PERRIS, Calif. (April 26, 2017)

Jon Grafton Awarded Precast Concrete Institute Fellows Recognition

Jon Grafton Awarded Precast Concrete Institute Fellows Recognition

R. Jon Grafton, Peng., Business Development Manager for Oldcastle Infrastructure’s Western Region, was honored as a PCI Fellow at the 2017 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Convention and National Bridge Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

PCI Fellows are awarded this recognition for their outstanding contributions to the precast concrete structures Industry and to PCI in the areas of education, research, design, production, quality, erection, marketing, and management.

Currently active in PCI and serving on the Pavement, Bridge, and Bridge Producers committees, Jon was recently appointed to the PCI Board of Directors and Chair of the Transportation Activities Council. He received PCI’s Robert J. Lyman Award in 2005 for his paper “Precast Concrete Design‐Construction of San‐Mateo‐Hayward Bridge Widening Project.”

Jon has participated in many industry research programs at the University of California at San Diego, the University of Nevada at Reno, and Iowa State University. He participated as a committee member in the Precast Seismic Structural Systems Research Program (PRESSS), the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) 12‐57 and 12‐74, and the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Review Panel for Precast Concrete Pavement.

Graduating from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering with a focus on structural engineering in 1979, he joined Conforce Structures, a major precast concrete manufacturing company in Western Canada, working in both the pretensioned and post‐tensioned fields of prestressed concrete.

In 1990, Jon moved to California to join Pomeroy Corp., serving in various capacities of increasing responsibility, and finally serving as the president from 2003 to 2013. Pomeroy was acquired, in the fall of 2013, by Oldcastle Infrastructure, where Jon currently serves as business development manager for the Western Region.

For his commitment to PCI and the Precast/Prestressed concrete Industry, the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute is proud to honor R. Jon Grafton as a PCI Fellow.

PCI Fellows are nominated by the Fellows Nominating Committee and confirmed by the Board of Directors. They are either current or former PCI members.

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Oldcastle Infrastructure is the clear choice for building products and services for North American infrastructure projects. We are a leading provider of engineered product solutions nationwide to a number of market sectors including: Water, Communications, Energy, and Transportation.

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EDGEWOOD, Md. (April 18, 2017)

Oldcastle Infrastructure Revamps Edgewood, Maryland Facility to Produce Underground Precast Products

Oldcastle Infrastructure Revamps Edgewood, Maryland Facility to Produce Underground Precast Products

Oldcastle Infrastructure, one of the country’s largest precast concrete product manufacturers, has re‐ equipped their production facility, located at 1401 Trimble Road, in Edgewood, Maryland. The new equipment results in a state‐of‐the‐art National Precast Concrete Association accredited production facility that now manufactures underground precast concrete products available to customers in the Maryland area.

“Oldcastle Infrastructure is very excited to service the precast product market locally, within the state of Maryland,” said Doug Bruhns, Regional General Manager. “The Maryland area is a growing market and moving our services closer to this market will allow for increased customer service and creates a local source for precast products. Oldcastle looks forward to partnering with local contractors and owners in the area.”

Located on 40 acres, the 100,000‐square foot indoor facility includes 5 bridge cranes and two concrete mixers. The facility provides a controlled environment for cost effective and efficient production and outfitting of concrete to ensure high quality.

In addition to the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) accreditation, Edgewood has obtained plant certification with the Maryland State Highway Administration (MDSHA), and will be offering a full line of underground precast products including electrical and communication utility vaults, sanitary and storm drainage structures, storm water management systems, security wall systems, box culvert, three sided bridges, and prestressed transportation products.

Edgewood is located approximately 15 miles’ northeast of the Baltimore beltway and has inventory in stock to service immediate needs for standard or engineered custom solutions. Please feel free to contact the Edgewood Facility directly at 410‐612‐1213 or OPI‐Chesapeake‐Info@Oldcastle.com

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LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. (April 11, 2017)

136.8‐foot Super‐Girders Used to Replace Washington’s Miles Creston Bridge

136.8‐foot Super‐Girders Used to Replace Washington’s Miles Creston Bridge

Lincoln County and Nicholls/Kovich Engineers specified an optimized girder shape, known as a “Super‐Girder”

As part of the Lincoln County Bridge Replacement Program, Oldcastle Infrastructure of Spokane, Washington fabricated 136.8‐foot‐long prestressed concrete super‐girders for the new Miles Creston Bridge in Lincoln County, Washington.

The term “super‐girder” resulted from the efficient shape of this new bridge girder family, which utilizes high strength concrete and .6” diameter prestress strand to maximize span length and minimize the number of girders.

Precast, prestressed concrete girders have been used in bridge construction for over 65‐years and have proved to be economical and durable across the U.S.

In many states, especially Washington, prestressed girders, combined with a cast‐in‐place deck, or an all prestressed girder including precast deck, constitute the superstructure system of choice for bridges that span to over 200‐feet.

As has become customary, Lincoln County Public Works Department, working with their consultant Nicholls/Kovich Engineers of Spokane, WA, specified WSDOT WF 58 optimized girders, known as “Super‐Girders”, for the replacement of the existing Miles Creston Road Bridge Over Hawk Creek in Lincoln County, due to its substandard load carrying capacity, thus requiring a high priority replacement bridge.

General contractor Wesslen Construction, Spokane, Wash., the low bidder on the project, awarded Oldcastle Infrastructure‐ Spokane the contract to manufacture and haul the wide‐flange super‐girders for the new Miles Creston Bridge.

