Concrete Products

OCT 2018

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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40 • October 2018 COVER STORY BY DON MARSH Eight-lane Interstate 15 traffics a steady flow of bulk tankers from Cemex, CalPortland Co. and Mitsubishi Cement mills in the southern California high desert to the Los Angeles basin. Not all powder travels that far: Haulers have recently begun sharing the route with struc- tural concrete loads dispatched from what is destined to be a fixture in West Coast precast/prestressed production and design-build work for generations. With a 90-acre parcel and business plan offering commercial building owners and developers a prefabricated alternative to purely site-based construction, Clark Pacific opened its Adelanto plant in late 2017. The facility is located a few miles west of I-15 and about 75 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Production of prestressed double tee, columns and hollow core plank has commenced amid higher student housing, parking structure and office building demand across southern California and Nevada. Some current activity is a primer for building and infrastructure work linked to the Los Angeles-hosted 2026 Summer Olympic Games. "The Adelanto plant allows us to better serve the market with our singular approach to construction," says Clark Pacific President Donald Clark. "We are changing the face of construction by moving work that is normally done at the project site to our nearby plants, where we can safely produce high-quality building products for proj- ects throughout the region." Citing a significant construction market labor shortage, where even well-managed projects run over budget and behind schedule, he adds, Clark Pacific's design-build model and prefabricated building systems provide owners cost and delivery certainty, along with resil- ient facilities. The producer partners with construction owners and design-build teams to develop and execute strategies for commercial and institutional projects of any scale across the Golden State and Nevada. The Adelanto operation lies in a developing section of San Ber- nardino County and succeeds an older site in Irwindale, closer into Los Angeles. Bordered by open land harboring Joshua trees and stag- gered desert brush, the new operation becomes Clark Pacific's second, permanent precast/prestressed concrete site in southern California. It is situated about 50 miles north of an existing Fontana opera- tion, east of Los Angeles, and expands the producer's fabrication and yard footprint to 135-plus acres in the market. The Adelanto and Fontana plants parallel Clark Pacific's respective architectural and structural operations, West Sacramento (headquarters) and Woodland, in northern California. The four sites span more than 300 acres and a combined payroll approaching 1,500. PRE-RECESSION ROOTS Chino, Calif. fabricator and contractor Madole Engineering LLC installed a batch plant at Adelanto to parallel symmetrical double tee bed (390 ft.), column form (200 ft.) and Spancrete hollow core bed (600 ft.) expanses stretching from new 12,000-sq.-ft. maintenance and steel reinforcement shops plus adjacent 23,000-sq.-ft. office building. The batch plant has a drive through alley for mixer trucks, plus a second station with twin ribbon mixers charging buckets for hollow core plank. Madole Engineering detailed robust aggregate bin, cement silo and mixer mezzanine supports to ensure the batch plant structure meets seismic code provisions typical of southern California. An expansive production line in Adelanto was initially envi- sioned under Hanson Structural Precast. It acquired the parcel in 2006 to replace precast/prestressed production lines operating on leased Irwindale and Chula Vista, Calif. sites. The deal occurred at the peak of a capital investment cycle Hanson Structural and sister Hanson Building Products America operations were enjoying ahead of the 2007 Hanson Plc and HeidelbergCement AG merger. With the deep recession still weighing heavily on parts of the merged North American business, Lehigh Hanson Inc., HeidelbergCement began to narrow its global focus to integrated cement, aggregate and ready mixed concrete businesses—and review Hanson Building Products operations in North America and the United Kingdom. Clark Pacific acquired the Hanson Structural California assets in 2012. The Irwindale site enabled the producer to augment the Fontana plant's architectural precast output and more readily serve southern California and Nevada markets, especially parking structure and office building customers. Adelanto site planning coincided with extraordinary market events shaping Clark Pacific's northern and southern California prospects and stature. In Los Angeles, developers and city planners were beginning to put a new face on downtown, starting with construction of the $1 billion, 73-story Wilshire Grand Center, the tallest U.S. building west of the Mississippi. Opened in 2017, the 1,100-ft. hotel and office project is anchoring a wealth of central Los Angeles residential and commercial development, including parking structures and other precast/prestressed candidate work. During Wilshire Grand construc- tion, the city learned of its successful bid to host the 2026 Olympics, boosting building demand for the better part of the next decade. In northern California, Clark Pacific landed a riser contract for Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, a project fast-tracked to afford the San Francisco 49ers a new home by the 2014 National Football League season. Greatly dwarfing that delivery—and indeed any other com- mercial building package in the history of North American precast/ prestressed production—was a 2013-2016 structural and architectural product contract for Apple Park, Cupertino, Calif. It placed Clark Pacific at the heart of project exceeding 3 million square feet of building and parking structure space befitting a new headquarters for Apple Inc. Continued on page 43 California Reign Clark Pacific plots ambitious future in the Golden State

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