, all backed by a massive inventory of parts. “We are in the crane sales business under Coastline Equipment Crane Division, says Scott. “We also have over 300 units in our crane fleet that includes Manitowoc, Grove, Link-Belt, Liebherr, and other manufactures of all types and sizes. Our purchases are predicated upon where they will be used and what the manufacturers are offering at the time.” 16

The Future of Bragg Companies Scott Bragg makes it clear that his family has always been about the people. “It is all about surrounding yourself with quality people of high character. You can’t be at every branch, every day,” says Scott. “We have employees and management that have been here for 30 to 40 years. It has to come from management down and we have a long list of incredible people working here at Bragg Companies.” The fourth generation of Braggs is currently working for the family business. Cameron serves as the marketing director for Coastline Equipment, Kelan as the director of sales for Bragg Crane Service, and Scott’s youngest, Hayden, is working in Heavy Transport. “My children have not worked directly for me for obvious reasons. They must earn their stripes working for others in the organization, learning everything they possibly can. We are focused on succession planning and the next generation, but those plans are not just for my children,” continues Scott. “We

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have a succession plan in place for every division and management position here at Bragg Companies. We have to plan for the future, and we have some great young minds in line to see us through the next generation. I am also a grandfather and am excited to see my wonderful grandchildren grow up to be whatever they want to be. I would be honored if that includes carrying on the Bragg family tradition here at Bragg Companies.” When Jim Bragg bought his first crane in 1946, he could not have imagined where his company would be today. Still a family-run business, Bragg Companies has grown into one of the largest integrated service companies in the construction industry. Now celebrating their 75th anniversary, it will surely be interesting to watch and see this company continue to evolve over the next several decades. For more information on Bragg Companies, please visit www.braggcompanies.com or call their Long Beach headquarters at (562) 984-2400. Cc C A LCO N T R AC TO R .CO M


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McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Completes Phase 1 of Aperture Del Mar Office Complex By Brian Hoover, Senior Editor

cCarthy Building Companies, Inc. continues to build upon its impeccable reputation for constructing and developing high-profile and well-designed commercial projects throughout Southern and Central California. Their portfolio includes a long list of award-winning projects, including completing the Aperture Del Mar technology and life sciences campus in Pacific Highlands Ranch. Dan Browne has been a senior project manager working at McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. for the past 10 years. Browne oversaw all construction operations on the Aperture Del Mar project.

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“We started with preconstruction, moved on to building permits, and eventually broke ground on Phase 1 of the Aperture Del Mar Project in December 2019,” says Browne. “The first phase of this high profile 21-month lab and office space real estate project was completed in September 2021.” Browne points out that when all phases of the campus are complete, there will be a mix of four and five-story buildings that will include unprecedented amenities. The 630,000 square foot project is located on Carmel Valley Road and Edgewood Bend Court adjacent to State Route 56 in Del Mar Heights. The campus will feature an onsite

café, fitness center, and amphitheater, along with a garden lounge, basketball, sand volleyball, and bocce court, dog park and a jogging trail. The grading portion of the job began in December 2019 and was subcontracted by McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (McCarthy) to Trinity Grading, Inc., headquartered in Temecula. “15 or so years ago, a well-known homebuilder was developing the Pacific Highlands Ranch area and brought much of the export and spoils from their projects to the 15-plus acre site where Aperture Del Mar is currently being constructed,” Browne explains. “This is essentially an

Below: Grading and excavating prior to constructing buildings on Aperture Del Mar project.

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Left and Below: Concrete pumping & placement on Phase 1.

undeveloped greenfield site with canyons that went as deep as 60 feet throughout the property. The developer began backfilling these trenches with export material from other jobsites. So, half the site was on fill, and the other consisted of native soil.” Browne explains

that the Aperture Del Mar project was designed as a balanced site with no haul-off or export. “Trinity made cuts up to 14 feet deep on the north side of the project with a fill of up to 10 feet on the south side,” continues Browne. “We also executed a combined earthwork

and site utilities contract with Trinity Grading on this project.” Browne explains that this contract included the installation of approximately 620 linear feet of sewer line to a depth of around 30 feet. “The existing sewer system in this area had been bored under the

Below: Aerial view of Aperture Del Mar Project.

