Union Laborer Local 185

Vik Construction Eugene, Oregon July 1978 to November 1978

The only Union Laborer on a multi-trade crew of ten erecting five 20,000sf tilt-up concrete warehouse buildings at 5th and Conger in Eugene, Oregon in on a six month fast-track schedule.

Responsible for site grading, formwork, grading, setting rebar, pouring concrete, grouting columns, placing beams, fabricating roof panels and laying insulation. Improved job speed, safety, efficiency and quality by keeping site and materials clean and highly organized.

  • Built formwork, wired rebar, set steel welding plates, and poured reinforced concrete footing pads.
  • Built formwork, installed welded wire mesh, placed steel joint bars, and poured concrete floor slabs.
  • Built formwork, wired rebar with pick-points and steel welding plates, and poured concrete wall panels in pancake-like stacks.
  • Placed cured wall panels onto footings, then framed, reinforced, and poured concrete columns between the panels.
  • Set and bolted together interior steel columns, glue-laminated beams, joists and purlins.
  • Pre-built plywood roofing panel sections in a jig on the ground, then set them in place with a crane.
  • Covered plywood roofing with foam insulating boards, a protective sheeting and cardboard sealer for hot tar roofing.

Learned how to do more with less by a couple career carpenters a few years older than me that drove rigs with vanity license plate names like "CRUMMY" and "JIMMY."