Getting Ready for Spring? Consider Adding a New Fence to your Yard using Reclaimed Lumber

As springtime rolls around, we are all looking forward to spending more time outside. Outdoor projects that have been put off during the cooler months can now be taken on, and sprucing up your yard with a new fence made from reclaimed lumber is an exciting project. Not only will you get to enjoy a bit more privacy when entertaining guests outside, you will also have the self-satisfaction of knowing that you built that fence yourself. The Lumber Baron has one of the best selections of reclaimed lumber in the Bay Area, and a knowledgeable staff to help you make the most informed fencing decisions.

Getting Ready for Spring - Consider Adding a New Fence to your Yard using Reclaimed Lumber - The Lumber Baron

Why Use Reclaimed Lumber?

There are a lot of reasons to use reclaimed lumber, but most of them can be reduced to three popular benefits. To begin, using reclaimed lumber is a sustainable way to build because it doesn’t require cutting down any trees to get your material. Second, the reclaimed lumber sold at The Lumber Baron comes from old growth lumber that isn’t available from lumber sold through major hardware and lumber stores. Old growth material tends to be hardy, dense material when compared to most off-the-shelf lumber stores. And finally, having a fence made from reclaimed lumber adds a touch of historic prestige to your project, as well as providing you with built-in conversation points when guests come over.

Choosing the Right Type of Lumber

The grade of lumber you choose to build your fence out of will depend on whether you are constructing a decorative fence or just putting up the basic barricade to keep out pests and people. The average privacy fence can be made from a lower grade of material if you choose and may contain quite a few knots or even a bit of edgewood sapwood. For a more distinguished fence, you may want to use higher grades of lumber, with the most elaborate fences being made from a clear or blemish-free type of lumber.

Different Types for Different Likes

For privacy fences, cedar is a popular material because it is easy to work with and lightweight enough to carry into places where a vehicle can’t get to. As the detail of the fence goes up, the type of material may change as well. For example, a solid wooden fence can be constructed out of rot resistant redwood to provide a sturdy, visually appealing wooden wall.The Lumber Baron would be happy to offer you some fencing options and suggest appropriate materials for the project you have in mind.

The Lumber Baron has been doing business at our primary location since 1981. We have worked hard to build a solid reputation for providing quality reclaimed lumber that has been hand-selected from sites throughout the nation. When you begin work on your new springtime fencing project, come by and visit our lumber yard, and we will show you why The Lumber Baron is the best source for reclaimed redwood, cedar, and Douglas fir.

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Conco is Involved in Oakland, CA’s Building Boom


If it has been a while since you last visited Oakland, CA, you are in for a surprise.  Over the last few years, Oakland has seen dozens of new construction projects throughout its downtown core and nearby neighborhoods. The Conco Companies have been pleased to be involved in several of them.

One example is the Brooklyn Basin Parcel B Project, which is a 7-story residential housing project from the developer and owner, the Signature Development Group.  Along with 241 housing units, the 308,270 sq. ft. building includes 3,000 sq. ft. of ground floor commercial tenant space and 241 parking spaces.  The waterfront project is located at the corner of Brooklyn Basin Way and 9th Street and is adjacent to a park.   The building’s façade features a range of materials including concrete, metal siding, cement and glass.

Conco’s responsibilities on the project included providing concrete pumping, reinforcement, formwork, finishing, shotcrete, and Confoam services.  We placed 19,850 cubic yards of Confoam and 8,500 cubic yards of concrete as well as shotcrete.  Conco also provided 1,400,000 pounds of rebar and post tension reinforcement.

Another couple of projects we recently provided concrete services for are the Hanover Waverly and the Hanover Uptown at Valdez Street and 27th Street.  Both projects are developed by the Houston-based owner, the Hanover R.S. Limited Partnership.  The Hanover Waverly is a 7-story, mixed-use project that consists of 224 apartments and 22,000 sq. ft. of ground floor retail.  The architect, TCA Architects designed the contemporary-style structure to take advantage of the curved lot and highlights the building’s location.  The Hanover Waverly also offers below grade parking with 226 parking stalls and has an exterior comprised of high quality materials including stone, brick, glass, metal wall panels and cement plaster.

The Hanover Uptown is a 7-story, mixed-use project that consists of 253 residential units including studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, and more than 33,100 sq. ft. of ground floor retail.  For both projects, Conco provided concrete pumping, reinforcement, formwork, finishing, and shotcrete services.

