• Heading Toward the Finish Line

    • Wildish Companies, VOL. XLV No. 3, Autumn 2018

From The Top

Steve Wildish Headshot If you are like me, this past month you watched and followed a sport that you would ordinarily pass over. Yes, I am talking soccer. Soccer is the ultimate team sport. Each player on the field is a piece of the whole. As pointed out by the experts, the level of teamwork in soccer far surpasses anything that most of us can see or comprehend. Only the trained eye can appreciate and witness the full depth of teamwork displayed on the field. It is truly impressive.

Teamwork is not unique to team sports. How many times have we heard the champion of an individual sport thank his or her team of their support? Teamwork is vital to the success of all endeavors. The great coach Vince Lombardi said, "Individual commitment to a group effort - that's what makes team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work."

Individual commitment to a group effort, as Lombardi suggest, is needed for both Wildish's success and that of each team member. Nowhere is this more evident than when it comes to safety. The past couple of year, Wildish has experienced an exemplary safety record that surpasses all prior years. Only by our group effort to be safe, watching out for hazards, can we achieve these results and meet "our safety goal for everyone to go home at the end of his or her shift without having an accident."

We work in an industry that rates performance by the results of a collective team. Successful projects do not just happen. They are the result of a lot of planning, hard work and execution. Just like keeping safe, it takes everyone doing his or her part to achieve success.

Our economy is doing well. There are jobs for people who want to work. Right now, we have a difficult time finding good people. Just as important as the skills someone has is their attitude and willingness to be a team player. Our company is always looking for great people who are a good fit.

The first World Cup was played in 1930. Founded in 1935, Wildish was not too far behind. After more than 80 year, like the World Cup, Wildish is still going strong. We owe our success to an incredible team of dedicated people who remind us every day how fortunate we are to all be working together. Thanks team! ""-Steve Wildish""

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Wildish Building Company Project Manager Jim Thomas reports that Wildish is currently performing maintenance work at Carmen Power Plant about 71 miles east of Eugene. The powerhouse work includes replacement of two 9-foot-six-inch diameter turbine shutoff valves (TSV). Crew are cutting penstocks and spiral cases; removing two TSV's, water operators, control piping and associated service water and drain piping; and installing new TSVs imported from Switzerland, spiral cases, spool piping, hydraulic power units and bypass piping and emergency cooling water piping. Wildish will also complete maintenance of the 13-foot-10-inch diameter, 7,200 LF power tunnel, including chipping out and repairing surface damage and repairing cracks in the tunnel walls using epoxy and foam products. Jack Stucky oversees this work.

Project Manager Jesse Bluhm reports that Project Superintendent Jake Stucky and crew have installed the cooling water pumps at the EWEB Carmen Smith Powerhouse. This will complete both phases 1 and 2 for this project which helps tie into the Turbine Shutoff Valve Installation project scheduled to be completed by the end of October 2018.

Project Manager Tim Bonn reports work is continuing on the maintenance building expansion and the new laboratory building at the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission (MWMC) facility in Eugene. Crews installed structural steel, poured concrete roof deck and began installing metal stud framing. Work will also include installation of electrical conduits, plumbing, HVAC ducting and drywall. Covered walkways and canopies will be installed after design issues are resolved. Paving and landscaping will complete the project.

At the Kingsford project, designs for the new metal building for the East Truck Dock Expansion are being finalized. Crews will install a concrete deck for the building, as well as a series of concrete ramps.

At Central Lutheran Church, WBC is helping to manage the alterations to the existing mechanical systems in the church sanctuary and boiler room. The project consists of saw-cutting/trenching the existing concrete floors in the sanctuary and narthex to allow for new piping/ducting to the updated boiler systems. This project will completed by Aug. 31.

On the Cottage Theatre Act III Project, Tim Bonn, Brian Hill, Bob McDonald and Jesse Bluhm will continue preconstruction services through November 2018, with cost estimating, value engineering, constructability reviews, scheduling and site logistics. Construction begins in February.

Project Manager Matt Wynne reports that the EWEB Crenshaw Pump Station Replacement project started June 5 and will be completed at the end of August. This involves excavating a hillside to pour a 16-foot by 27-foot slab and retaining walls, lifting and placing a new 8-foot-4-inch by 18-foot-2-inch booster pump station, and connecting to existing utilities. This installation will provide water service to the new Skycastle development. Project supervisor Jared Sanchez headed this project with help from WCC employees.

Jake Stucky and crew began work on the EWEB Smith Reservoir Debris Boom project in late July. This involves constructing and testing anchors, and assembling and installing a Worthington Tuffboom. Half the work site is on a wooded hillside over the reservoir and the other is on the crest of the embankment dam that holds Smith Reservoir in place. This requires establishing a pioneer trail, excavating for anchors and assistance from a subcontractor to drill 25 feet into the hillside rock to provide an anchor to support the boom in holding back debris from the dam spillway. WBC will build concrete anchor blocks around the drilled anchors, four blocks on the wooded hillside and four on the crest of the dam. Completion date is late September.

Project Manager Spencer Lemmon reports that in August, WBC crews along with help from WCC rebuilt Sparks Field for Willamette University. This consisted of re-grading the field for improved drainage, installing 1200 LF of 10-foot chain-link fence and adding 950 feet of 35-foot-tall netting system along the perimeter. Despite design and permitting issues, crews were able to get the project completed on time.