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56 Freeway, some 36 feet below the surface. Trinity created massive trenches with their scrapers, cutting grade back to where they could excavate to a depth that did not require engineered shoring. We then tied into the existing steel encased concrete sewer pipe located at the base of State Route 56.” According to Browne, Phase 1 originally consisted of building a one-story podium structure for temporary parking on campus. “As we began breaking ground, we worked with the developer to construct a five-story parking structure as part of the full campus plan,” says Browne. “So, we credited the one-story podium structure and went with a new design-build for the parking structure project. This was under a separate contract with the client but still part of the Phase 1 plan.” Browne explains that the design called for the installation of temporary soil nail shotcrete walls, which were

subcontracted to Condon Johnson & Associates, Inc., headquartered in Oak-land. “These soil nail shotcrete walls were excavated down to around 24 feet deep from street grade. Partial levels of the parking structure were below grade. The site was on a slope, so on one side, it was a story and a half below grade and then two full stories below grade at the street level. We also installed permanent soil nail shotcrete walls onsite to a depth of around 24 feet,” continues Browne. “We did get a couple of easement and special approvals for our tiebacks that went below the adjacent fire department building. It was an active firehouse, and it was fun coordinating and even having barbeques with the staff at the fire department.” Browne goes on to say that McCarthy utilized structural and architectural concrete on every building structure. “McCarthy selfperformed the architectural and

structural concrete, pouring more than 40,000 cubic yards on Phase 1 of this project for the first three structures,” says Browne. “The two four-story poured-in-place concrete buildings utilized Calportland Type 1L cement from Cemex.” The architectural concrete on the Aperture Del Mar project expanded the reputation that McCarthy has long-established for providing top grade on so many of their building projects. “The expectation from the architect and all of the stakeholders was very clear from the get-go that the exposed concrete had to be of the very finest grade and construction. From slab on grade to all the elevated decks, it had to be perfect,” continues Browne. “We use a seam pattern on the plywood and falsework that forms these decks to make it all uniform and consistent on all levels. From the bottom of the ceiling to the { Continued on page 22 }

Right: Trinity Grading simultaneously completing the installation of numerous different site utilities to maintain schedule. Below: Parking Structure mass excavation and soil nail retaining wall initial start; neighboring fire house seen in the background.

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Above and Right: Completed Phase 1 of the 630,000 square foot Aperture Del Mar Project located on Carmel Valley Road and Edgewood Bend Court in Del Mar Heights.

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beam side, to the bottom of the beam onto the deck above, it was a perfect, straight-through pattern.” Browne points out that the architectural finish was so exceptional and exact that numerous general contractors and architects put in requests to tour the facility in hopes of replicating the process.” The landscape and hardscape portion for Phase 1 of the Aperture Del Mar project was also significant to the overall project’s success. “We subcontracted Brightview for all of the landscaping and hardscaping on this project, and they stepped up and did an outstanding job,” says Browne. “They had over 40 workers onsite at the height of the contract, and there are just not many who can mobilize that kind of manpower and meet a strict schedule like the folk at Brightview, and we appreciate their efforts.” 22

McCarthy is signatory to the Carpenters and Laborers Union, and they had around 83 members onsite at the peak of construction. “We are all very proud of both our team members and every subcontractor and supplier that worked so hard to make Phase 1 such a resounding success,” continues Browne. “We are also proud of the fact that McCarthy worked more than 300,000 manhours without a single injury or reported incident. Safety is always above everything here at McCarthy, and I want to thank everyone for their continued focus on keeping each other safe.” Phase 1 of the Aperture Del Mar project even gained the attention of San Diego’s esteemed Mayor Faulconer, who was afforded an up-close look at McCarthy’s safety practices. McCarthy was formerly recognized as one of the top projects in the City of San Diego for adhering to COVID-19

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LB3 Enterprises, Inc. Moves More Than 2-Million Cubic Yards of Dirt and Rock on Terracina Mass Grading Project in Lake Elsinore By Brian Hoover, Senior Editor

ccording to data from the state Department of Finance demographics unit, approximately 103,000 new housing units were built in California in 2020. That represents an 8% increase from the previous year, with an approximate 50/50 balance between single-family homes and apartments. Home prices continue to rise throughout the nation, as median home price margins have increased in California’s Inland Empire by double-digit percentage gains since July 2020.

