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Back in (the) Black vs. Highway to Hell

By Mark Breslin, UCON CEO


Transforming the Industry Through Partnership

By Victor Sella, Director of Labor Relations



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The U.S. Economy Comes Roaring Back Looking Ahead: A Snapshot of Public Works Throughout California Confronting an Evergreen Political Challenge U.S. Bridges in Need of Repair




By Mark Breslin, UCON CEO

Back in (the) Black vs. Highway to Hell AC/DC was one of my favorite bands growing up. Rowdy. Unapologetic. They didn’t take themselves too seriously. It sounds just like our industry. I recall seeing them at one of their rst shows in the U.S. where I could be close enough to reach out and touch Angus Young’s guitar arm. They were true Rockers singing Back in Black long before they sold out for Taco Bell commercials. That song quite accurately describes our industry economic conditions for the 2021-22 construction seasons. Back in the Black for everyone’s bottom line is a very likely outcome. In summary, the road ahead looks like greater opportunities instead of the downturn that we had feared—which would probably have looked like the Highway to Hell. The supporting data is coming from every angle to UCON. First, with regards to UCON’s public works Liaison Committees across the state, the story is all the same. More work. The considerable challenges discussed regarding reduced tax revenues and capital budgets have abated. Cities, counties, agencies, the state, utilities, and related are all moving forward with solid programs and signi cant bid schedules. Housing for our private works contractors is on re. Today, the Wall Street ournal reported a shortage of 4 million units nationwide. Most of all, California is paying the price for many years of local and environmental opposition to building housing stock. That has changed rapidly. The federal spigot has been opened pretty wide, and there is likely to be a ton of money that will hopefully arrive as a result—though with negotiations pending that money will probably hit in 2022—not only sustaining the market but prospectively expanding it— especially in water, wastewater and bridges. In discussions with UCON’s union partners, I have personally spoken to their senior leaders, and they 6

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surprisingly report that 2020 hours only had small dips. Some broke new records for overall hours during the pandemic. Thus far, all reports show solid hours in 2021 and project the same for the remainder of this construction year. This is not to say that every report from the membership is full throttle opportunity. For some sectors it looks uite di erent. Contractors focused on private commercial, office campuses, high rise foundation and shoring and similar are reporting jobs on hold, uncertainty in nancing and reduced projected volume for 2021. Particularly hard hit seems to be concrete and vertical residential in urban areas. For these market sectors, it might be a longer road back from COVID worries, uncertainty and restraint. Although, traffic is back—and if that is an economic indicator, then maybe it is worth the suck factor.

UCON as an organization is seeing RECORDBREAKING GROWTH. n the rst couple of months of 2021, we have added 20 new contractors, and at this rate, the association might see a 20% growth rate for 2022. A lot of this came from the work we did on COVID, a singular focus on union relations, and a growing interest in our rapidly scaled education and training programs now o ered free to all contractor members. A list of all our new members accompanies the article (pages 8-9), and we welcome these leaders and thank them for their con dence. So the difficulties of the pandemic have not entirely departed but the trend lines noted in this month’s magazine and the data we have examined indicate a vibrant and robust market across the state. As always, UCON intends to combine your talent, resources, leadership and focus on creating opportunities for all members, large and small. ◆

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NEW CONTRACTOR MEMBERS: ACTION SWEEPING SERVICES, INC. Dianna Paris 1952 Carogold Lane Manteca, CA 95337 (209) 221-2102 BC TRAFFIC SPECIALIST (AN INFRASTRIPE COMPANY) Billy Miller 6 W. Southern Avenue Orange, CA 92865 (714) 974-1190 CALIFORNIA REBAR FABRICATORS INCORPORATED Michelle Jacobsen PO Box 2506 Novato, CA 94948 (415) 640-2428 CAPITOL BARRICADE Dave Sherman 6001 Elvas Avenue Sacramento, CA 5 1 (916) 451-5176 CAPITOL TRAFFIC SERVICES, INC Jorge Torres 25 0 Boatman Avenue, Suite 150 West Sacramento, CA 56 1 (209) 469-2663 C2R ENGINEERING, INC. Trevor Connolly 66 Willowgate St. Mountain View, CA 94043 (415) 407-4962


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FJ & I ENGINEERING INC. Antonio Sotelo 1 1 21st Street San Pablo, CA 06 (510) 650-2655 GROUND CONTROL INC. Ameet Patel 1 5 Bayshore Blvd., Suite 51 San Francisco, CA 12 (408) 422-8878 HODGE WESTERN CORP. Alex Hodge 161 Southwest Baldwin oad Prineville, OR 97754 (541) 903-5580 KIEWIT FOUNDATIONS CO. Mike Meduna 1550 Mike Fahey Street Omaha, NE 68102 (402) 271-2814 MONTEREY MECHANICAL CO. James Troup 2 5 San Leandro Street Oakland, CA 94621 (510) 632-3173 NEX SYSTEMS Keith Bewley 235 Frank West Circle Stockton, CA 5206 (800) 982-0602 R.J. LALONDE INC DBA LALONDE EQUIPMENT RENTAL Brian LaLonde 250 N. Palm Drive, Suite 200 Signal Hill, CA 0 55 (562) 595-6655

STATEWIDE SAFETY SYSTEMS Don Nicholas 1100 Main Street, Suite 100 Irvine, CA 92614 (5805) 704-0069 STEELHEAD CONSTRUCTORS, JV Kevin Ramstrom 2940 Innsbrunk Drive Redding, CA 96003 (530) 226-6400 STEPHEN M SILVA II INCORPORATED DBA DASILVA UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION Madelyn Holmes 7453 National Drive Livermore, CA 94550 (530) 524-4114 STERNDAHL ENTERPRISES, INC. Chip Sterndahl 11 61 Branford Street Sun Valley, CA 1 52 (818) 834-8199 SV GROUP, INC. Scott Helf 155 E. Main Ave., Suite 110 Morgan Hill, CA 95037 (408) 218-0993 WEST CONCRETE, LLC Natalie Jelavich 7225 26th Ave. Rio Linda, CA 95673 (916) 468-6005 WESTERN WATER CONSTRUCTORS, INC Ken Kreischer 707 Aviation Blvd. Santa osa, CA 5 0 (707) 540-9640

NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: ALLEN CONSTRUCTION GROUP LLP Hiromi Young 120 Stony Point Road, Suite 230 Santa Rosa, CA 95401 (707) 806-2884 BANK OF MARIN Jay Harris 504 Redwood Blvd., Suite 100 Novato, CA 94947 (628) 260-2999 DAVILLIER-SLOAN, INC. Jake Sloan 1632 12th Street Oakland, CA 94607 (510) 385-1242

Thank you for your referrals! United Contractors is growing. Do you know a contractor or associate company that you think would benefit from joining our forward-moving association? Contact our office today at (925) 855-7900.

