GCA Construction News Bulletin October 2011

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Guam Contractors’ Association


Vol.52 Issue 10 OCTOBER2011

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C ommittee Update S mall Business O n Guard Story: F eature NAWIC Guam

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Feature Story

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P hoto Highlights C rane Critique Corner I n the News N ew Members



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THEDIRECTORS PRESIDENT James A. Martinez, GCA CHAIRMAN William “Bill” Beery, Tutujan Hill Group VICE CHAIRMAN Robert Salas, Landscape Management Systems PAST CHAIRWOMAN Chit Bathan, Ace-Builders SECRETARY/TREASURER Tom Anderson, Black Construction ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS: Edward Untalan, First Hawaiian Bank Paul Calvo, Calvo’s Insurance Vincent Davis, Hawthorne Pacific Corp Ray Yanger, Matson Navigation CONTRACTORS DIRECTORS: Tom Nielsen, Maeda Pacific Corporation Juno Eon, Core Tech International Robert Piper, Hensel Phelps John Robertson, AmOrient Art Chan, Hawaiian Rock Louis De Maria, dck pacific guam LLC

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PUBLISHER: James Martinez SALES & MARKETING DIRECTOR: Geri Leon Guerrero AD SALES: Marc Mendiola PRODUCTION: Geri Leon Guerrero Christopher “Taco” Rowland Paul Mendiola Bill Tenorio PHOTOGRAPHERS: Marty Leon Guerrero Jay Forsyth Geri Leon Guerrero EDITOR: Adztech CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: John Robertson Dave Barnhouse Jay Forsyth Nora Santos David F. Macaluso GCA STAFF: Chantel Torres-Cruz Francine Arceo Desiree Lizama COVER: NAWIC takes steps to start a Guam Chapter.

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GUAM PRESERVATION TRUST PROGRAM OVERVIEW Guest speakers at the 15th September meeting of SAME Guam Post were Michael Blas Makio, AIA a principal of Tanaguchi Ruth Makio Architects and current Chairman; and, Joe Quinata, Chief Program Officer, Guam Historic Preservation Trust. Their presentation featured Guam’s “Historic Architectural Vernacular through Rehabilitation and Restoration of Historic Structures”. Key points from the presentation are outlined below along with graphic depiction of some of Guam’s heritage structures. PRESENTATION OBJECTIVES: The objectives of the presentation were to introduce the Guam Preservation Trust, showcase Guam’s architectural vernacular and give an overview of the historic preservation on Guam. The Guam Preservation Trust is a community-based concept and a Non-profit, 501 (c)3 Public Corporation. Its source of funding is from building permit fees. Department of Defense projects are not subject to local building permit mandate and therefore do not contribute to the preservation of Guam’s historic sites and cultural heritage. The community-based concept showing the community stakeholders is illustrated in this diagram:

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Sketch by: Jack B. Jones, FAIA

Spanish Period Architecture:

Chocolate House at the Pizza de Espana, Hagatna

Plaza de Espana, Hagatna San Antonio Stone Bridge, Hagatna

Fort Nuestra de la Soledad, Umatac

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Kiosko at the Plaza de Espana, Hagatna

Combento (Priest House), Merizo

American Period:

St. Joseph Church, Inarajan

Ana Leon Guerrero House, Inarajan


Government House, Agana Heights

1911 Historic Lujan House, Hagatna



Guam Legislature Building, Hagatña Plaza de España/Palacio, Hagatña Magellan’s Monument, Umatac Merizo Bell Tower Inarajan Community Center Skinner’s Plaza Inarajan Homes


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American Pre-War Period:

Spanish - American Transitional Period:


Military, Government and Labor Relations Update (October 2011)

As mentioned in the August and September updates, the Guam business community must act at this critical time in support of the military buildup. This committee has taken such action in concert with the Chamber of Commerce, the Armed Forces Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, Para Hita Todu and the Center for Micronesian Empowerment. Letters were sent to each member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on 30th September. Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo and her staff have been supportive of this effort. She advises that members of the House Armed Services Committee, of which she is an in�luential member, are unwaveringly committed to the realignment of military forces in the western Paci�ic that includes the buildup on Guam.