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Crews installing bypass piping Project Engineer, Ryan Drake reports that on Neil Creek Culvert project, crews have installed the bypass piping and the dams to control the water through the culvert, and have chipped out and removed all the old weirs and rock that was stuck in the culvert. Next they will repair the bottom and sides of the box culvert, and form and pour piers.

On the SE 82nd Ave./Boring Road project, the crew raised the bridge 2 feet 4 inches and poured columns and end bents. They will add new F-rail, and a new overlay on the deck. They will place rock and bring the road grade up to a new bridge elevation.

Project Manager Ryan Elliott reports that Shawn Cook and crew have finished the main portion of the bridge and construction on the Mylsony Bridge project. After the grade is built, the crew will place impact panels and moment slabs. Dan Payne and crew began the 8-foot-deep over-excavation on the bridge ends and installed water and storm lines.

At Foster Streetscape, Joe Peterson's crew restriped the west end of the project. The electrical subcontractor is beginning underground work. Barry Schafer's crews have begun replacing storm line. At the east end of the job, Scott Wade's cres will begin fully reconstructing 10 blocks of roadway and sidewalks while maintaining traffic on this busy street.

Project Engineer, Matt Olney reports that the crew at NW 185th and NW Springville Road is close to completing the project. The pipe crew finished all underground work including job-to-date totals of approximately 3500 LF of storm pipe, 1000 LF of sanitary pipe and 1700 LF of waterline led by Mike Kivett. The grading crew led by Charlie Boden and Jeff Stanton completed all major excavation totaling 40,000 CY, with 37,000 tons of aggregate base in the new roadway sections and realigned intersection. With help from the structures crew including Dan Lutze, Dan McHargue, Elliot Marples and Carl Breese, they completed three retaining walls and concrete stairs. This project highlights the teamwork and dedication across our company. Subcontractors have been working alongside the Wildish crew to complete the electrical, concrete curbs and flatwork, landscaping, and asphalt paving. This two-season, $7M project has been completed without any lost time accidents.

Project Manager Alan Bird reports that on the 175th Avenue project, Scott Wade and crew have finished the storm drain and the base rock prep for the entire east side road widening. The crew is working on sidewalk grade. Meanwhile, Mike Kivett and crew will do the last two runs of sanitary. Subcontractors will do signal upgrades, grinding, top lift paving, sidewalks and landscape. Work will be completed in September.

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Project Manager Colin Cunningham reports that a Wildish crew is constructing the cast-in-place retaining walls while other masonry and fencing work continues on the Skycastle subdivision. The waterfall feature will start soon.

Project Manager Stan Gappa reports Scott Rogge and his crew have completed the roundabouts project in Glenwood for ODOT. After Ken Parker's and Marty Collins' crews finished, Scott and his crew coordinated the permanent marking and installation of street lights, signs, fencing and landscape plantings three months ahead of schedule.

Mike Skeele and his crew have completed the City of Eugene's 2018 Wastewater Extensions project. They installed new sanitary sewer lines through neighborhoods on the south side of the University of Oregon. Permanent surface restoration of the streets was completed ahead of schedule by Ken Parker's and Marty Collins' crews.

Rick Hamm and his crew have completed the Northrop Drive Improvements project, including pipe installation and road widening. Marty Collins' crew completed the asphalt paving for the asphalt paving in which crews could only hold traffic for a maximum of two minutes at a time during construction because the road led into the airport.

Marty Collins and his crew have successfully placed 9,300 tons for Lane County on the Crow Road Overlay project. This included asphalt repairs, pre-leveling and overlay. Jerry Cantrell and his crew provided traffic control support and placed over 2,200 tons of shoulder aggregate and supervised the installation of legends and the rumble strip installed by a subcontractor. They finished ahead of the deadline.

Rick Hamm and his crew have completed the excavation and aggregate placement for the City of Eugene's Bailey Hill Pavement Repair project. This involved removing 34 inches of the existing roadway, placing 24 inches of aggregate base, followed by Marty Collins' paving crew placing 10 inches of asphalt. Marty and his crew completed the asphalt paving on West 11th Avenue, before paving Bailey Hill. Ken Parker's crew installed new curb and gutter where Rick's crew excavated.

At the University of Oregon, Tony Koker and crew are excavating near an existing utility vault so that the vault can be expanded by WBC. The crew will excavate a trench away from the new vault down an alley between two dorms and out toward the street. The trench will be open cut. After backfilling the trench, Tony and his crew will grade the area for concrete work performed by Ken Parker's concrete crew followed by Marty Collins' asphalt paving crew. This project needs to be completed before school starts this fall.

Additional projects: Work continues at the Parkway Industrial Center with concrete curbs and sidewalks to start soon and asphalt paving to follow. Scott Rogge is directing work in Albany on the Oak Street project. Work will start soon on the Corvallis Maple/Dixon Street job. The apron rehabilitation project at the Albany Airport started at the end of July. Marty Collins' crews have been busy with paving projects at local mills. Rick Hamm is gearing up for the City of Eugene Garfield project to repave from 6th Avenue to Roosevelt Blvd. Work at Kingsford Manufacturing should resume soon once permits are obtained. WBC will be adding new truck docks with help from WCC on the site work.