J&J ACOUSTICS, INC. Rick Wood 2260 De La Cruz Blvd. Santa Clara, CA 95050 (408) 639-3957 SC FUELS Jasmine Guiao 1800 W. Katella Ave. Orange, CA 92867 (714) 559-1500 (as of publication printing)

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By Victor Sella, Director of Labor Relations

Transforming the Industry through Partnership Over 350 contractors across California have come to rely on UCON for our labor relations advocacy and services. While we’re here to support you and your business, our contractor members, not sta , develop UCON’s labor relations policies and strategies. And the relationships that all of us cultivate with our union partners are the foundation for how we navigate the challenges to our industry. UCON began approaching our union partners several years ago to create opportunities for discussion between labor and management outside of actual bargaining sessions. Called Industry Partner Meetings (IPMs), these provide a way for contractors to develop and foster relationships with their union counterparts while talking about common ground issues facing union contractors. The discussions can also lead to the formation of subcommittees to tackle speci c areas of concern, such as non-union competition. IPMs have generated many successful initiatives, such as labor-management job fairs, joint legislative initiatives supporting industry funding, safety policy initiatives, and other programs to generate union market share growth. Yet, previous participants will likely tell you that the real value is spending time

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face-to-face getting to know industry leaders. In other words, the opportunity to develop relationships with industry in uencers is what pays dividends, and that’s the opportunity UCON creates through IPMs. Even through the pandemic, UCON continues to hold IPMs. While some IPMs already occurred, we have more scheduled for Q2 2021 and will update when others are scheduled throughout the year: • • •

UCON-Laborers (NorCal) IPM – February 24, 2021 – 31 contractor participants UCON-OE3 IPM – April 26, 2021 – 38 contractor and union partners UCON-Laborers (SoCal) IPM – May 7, 2021 – 17+ contractors (as of publication printing)

If you’d like to learn more or participate, contact any member of the UCON Labor Member Services team to nd out more: memberinfo, (925) 855-7900. ◆

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By Mark Schniepp, California Economic Forecast

The U.S. Economy Comes Roaring Back and California Reopens With the advent of spring the U.S. economy is clearly strengthening and is further along than nearly every other big economy in the world. Nationwide, the economic recovery has gained new momentum with a collection of economic indicators recording some of their highest values since the pandemic began a year ago.

labor market is bouncing back and this indicator alone will give way to substantial increases in new spending, accelerating general economic growth.

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Attribute all of this to the precipitous decline in positive (COVID-19) case counts, the complete or near-complete opening up of large states like Texas, Arizona, and Minnesota, and gradual relaxation of restrictions in other states. The stock market remains at or near record levels of valuation. The S P 500 index set another record high on April 8, 2021. The Nasdaq is only 200 points from it’s all time record high. Consumer perceptions of their job and income prospects this year have now risen to their highest level in 13 months. As con dence rises, this normally also leads to increased spending and job opportunities. Sure enough, job openings increased to their highest level in two years and the sales of vehicles soared in March, to the highest level since 2017. Manufacturing surged in March, to it’s highest level since the 1980s! Loosening COVID-19 restrictions on the economy unleased 916,000 new jobs in March. Rapidly then, the 12

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Back to Normal Index (February 2020=100)

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In view of the momentum now recorded in 2021 and the expectations for continued progress through the year, this year’s forecast produces the fastest rate of growth since 1984.

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This is an important lesson for California; we’ll also see a surge in the restoration of pre-pandemic job counts as (1) more counties are allowed to open this spring, and (2) as the state entirely reopens by mid une. Moody’s produces a “back to normal” index every week (see opposite page). n early April, it shows a signi cant rebound in people’s perceptions of the economy advancing back to “normal,” or what economic conditions were like in February of 2020. The index includes seated diner (restaurant) volume, passengers at airports, people moving around, and time spent at the workplace (rather than at home).

What We NOW Know about the Economy We have come to understand much more about the U.S. and California economies that we were skeptical about or could not have predicted (1) when the pandemic began in late March 2020 or (2) even as recent as October 2020. This is important because it explains to us and to you why the outlook will be much better than originally predicted this year. We did not know that . . . •

. . . total wage and salary worker income would not be severely impacted by the deep recession, largely because the highest paying jobs and professions were not as impacted.

. . . consumers would increasingly become more willing to travel and dine out, though not quite yet at the pre-pandemic pace. We do see a steadily rising number of shoppers, visits to restaurants and salons, gatherings in groups, and travel through airports. It also appears that daily car trips have returned to

pre-pandemic levels. Have you noticed being tied up in traffic lately? •

. . . despite the original 20, falling to 15, and then lingering to 10 million unemployed workers that have represented the ugly face of the coronavirus recession in the U.S., the economy would bounce back sharply when given the opportunity state by state.

We would never have predicted that the unemployment rate would fall to 6.0 percent a year after the draconian lockdowns all over the country that generated a near 20 percent e ective unemployment rate last April. However, we also did not predict that millions of people would drop out of the labor force. If they didn’t, then the current rate of unemployment would be closer to 9 percent today in the U.S. and 11 percent in California. In view of the momentum now recorded in 2021 and the expectations for continued progress through the year, this year’s forecast produces the fastest rate of growth since 1984. Continued on next page M AY 2 0 2 1


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Real Gross Domestic Product Growth / U.S.

CA Reopens On Tuesday, April 6, most of the 5 counties in the State moved into the Orange Tier, meaning that an expansion of economic freedoms will begin this week and continue through the month (providing another surge is averted). However, Gavin Newsom announced on Tuesday of this week that by mid une, the state will do away with the color-coded COVID-19 tier system and fully reopen the economy by lifting most restrictions.