By John M. Robertson

The following copy of letter sent to Committee Chair Carl Levin is the same as sent to each SASC member.

Guam Contractors Association 29 September 2011 Honorable Senator Carl Levin United States Senate Washington, DC Through: Mr Jay Maroney jay_maroney@armed-services.senate.gov Subject:

Senate Bill S. 1253 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012

Dear Senator Levin, We write to express our concern regarding language inserted by the Senate in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. We request that SECTION 2207 – RESCISSION OF NAVY MILITARY CONSTRUCTION FUNDS be removed from Bill S. 1253 and that Guam construction funding requested by the military for FY 2012 be left intact for reasons described below. We are also opposed to SECTION 1079 – STUDY ON UNITED STATES FORCE POSTURE IN EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC REGION because we believe that was done prior to start of the environmental impact assessment. In any case, such a study can be performed while early DPRI projects are underway. The Guam Contractors Association represents 573 member firms from Guam and the mainland that are part of the engineering and construction industry. All of our large business contractors have headquarters in cities on the mainland. We work closely with the Guam Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations in support of military personnel based here as well as the betterment of the Guam community. The first of three Guam Industry Forums was conducted on the island in August 2007. Interested parties from the U.S. mainland, Japan and from other nations attended these three events. Various speakers representing the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Bush administration addressed us at these events and at other venues at different times always in support of the military buildup and the relocation of Marines to Guam. The message was always the same: Guam is strategically vital to the security of the United States. On one such occasion, the Honorable Senator John McCain stated that Guam is the “tip of the spear” in our nations’ defense. So what has changed to cause the Senate Armed Services Committee to block all spending for DPRI projects? In order to be ready to meet the challenges of the robust construction program that was to have commenced in Fiscal Year 2010, the Guam community and individual firms have responded with forward actions and massive private sector investment. In early 2006, the GCA launched the GCA Trades Academy with nationally accredited classes beginning in October 2006. This was necessary to train local residents for skilled construction trades positions for the then impending military buildup. A Proud Member

718 North Marine Corps Drive, East West Business Center, Suite 203, Upper Tumon, Guam 96913 Tel: 647-4840 Fax: 647-4866 Email: gca@ite.net

