Constructors is working on a downtown renovation project and seven blocks of reconstruction along NE-15 in David City, NE. This is the town’s biggest capital project in decades, costing roughly $9 million in renovations. The entire project encompasses new paving, storm sewer, water mains, and street lighting in the downtown district. An interesting aspect of this project is salvaged brick pavers that are being used in the downtown district. Completion date is expected by December 1, 2018.
The Nebraska Trucking Association announced the winners of the 2018 Nebraska Truck Driving Championship, held June 8-9 in Grand Island, Nebraska. Our very own, Dan Z. (Beatrice Ready Mixed) won 1st Place in the Mixer Truck competition. In addition to Dan taking 1st place, Scott N. (Kearney Crete & Block) took 3rd place in the Truck and Pup division. Roy “Eddie” F. (Beatrice Ready Mixed-Hwy 2 Palmyra), Bobby L. (Kearney Ready Mixed), and Jack H. (Kearney Ready Mixed) also competed in the Mixer Truck Competition.
This annual event offers Nebraska’s best professional truck drivers a chance to demonstrate knowledge, talent and skills in a competition highlighting what it takes to be a safe driver on today’s streets and highways. Over 100 drivers participated in this year’s championships in eleven classes. Additional awards were presented based upon scores in written examination, personal interview, pre-trip inspection and driving test. Team awards are also given to the company with three or more drivers competing with the highest overall score.
Nebraska Trucking and the Championships have a long tradition of a positive working relationship with the Nebraska State Patrol Carrier Enforcement troopers. Dan now qualifies for Nationals that will be held in Gaylord National Harbor, MD. September 29 – October 1, 2018.
Steel supplied by Apollo Steel Company has been erected at a mixed-use development on 48th & Leighton in Lincoln. This is the first of two buildings that will be constructed on the property with retail/commercial space on the ground level and apartments above. Masonry block for the project was supplied by Reimers Kaufman.
Overland Ready Mixed completed a 2,300 yard pour on June 5 in Aurora, NE. The main pour was set to be completed in one day with the only remaining parts of the project being sidewalks and driveways. The large pour was supplied from both the Aurora and Central City plants to accommodate the one day pour. The contractor for the project was Diamond Engineering.
Constructors continued work on a bridge project located on a portion of Nebraska Highway 79 between Agnew and Valparaiso. The $2.35 million project consists of two bridges with work being completed by Constructors, and paving work being sub contracted.
One bridge is a 3-Span Prestressed concrete Girder Bridge (IT400) and the other bridge is a Simple Span Prestressed Concrete Girder Bridge (NU900). Girders are being supplied by Concrete Industries, Concrete from Ready Mixed Concrete Company, Granular Backfill is from Western Sand & Gravel and Rip Rap for the project is from Kerford Limestone. Construction for the project started in November and both bridges are scheduled to be completed in July.
A Construction Career Day was held at Southeast Community College on May 5th. The event was hosted by the Home Builders Association of Lincoln in cooperation with BuildOurNebraska.com. The event featured hands-on activities, construction demonstrations and construction career booths. The event targeted middle and high school students along with their parents. The event was designed to help students explore the possibilities of construction related jobs and to promote construction related career paths.
There were 22 companies and organizations represented at the event, including NEBCO, Constructors, and Ready Mixed Concrete whom had a truck at the event with a hands-on display for working with concrete. Event participants were able to explore the truck and learn about the life of Ready Mixed drivers.
The construction of a new $25 million Waste Water Treatment Plant for the city of York, Nebraska located on 35 acre plot outside the city a few miles to the east began in March 22, 2017 and so far is on schedule for completion in the spring of 2019.
When this project for the city is completely finished they will have an aeration building that will be 156′ x 108’ in size and 17’ deep, enough to hold 2.1 million gallons. Along with the Aeration basin there will be the headworks building, a secondary treatment building, secondary clarifiers, a disinfection contact basin, a biosoilds holding tank and an operations building. Also, there are 2.6 acres of land on the western portion of the property that will have five reed bed areas that will be specially established to catch any possible leaching (from sludge) so the material can be taken back to the disinfection basin. The reeds will consume the sludge in a natural, biological way.
Approximately 7,000 cubic yards of concrete will be used for the building structures. With 75% of the Concrete in place, Overland Ready Mix in York has provided Hawkin’s Construction, who is doing all the work on this project, with 7,100 cubic yards of concrete and approximately 1,667 tons of fill sand.
This new Treatment Plant should give the City of York a minimum of 50 years and can easily be expanded to 100 years with upgrades.
Western Sand & Gravel (WS&G) mines sand and gravel to make concrete or a variety of spec materials such as plaster sand or masonry sand for construction. The main goal is to produce aggregate for NEBCO’s Ready Mixed operations as well as supply sand and gravel to Southeast Nebraska and the Lincoln area. Throughout the years, the mining process has created an ideal habitat for birds, most notably, the Least Tern and the Piping Plover that are listed on the federally endangered and threatened species lists.
“There is an abundance of fine sands,” said Dave B., General Manager of Western Sand & Gravel. “We end up wasting it back on the property near the lake and it really mimics the Platte River to the birds.”
