Finance and Accounting Week

Week 29 of the 40 Weeks of Barrett is Finance and Accounting Week. We will be spotlighting our finance & accounting employees to thank them for their efforts and stress how important their role is to Barrett Industries.

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October 6th-12th

This year’s FPW campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

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WIN (Women’s Initiative Network) Week

Week 28 of the 40 Weeks of Barrett is Women’s Initiative Network (WiN) Week. Throughout this week, we will be spotlighting and honoring all the women that work for Barrett Industries.

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Administrative Appreciation Week

Can you believe it’s already week 27?! For this week, Administrative Appreciation Week, the 40 Weeks of Barrett team will be spotlighting our administrative staff.

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Barrett NYN held 3 separate Customer Appreciation events!

Each event included customers, neighbors, legislators, and contractors. Our events were held at our Watertown, Norwood, and Boonville locations. To top it off, all three events had record-level attendance rates! We had quite a positive turnout.

Everyone enjoyed learning more about our business and sharing a delicious lunch with our team. Special thanks to our sales team for their hard work and commitment to making these events both memorable as well as successful!

Customer Appreciation

Week 26 of the 40 Weeks of Barrett is Customer Appreciation Week! We will be sharing how each region shows its appreciation to its customers.

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It had been many years since the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan programmed a preventive maintenance project.

That changed in 2017/2018 when SCI was awarded a contract to perform Micro Surfacing and Cape Seals on multiple major routes throughout the City of Ann Arbor. With the success of the 2018 project, the city decided to program and award a project to SCI for 2019. Prior to starting work, the City of Ann Arbor decided to add several streets to the project, nearly tripling its size. This was a direct result of the excellent customer service and high-quality work they received in 2018. As of July 11th, SCI Crews have successfully completed the first half of the 2019 project.

A special thanks goes out to all of those involved in the project including the Chip Seal Crew lead by foreman Rodney Bond, the Micro Surfacing Crew lead by foreman Elijah Caudill, Project Manager Andrew Friend, and Senior Estimator Doug Perry. Great job!

“Overall the City of Ann Arbor is pleased with the pavement preservation work performed thus far by Strawser Construction including that recently completed on Packard Road and within several city neighborhoods. We are confident these micro surfacing and cape seal treatments will perform as expected and consider them to be valuable tools for use in improving and maintaining our major and local street networks and achieving our pavement asset management goals.”
-David A. Dykman, P.E. – Project Manager

Facts about Micro Surfacing

  • Designed in the late 1970s in Germany to fill wheel ruts on the Autobahn
  • Introduced and constructed in the US in the early 1980s
  • Categorized as a cold mix – eco-friendly
  • Two methods of installation:
    • Truck mount operation – commonly used for residential projects
    • Continuous operation – commonly used for highway applications

This year, New York North’s own Kevin Culbertson (Watertown area Sales) participated in the Jefferson Leadership Institute (JLI) sponsored by Barrett NYN.

Each year, employers in the area sponsor employees to attend the JLI class that immerses them in the community issues throughout the year. This curriculum enables participants to develop their leadership capabilities, build strong relationships, and encourages involvement in generating positive change in the community.

The curriculum participates in discussions pertaining to education, healthcare, media and telecommunications, government, tourism, non-profit organizations, agriculture, economic development and the significance of Fort Drum in the northern New York area.

Barrett provided introductions to our business as well as lunch and a site tour of the Watertown quarry and asphalt plants. The day even included a BLAST in the quarry! This has been a great event and we look forward to our next graduate in 2020.

Every job we step on to as a construction crew, we are faced with challenges that we have to overcome in order to complete the project precisely, efficiently, and most importantly – safely.

Most of the problems that we encounter are solved through our knowledge of road construction and previous experiences. We rely on the insight we have gained on past jobs while using a little bit of ingenuity to achieve the ideal results.

The City of Syracuse Creekwalk Phase II job follows the banks of the Onondaga Creek for 2.3 miles on the south side of Syracuse. The creek itself is fast flowing at times and is lined with concrete and stone from the early 1900s. We began excavating on the Creekwalk this spring and the project began quite smoothly. A few small challenges popped up, but nothing that couldn’t be handled with a quick step back, a few head scratches, and us reconvening to tackle the issue. Recently, however, we were presented with a unique and difficult scope of work which imposed a challenge for us all. On paper, it was a simple 3-foot tall concrete wall with a slope to make a 12-foot wide multi-use bicycle and pedestrian path. In reality, we had to accomplish all that underneath a bridge, on the edge of the creek bed, and build upon the existing ground that was only around 6 feet wide. It turned out to be a set of obstacles that pushed our ingenuity, our imagination, and our resourcefulness.