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This was accomplished with seed money contributed by contractors and others. The Trades Academy reached out to the CNMI and assisted in launching a trades academy there. This was followed by outreach to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) to facilitate initial training in those islands with follow up training at the Trades Academy in Guam. In November 2008, a Memorandum of Understanding was entered into between the Guam Community College, the Guam Contractors Association and the GCA Trades Academy to further strengthen training and apprenticeship in Guam. Meanwhile, the Community College expanded their offerings in construction and related trades. Subsequently, the GCA Trades Academy cooperated in launching the Center for Micronesian Empowerment (CME), another non-profit organization with focus on bringing individuals from the FSM into the workforce for the military buildup followed by return to their native islands to be part of economic development there. To further support the military buildup on Guam, the University of Guam has initiated a School of Engineering with a two-year program that will progress to a full five-year institution over time. Businesses are providing scholarships for students at university level as well as the trades level. Meanwhile, major American and Japanese contractors established semi-permanent offices in Guam to respond to the challenge. They, and their Guam based counterparts purchased land, built workforce housing facilities, warehouses and shops and purchased equipment needed to perform the work. In addition, one firm built a new silo for import and storage of Portland cement to ensure availability of the increased demand for concrete, a basic material needed for construction. Another firm built a state of the art steel bar reinforcement fabrication factory. Another firm, built a workforce housing facility for an initial 5,000 workers, expandable to comfortably house 18,000 workers. Another investor group has already broken ground for a new privately financed and operated hospital. Still other firms are developing housing estates for management level individuals expected to relocate to Guam. These major private sector investments amount to more than $1.0 Billion. Opportunities for Small Businesses has been emphasized from the beginning and existing small business entities on Guam and new ones are investing precious time and resources in preparing for the military buildup. Guamanians have not cooled to the military buildup on our island. We can understand that an incorrect impression was made last year and earlier this year by a very vocal minority of residents. A group calling themselves “We are Guahan� was able to dominate the news coverage for a period of time. It appears that they were able to cast an influence on the Guam Legislature. We were disappointed that the Legislature was able to cause delay to signing of the Programmatic Agreement from September of last year until March of this year while attempting to gain agreement on the siting of a firing range as a prerequisite to, rather than allowing provisions of the Programmatic Agreement to work through its orderly process. We also believe it is highly regrettable that our Legislature treated Honorable Senators Levin and Webb so rudely when they took time for a courtesy visit with them in May. This was one of the triggers that caused the silent majority to raise its voice through an organization called Para Hita Todu. A poll of island residents was taken before Para Hita Todu began to voice its message with result that 60% of residents agree to the military buildup while only 10% are opposed. The remaining 30% were undecided. A poll taken today would yield an even higher approval rating. These days, members of our Legislature are speaking favorably about the military buildup. Dear Senator, we believe that the military buildup on Guam, including the relocation of Marine Corps elements from Okinawa to Guam, is too important to be postponed. This is not because of planning that has been performed to date by the military or the investment made by our member firms, but because it is simply the right thing to do for the defense of the United States. Also, to satisfy treaty obligations the United States has in its relationship with the Japanese Government. In conclusion, we ask that the freeze on spending on DPRI projects in Guam be lifted so that work can proceed at earliest possible date. Contractors and engineers are standing by. Workers in Guam and the U.S. mainland are standing by for jobs that can get underway almost immediately. While we understand there is a budget deficit that must be dealt with, we believe the defense of our nation has even greater importance and reductions in other less important programs is possible. To confront the military threat in the Asia-Pacific Region, the Guam military buildup must proceed and get back on schedule. Respectfully Submitted, Guam Contractors Association



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TRAININGS/SEMINARS The Guam SBDC is one of seven SBDC’s serving the Micronesian region, collectively known as the Pacific Islands Small Business Development Center Network (PISBDCN). We offer free, confidential, one-to-one counseling in all areas of business management, including pre-venture feasibility, business planning, marketing, and financial management. We also offer small business training programs at low to no cost. • October 21, 2011, 8:30am-11:00am “Small Business Tax ComplianceWhat you need to know” • October 25, 2011, 8:30am-11:00am “How to Coach & Motivate ‘Average’ Employees” • October 27, 2011, 12noon-2:30pm "WIB: Monitoring Cash Flow & Seeking Funds” • October 28, 2011, 8:30am-11:00am “Quickbooks: Analyzing Financial Data To register, call the Guam SBDC at 735-2590 or email Laurine Sablan at laurine@pacificsbdc.com. For more information, please visit www.pacificsbdc.com (click on workshops/calendar) or call 735- 2590. Requests for reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities must be made 72 hours in advance. For arrangements, please call Guam SBDC at 735-2590. Services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.

FREE HOW TO START A BUSINESS Date: November 4, Friday Time: 9:00a to 11:30 a.m. Location: Guam Department of Labor - 3rd Floor Conference Room FFor many people, a business is the culmination of a dream or ambition based on specific skill or interest. You may know the type of business that you have always wanted to open, but because of lack of finances, resources, time, or self-confidence, you have never been able to put that plan into action. To start a business, you will need a lot of information, but the basics are simple. This workshop will discuss the basics of starting a small business!

