Gateway Project Tops Out
Today the Reno-Tahoe International Airport Gateway Project topped out. The final beam was ceremonially set into place to commemorate the completion of the structure. Construction team members including the structural engineer, architect, airport management staff, airport board members, construction workers, and other VIP's were treated by the Airport Authority to a wonderful breakfast. Then the RTAA hosted a short introduction after which the final signatures were added to the beam.
It got us thinking, why top out? How did this all start? What does it mean? Some say it's tradition dating back to various cultures thousands of years ago. Many different societies throughout history have celebrated the raising of structures with celebrations and special customs. The evergreen tree is a symbol life and often represents a project with no injuries. The painting of the beam, usually gray or white primer, is so the signatures of the participants are easily visible. The flag is for patriotism.
To us we think it is a great celebration of our "behind-the-scenes" culture of service. As you move through the completed project building, that beam will be encased in the construction, an unseen symbol of all of the team's hard work. For now it is adorned with banners and stands out to passersby. Soon it will be part of the construction and invisible and we will be working on a new project! So "topping-out" is a celebration of our work, renewal, achievement and continued prosperity for all.
October 17, 2012
Q&D Named Nevada AGC Contractor of the Year!
Q&D Construction and Valley Concrete Company, Inc. were named top general and sub-contractor for 2011 by members of the Nevada Chapter of the Associated General Contractors, representing Northern Nevada’s leading construction companies and associated businesses.
Quality, ethics, dependability and high professional standards are the foundation of the AGC's Construction Industry Awards. The winners are determined by the votes of their fellow members for work in 2011. These peers are the men and women who work with these firms and see first-hand how these firms perform on a daily basis. These coveted awards are based on how firms keep to a schedule, pay their bills, maintain a safe work environment and produce quality work with skill, integrity and responsibility.
Q&D Construction in Sparks, NV, specializes in commercial building, general engineering, custom mill working, and public infrastructure such as roads and pipelines. The company was founded in 1964. In 2011, Q&D’s high profile projects included the Truckee Meadows Water Authority Glendale Water Supply Improvement Project, Autumn Village Apartments, and the Assumption Church in Truckee, CA. Q&D is a 12-time winner of this award.
Valley Concrete Company, Inc of Reno, NV was founded in 1964 by William Balsi, who now sits as the president of the company. This is their third subcontractor of the year award. Valley is one of the oldest concrete contracting firms in Nevada, specializing in all areas of concrete construction -- residential, commercial, and industrial. Valley has supported numerous youth activities and AGC committee projects.
Also receiving top awards in their categories were:
Supplier of the Year: Western Nevada Supply Established more than 40 years ago in Sparks, Nevada, Western Nevada Supply is one of the West Coast’s premier wholesale houses providing plumbing, water works, HVAC, irrigation, hydronics & solar, industrial (PVF), tools, fencing & golf products with many state of art kitchen & bath showrooms. Under the direction of the Reviglio family, Western Nevada has also earned a reputation as one the community’s top corporate contributors to youth and families in need. This is their third Supplier of the Year award.
Design Professional of the Year: Hartman Engineering, LLC has 30-plus years experience in the design of all types of structural systems and rehabilitation projects, which include manufacturing facilities, hospitals, highway structures, warehouses, commercial buildings, universities and schools. Services are provided to architectural clients, contractors, owners and government organizations. This company has been a leader in AGC’s education and community programs. They are an eight-time winner of this award.
February 27, 2012
Q&D Wraps on Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
Rolling into the finsh line right on time, Q&D turned over the new serene and uplifting worship space to it's owners, the wonderful congregation of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. See link for Reno-Gazette Journal article.
February 26, 2012