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Newsom said he expects 30 million people will have received at least one shot by the end of April. So if this goes forward, then our baseline forecast of a surge in economic activity this year would not be invalidated as I have cautioned over the past 2 months in previous newsletters. We can expect a sharp reduction in unemployment claims and the ranks of the unemployed going into May and une. Businesses should start scheduling the return of workers to offices, consider in person business travel and in-person meetings and conferences, and revisit expectations on product and service inventory to meet the likely expansion of growth this year. A return to the pre-pandemic normal is still not expected until well into next year, but business conditions over the 2nd half of 2021 will represent a major change from how we have had to cope with restrictions on our activities,

the way we have worked, and the limits on social and larger public gatherings. And so it will seem much closer to normal than at anytime since February 2020. ◆ The California Economic Forecast is an economic consulting firm that produces commentary and analysis on the U.S. and California economies. The firm specializes in economic forecasts and economic impact studies, and is available to make timely, compelling, informative and entertaining economic presentations to large or small groups. Mark Schniepp, Ph.D., Director, has spoken at UCON’s Legislative Summit. Visit them at

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2021-2022 Construction Outlook

Looking Ahead: an Overview of Public Works Projects* Throughout California United Contractors reached out to public works departments and counties across California to provide members with an overview of contracting demand and bidding opportunities.

Alameda County Transportation Commission (CTC) Estimated budget for FY 2021-22: ~$280 M Estimated number of projects going out to bid in FY 2021-22: Two projects designed by Alameda CTC: • I-80 Gilman Interchange Improvements (Phase 2) – Advertise: July 2021 – Construction budget (capital and support): ~$28M • I-680 SB Express Lane from SR84 to Alcosta Blvd – Advertise: December 2021 – Construction budget (capital and support): ~$225M Where can contractors go to get more information about upcoming projects? www. get-involved/ contractingopportunities/ Contact: Trinity Nguyen,


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Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) Estimated budget for FY 2021-22: The IEUA 2-year budget is roughly $190 million, with a ten-year forecast (TYF) of $920 million. IEUA Highlights: • Major projects include: the expansion of the liquids treatment and the construction of a wastewater solids handling facility at Regional Water Recycling Plant No. 5 (RP-5), • rehabilitation and upgrades to Regional Water Recycling Plant No. 4 (RP-4); and the completion of the groundwater basin improvements • Major projects near the end of the ten-year planning horizon include the liquids capacity recovery and solids treatment expansion of the Water Recycling Plant No. 1 (RP-1). Where can contractors go to get more information about upcoming projects?

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Caltrans Estimated budget for FY 2021-22: $5.0 billion Estimated number of projects going out to bid in FY 2021-22: 606 Average size/scope of projects? (size) = $8 million Is your 2021-22 budget larger than 2020? If so, by how much? • FY 2020/21 Capital Improvements Projects projection = 637 projects/$5.3 billion • FY 2021/22 Capital Improvement Projects projection = 606 projects/$5.0 billion • Di erence 1 projects and 00 million Where can contractors go to get more information about upcoming projects? The OE website is the best place to get the latest information on upcoming projects. ( contractor-info.html). Two look ahead reports have been developed to help provide information on projects greater than $1 million in Capital Cost.

Los Angeles Metropolitan: LA METRO/LA County Estimated budget for FY 2021-22: The total FY21 proposed budget is ~$6 billion, a decrease of 16.5% from the prior year. LA METRO 28 for 28 Highlights: Projects Targeted for 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles. Projects in process or beginning in 2021-2022 (some may bid in 2022 for construction in 2023): • Regional Connector 2021 2021 cc 4. New Bus Rapid Transit Corridors (Phase 1) 2022 2022 TBD 5. • Orange and Red Lines to Gold Line Transit Connector (North Hollywood to Pasadena) 2022 • Airport Metro Connector Station 202 • I-5 North County Capacity Enhancements 2023 • North San Fernando Valley 202 • Purple Line Extension Section 1 202

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Any additional information for contractors interested in bidding on FY 2021-22 projects? Check the Caltrans Contractors Corner website ( des/oe/contractor-info.html). Best contact for contractors with questions? Caltrans Office Engineer website is the best place to start. For speci c information: http: des oe contact.html

LA METRO Highlights: • osecrans Mar uardt rade Separation Ad date 06/21, Project start 12/21 $100-150 million • I-105 ExpressLanes Construction Ad date 06/21, Project start 6/2022, $500 million • Soundwall Package 10 Ad date 0 21, Project start 02/22, $45-50 million • 605 South Street, Ad date 0 21, Project start 12/21, $15-20 million • VA Hospital Parking Structure Parking Lot, Ad date 07/21, Project start 12/21, $25-100 million The above projects are just a snapshot of items for une and uly. Where can contractors go to get more information about upcoming projects? Continued on next page M AY 2 0 2 1


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Metropolitan Water District (MWD) Highlights

Orange County Transportation direction of the freeway segment. Continued right-ofway efforts will be underway this upcoming year as Authority (OCTA) well.

Goals in FY 2020-21

In FY 2020-21, the Freeway Program will continue construction on the I-405 Improvement Project. The project improvements include adding a general purpose lane in each direction of the I-405 Freeway from Euclid Street to the Interstate 605 (I-605) Interchange (Project K) and adding an additional lane in each direction that will combine with the existing HOV lane to provide dual tolled express lanes in each direction on the I-405 from SR-73 to I-605. The project is anticipated to be completed in the fall of 2023.