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Low interest rates and high demand have been driving prices up for the past year, with the Inland Empire’s median price being $529,000 as of July 2021. That is a 26% increase from the same time last year, with home sales being up 19% within the same period. Based on data from the Census Bureau, there were 7,132 permitted units in the Inland Empire through the first six months of this year. That is up 17% from 6,103 units over the same period in 2020. While these figures may seem impressive, they still

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Above: Overview of Terracina mass grading project where LB3 Enterprises is moving more than 2-million cubic yards of earth. Right: Josh George, Field Superintendent, Eric Morton, Foreman, and Dan Baxter, General Superintendent, LB3 Enterprises, Inc.

short of what it needs right now. Many other estimates and opinions have that number at more like 3.5 million more homes needed. In the Inland Empire region alone, it is estimated that over 122,000 new housing units must be added to meet future housing demands. That means that developers must build approximately 13,600 new units annually. The Inland Empire is seen by many as one of the last remaining affordable housing areas in Southern California. So, what does all this mean? On the CALCON TRAC TOR.CO M

negative side, it appears that we are not going to have enough affordable housing in California anytime soon. On the positive side, it suggests that home developers will continue their tremendous growth for many years to come. It also means that earthmoving contractors like LB3 Enterprises will also continue their upward growth trend. KB Home acquired 400 lots at Terracina and will offer 400 singlefamily homes with lots starting at 4,500 square feet and move-ins

scheduled as early as 2022. The job broke ground in July 2021 when KB Home contracted LB3 Enterprises, Inc. (LB3) to perform the mass and finish grade on the Terracina 138-acre site in Lake Elsinore. Josh George is one of two field superintendents working at LB3 and is currently supervising six significant projects, including Terracina. Josh supports the foremen on each project on material management and reviewing the many logistical issues that come along. He also helps to update

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Above: Coburn Equipment Rentals, Inc. utilized 18 scrapers at peak production, moving 65,000 to 75,000 yards a day. Right L to R: LB3 Enterprises office staff and field managers visit the Terracina mass grading project in Lake Elsinore.

job numbers using their HCSS program each day and scheduling and ordering equipment and operators. “Our work on the Terracina project began this past July and is scheduled for completion by the end of the year,” says George. “We will have the mass grading complete by midNovember with just the fine grading of access roads and other areas left to do.” George points out that LB3 will move around 2.2 million yards of dirt, including remedials. Eric Morton is the foreman for LB3 overseeing daily operations on the Terracina project. Morton starts 26

his days early to line up the team members and inform them of their job priorities for the day ahead. “I meet with the grade checkers at the end of each day and discuss the adventure for the day ahead. I call it an adventure because things change and you never really know what you might face with each new day,” says Morton. “We come up with a game plan the night before and discuss it further the next morning. Everyone understands where we are headed each day, but situations like breakdowns happen and you have to make the necessary adjustments.”

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Morton explains that a large grading project like Terracina starts with a job walk and all the proper introductions with the utility companies, city inspectors, soils engineers, subcontractors, and of course, the developer. “Once all the meet and greets are complete, we stake the perimeter of the jobsite so that erosion control can enter the project. We then begin our brushing or land clearing duties and check to see if there are any environmental issues,” says Morton. “We use GPS to flag these areas so that they are not { Continued on page 28 } C A LCO N T R AC TO R .CO M


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Top: Scrapers work together with other support equipment on 138-acre Terracina jobsite. Directly Above: LB3 Enterprises utilizing machines from their fleet, including a Cat 834 wheel dozer, a John Deere 850K dozer with slope board and their Cat 16M motor grader.

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disturbed during the clearing of trees and brush. Next, the debris is placed in large piles before being loaded and hauled offsite with excavators and articulated rock trucks.” Morton continues by pointing out that LB3 then must figure out where their first cuts and fill areas will be located. Next, LB3 crews will begin prepping those zones with prewatering as a dust control measure to help the fills go a little smoother. “It is all sort of a puzzle where you create an initial hole and begin moving dirt from one spot to another,” continues Morton. “We are constantly moving mountains or at least huge hills. So, you have this massive hill on 28

Monday, and by Friday, it is gone and moved somewhere else onsite. We have also built a couple of pads with stunning views of Lake Elsinore on the far west side of the jobsite. It truly is amazing work that we do here at LB3. Watching the landscape change so rapidly and then seeing the finished site come into place is pretty cool and exciting.” When asked about the challenges on the Terracina project, Morton points out that the overall mass grading project was pretty straightforward and predictable. He doesn’t, however, say that it was without any challenges. “At the beginning, the biggest challenge was dealing with a few

