Constructor - May/June 2018 - 12

Nailed It!
CELEBRATING A CENTURY'S WORTH OF
TOOLS & EQUIPMENT

BY AMY DREW THOMPSON
FROM HORSE-DRAWN LEVELERS AND steam shovels to cordless

drills and surveys by drone, the tools that make the trade happen
have undergone some serious evolution in the time since AGC of
America was founded.
The cornerstone of the grand and gothic Brookings Hall was
laid in 1900. Its construction was completed in 1902. And it
remains as one of Washington University's most iconic buildings.
And so when Ryan Freeman, vice president of operations for
McCarthy Building Companies, a member of multiple AGC chapters,
stood, almost literally, at its front step, he marveled.
"To imagine how they built this castle-like structure, by hand
in that era, and then for us to be building a whole, new modern
campus - doing what would probably have taken them a decade
in just 24 months - was just amazing."
Freeman is quick to acknowledge what makes the difference.
"The only way any of this happens is because of the technology and equipment we have at our disposal," he says. "From
tower cranes to modern dozers and excavators with two-yard
buckets - it's dramatically different."
Indeed, the past century has seen the construction trade's
tools and equipment undergo staggering evolution. The first-ever
power tool, a heavy stationary drill, was invented in 1895. Black
& Decker patented the version we still recognize today in 1917.
In the years since? Battery packs. Laser levelers. Drones. It's the
stuff of science fiction turned fact.
And all agree, the next wondrous breakthrough is always just
around the corner.

CONSTRUCTION CLASSICS
The basic hand tools that were in use when the AGC was
founded - shovels, pick axes and the like - are about the only
things that haven't changed but are still in use, says Tom Berry,
archivist for the Historical Construction Equipment Association.

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CELEBRATE AGC'S CENTENNIAL
AND SHARE YOUR STORY
This year, AGC celebrates 100
years as the leading association
for the construction industry. To
commemorate this momentous
occasion, AGC has created a
centennial website where members can
learn about the association's rich history,
share their own stories, register for upcoming
events, and much more. Visit

centennial.agc.org.
The machines, he notes, have undergone tremendous evolution, of course, but what hasn't changed are the principles by
which they operate.
"For example, a 1918 horse-drawn pull grader essentially does
the same basic work as a modern motor grader with computers,
lasers, GPS, variable horsepower, hydraulics, articulated frame,
climate-controlled EROPS and all the other modern features does!
Both machines move a curved blade along the ground to produce
a smooth surface."
The same, he notes, could be said of the tandem steam roller
workers employed a century ago with the smooth-drum vibratory
compactors of today. "The basic principles of the machines don't
change...What does change are the size, power sources, level of
technology, safety and productivity."

HEALTH & SAFEKEEPING
Faux pop-quiz: What's the most prevalent reason
for work-hour restrictions?


http://centennial.agc.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - May/June 2018

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Nailed It! Celebrating a Century’s Worth of Tools & Equipment
Simonson Says
A Super Bowl: First-of-Its-Kind Innovation Leads to Award-Winning Stadium
AGC in Action
Positive Charge: Rosendin Electric Receives Construction Safety Excellence Award
Chapter Connection
Creating a Culture of Coaching: How to Engage, Retain and Grow Better Employees
Member and Chapter News
Construction Corner
Technology Toolbox
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
2018 Equipment Guide
Constructor - May/June 2018 - intro
Constructor - May/June 2018 - cover1
Constructor - May/June 2018 - cover2
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 3
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 4
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 5
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 6
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 8
Constructor - May/June 2018 - President’s Message
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 10
Constructor - May/June 2018 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Nailed It! Celebrating a Century’s Worth of Tools & Equipment
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - Simonson Says
Constructor - May/June 2018 - A Super Bowl: First-of-Its-Kind Innovation Leads to Award-Winning Stadium
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - AGC in Action
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - Positive Charge: Rosendin Electric Receives Construction Safety Excellence Award
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - Chapter Connection
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 36
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Creating a Culture of Coaching: How to Engage, Retain and Grow Better Employees
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 38
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 39
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 40
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Member and Chapter News
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 42
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Construction Corner
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 44
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 47
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Index to Advertisers
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 2018 Equipment Guide
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