Continuing to seek external state and federal grant and

fundingplanned opportunitiesbudget to leveragefor sales tax revenue Estimated budget for FY 2021-22: The total planned Estimated Budget: The total FY and deliver all M2 freeway projects as promised to the capital spending for FY 2020/21 and FY 2021/22 2020/21 is $1.43 billion voters of Orange County. of approximately $500 million (includes some non OCTA Highlights: APPROVED BUDGET FISCAL YEAR 2020-21 • M2 (Measure 2) “hard” non-construction costs). In coordination with Caltrans, OCTA looks forward administered by OCTA, MWD Highlights: to completing construction on the I-5 project between billions SR-55 and SR-57 (Projectgenerates A) to improve traffic flow onof • Colorado River Aqueduct Reliability: Complete this portion of the I-5 freeway by increasing it from one dollars to improve construction of the 6.9 kV Power Cables to two carpool lanes in each direction with continuous transportation—allocates access. Replacement, Main Pumping Plants Discharge 43% of funds to freeway Line Isolation Bulkhead Couplings, Pump Plant Another goal for the upcoming FY is to award a contract and begin construction on the SR-55 project projects, 32% tofrom streets and Sump System ehabilitation, and Pumping I-405 to I-5 (Project F). This project will add one generroads, and 25% to transit Plants Crane Improvements projects. al purpose lane and one additional HOV lane in each projects. • Distribution System eliability: Complete the F Y 2 0 2 0 - 2 1 A p p r o v e d B u d g e t 21 – Freeway Program designs and start construction for the Casa Loma will continue construction on the 1-405 Siphon Barrel No. 1 eplacement and Santa Improvement Project; the I-5 project between Monica Feeder Cast Iron Pipe Rehabilitation S 55 and S 5 (Project A) construction Projects. Complete construction of the Orange will begin on the S 55 project from 1 05 to County C D Team Support Facility. Begin the I-5 (Project F) design of the Lake Mathews Forebay Pressure Streets and oads Program estimates 55.6 Control Structure and Bypass project. million to local agencies (Project O) • Right of Way and Infrastructure: Protection – M2 Transit Program will allocate M2 Funds Start construction of pipeline protection and for the Metrolink Service Expansion (Project access improvements in the Orange County R) to support the Rail Program in Orange egion. Continue e ort to develop and certify County. programmatic E s for the western San • Rail Program: begin construction of the Anaheim Bernardino, Los Angeles, iverside and San Canyon Station improvements initiate design Diego County regions. environmental phases of the rvine Station ORANGE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY FY 2020-21 Approved Budget I

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CONSTRUCTION special feature

Riverside County Transportation Commission

MARKET FORECAST REPORT Construction Outlook (cont.)

Orange County Water District (OCWD) Budget: The total proposed CIP cost for the FY 2021-22 budget is $228.2 million, and it includes 19 projects. The life span of various CIP projects varies from project to project and it can be three years or longer. OCWD Highlights: • Complete the Prado Basin CA feasibility study and change the dam control manual to permanently increase water conservation at Prado Dam to elevation 505 year-round For more information:

Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) Estimated Budget: TBD RCTC Highlights: • State Route 71/State Route 91 Interchange, Corona. Anticipated from 2022 to 2024: $121 million. • Mid-County Parkway Western Riverside County between Perris and San Jacinto— Interstate 215 to State Route 79. Future construction is subject to funding availability.

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Investment: $42 million for Construction Contract #1. Estimated $1.1 billion for remaining construction contracts (right of way, environmental mitigation, design, and construction) Amtrak intercity rail service between Los Angeles and the Coachella Valley, extending from Indio or Coachella in the east to Los Angeles Union Station in the west, a distance of approximately 145 miles. Budget TBD. Smart Freeway Pilot Project northbound nterstate 15 from the San Diego iverside County Line to the 15/215 Interchange in Murrieta, to begin in 2022: $18 million (total project cost).

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Sacramento County Estimated budget for FY 2021-22: Appprox $298.8 million. Estimated number of projects going out to bid in FY 2021-22: Approximately 122 projects for bid in Fiscal Year 2021-22. Average size/scope of projects? The average size of the projects is approximately$950,000. Change in 2021-22 budget: FY 2021-22 budget currently is projected to be ~$67.8 million less than FY 2020-21. Where can contractors go to get more information about upcoming projects? Projects available for bidding can be found on this website: https://dgs.saccounty. net/capsd/Pages/Current-Bid-Opportunities.aspx

San Diego (SANDAG) Estimated budget for FY 2021-22: Proposed $1.13 billion program budget for F 2022 beginning uly 1, 2021. SANDAG Highlights: • Bayshore Bikeway ( uly 2021) – Estimate: $12,241,106 • mperial Bikeway San Diego (August 2021) – Estimate: $8,000,000 • obinson Howard Bikeway (September 2021) – Estimate: $3,000,000 • Border to Bayshore Bikeway (October 2021) – Estimate: $8,000,000 • Pershing Bikeway (October 2021) – Estimate: $13,533,616 • Inland Rail Trail Bikeway Phase 3 Vista (November 2021) – Estimate: $5,000,000 The scope for all projects above, include the following specialties: General contractors, grading, paving, landscaping services, lighting, electrical, storm drain, traffic control, and way nding signage Contractor Contact: Brittany Salbato, (61 ) 5 5 5 6 , brittany.salbato

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Any additional information for contractors interested in bidding on FY 2021-22 projects? All information regarding the projects can be found on the bid listings at

Estimated budget for FY 2021-22: SDCWA two year budget totals $1.7 billion, up 5% from the current budget mainly due to increasing costs for water supply, supply reliability, and the Capital Improvement Program. SDCWA Highlights: • Securing a permit for construction of seawater intake and discharge facilities at the Carlsbad Desalination Plant

Contractor contact: Please contact the point of contact listed on the current bidding website: www.dgs.saccounty. net/capsd/Pages/Current-Bid-Opportunities.aspx

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CONSTRUCTION special feature San Jose Public Works Dept.