FREE HOW TO WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN Date: November 4, Friday Time: 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Location: Guam Department of Labor - 3rd Floor Conference Room Writing a business plan can be an intimidating task. But it doesn’t have to be if you take it one step at a time. This workshop will help guide you through the steps needed to write a business plan. Remember…a written business plan will help you avoid mistakes and save you grief, time and money! For more information, please call the Guam VBOC at 475-4900 or the Guam Department of Labor One-Stop Career Center at 475-7000. Requests for reasonable accommodations must be made 72 hours in advance. All SBA program services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. The Guam Veterans Business Outreach Center is a program supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) under a cooperative agreement. SBA does not endorse any products, opinions, or services of any external parties or activities.

October 20, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Women Owned Small Business (WOSB): The New Program Presented By: Boris Hertslet, Senior Procurement Counselor SBA's new Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program provides greater access to federal contracting opportunities for WOSBs and economically-disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs). Contracting officers at federal agencies are allowed to set aside contracts for certified WOSBs and EDWOSBs and help federal agencies achieve the existing statutory goal of five percent of federal contracting dollars being awarded to WOSBs. The Guam PTAC will explain the WOSB program and guide you through the registration process. Location of Workshop: UOG School of Business & Public Administration Bldg. Classroom 110 November 3, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Understanding Government Solicitations Presented By: Boris Hertslet, Senior Procurement Counselor Learn how the Government solicits for supplies and services. FBO.gov is the point of entry where Government business opportunities greater than $25,000.00 can be accessed electronically by the public. Guam PTAC will provide an overview of FedBizOpps, how to navigate the website, and explain the types of solicitations and notices posted. Location of Workshop: UOG School of Business & Public Administration Bldg. Classroom 110 November 17, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 am.

WAWF: How to get started

Presented By: Boris Hertslet, Senior Procurement Counselor Wide Area Work Flow (WAWF) is a DOD-wide contracting application designed to eliminate paper from the invoicing, receiving, acceptance, and payment processes of the DOD contracting lifecycle. The Guam PTAC will take you through the basics of setting up your account to submitting an invoice Location of Workshop: UOG School of Business & Public Administration Bldg. Classroom 110 Register now with the Guam Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). Visit www.guamptac.com or call 735-2552.

Guam Procurement Technical Assistance Center

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GUAM GUARD ENGINEER UNIT COMPLETES ENCAP MISSION IN THE PHILIPPINES By: CPT KEN OLA, 254 RHS Engineer personnel from the Guam National Guard returned over the weekend from the Philippines after completing their mission to help renovate classrooms at a village in the central Philippines. The mission was geared primarily to support the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Reserve Command through Subject Matter Expert Exchanges (SMEEs) during an Engineer Civic Action Project (ENCAP) outreach in Barangay Poblacion Pardo in Cebu City, Philippines on Aug. 19 to 27. The mission, under the National Guard’s State Partnership Program, also helped strengthen relations between the Republic of the Philippines and the U.S. The Philippines is the Guam Guard’s partner state. The project involved renovation of five classrooms that resulted in the improvement of over 3500 square feet of classroom space. It also included replacement of all electrical wiring and fixtures, which included new fans and switches,

replacement of all doors with complete new assemblies, and repair of existing windows. A couple of restrooms were also renovated. Colonel Johnny Lizama, GUNG Air Guard 254th Air Base Group commander, said the classrooms were in very poor condition before the AFP Reserve and Red Horse teams started the project. “The renovated classrooms are in sharp contrast to the rest of the school. There were no walls separating the classrooms. Just wire mesh. One of the classrooms literally did not have a roof and the rest of the rooms had skylights from holes in the roof and buckets throughout to catch the rain” said Col. Lizama. Fourteen Airmen from the Guam National Guard’s 254th RED HORSE Squadron worked with 26 members of the AFP Reserve Command during the week-and-a-half long project. Two other Airmen from the active duty Air Force’s 554th RED HORSE Squadron based on Andersen Air Force Base also joined the Guard Airmen who worked in the ENCAP.

