December 2017 Newsletter

A Message from Mike

As 2017 ends and I look back on the year we’ve had I’m stunned by the successes!  A few that come to mind include:

  • We worked a record number of man-hours.
  • We had zero lost time injuries and a drastic reduction in the number of recordable and first-aid incidents.
  • We developed new tools in the field to make our work safer and more efficient.
  • We worked together better than ever before by sharing resources, knowledge, and ideas across all the projects.
  • We won and successfully completed the first stage of the largest project in company history.
  • We finished the two biggest Design-Build projects the company has ever built on time and within budget.

These accomplishments and the many others not listed continue to make C.A. Hull a stronger and more competitive organization.

2018 is shaping up to be another busy year.  To date, we have four projects to build with a combined total of 450,000 man-hours of work that are all located within 15 miles of each other.  Also, there is terrific opportunity to win some large projects on I-75 and the new Gordie Howe Bridge Project, in addition to the normal MDOT program.

Thank you to everyone for the dedication and hard work this year!  The people within our organization are our greatest asset.  We are very fortunate and grateful to the effort and enthusiasm that each member of the C.A. Hull team brings to work each day! 

It is my sincere wish that everyone has a wonderful holiday season and is able to enjoy time with family and friends. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mike Malloure

Job 1127, MLK over M10

Key Dates:
Design Phase – April to June 2017
Construction – June to October 2017

Key Personnel:
Jay Desai, Design Build Director
Jay worked tirelessly to bring the design of the project from conceptual ideas and requirements to a full set of construction drawings. This was performed in about half the time of the normal design process.
Bob Grifka, Superintendent
Bob and his crews managed multiple schedules and coordinated with major stakeholders in the area to complete this project on time. Building a project of this size within the footprint of Motor City Casino, Little Caesars Arena, and several Detroit Public Schools was not easy. Bobby and his team exemplified Teamwork as they navigated this project to completion while maintaining safety and access to local businesses.
Royal (Lynn) Miller, Foreman
Lynn and his crew took on the largest excavation and sewer project C.A. Hull has completed in decades. His experience and the crew’s “never quit” attitude made this job successful. C.A. Hull gained a lot of valuable experience from this work and we look forward to taking on more in the future.

Key Subcontractors:
FTCH – Design
Cadillac Paving – M5 Repaving
GM and Sons – Ramp Concrete
J. Ranck - Electrical

This project was designed to widen the MLK Bridge and add additional ramp capacity to provide access to the new $1 billion Little Caesar’s Arena (LCA). On September 12, 2017, C.A. Hull crews opened all lanes of M10 and the newly widened ramp to traffic for the inaugural event at LCA, Kid Rock.
Work consisted of bridge replacement, southbound M10 ramp reconstruction, and milling and resurfacing of M5 (Grand River) from Cass to I-94.
C.A. Hull is proud to be a part of the revitalization of the City of Detroit, the energy downtown, and the great ongoing construction projects.

Project Challenges:
When working in urban areas, utilities are always a critical concern. C.A. Hull crews encountered many utilities that were not shown in the project drawings or identified by the Miss Dig system. Constant maintenance of your project staking is critical to maintaining safety and avoiding costly utility conflicts in these situations.
Project Innovations:
Lynn Miller worked with Jeff Buckley to use GPS 3D Grade Control Systems on the excavators and dozers on the project.  This allowed the operators to control their machines to the grades provided through the control system, reducing grade errors, and increasing production.

Thank you to all those who worked on this challenging project. A tight schedule and constructability issues made this project a tall order to complete. Your ability to come together and complete the impossible (and on time) is always amazing. You are what makes C.A. Hull great.

Happy Holidays from Hull

On December 7th, C.A. Hull employees gathered at Deer Lake Athletic Club in Clarkston to celebrate the end of another great year! Due to our growth this year, the annual holiday field party was moved from Walli's in Burton.
Thank you to all employees who attended and helped to plan and run this exciting event. We look forward to seeing you all next year! Enjoy your holiday season.

Safety Spotlight: Holiday Safety

Here are a few household holiday safety tips to keep everyone safe:

  •     Never use lighted candles near trees, curtains/drapes, or by any potentially flammable items.
  •     Stand your tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. Make sure the tree does not block foot traffic or doorways.
  •     Avoid placing breakable tree ornaments or ones with small, detachable parts on lower branches where small children or pets can reach them.
  •     Only use lights with UL labels and make sure all broken lights are replaced.
  •     Turn off all lights on trees and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house. Unplug extension cords when not in use.
  •     When taking down holiday decorations, always use the proper step stool or ladder to reach high places. Don’t stand on chairs, desks or other furniture.
  •     If you have to use a step ladder near a doorway, lock or barricade the door and post signs so no one will open it and knock you off the ladder.
  •     When you climb, always face the ladder and grip the rungs to climb – not the side rails. Always keep three points of contact on the ladder whether two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand.
  •     Never use a ladder that is broken or damaged in any way.
  •     Make sure to have an updated and inspect fire extinguisher in the house, and never use water to put out a grease fire.
  •     And remember if you drink, please do not drive.

CAH wishes you and your family a safe holiday!

Job 1118, Belle Isle

Key Dates:
August – October 2017

Key Personnel:
Mark Lindstrom, Coatings Superintendent
With Mark’s general bridge construction background, he was able to perform unique new bridge rehabilitation work exceeding expectation and safety.

Key Subcontractors:
Great Lakes Diving and Salvaging

C.A. Hull worked with Great Lakes Water Authority on three different bridges installing fiber glass pile jackets that were pumped full with high-strength underwater grout, and also performed other miscellaneous bridge rehabilitation work.

Project Challenges:
Access to all areas where work was to be performed was underwater, so barges had to be built for walkways. It was, however, great to strengthen C.A. Hull’s relationship with a new client such as Great Lakes Water Authority.
Project Innovations:
New and innovated barges had to be utilized to work in hard-to-reach areas. Pile jacket repairs, installed by Great Lakes Diving and Salvaging, are also not very common to typical C.A. Hull projects.

Employee Anniversaries

September 6: Matt Jordan, 10 Years
September 14: Josh Lott, 10 Years
September 15: Jeremy Handley, 20 Years

Thank you for your years of service. We appreciate your hard work and loyalty!