At 125,438‐pounds each, Oldcastle Infrastructure manufactured five, wide flange “Super‐Girder” bridge beams, measuring 58‐inch‐tall by 136.8‐feet‐long. The bridge girders were used to build the bridge superstructure, with a conventional cast‐in‐place concrete deck.

Accordingly, the optimized girders were designed with a 49‐inch wide top flange and a 38‐inch wide bottom bulb.  These wider flanges give much more lateral stability during transport than the shapes they replaced, and utilize a much larger prestress force to increase spans and minimize the quantity of girders. In this case, spanning 136.8‐foot with only a 58‐ inch depth of girder provides an aesthetically pleasing profile as well as providing adequate clearance above the river for 100‐year flood passage.

Each “super‐girder” is custom manufactured in Spokane and transported on trucks specially‐designed to hold the weight.  Due to their size, the girders must be transported to the construction site on steerable rear supports. Once the girders arrive on site, crews used two cranes to set them on top of the new bridge abutments.

Oldcastle Infrastructure Sales Manager Chuck Prussack stated, “Long‐span precast, prestressed concrete girder standards have allowed WSDOT and other bridge owners to extend the span capability of the construction material they prefer to use. Using long‐span precast, prestressed concrete girders can eliminate the need for falsework, reduce on‐site construction activities and schedules, reduce environmental impacts at water crossings, and minimize hazards, delays and inconvenience to the traveling public.”

Miles Creston Road Bridge Replacement project consisted of the following steps: 1) Install a temporary detour; 2) Remove the existing bridge, abutment walls and footings; 3) Install piling and pile cap abutments; 4) Install precast superstructure with cast in place deck and bridge rail; and 5) Install bridge approaches with approach steel rail to match up to the existing roadway width.

Several years ago, the “super‐girder” family of girders originated when WSDOT worked with the industry to create an optimized family of girder shapes that would be capable of longer spans, have more stability during shipping, present a shallow profile for stream clearance and aesthetics and fully utilize High Performance Concrete (HPC) with its higher strengths by using .6‐inch diameter prestressing strands.

As one of the leaders in the use of the new optimized girder shapes, the Northwest has been using the “Super‐Girder” shape at a 100‐inch depth on spans more than 200‐feet for many projects, with many more structures in this span range being designed!

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LITTLETON, Colo. (April 6, 2017)

Littleton Takes Part in Denver’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Littleton Takes Part in Denver’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Oldcastle Infrastructure Littleton, Colorado participated in this year’s 55th St. Patrick’s Day parade, on March 11th, in Denver. The parade is one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the nation, averaging over 3 hours.

Though it was a cold and wet morning on parade day, twenty‐six Oldcastle Infrastructure employees and family members joined together to add the last decorations and banners before the parade started.

“As we maneuvered through downtown Denver, in our bright green Oldcastle Infrastructure St. Patrick’s Day T‐shirts, we handed out candy and beads to the onlookers. Seeing the joyful faces of the children and adults was priceless,” said Lyle Weisbeck, Oldcastle Infrastructure Plant Manager. “We even heard someone in the crowd say “Hey, that’s an Oldcastle manhole”. Consequently, we had a great time, we advertised to over 350,000 onlookers, promoting our product and OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) status.”

Safety awareness was essential in the construction of the Littleton float.  The Littleton fabrication shop made custom built trailer hand rails for the float and a stand down safety talk was given by truck driver Mike Switzer, before the parade started.

“I wanted this to be a family affair and I believe we achieved this goal. Employees are already coming up with ideas for next year’s endeavor which was encouraging to hear. We are looking forward to our 2018 float entry and hope to see greater employee participation, joining in the fun and excitement of the event. Thank you to everyone that helped in making this a success,” stated Lyle.

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LEBANON, Tenn. (April 3, 2017)

Oldcastle Infrastructure Lebanon Hosts Tennessee Infrastructure Association’s Meeting

Oldcastle Infrastructure Lebanon Hosts Tennessee Infrastructure Association’s Meeting

In February, Oldcastle Infrastructure partnered with the Tennessee Infrastructure Association to host their quarterly meeting at the Lebanon, Tennessee facility.

Over 30 Tennessee Infrastructure Association group attendees were present, with affiliations to local governments, state agencies, federal facilities, and institutions of higher learning.

During the meeting, Oldcastle Infrastructure’s Southeast Territory Manager, Julie Bertils, presented a segment on stormwater management systems, to educate attendees on the latest solutions in the Oldcastle Infrastructure product offering to help meet their municipal requirements.

Julie commented, “As regulations continue to change, we enjoy working with stormwater associations such as TNSA to keep us abreast of their recent developments.  It was a wonderful day sharing information and understanding market regulation updates.”

“Consequently, the feedback was tremendous as most of the attendees had never been to a precast facility before,” said Dave Terry, Oldcastle Infrastructure General Manger. “They really appreciated our product showcase area, an area designated to allow our visitors a close look at some of the products we manufacture, while keeping them out of harm’s way in our day to day activities.”

Hosting this event and partnering with the Tennessee Infrastructure Association gave Oldcastle Infrastructure an opportunity to feature their products, but more importantly, it gave them the opportunity to meet the people from TNSA.

TNSA’s goal is to protect and improve the quality of the waters of Tennessee through the exchange of information and knowledge regarding design, construction, maintenance, administration and operation of stormwater facilities.

www.tnstormwater.org

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Oldcastle Infrastructure is the clear choice for building products and services for North American Infrastructure projects. We are a leading provider of engineered product solutions nationwide to a number of market sectors including: Water, Communications, Energy, and Transportation.

www.oldcastleprecast.com

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