Members of the 254th RED HORSE Squadron stand at parade rest as they are recognized for their part in the SPP ENCAP. (GUNG Photo by SPC Jesse Toves)

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Senior Master Sergeant Richard Delin, Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge of the 254th RED HORSE Squadron team, said the project was a true team effort between the AFP Reservists and U.S. service members. “It was a good program with great camaraderie with the AFP,” said Delin. Among the accomplishments of this ENCAP was the participation in a community project that greatly benefited both the AFP and TEAM GUAM engineers, improved learning environment for hundreds of students, and completion of a real world project that enhanced the quality of life for the community. Cebu City is the capital of Cebu Province. The city lies 375 miles (600 km) southeast of Manila, on the east coast of Cebu Island. Cebu is an important port. Sugarcane, abacá, corn, and rice are grown nearby. The city's industries produce pottery, cement, and salt. Barangay Poblacion Pardo is located in Cebu City.

MAJ GEN Benny M. Paulino, The Adjutant General for the Guam National Guard, (2nd from right) and Col. Johnny Lizama (2nd from left) join local town leaders as they inspect the renovated classrooms. (GUNG Photo by SPC Jesse Toves)




Guam Chapter

Jaylene Kent, Ph.D. , C.I.T. President Isla Paint and Roofing Supply

They have electricity in their veins, cement dust on their boots and saw dust on their minds, this is how Guam's future members of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) describe themselves. NAWIC was formed by sixteen women in Fort Worth, Texas in 1953 and this organization is still thriving world wide for nearly six decades. Now NAWIC is getting ready to take root on Guam.

by: David F. Macaluso

According to former NAWIC's President Pat McDonald (2008-2009), "Guam's gals are on fire as they prepare to get a local chapter. Their enthusiasm and excitement is spreading to Region 10 in California. History is repeating itself because their energy totally reminds me of the stories about the original women who started NAWIC nearly 60 years ago."

Rose Delvecchio Business Development & Human Resources Officer JWS Refrigeration & A/C, Ltd. Mechanical Contracting Sales and Hotel & Restaurant Equip & Supply

Nora Santos Administration Manager Allied Pacific Builders Catherine Nario Project Manager/Civil Engineer Allied Pacific Builders

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Denise Mendiola Hertslet Senior Business Counselor Program Coordinator BOG Women in Business Program UOG-Guam SBDC



Karen M. Storts, STS Training Administrator dck pacific guam, LLC Jessica M. Barrett President Barrett Ent. Inc. DBA Barrett Plumbing

Orlene O. Arriola, AINS Property & Casualty Manager Cassidy’s Associated Insurers

All this electricity and excitement can be traced to Guam Businesswoman Jaylene Kent, the President of Isla Paint and Roofing Supply. Kent feels those inspiring women from Texas started NAWIC because they wanted to create an atmosphere where they can network in and support each other professionally. That philosophy still holds true today. Kent said, "Its important to create a professional society in construction that is dedicated to women on Guam. Kent said the first time she met McDonald was while square dancing in California. At that time, she was a contractor running her own construction business and McDonald persuaded her to join the NAWIC Santa Clara Chapter in California. Kent described her first meeting as a real awakening, "When I walked into that meeting it was like I came home. I've attended other professional meetings before, but I never had this kind of feeling. As a woman I felt so alone being in the construction industry, but when I saw all the other women at that meeting I had a feeling of belonging." McDonald said, "Kent embraced the Santa Clara Chapter and was influential in getting us to be more pro-active as we strategically planned each year. She is


bright and forward-thinking and has such capacity to help others, it is amazing." Kent moved to Guam after California's construction industry became unstable in 2007. While on island she missed the sisterhood and camaraderie of NAWIC. About one and a half years ago she had the idea to create a local chapter on Guam. She talked to the Guam Contractors Association and to all the other organizations on island that are involved in supporting women in the community. She wanted to get their input, support, to work collaboratively and to amplify what already is being offered on Guam." Kent contacted McDonald and informed her that she wanted to start NAWIC on Guam, especially knowing about the millions of dollars that would be spent for the military build up. "At first there was skepticism from other construction associations in the mainland that NAWIC wouldn't work on Guam. Doubters thought NAWIC couldn't be sustained," said Kent. But she wanted to prove them wrong. She explained to McDonald that the Guam Contractors Association has been in existence for over fifty years, if GCA can be sustained that long, then women can