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San Francisco Department of Public Works (SFDPW) Estimated budget for FY 2021-22: Still in review. Estimated number of projects going out to bid in FY 2021-22: Approximately 40-50 construction projects dependent on departmental funding. SFDPW Highlights: Approved bonds include: • $41.5 million for Right-Of-Way projects such as street resurfacing, curb ramps, and street structures • $239 million for parks and recreation facilities, • $207 million for treatment and supportive housing facilities. Voters also approved a $628.5 million Earthquake Safety and Emergency esponse bond, which will fund investments in our Emergency Fire ghting Water System, Fire and Police facilities, Disaster Response facilities, and 911 Call Center. Where can contractors go to get more information about upcoming projects? https://sfcitypartner.sfgov. org/pages/index.aspx Any additional information for contractors interested in bidding on FY 2021-22 projects? San Francisco. Public Works oversees more than $2.6 billion in construction projects across the City of San Francisco that are either being designed, managed and/or built. Contractor Contact: Contractadmin.sta 22

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Estimated budget for FY 2021-22: $685.7M (Adopted Budget for FY20/21) Estimated number of projects going out to bid in FY 2021-22: 76 Average size/scope of projects? The average construction estimate is $2.7M with varying scopes of work (Parks Trails, Sanitary, Building). Where can contractors go to get more information about upcoming projects? Contractors can visit the City of San os Public Works website (https: to learn about upcoming or active projects. For projects with active solicitations, contractors can visit the City’s e-procurement website at Any additional information for contractors interested in bidding on FY 2021-22 projects? Contractors who wish to learn more about the City of San os C P program can attend one of two opportunity awareness events. Interested parties can register here: https:// public works public works academy academy events Best contact for contractors with questions: Matt Loesch, Assistant Public Works Director (matt.loesch ________________________________ The agencies, cities and counties included in the above overview are not to be considered a complete list of upcoming projects and programs available to UCON contractor members. For more information, contact each department directly. f you have a speci c need, or re uest assistance with an agency, please contact UCON’s office at ( 25) 55 00. ◆

UCON Members Engage Directly with Cities and Public Agencies Throughout California UCON’s committees offer members an opportunity to provide direct input and influence on important industry issues. Several committees allow members access to public agencies in a collaborative forum environment that they would otherwise not gain. There are several UCON committess that members can join related to the cities, counties and agencies mentioned on the previous pages:

UCON–Caltrans Liaison Committee

The Caltrans–UCON Liaison Committee provides a forum for contractors and Caltrans to improve business relations. The committee meets at Caltrans HQ in Sacramento. • Committee Criteria: All contractors who bid and perform work with Caltrans are encouraged to participate. • Chairman: Mike Ghilotti, President, Ghilotti Bros., Inc.

SF City–Contractor Liaison Committee The San Francisco–UCON Liaison Committee was established to provide a forum for contractors and City agencies to improve business relations. • Committee Criteria: All contractors who are headquartered or bid and perform work in the City are encouraged to participate. • Chairman: Mike Ghilotti, President, Ghilotti Bros., Inc., Miguel Galarza, CEO, Yerba Buena Engineering & Construction, Inc.

MWD Committee

The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) Committee serves as a platform for members to provide input and shar ideas. The committee meets every three months. • Committee Criteria: This is an open committee and best suited for those interested in working with MWD and providing feedback on behalf of the industry. • Chairman: Abbigail Brown, President, CPM Logistics

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Los Angeles Metro (LA METRO) Committee

The LA METRO Committee serves as a platform for members to provide input and ideas on existing jobs and future bidding of jobs for our contractors. The committee meets every three months to review, analyze and provide input on working with LA METRO. • Committee Criteria: This is an open committee and best suited for those interested in working with LA METRO and providing feedback on behalf of the industry • Chairman: Abbigail Brown, President, CPM Logistics

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CONSTRUCTION special feature


By Dave Bauer, President, ARTBA

Confronting an Evergreen Political Challenge A massive container ship lodged in the banks of the Suez Canal captured the world’s attention for a few days in March. Early estimates suggest the disruption could cost $6 billion to $10 billion. Meanwhile, across the United States, congestion, freight bottlenecks and structurally de cient bridges cost the U.S. economy $179 billion each year, according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

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These disruptions have, unfortunately, become normalized, plaguing our supply chains and daily commutes, while the outsized cost goes largely unnoticed or accepted. Congress has an opportunity to prove the status quo is not inevitable and deliver a transportation bill that can provide the modern transportation network all sides say they want.

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President oe Biden’s “American obs Plan” is an ambitious proposal that would provide major investments in infrastructure and other areas of need. As much attention as this proposal has received in recent weeks, we are well served to remember the “plan” is largely a set of principles. It will be up to Congress to develop the details. You can be sure the 535 members of the House and Senate will have their own ideas about infrastructure. The good news is that a long overdue federal infrastructure renewal process is de nitely moving forward. ARTBA is seizing on this opportunity to work to ensure any nal product contains both much

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The most important thing is not whose plan passes Congress, but that at the end of the process the American people have increased mobility and the competitiveness of the U.S. economy is strengthened. needed investment increases and a policy structure that delivers for all states. Maintaining a strong federal-state partnership should be at any infrastructure bill’s core and will ensure exibility to prioritize the uni ue needs of each state and community, along with targeted e orts to generate economic competitiveness. Over the next several months, the contours of an infrastructure package will be shaped. Here are three key factors that can in uence the outcome: The need is real. The empirical and economic imperative to renew and revitalize the nation’s transportation infrastructure network is without question. The actions expected over the next few months are not only much needed, but also long overdue. 2. Bipartisanship takes engagement by both sides. epublicans and Democrats should rightly o er their own ideas and both sides should listen. Di erent perspectives can achieve progress without one being done at the expense of another. 3. Progress must take precedence over politics. The most important thing is not whose plan passes Congress, but that at the end of the process the American people have increased mobility and the competitiveness of the U.S. economy is strengthened. 1.

Apart from policy, a fault line is once again emerging on how to pay for infrastructure legislation. However, the nger pointing obscures the real issue: no matter which mechanism is used to pay for an infrastructure package, real costs are already borne by all users of our transportation network every day—whether through banged up wheels in potholes, time wasted in traffic

or costly delays in our supply chain. Highlighting this reality would di use the knee jerk reaction to paying for a worthwhile investment. Now, as both political parties attest to the enormous need to rebuild and modernize our nation’s transportation and other infrastructure networks, our challenge is to hold all sides accountable. The Suez Canal event does not have to become a metaphor for inaction on the nation’s infrastructure needs. Instead, it can be a lesson about dislodging the status quo. It’s up to Congress to choose to go forward and for us to help them nd the way. ◆ Dave Bauer is president and CEO of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association ARTBA . The column appears in the March April issue of ARTBA’s Transportation Builder magazine.