With minimal extra care by Western Sand & Gravel employees, a variety of bird species benefit from the activities of mining at sand and gravel pits.
In addition to years of partnering with and supporting the Tern & Plover Conservation Partnership at the University of Nebraska, Western Sand & Gravel recently began working with the Wildlife Division of the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission. In January, the National Audubon Society put on the nation’s annual largest-running citizen science birding project known as the Christmas Bird count. For the first time, the organization conducted a bird count along the Lower Platte River, including WS&G’s Sand Creek, Sandy Pointe and Louisville sites.
The three WS&G sites within the Lower Platte River Christmas Bird Count ended up being some of the few areas with open water. Sandy Pointe and Louisville both had patches of open water with a good number of geese and ducks. Sand Creek did not have any open water but included thousands of Mallards and Canada Geese on the ice. In total, 36 species were observed in the area.
|Mallard Duck||10,543||Common Goldeneye||12||Greater White-fronted Goose||2|
|Canada Goose||3,586||House Sparrow||12||Northern Harrier||2|
|American Tree Sparrow||394||Eastern Bluebird||8||Merlin||2|
|Dark-eyed Junco||256||Cackling Goose||6||Black-capped Chickadee||2|
|American Crow||70||Northern Cardinal||6||White-breasted Nuthatch||2|
|Common Merganser||37||Red-tailed Hawk||5||American Wigeon||1|
|Meadowlark||32||Snow Goose||4||Green-winged Teal||1|
|American Goldfinch||32||Blue Jay||4||Great Blue Heron||1|
|Harris’s Sparrow||18||Redhead||3||Downy Woodpecker||1|
|Eurasian Collared-Dove||17||Rough-legged Hawk||3||Northern Flicker||1|
|Bald Eagle||16||Rock Pigeon||3||Horned Lark||1|
|European Starling||15||Red-winged Blackbird||3||Song Sparrow||1|
With Lincoln’s ever growing student population, a new middle school in the Southeast side of town was required to relieve the over crowding at existing schools and account for the predicted future growth in the student population. The solution was to not only construct a new middle school but to also incorporate a new YMCA facility to serve that part of Lincoln. The collaborative effort ensures the 30,000 sf of shared facilities, including gyms and classrooms, get used in the most efficient manner. This partnership between Lincoln Public Schools and the YMCA has proven to be extremely beneficial to both parties since 2009 when they built their first joint-use facility located in Northwest Lincoln in the Fallbrook neighborhood.
Moore Middle School compromises about 186,700 sf of the 243,300 sf facility. When full, it will eventually be home to about 850 students in the three-story classroom wing. The seamlessly integrated YMCA boasts such features as both indoor and outdoor pools. The architect decided early on that precast concrete would be the best material to meet the different and demanding design requirements for both entities. Concrete Industries produced and supplied the project with over 1,450 individual pieces of precast concrete columns, beams, hollowcore, accent banding, solid and insulated wall panels. The exterior of the precast is a mixture of finishes including integral color, sandblasting, form liner and field laid brick veneer. Much of the interior of the precast was produced with a smooth finish that was painted in the field to provide an extremely durable wall finish.
The project also included 10,500 yards of concrete supplied by Ready Mixed Concrete as well as a large quantity of interior Burnished Block supplied by Reimers Kaufman.
The Architect and Engineer for the project was The Clark Enersen Partners and Hausmann Construction was the Contractor. The facility opened this past summer.
The Lincoln Saltdogs and the American Association jointly announced that Haymarket Park was named the league’s ‘Best Playing Field’ for 2017. Haymarket Park has been the Field of the Year for all 17 seasons of its history.
The award is decided by the votes of the league’s field managers and media personnel.
Jeremy J. is in his first season as Athletic Turf Manager at Haymarket Park after serving as the Assistant Athletic Turf Manager for several seasons. Johnson graduated with a degree in Turfgrass Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has served as an intern at Haymarket Park and with the Philadelphia Phillies.
“I am very pleased to continue the tradition of ‘Best Playing Field’ here at Haymarket Park,”Jeremy said. “This league features some great playing surfaces and terrific groundskeepers, and I am honored to receive this award.”
Haymarket Park has been the home of the Lincoln Saltdogs and Nebraska Cornhuskers since it opened in 2001. It is one of the anchors of the city’s Haymarket District.
“Jeremy and his staff do a wonderful job with the turf at Haymarket Park,” Saltdogs President/General Manager Charlie M. said. “This playing surface is one of the best in all of minor league baseball and it takes a team effort with the Stadium Operations staff to win this award for the 17th year in a row.”
Jeremy has a staff of comprised of full-time and intern workers.
“This award would not have been possible without the help and teamwork of the entire staff,” he said. “I would like to thank my assistant Jen R. Her assistance, and knowledge of this facility, was essential in managing two playing surfaces and the landscape to such a high standard. I would like to thank Marcus L., Mike M., and Blake T. for their hard work and ability to take on more responsibility; along with our entire grounds crew for their countless hours maintaining our standards. Finally, I would like to thank Josh K. and Charlie M. for ensuring that my transition into this position was as smooth as possible.”