certainly start and sustain NAWIC on Guam. According to Kent, "McDonald said, Jaylene, you are our boots on the ground girl. If you say it can be done, then it can be done." Shortly after that, Santa Clara voted to be the sponsoring chapter for Guam's ladies and the rest is history. McDonald said, "This decision was easy to make because leaders like Jaylene are inspirational as they see the big picture and their vision makes us all want to get on board!" "At first, no one on island ever heard of NAWIC," said Kent. But once she got the support she needed, Kent immediately began to hand out fliers looking for members. A "Pre Organizational Meeting" was conducted to raise interest, gain members and focus on future plans. During this meeting Kent realized there are so many talented women in the construction industry on Guam. She felt like they were creating an all star team comprised of women with many different strengths and backgrounds. This meeting also connected her with two other local business women, President and Owner of Amazon Construction, Narci Dimaoala and GCA instructor and authorized OSHA trainer, Ann Marie Meno Pelobello. These two women have been at Kent's side ever


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FEATURESTORY Barbara Burkhardt Architect Chugach World Services, Inc. Guam Engineering Office Geri M. Leon Guerrero Owner/General Manager Adztech & Public Relations, Inc.

since. In order to form a local chapter and to solicit formal acceptance from NAWIC, the organization needs to have 25 paid memberships before the “Organizational Meeting” on October 14th. Kent feels confident that they will easily reach their goal before that deadline. Then there will be "Formal Charter Meeting" in January, that is when they will induct their officers and will honor their founding members. Stereotypically women are considered to be the minority in the construction industry, but Kent said this is farthest from the truth. Women fill a broader range of jobs compared to the men who are either the laborers, foremen or Superintendents. She adds, "If you go to any construction office you will see a room filled with girls. They are the book keepers, office managers, the ones answering the phones, ordering the supplies and scheduling everything. These women behind the scenes make the construction offices run smoothly and make sure a project stays on track.” On another level, Dimaoala has been a civil engineer for over 20 years and 7 of those years she is the President and owner of Amazon Construction.

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Narcisa M. Dimaoala President/General Manager Amazon Construction, Inc.

Dimaoala said, "Whenever I go out in the field wearing a hard hat, people automatically assume that I'm a replacement, an accountant, in marketing or a representative. At first they never think I'm the one that is in control of the business. After they learn I'm the owner, their mouths open wide in disbelief. Once a woman can show a guy how professional and good she is in the field, they like it." NAWIC will have an educational mission for getting girls and young women into a career track for the construction industry. Kent said, "This mission is important, especially now that we know that this sector is going to be providing a lot of construction jobs over the next 10 years." She is concerned that there's a lot of tension at Guam's Trade Academy to gear up the islands work force and get them into the field, but that's mostly focused on men. NAWIC will help fill the void as it brings educational and training opportunities for women who are interested in breaking into this field. There will be courses that focus on the various roles for women such as an engineer, architect,contractor, a construction book keeper, and a certified construction associate. Women will also learn how to bid and negotiate on various types of jobs, administer


contracts, planning, scheduling & controlling projects, safety, security and quality control. These courses will also allow a woman who doesn't have any background in the construction industry to become certified and marketable to find a job. There will be additional educational programs offered to young girls. There's “Block Kids” which helps elementary school girls to become builders of the future. For girls who are in middle school, there’s “Mentor A Girl In Construction (MAGIC) Camp”. This program will take someone from the construction industry and mentor a girl and help her build something. And for young women who are in high school, there is “Computer Aid Drafting or CAD”, which will help women draw floor plans and designs for buildings. In addition, there will also be scholarships available for girls who want to attend college to become construction managers, drafters, architects and engineers. There will be a wealth of educational devices that will aid women to get into the construction industry. According to Pelobello, both James Martinez, President of the GCA and Dr. Bert Johnston, Educational Director at GCA Trades Academy, have been very



Donna Dennis Senior Estimator, LEED AP BD+C Hensel Phelps Construction Co.