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By Dr. Alison Premo-Black, Chief Economist, ARTBA

Analysis Shows 220,000 U.S. Bridges Need Repair New “Structurally Deficient” or “Poor” Condition Bridges: U.S. Highway 101 over the Los Angeles River, CA Sacramento River Bridge in Glenn County, CA

More than 220,000 U.S. bridges need major repair work or should be replaced, according to ARTBA’s annual analysis of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 2020 National Bridge Inventory (NBI) database. That gure represents 6 percent, or more than one third, of all U.S. bridges. n California, 1,5 6, or 6.0 percent, are classi ed as structurally de cient, an increase from 1,20 ve years ago. f placed end to end, the length of these U.S. bridges would stretch over 6,000 miles—long enough to travel across the country from Atlanta to Los Angeles, and continue up to Deadhorse, Alaska the furthest point north on the state’s highway system. A TBA nds that while the number of structurally de cient (SD) bridges declined 2.5 percent last year to 45,000, the number of bridges falling into fair condition


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grew more than 3,600 to almost 295,000. Other bridges were added to the SD list for the rst time. This year’s eighth annual bridge report was especially timely, coming days before President oe Biden released his $2 trillion infrastructure plan in Pittsburgh, a city with more than 400 bridges over rivers and ravines. The administration and Congress face a September 30 expiration of the current surface transportation reauthorization and are currently debating the package. The current 40-year timeline to repair bridges in poor condition is an unacceptable outcome for the American motoring public. The bridge conditions report highlights key national infrastructure challenges and underscores the need for congressional action this year on a robust multi-year transportation investment bill. Of the 5,000 SD bridges, nearly 11,200 are in “serious” or worse condition. This includes 1,668 that are in “critical” condition, 440 that are in “imminent” failure, and 970 that are in “failed” condition and are out of service. American drivers cross these SD structures more than 171 million times daily. The estimated cost to repair them is $41.8 billion, based on average cost data published by the U.S. DOT. n California, nearly 500

U.S. Highway 101 Over the Los Angeles River

American drivers cross these SD structures more than 171 million times daily. The estimated cost to repair them is $41.8 billion, based on average cost data published by the U.S. DOT. In California, nearly 500 bridges are proposed for replacement at a cost of $1.3 billion, while more than 1,000 spans are slated for rehabilitation at a cost of more than $4.5 billion.

bridges are proposed for replacement at a cost of $1.3 billion, while more than 1,000 spans are slated for rehabilitation at a cost of more than $4.5 billion.

Of the 220,000 bridges needing repair, state and local government say that 79,500 bridges should be replaced totally (according to Black/ARTBA). Nearly one-third of Interstate highway bridges (17,643 spans) have identi ed repair needs. Bridges are getting more attention than usual this year, mainly due to the administration’s intention to repair the top 10 most structurally de cient bridges in the nation. Which ones would be selected will depend on the criteria they look at. It’s a burning question that we would all like to answer. ◆ ARTBA’s economics and research team tracks, analyzes, and distributes market intelligence for all modes of transportation. Their regular o erings include the Transportation Construction Market Intelligence Service, Federal Highway Investment Dashboard, and annual Deficient U.S. Bridges report. The American Road and Transportation Builders Association ARTBA is a UCON strategic partner,

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UP Professional Development May/June 2021 LEADERSHIP: MAY 6

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Thursday, May 6; 2:30pm-4:30pm Instructor: Bill Treasurer, Giant Leap Consulting Class Style: Webinar | Class Limit: Unlimited People who write down clear, compelling, and worthwhile goals make more money than those who don’t. Goals tee you up for a higher income, and they also give you purpose, energy, and focus. But let’s be clear, it’s not enough to have goals; you’ve got to achieve those goals for them to make a difference in your life. This webinar will do more than help you set goals; it will help you get the goals you set. • • • • • •

Why having goals is critical to life and career success Five characteristics of strong goals that lead to strong results Vilfredo Pareto and the 80/20 principle SMART targets and metrics, versus those that are bull$%#! The differences between “good” employees and “great” ones Tips for holding yourself and others accountable

Who Should Attend: Anyone who aims to be more successful.


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Take advantage of this EXCLUSIVE UCON MEMBER BENEFIT—FREE for 2021. Invest in your people, and encourage your teams to learn and grow. The May and June leadership, and industry-specific classes are highlighted. Visit UNITEDCONTRACTORS.ORG/CALENDAR to see UCON’s full class schedule, and register to attend. If you have any questions regarding UCON’s Professional Development classes, contact Angelica Gouig, Senior Event Coordinator, (925) 362-7309,


Project Manager to Business Manager: Session 1 (of 3)* Thursday, June 17; 2:30pm-4:30pm Instructor: Luke Matelan, FMI Class Style: Webinar | Class Limit: Unlimited Session 1: Productivity in Construction • The key differences between production and productivity • How productivity relates to profitability • How improving productivity can boost both project and company profitability Session I of this series will help you understand the opportunity that improving productivity presents at both the project and enterprise levels.


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Project Manager to Business Manager: Session 2 (of 3)* Thursday, June 24; 2:30pm-4:30pm Instructor: Luke Matelan, FMI Class Style: Webinar | Class Limit: Unlimited Session 2: Change Order Resolution Strategies • Reasons why change orders exist and the common challenges associated with change orders • Resolving change orders before they become claims • Effective strategies for negotiating change orders Session 2 focuses on approaches to resolve change orders and create a “win/win” scenario for the client and your company. Who Should Attend: Foremen, Superintendents, Project Engineers, Assistant Project Managers, PMs, SPMs, PXs, Division/Branch Managers, Executive Level. *NOTE: Session 3—Thursday, July 1; when you sign up for Session 1, you are automatically registered for the full series (all 3 sessions).

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Qualifying a Driver of a Commercial Motor Vehicle Tuesday, May 4; 1:00pm-2:00pm Instructor: Dave Helge, Idealease Class Style: Webinar | Class Limit: Unlimited

In this course, you will learn the regulations that apply to hiring and qualifying a commercial motor vehicle driver, including application and background investigation, road testing, and more. Who Should Attend: Managers of drivers who operate commercial motor vehicles. Continued on next page

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Tuesday, June 1; 1:00pm-2:00pm Instructor: Dave Helge, Idealease Class Style: Webinar | Class Limit: Unlimited

Keeping Your Driver Safe During A Pandemic

You will learn how to protect a commercial motor vehicle driver during a pandemic, including COVID-19 employee policy and protecting the driver during operation. Who Should Attend: Managers of drivers who operate commercial motor vehicles.