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environmental issues when blueline streams were located on the topographic map. We worked around these areas until they were officially released. It did change our initial game plan, but we managed until the entire jobsite was eventually open for grading,” says Morton. “We performed drill boring sites to see if the area had groundwater and if the material was competent. We do this to determine what is rippable and what heavy machinery would be needed to get the job done. We did find 2-feet to 4-feet diameter floating rocks in certain areas and needed to determine if scrapers could be used to remove them or if we had to bring in an excavator C A LCO N T R AC TO R .CO M


Above: Cat articulated water pull filling up on Terracina project site.

and rock truck to haul them offsite. We have one cut remaining that has some large rock. Otherwise, it was all pretty standard with good basin design and no tricky geogrid or slope stabilization issues.” LB3 hired Coburn Equipment Rentals, Inc. (Coburn) out of Chino to provide all scrapers with operators. “Coburn is great to work with, and they have great operators and field mechanics onsite to handle breakdowns and other equipment issues that affect a job,” says George. “We started with eight scrapers from Coburn and had 18 units onsite at peak production. We were moving an average of 65,000 to 75,000 yards a day at peak performance.” George says they also had F&B Rentals with locations in Santa Ana and Orange onsite to support their operated compactors and dozers. “We had several other equipment rental companies onsite. These included Jimco Construction and Equipment Rental who provided dozers and water trucks, and C5 Equipment Rental who supplied one operated dozer and another dozer on long-term rental,” continues George. CALCON TRAC TOR.CO M

LB3 had several pieces of heavy machinery from their fleet on the jobsite. These support machines include their Cat 834 wheel dozer, a Cat 16M motor grader, a John Deere 850K dozer with slope board, and a John Deere 9320 tractor with a pull-behind scraper. “These support machines were primarily used to keep the roads clean and smooth. Clean roads allow the scrapers to move faster, more safely, and controllable, and that equates to higher production,” says George. “Scrapers are the profit vehicles, and everything else is support. It all revolves around the scrapers, and we do everything we can to keep them moving. All of our crews are doing an outstanding job, and we are ahead of schedule.” George says that LB3 will also perform fine grading on Terra Cotta Road, stretching from Lakeshore Drive to Nichols Road when complete. “This new road will be a corridor that will take residents to the Nichols Road on and off-ramp that connects to the 15 Freeway,” says George. Both George and Morton say that the success of Terracina and other projects is due to the

tremendous experience, work ethic, and confidence that everyone at LB3 and other subcontractor companies bring to the jobsite every day. “It is important that we thank everyone that gives their all to make sure that every job is a success. This includes the support we get from the home office, as well as every laborer and operator on the jobsite,” concludes Morton. “Dan Baxter is our general superintendent for LB3 on this job. Dan has done a great job working with and between Josh George, our field superintendent, and our project manager and support staff back in the office. We have also been able to coordinate with other contractors onsite that are doing things like underground utilities. It is all about coordination and awareness, and I feel like we are working with the best in the business on this particular project.” For more information on LB3 Enterprises, Inc., please visit www.lb3enterprises.com or call their Lakeside headquarters at (619) 579-6161. Cc

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Supports Borden Excavating Inc. with Mecalac and Teramac Equipment on Flood Channel Maintenance Project

By Brian Hoover, Senior Editor

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cott Equipment is a full-line construction equipment dealer that serves Southern California from its two conveniently located facilities in Fontana and Santa Fe Springs. Scott Equipment was formed in 1972 when Richard Scott Sr. opened his first heavy equipment dealership in Southern California. Now owned and operated by Richard Sr.’s sons Richard and Gregg Scott, the company is the exclusive distributor in Southern California for New Holland, Kobelco, Doosan and Mecalac. Scott Equipment also sells and services many other implements, attachments, and short-line products. The company also has several certified used machines in stock for sale and a fully equipped shop/field service department. Their fully stocked and experienced parts department at both locations is also ready to serve a customer’s needs at a moment’s notice. The company’s sister company, Western Rentals, also supports customers throughout Southern California with a full array of rental equipment offerings. Recently, Scott Equipment had the opportunity to serve one of their loyal customers on a flood control channel project in Highland. Borden Excavating, Inc. (Borden) was contracted to clean out several acres of flood channel in Highland, located in San Bernardino County. Kevin Scott of Scott Equipment had previously sold Borden a Mecalac AS1600 11-ton wheel loader at the beginning of 2021. “Borden used their new Mecalac wheel loader to grade and load for standard flood control channel maintenance work, and then rented our Terramac RT9 30