Tricee P. Limtiaco President Guam Cornerstone Inc. Ann Marie Meno-Pelobello President OSH Solutions Guam

supportive and helpful with the NAWIC launch on Guam. They are aiding NAWIC's educational mission by allowing Guam's local chapter to use GCA's vacant rooms for training, meetings and to set up NAWIC's home office. Pelobello quickly adds, "I'm even on loan from GCA to give administrative support until our local chapter gets its own budget and is launched." Kent said, "It's is important to have a local chapter on Guam to enhance the success of women in the construction industry. We will move forward in a positive way to working together and form a stronger united group. We will be role models and mentors to inspire and help women to increase leadership on island.�



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September Luncheon

September 21st,2011 Hilton Guam Resort & Spa

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GCA & Guam Chamber 3rd Joint Mixer September 21st, 2011 Nissan Showrrom



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September 22nd, 2011 3M Office, Harmon

CCU CIP Forum September 14rth, 2011 Marriott Hotel Guam

Okkodo May 18th & 19th, 2011 Holiday Resort & Spa Guam www.guamcontractors.org


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3M 4oth Anniversary


19th Annual GCA Family Day Picnic October 9th,2011 Ypao Beach

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RIGGING This month’s topic:

D/d Ratio and the Effect on Sling Capacity by: Dave Barnhouse

A monthly crane and rigging informative column for all personnel directly or indirectly involved with crane safety. Each month we will attempt to explain a different technical issue pertaining to crane operations here on Guam, addressing the sometimes overlooked or misunderstood topics by management and operators alike, by Dave Barnhouse On numerous occasions I have come across riggers using wire rope slings as basket hitches by simply doubling the sling through a shackle with both sling eyes on a crane hook. While this may be a basket hitch the D/d ratio must be con-sidered and capacity adjusted accord-ingly. The D/d Ratio is the ratio of the diameter around which the sling is bent divided by the body diameter of the sling. Example: A 1/2" diameter wire rope is bent around a 10" diameter pipe; the D/d Ratio is 10" divided by 1/2" = D/d Ratio of 20:1. This ratio has a direct effect on the rated capacity of slings. On the example above if the sling is a 1 inch diameter with vertical hitch rated 8 ton SWL, by doubling around a 1 inch shackle the D/d ratio is 1:1. OSHA and/or ASME tables notes that this ratio efficiency factor is 50%. What this means is though we doubled the sling creating a basket hitch the rated capacity is not the basket hitch

Eye length must NOT be smaller than twice the object (e.g. a hook) diameter.

If the shackle body has AT LEAST the same diameter as the sling (D/d 1:1) the capacity need not to be adjusted

capacity noted on the sling ID tag. After adjusting capacity per the D/d ratio efficiency chart (50%), the capacity is not the expected 16 ton but back to 8 ton, the same as a single vertical hitch. When a wire rope is bent around any sheave or other object there is a loss of strength due to this bending action. As the D/d ratio becomes smaller this loss of strength becomes greater and the rope becomes less efficient. This curve relates the efficiency of a rope diameter to dif-ferent D/d ratios. This curve is based on static loads and applies to 6-strand class 6x19 and 6x37 wire rope. Eye & Eye Slings: The LOOP of an eye & eye sling has nearly DOUBLE the strength of its body. For this reason the D/d ratio in the LOOP is just half as criti-cal as opposed to when the sling is used in BASKET hitch. In most cases the shackle or hook over which the sling is placed will have a

If the object lifted with a 6-strand wire rope sling in a basket hitch is at least 25 x larger than the sling diameter (D/d 25:1) the basket capacity need not to be adjusted.