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How to Survive a BIT Inspection

Tuesday, May 18; 1:00pm-2:00pm Instructor: Simon DeCasas, CHP Motor Carrier Specialist 1 Class Style: Webinar | Class Limit: Unlimited This overview of the Basic Inspection of Terminal (BIT) Inspection program explains how it has evolved into what it is now—gain and retain compliance with the California BIT Program. Who Should Attend: Anyone who operates a vehicle or vehicles with a GVWR of 10000 lbs. or more and or requires a commercial license or a Hazardous material permit.

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What We Look for at the Scales

Tuesday, May 25; 1:00pm-2:00pm Instructors: Mark Fisher, CHP Officer, Simon DeCasas, CHP Motor Carrier Specialist 1 Class Style: Webinar | Class Limit: Unlimited This course will review the Basic Level 1 Inspection criteria for a roadside inspection and the purpose of the Scales to inspect the size, weight, equipment, and emissions of the vehicles. You will learn what triggers a Level I Inspection and how PrePass works at the scales.. Who Should Attend: Anyone who operates regulated vehicles.

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New Hours of Service Regulation Changes and the ELD

This course will review the new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Hours of Service changes that went into effect on September 29, 2020. Who Should Attend: Managers of drivers who operate commercial motor vehicles.


How the Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations Apply to You a Motor Carrier Tuesday, June 8; 1:00pm-2:00pm Instructor: Dave Helge, Idealease Class Style: Webinar | Class Limit: Unlimited This course will review the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration drug and alcohol testing regulations that apply to drivers with a CDL. Who Should Attend: Managers of drivers who operate commercial motor vehicles.


Developing a Proactive Safety and Loss Control Program Tuesday, June 15; 1:00pm-2:00pm Instructor: Dave Helge, Idealease Class Style: Webinar | Class Limit: Unlimited

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UCON’s 2021 INSPIRING LEADERSHIP SERIES UCON’s popular series returns! This high-impact program inspires your leaders—whether they are working in the field or the office, answering phones, managing a project, running a department, or the overall business, everyone will gain new insights— uplifting themselves and their organizations. UCON’s Inspiring Leadership Series gathers nationally recognized experts who provide actionable strategies and inspire leadership. THIS SERIES IS FREE to both Contractor and Associate members, as well as industry professionals, and is sponsored by UCON’s 2021 Annual Sponsors.

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The Power of ONE: How One Attitude, One Action and One Person Can Change the World Speaker: John O’Leary, Burn Victim Survivor

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16; 2:30pm-3:30pm Expected to die, John O’Leary now teaches others how to truly live. In 1987, John was a curious nineyear-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, he created a massive explosion in his garage and was burned on 100% of his body. Given less than 1% chance of survival, John is proof of the power of the human spirit. Be inspired for lessons of life and taking action for yourself. ____________________________________________________________

Mastering the Art of Feedback

Speaker: Julie Zhuo, Former VP of Product Design, Facebook WEDNESDAY, JULY 21; 2:30pm-3:30pm Feedback makes all the difference. Engagement. Retention. Performance. But for many leaders, managers and employees, one of the most stressful situations can be the giving and receiving of feedback. When done well, feedback can help people improve and thrive in a position. When done poorly, feedback can create a culture of tension or defensiveness. Using stories from her experience in Senior Leadership at Facebook, she provides actionable takeaways that can improve the experience for both parties

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From Battlefield to Boardroom

Speaker: Lieutenant General Ronald L. Bailey, USMC; First African American to Command the 1st Marine Division WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18; 2:30pm-3:30pm Ron will talk about a combat philosophy and its applicability in today’s boardroom. You will learn how to reshape your organization based on the following eight guiding principles: Intellectual Innovation, Boldness, Trust, Integrity, Teamwork, and Surprise, and how it can improve your organization. You will leave with a different model of thinking in an uncertain environment. __________________________________________________

Countdown to Teamwork: Guarding Against a “Normalization of Deviance” Speaker: Mike Mullane, Astronaut

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15; 2:30pm-3:30pm Insights from the heavens comes with Mike’s story as an Astronaught. His lessons from space exploration and the Challenger explosion will motivate you; push your practice of teamwork: guard against a “normalization of deviance,” and enhance responsibility, trust, selfleadership, and courageous team leadership. __________________________________________________

Redefine Impossible

Speaker: James Lawrence (The Iron Cowboy) WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10; 2:30pm-3:30pm When James Lawrence (aka the Iron Cowboy) announced his plan to complete 50 Ironman’s in 50 consecutive days in all 50 states, the only person who believed that he could pull it off was James himself (and his wife, Sunny). But with the support of Sunny, their five children, and with grassroots support conjured at the last minute, he accomplished what he set out to do. You will leave inspired that no goal is too big—you just need the right steps. M AY 2 0 2 1



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BRIGHTVIEW’S TOM DONNELLY, PRESIDENT, PROVIDES A LOOK AHEAD INTO 2021 BrightView Landscape Development’s Thomas C. Donnelly, president, shares some forecast insights for 2021.

Q: What shifts did you see transpire

in 2020 as the market and developers adjusted?