rubber tracked crawler carrier to haul dirt, brush, logs, and other debris on the 3-to-4-month long project,” says Scott. “We have several Terramac units in our rental fleet, and customers like the productivity and versatility they are getting from these amazing machines. The Terramac is simply ideal for confined and rough operating conditions. One of the primary benefits of the Terramac is its low ground pressure and gradeability. There is not another machine on the market that can climb steep grades and navigate such a wide variety of rough and confined terrain. It will be your best friend on these types of challenging projects.” Scott also says that the Terramac rotates just like an excavator. “So, if there is

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Above: Borden Excavating, Inc. uses a Mecalac AS1600 from Scott Equipment on a flood control clean-up project in San Bernardino.

only a single lane out on a jobsite, the Terramac can drive forward, spin around, dump backward and then return for another load,” says Scott. Scott Equipment offers their Terramac rentals on a day, week, or monthly basis, and there are also units available for sale. MECALAC Scott Equipment is a Mecalac Dealer, and Kevin Scott says that Boren purchased their AS1600 wheel loader because “they were excited about the way it operates C A LCO N T R AC TO R .CO M


with an innovative, productive and versatile rotating bucket.” “The Mecalac wheel loader operates like a conventional wheel loader with the added bucket turret feature,” says Scott. According to Scott, Mecalac also manufactures several other products. This includes wheel excavator loaders, wheel excavators, crawler skid excavators, wheel, swing and telescopic loaders, as well as railroad excavators, dumpers, backhoe loaders and compaction rollers. “I think one of Mecalac’s most innovative and efficient products is the excavator that doubles as a skid steer. These crawler skid excavators are available in three sizes,” continues Scott. “The 6MXR, 8MXCR, and the 10MCR offer movement and rotation of an excavator and skid steer loader all in one. It is an amazing product, and contractors are beginning to take notice.”

Mecalac is an international manufacturer of wheel excavators, crawler excavators and wheel loaders. Among other features, these machines articulate and come with four steered wheels, and telescopic swing arms. In addition, Mecalac also recently launched the new MR50 and MR60 Tilt rotators and dedicated grading buckets with CONNECT hydraulic quick coupler. The MR50 and MR60 Tilt rotators allow for 360-degree rotation and 40 degrees left and right tilt for a variety of tools. For more information on Scott Equipment and their equipment offerings, please log onto www. scottequip.com or call their Fontana headquarters at (909) 822-2200. Cc Above: Borden Excavating, Inc. uses a Terramac RT9 rubber tracked crawler from Scott Equipment on a flood control clean-up project in San Bernardino.

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Torrance, CA, October 5, 2021. Sonsray Machinery, the largest CASE Construction dealership in North America, has acquired the Case IH agriculture equipment dealership, Booth Machinery. The official announcement was made in Torrance, CA on September 30, 2021. “We are so excited to continue growing into a new industry that we haven’t broken into yet and the brand we are representing is phenomenal,” said Matthew Hoelscher, President and CEO at Sonsray Machinery. The acquisition of Booth Machinery fits into Sonsray’s strategy to expand globally. Sonsray supports industries that aid in basic life necessities such as housing, food and transport. By purchasing Booth Machinery, Sonsray obtains 5 new locations: Bakersfield (CA), Five Points (CA), Fresno (CA), Salinas (CA) and Yuma (AZ). These locations will distribute farming equipment and mark Sonsray’s breakthrough into the agriculture industry. “I grew up on a farm and am thrilled to work with agriculture equipment again,” said Hoelscher. About Sonsray Sonsray was established in 2010 when the founders saw a need to support refrigerated transportation customers. From here, Sonsray expanded into the construction Industry and deepened their involvement in the refrigerated transport industry. With Sonsray newly supporting the agriculture industry, it is now a true farm to table business. As a result of acquiring Booth Machinery, Sonsray now has 32 locations and is growing. Cc 32

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