sufficient D/d ratio. On the other hand, do not place too LARGE an object into the sling eye as this will result in splitting forces affecting the sling splice and sling safety. The object (a shackle or a crane hook) you place into the sling eye must not be larger than 1/2 of the sling eye length. When a sling is used in a BASKET- or CHOKER HITCH with D/d ratios smaller than listed in the capacity tables, the rated capacities (or WLL's) must be decreased. For example: The BASKET and CHOKER hitch capacities listed (in all Standards and Regulations) for 6-strand ropes are based on a minimum D/d ratio of 25:1. An object you place into a 1" diameter 6-strand wire rope sling using a basket- or choker hitch must have a minimum diameter of 25". If the object is smaller than the listed 25:1 D/d ratio the capacity (or WLL) must be decreased accordingly.

If the shackle or object has 2 times the diameter of a 6-strand wire rope sling (D/d 2:1) the basket sling capac-ity must be reduced by 40%

It is better to use a larger shackle or a Wide Body shackle type. If the shackle or object has at least 5x the sling diameter (D/d 5:1) the basket sling capacity must still be reduced by about 25%.

This month’s test quiz addresses: Stability limitations:

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Answers to last month’s test quiz: Synthetic slings: What are the differences in nylon and polyester slings, and are there advantageous of one over the other? The differences are usually not a factor in most sling applications. At rated capacity, a treated nylon sling stretches up to 10% whereas a treated polyester sling will stretch 3 to 6%. Nylon’s extra stretch helps to avoid shock loading. The lesser stretch of polyester makes load control easier by reducing bounce. In a chemical environment, nylon should not be used around acids or bleaching agents while polyester should not be used near aldehydes.

Endless (or Grommet) slings DO NOT HAVE A LOOP which has double the strength of the sling body. Prior to EVERY lift YOU, the user, has to deter-mine if the D/d ratio is equal or higher than the ones listed in the capacity tables. For endless 6-strand endless type wire rope slings the rated

capacities have al-ready been adjusted to be used at a D/d Ratio of 5:1. When a matching capacity round body shackle is used the D/d ratio becomes 2:1 oe less. Depending on ac-tual D/d ratio the sling capacity must be reduced by 35% to 45%.

Small diameter shackles reduce the sling strength and, most likely, that small diameter shackle also has insufficient capacity for that job. Shackle or not, objects to be lifted and all hook up points MUST at least ensure a D/d Ratio of 5:1.

We will discuss the answers to these questions in next month’s edition of GCA Construction News Bulletin, please be sure not to miss it. I will attempt to test your knowledge of crane operations each month in this column with a few questions relating to one of the mentioned topics. These questions will address the weak areas more frequently noted during my classroom operator training and/or the more common discrepancies noted during crane inspections. If your company or subs utilizes cranes whether as owner or renter I invite you to look for this column each month and test your crane knowledge. Please e-mail any comments, questions, or specific topics you would like to see addressed in this column to certs@ite.net and we will certainly attempt to accommodate your requests

Use large enough hooks AND large diameter shackles to avoid crushing and kinking of the sling.


Dave Barnhouse resides in Yigo and has been involved with operations, maintenance, operator training, and/or inspections,of cranes since 1969. He is a Certified Environmental Trainer, CHST, NCCCO certified crane operator and practical examiner for all types of mobile cranes and the only OSHA accredited crane inspector on Guam.


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INTHENEWS Acting Governor Ray Tenorio signed a proclamation declaring October 16, 2011 GCA Trades Academy Day in honor of the GCA Trades Academy's 5th birthday. In attendance, from left to right, were James Martinez; president, Guam Contractors Association; Bert Johnston, education director, GCA Trades Academy; Acting Governor Ray Tenorio; John Robertson; chairman, board of trustees, GCA Trades Academy; and Connie C. Moral-Mayers, public affairs officer, Citibank.

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