We came across our first problem as soon as we began excavating. We encountered an unmarked cast iron pipeline that ran beneath the entire job site. We did our due diligence to determine that it was an old Brine line left over from the once-thriving salt industry in Syracuse. Hence the nickname ‘Salt City’. Once the proper precautions were taken we began the task of removing the pipeline. We struggled with the task and the excavating portion of this project had become a lot more difficult than anticipated. Ten and twenty-foot lengths of cast iron pipe do not come apart so easily when you have limited space to move and no way to reach underneath the middle of the bridge. But, nonetheless, our crew of Victoria Stanton and Ron Vaccaro completed the job. From there on out Dave Stanton and his crew of Brian McBride, Jon Ferrara, and Calvin Johnson excavated their way down and worked their way under the bridge to set our grade for the trail.   Once we were finished excavating and placing our sub-base back in, the next challenge presented itself. We would have to form and pour a vertical wall on the steep bank of the creek, which was sloped with blocked stone. We had no way of walking on the stone, no flat surface on which to build, and no easy seemed to gain some traction. There was light at the end of the tunnel! It took some time, a lot of hammer drilling, and some sleepless nights thinking about how to best approach the situation.

Wesley Hood, the Superintendent on the Creekwalk project, made sure we had everything we needed at our disposal to complete the job and to ensure we were safe at all times. It was his ability to think outside the box that finally got the project off the ground. He recommended using signposts to build a flat platform to work off. It gave us a safe and flat platform to work and build off of. We were making headway.  Once the platform was complete we could focus on forming up the wall. With the assistance of Keith Saunders we were able to finish forming and kicking all the forms. Knowing that the weight of concrete can never be underestimated, his crew made sure that we had ample braces on our forms. Keith and his crew of Bob Burns, Rusty Allen, and Brett Olden II were vital to getting this accomplished.

After some last-minute prep work the day of the pour and hoping for some good luck the concrete was here. We had to pump the concrete in underneath the bridge. Brett Olden II had to wrestle the 4” hoses as we placed the concrete. We also received help from our project engineer David Woznica, Victoria Stanton, and our intern Zach. Keith, Bob, Rusty, Wesley, and our old concrete foreman Brett Olden placed and finished 94 cubic yards of concrete in under 8 hours. There may have been a few creaks, but everything held together!


“The ability to develop unique solutions to a set of such challenging obstacles instills a great deal of pride in what you and your fellow co-workers accomplished. Without Dave Stanton and his crew being able to find a way to excavate all the dirt out and set our grade; without Keith Saunders and his concrete crew making sure everything was formed and secured for the amount of concrete going into that area, and without Wesley orchestrating all of this we would never have executed the task so smoothly and safely. This challenge was the most complex and unique one I’ve seen on any of our jobs. I’m proud of what our guys accomplished and the way in which they all worked together to conquer this project.”
– Colten Sullivan (Construction Foreman NYC)

As of August 2019, the crews of HRI’s Heavy and Environmental Construction Region have continued progress on the Westminster Wastewater Treatment Plant Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) and Biosolids Upgrade Project in Westminster, MD.

Since the start of the project in January 2019, HRI has poured foundations for the Blower Building and the Electrical Building, formed and poured Generator No. 1 Pad as well as the Methanol Feed Facility Slab and Containment Walls, and began the alteration of Reactor No. 1. In addition to several other activities, 40% of all underground electrical duct banks and 25% of all underground utilities have been installed. 80% of the soil stabilization program has been completed up to this point, and HRI crews are anxiously awaiting completion to begin construction on the Denitrification Filter Facility.

Next steps for the project include: forming and pouring the footers for the Solids Processing Building, installing the structural precast panels at the Blower Building and Electrical Building, install mechanical piping and form new concrete walls in Reactor No. 1, completing the Pressure Grouting Stabilization and forming/pouring the slab for the Denitrification Filter Facility, and continuing the installation of yard pipe including a stream crossing of several pipes and duct banks to the south side of the plant.

At the beginning of the project, the Safety Champion initiative was started at the Westminster project to thank employees for their above and beyond safety efforts. Throughout each quarter, foremen nominate members of their crews to receive the recognition of the Safety Champion. During the first quarter, Terry Livermore received the recognition of Safety Champion. Most recently, at the Project’s six-month safety milestone of no injuries, Jacinto Carranza was awarded the second quarter Safety Champion.

Project Team:

  • Heavy and Environmental Region Manager – Charlie Fuller
  • General Superintendent – James Pellegrino
  • Senior Project Manager – Travis Boyd
  • Project Engineer – Anna Barr
  • Project Engineer – Tim Czapla
  • Assistant Superintendent – Adam Hockenberry
  • Assistant/Safety Superintendent – Mike Ansbach
  • Project Engineer Interns – Melissa Tu and Alex Gilgore
  • Project Foreman – Nick Neff
  • Construction Superintendent/Project Foreman – Shawn Ramsey
  • Project Foreman – JR Rowe
  • Project Foreman – Mike Patton
  • Safety Manager – Jim Bickle
  • Environmental Manager – Mary Jo Miller