A: Where we saw the most significant impact of the pandemic was with some of our amusement clients. They had to shut down operations, so they’ve slowed some projects and deferred other improvements and enhancements into 2021 and 2022. We are seeing significant activity now in the larger residential development category. We’re seeing masterplan community work of large scale significance in places like Texas, California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Florida.

a “V” shaped recovery starting in the third quarter. It was encouraging to see how quickly the economy repaired itself, yet we all recognize there’s more work to be done to get through the issues. The construction industry was hit hard. It was one of the first industries to experience a drop. Economists report the sector experienced a 14.6% loss of jobs from February 2020 to April 2020 and the industry lost 3.3% of jobs overall from February 2020 through January 2021. Interestingly, while unemployment remains high in the U.S., we need people. We are actively hiring in the field today in all markets. Consumer demand remains high and we believe there is pent-up demand for building that ultimately will drive the need for construction services. The continued availability of vaccines is expected to provide a lift to the economy in the second half of the year. That momentum should build into 2022 and fuel demand for construction services. For more information on BrightView, visit: www., a UCON member since 2016. ◆

It really became a whole new work environment with social distancing and an emphasis on worker health and safety. It’s a very significant shift in thinking. And our people had to comply not just with the protocols we’ve established, but also help the general contractor improve their protocols. Everyone has to look out for the health of each other. With government approval of several vaccines to immunize people against COVID-19, it is my hope the worst of the pandemic will be over soon. Because BrightView serves larger commercial and institutional clients, the company takes a long view – not just 2021, but into 2022 and 2023 – in order to develop the best plans and proactively plan for the future. Today, we are focused on growing our capabilities, increasing our workforce, training people, and investing in the future in order to be flexible and take advantage of future opportunities in new workplace environments.

Q: What do you see ahead for the economy and construction industry?

A: There’s no question the road ahead is going to be challenging and the continuing pandemic will result in a cautious approach to real estate development growth. Experts predict the economy and construction industry will surge in the latter half of 2021. Economists note after the initial drops in economic output in 2020, the economy experienced

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United Contractors would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the following companies who are celebrating their 13 YEARS – 2008 anniversary of membership with our organization in May: Contractor Member: Bayside Stripe & Seal, Inc. 44 YEARS – 1977 21 YEARS – 2000 Ramy Mughannam Associate Member: Contractor Members: Reed & Graham, Inc. MCK Services, Inc. 11 YEARS – 2010 Sal Guido Mark Hazen Associate Member: Adler Tank Rentals Proven Management, Inc. 30 YEARS – 1991 Erik Peters Associate Members: Alan Varela J.M. Turner 8 YEARS – 2013 Engineering, Inc. Sposeto Engineering, Inc. Contractor Member: Adrianus Vermeulen John Sposeto Sierra Traffic Markings, Inc. United Rentals Associate Member: Ron Johnson John Delgado Craftsmen Tool Rentals Mike Carter Associate Member: 28 YEARS – 1993 Prestige Printing and Associate Member: 20 YEARS – 2001 Graphics R & B Company Contractor Member: Rose Maloney Reed Mack Duran & Venables, Inc. Gregg Fisher

27 YEARS – 1994 Associate Member: Travelers Brittany Murphy

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Contractor Member: Andrew M. Jordan Inc. dba A & B Construction Andrew Jordan

24 YEARS – 1997

Contractor Member: T & S Construction Co., Inc. Arthur Spinella

23 YEARS – 1998 Contractor Member: Power Engineering Construction Co. Ken Lindberg Associate Member: Burnham Brown Dean Pollack

22 YEARS – 1999

Contractor Member: Columbia Electric, Inc. Jo Anne Scruggs

19 YEARS – 2002

Contractor Member: Yerba Buena Engineering & Construction, Inc. Miguel Galarza

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Contractor Members: Shimmick Construction Company, Inc. Steve Richards Vanguard Construction Dominic Sposeto Associate Members: Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc. Steve Pryde RDO–Vermeer Mark Meyer

16 YEARS – 2005

Contractor Member: Las Vegas Paving, Inc. Bill Wellman

14 YEARS – 2007 Contractor Member: Waller, Inc. Michael Waller

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7 YEARS – 2014

Contractor Members: Berkeley Cement, Inc. (BCI) Ron Fadelli R. E. Maher, Inc. Rod Maher Associate Members: PentaRisk Insurance Services LLC Jim Untiedt

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Associate Members: Bay Area Backhoes, Inc. Greg Chiaravalle HSG Safety Supplies, Inc. Sareena Grewal

5 YEARS – 2016

Contractor Members: Clipper International Equipment Company, Inc. Rob Terheyden Fontenoy Engineering, Inc. Aidan O’Sullivan

4 YEARS – 2017

Contractor Members: Eagle Rock Industries Matt Sorrow

Serafix Engineering Contractors, Inc. Larry Brandt Westland Contractors, Inc. Neil Hunt Associate Members: Clear Creek Systems Brendan Coyne

3 YEARS – 2018

Contractor Members: Cooper Engineering, Inc. Denise Cooper RCI General Engineering Jake Richter Associate Member: H&E Equipment Services Lucas Heuer

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Contractor Members: J & M, Inc. John M. DeFreitas Vintage Paving Company, Inc. Ed Carbahal

1 YEAR – 2020

Contractor Members: C&W Construction Specialties, Inc. Daniel Payan Capax Group, Inc. Rachel McIntyre Casey Fogli Concrete Contractors, Inc. Andrew Vasconi Devaney Engineering, Inc. Derek Devaney FERMA Greenbox Inc. Marc Ferrari Glosage Engineering, Inc. Luis Guzman Sculpt Land Development Harvy Dhillon SubTerra Construction, Inc. Andrew Chung



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Roll Up Your Sleeves

United Contractors informational campaign, “Roll Up Your Sleeves,” promotes vaccination across the construction industry. This is in response to surveys indicating that the industry has one of the lowest rates of workers willing to be vaccinated in the nation. “Roll up Your Sleeves” provides a one-stop-shop for contractors, union representatives, and construction workers to get nononsense, science-driven, and fact-based information about the COVID-19 vaccine. The site contains credible, reliable, and trustworthy information in one place for the construction industry, and includes helpful tools, templates, and resources to facilitate jobsite talks in Spanish and English.

VACCINATECONSTRUCTION.COM Share the Message on Social Media! The most effective way to increase COVID-19 vaccinations is by sharing accurate information, helpful resources and a positive message. Let your employees, clients and peers know you support COVID-19 vaccination as an important tool to stop the pandemic.

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✔ Post a positive message on social media. Use the following hashtags: #RollUpYourSleeves #VaccinateConstruction

Combating misinformation and adopting vaccination is a crucial component of individual, jobsite and community safety. It’s also the shortest path for our state’s vital industries to get back to normal. Let’s Roll Up Our Sleeves. Learn more at ◆

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