Trench Shoring Goes Above & Beyond (& below) At LAX

December 10th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

During their 45-year year history, Trench Shoring Company (TSC) has successfully completed many complicated requests, but perhaps none as daunting as the Blois Construction project at LAX. This multi-phase effort required several crews working day and night. The project was also a joint venture with another general contractor. Additionally, there had been issues with [...]

New Governor, New Expectations, New Challenges

December 7th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Democrats now control both houses with super majorities—60 of 80 Assembly seats (74 percent) and 29 of 40 Senate districts (72 percent). This is generally known as a “veto-proof” majority. This raises the interesting notion that Governor-elect Gavin Newsom may have his work cut out for him in consideration of the nearly 1,000 new [...]

So We Beat Prop 6—Now What?

December 4th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

The elections last month saved the funding for transportation infrastructure in California when the politically motivated Proposition 6 went down in defeat, preserving funding for a big part of our industry. Now what? It's going to be important for us to stay alert and aware of how that funding gets spent. Yes, there was [...]

Nearly Half Million Utility Strikes Last Year

December 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog|

One of the worst calls a contractor can get is when the foreman takes a deep breath and says “Boss, we had a utility strike on the project a few minutes ago. You might want to get out here.” Last year that call was made nearly a half-million times according to the Common Ground [...]

Replacing a Qualifier, RME Minimum, & Qualifying Waivers

November 21st, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Even when you believe you’ve done everything right the results may surprise you without expert help. As our second contractor learns as well, complex rules make every word count in how they apply. ‘Expect’ a surprise before the end and ‘at least’ a good lesson in licensing rules…Q: We recently filed to replace our Qualifier, [...]

Holiday Theft Prevention to Help Master the Merriment

November 18th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

The holiday season is supposed to be a time of traditions, togetherness and fun. We are inclined to go a bit overboard in trying to make the most of every minute of the season and to maximize the joy it's supposed to hold. In our haste to embrace the spirit of the holidays we [...]

World’s Megacities To Spend $4.2 Trillion On Projects

November 16th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

A total of 6,645 planned and ongoing construction projects by the world’s megacities, valued at US$4.2trn and fueled by the increase in population, are sparking interest in residential and infrastructural developments, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. The United Nations predicts that, between 2016 and 2030, the percentage of the world's [...]

Duffy & Vadnais 2018 DIG Honorees

November 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Before a full house of guests, dignitaries and colleagues ECA’s 31st Annual DIG Awards celebrated Pat Duffy of Monteleone & McCrory, and the late Ed Vadnais of Edmond J. Vadnais Corp. for their careers of Dignity, Integrity and Generosity - DIG - in the construction industry. This year’s awardees were honored for their lifetime [...]

United Rentals Looking At Future Fleets

November 10th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

United Rentals, the nation's largest equipment rental company is spending a lot of time, money and brainpower trying to discern what the future of our industry looks like and how and what their business will deliver. They see drones laying bricks, surveying solar fields and providing progress photos for a fraction of the previous [...]

Now That The Election Is Over, We’re Back To Work

November 7th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.—from an Alcoholics Anonymous pamphlet first published in 1981. We hear that quote usually attributed to Albert Einstein, but he had been dead since 1955—and there is no proof that it belongs to Einstein, Mark Twain, Richard [...]

DOJ Goes After Sue & Settle Lawyers

November 4th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

For the past decade or so it has been a general practice for private law firms or non-governmental organizations (NGO) to sue companies or the government itself for violating federal environmental regulations, with no intention to go to court, but use the suits as a form of legal extortion. This expensive game is called “sue [...]

Yee Appoints Civil Engineer to HSRA Peer Review Group

November 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog|

State Controller Betty T. Yee has appointed a civil engineer to the peer review group that oversees planning, engineering, and financial plans for the nation's first high speed rail system. Bijan Sartipi, a civil engineer and 36-year veteran of two California agencies, is Controller Yee's second of two appointments to the California High-Speed Rail Authority [...]