Constructor - November/December 2017 - 27

The Name of the

Concrete Game
BY AUTUMN CAFIERO GIUSTI
STRUCTURAL STEEL PRICES HAVE hit

record highs in recent years. And when
materials skyrocket, builders look for
alternatives.
Enter the concrete market. "It just so
happens that concrete - regardless of steel
prices - is ideal for all types of construction," says Steve Shockley, senior superintendent for Turner Construction Company,
a member of multiple AGC chapters.
Today, concrete is used almost exclusively for high-rise construction in the
southeast and in Nashville, Tennessee,
where one of Turner's offices is located.
Midrise buildings, especially office towers,
often use a concrete podium transitioned to
steel for the tower, with a slab-on-metal
deck. However, the entire structure can be
built with concrete exclusively.
"The design properties provide the most
viable solutions for architects and engineers. And from our end, it's a faster-start
material," Shockley says.
The versatility of materials is just
one example of the many changes taking place in specialty trades like concrete
and asphalt. Versatility appears to be an
ongoing theme for concrete and asphalt
contractors - not just in terms of materials, but also when it comes to contractors'
services, abilities, delivery methods and
available technologies.
Sundt self-performed the work on what
is the largest concrete building in the
city, the San Diego International Airport
Consolidated Rental Car Facility. In fact,
there was enough concrete poured there
to make a 5-foot-wide sidewalk from
San Diego to Phoenix. Photo courtesy of
Sundt Construction.

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Pavement maintenance companies like
Minneapolis-based Asphalt Associates are
finding that they need to diversify their
materials and offer both concrete and
asphalt services to remain competitive.
"Most anybody who gets any size at
all is going to have to offer both services,
because clients want the one-stop shop as
much as possible," says Jeff Stokes, consultant to Asphalt Associates, a Louisiana
AGC member.
Clients want to work with one company
for as many services as possible. In the
pavement world, that means companies
need to be able to offer curbing, striping,
removal and replacement.
Companies and property managers are
also relying on contractors to serve as consultants on their projects.
"The companies and property managers
are relying on contractors much more to
educate them and help them become more
knowledgeable," Stokes says.
When it comes to concrete, the logistics of getting materials to a site have to
be innovative and strategic. "We're navigating around multiple existing buildings,
often historic, in a congested and urban
environment. Tight construction sites are
a challenge," Shockley says.
At Turner's current project at 1200
Broadway in downtown Nashville - a
26-story cast-in-place concrete structure
- the construction site has an existing shoring wall system under the road that appears
to date back to 1850. Portions of the wall
incorporate hand-laid battered stone, which
has aged over time. "Our ability to analyze
the structural integrity of a wall built in the

late 19th century - and with the help of a
local engineering firm, implement a modern
concrete system to reinforce it - is an amazing way to preserve history," Shockley says.

TECH, SAFETY
TRANSFORMATIONS
Technological advances such as 3D modeling and a greater emphasis on safety have
transformed the way concrete and asphalt
contractors do business.
Stewart Grauer recalls that when he first
entered the construction industry in the
1980s, no one had mobile phones or desktop
computers at work, and spreadsheets were
all done by hand. Now, blueprints have given
way to tablets on the jobsite, and contractors
are using 3D digital models to help develop
estimates.
"We've come a long way in how we do
business," says Grauer, who is vice president and concrete division manager for
Sundt Construction, a member of multiple
AGC chapters, in Tempe, Arizona.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) has
been a game changer that has saved projects
a great deal of time and money. By using BIM,
which relies on 3D design and modeling
software, contractors can identify in-slab
conduits for electrical and plumbing systems,
and coordinate pour sequences before the
concrete shows up at a site.
Contractors also use apps to report on
things like project management and safety
inspections.
"When I started my career, the word
'safety' only came up when the 'safety guy'
visited the site," Shockley says. "Back then,
we concentrated on avoiding accidents rather

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - November/December 2017

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Big Plans in the Big Easy
The Workforce Shortage Report
Simonson Says
Sundt Partnering With Central Arizona College to Address Skilled Worker Shortage in Arizona
Strategic Scaffolding
Inside AGC
Versatility: The Name of the Concrete Game
Construction Corner
Green Is the New Black
Technology Toolbox
A Diamond in the Rough
Harnessing Expensive Insurance Claims With Big Data
2017 Software Services Guide – a Special Advertising Section
Index to Advertisers
Constructor - November/December 2017 - intro
Constructor - November/December 2017 - cover1
Constructor - November/December 2017 - cover2
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 3
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 4
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 5
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 6
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 8
Constructor - November/December 2017 - President’s Message
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 10
Constructor - November/December 2017 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 12
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Big Plans in the Big Easy
Constructor - November/December 2017 - The Workforce Shortage Report
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Simonson Says
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 16
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Sundt Partnering With Central Arizona College to Address Skilled Worker Shortage in Arizona
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Strategic Scaffolding
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 19
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 20
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 21
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 22
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 23
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 24
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Inside AGC
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Versatility: The Name of the Concrete Game
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 27
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 28
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 29
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 30
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Construction Corner
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Green Is the New Black
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 33
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 34
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 35
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 36
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 37
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 38
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 40
Constructor - November/December 2017 - A Diamond in the Rough
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 42
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 43
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 44
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Harnessing Expensive Insurance Claims With Big Data
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 46
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 47
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 48
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 2017 Software Services Guide – a Special Advertising Section
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 50
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 51
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Constructor - November/December 2017 - 53
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Index to Advertisers
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