Conco is one of the leading suppliers of concrete services for the Western U.S. We got our start in 1959 in the Bay Area by offering clients the best value on a broad range of concrete services and products.  Since that time, we have taken a leading role as top concrete contractors in the region. We have regional offices serving California, Oregon, Nevada, Colorado and Washington.

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Concrete Seismic Retrofitting Services in Los Angeles


Since the passage of Ordinance 183893 in 2015, the City of Los Angeles has been busy identifying non-ductile concrete buildings that require seismic retrofitting to come up code.  Along with all of the other concrete services we provide, The Conco Companies is providing professional seismic retrofitting for pre-1978 non-ductile concrete buildings in L.A.

Utilizing our extensive experience, we have the expertise to strengthen concrete buildings to improve their safety and integrity as well as to preserve the historic or unique design elements of the building.  Our portfolio includes several renowned area projects including the 1920s-era L.A. Hall of Justice, the iconic L.A. City Hall and the historic Rose Bowl Stadium.

The goal of seismic retrofitting is to reduce structural deficiencies and improve the performance of the targeted non-ductile concrete buildings in the event of an earthquake.  Without proper strengthening, these buildings may experience structural failure during and/or after seismic activity.

In the case of the award-winning concrete seismic retrofit of Los Angeles’ City Hall,  the project required 30,000 cubic yards of concrete, 3,000 tons of structural steel, and 5,000 tons of reinforcing steel. Part of the project included providing reinforced concrete shear walls to strengthen existing masonry walls.  Another seismic retrofit and renovation we were proud to be involved with was the $231-million L.A. Hall of Justice project.  The building had been extensively damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake.  During the project, we utilized cost-effective solutions including using shotcrete to construct walls faster and with less material to save both time and money.

To ensure the best outcome as well as to minimalize the costs, seismic retrofitting projects require experience as well as innovative thinking and Conco delivers plenty of both to all of our projects.  In addition to being one of California’s top commercial concrete contractors, we have over sixty years of experience in the industry.  Trust Conco’s expertise to help bring your pre-1978 non-ductile concrete building up to code.  Please contact us to learn more.

The Conco Companies are one of the foremost suppliers of concrete services for the Western U.S. We got our start in 1959 in the Bay Area by offering clients the best value on a broad range of concrete services and products.  Since that time, we have taken a leading role as top concrete contractors in the region. We have regional offices serving California, Oregon, Nevada, Colorado and Washington.

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A Runner-up for the “2017 Subcontractor of the Year” Award

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The Conco Companies are proud to report that Conco Pumping was recently honored as a runner-up for the 2017 Subcontractor of the Year Award from the American Subcontractors Association of Southern California.  The awards are designed to recognize the various achievements and contributions the recipients have made in the construction industry.  The ASA is a highly respected organization that embodies ethical & equitable business practices, quality construction, a safe and healthy work environment, and integrity & membership diversity.  This year’s winners were honored at the November ASA’s Awards Banquet.

The entire Conco organization wishes to extend our thanks the ASA.  Furthermore, we are extremely proud of our Southern CA team who brings a high level of commitment to each and every one of their projects.  Conco is also grateful for the support and trust our partners in the construction community continue to place in us, which enables our success.

The demands for our pumping services in Southern California including the San Diego area have rapidly grown over the last several years.  To ensure our success, we have a large operation in the area including a fleet of concrete pumps and ancillary equipment as well as an experienced team ready to help out on your next project.

Conco Pumping, which was founded in 1975, is one of The Conco Companies’ largest divisions and successfully operates throughout California, Washington State and Oregon. Our experienced team has the ability to identify obstacles even before a job starts, and we can successfully handle projects with the most challenging specifications and time constraints.  In addition to concrete pumping, Conco also offers rebar fabrication and installation, formwork, shotcrete, cellular concrete, and trucking as well as Design/Build, General Contracting and turnkey solutions.

The Conco Companies are a leading supplier of concrete services throughout the Western U.S.  We got our start in the Bay Area in 1959 by offering clients the best value on a wide range of concrete services and products and are now one of the foremost concrete contractors in the region. Our concrete services include commercial, educational, industrial and public works projects as well as parking structures.

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Conco Receives the Prestigious “2017 Charles J. Pankow Jr. Award”


The Conco Companies were recently recognized for our concrete services on the new Wilshire Grand Project with the “2017 Charles J. Pankow, Jr. Award” from the American Concrete Institute’s Southern California Chapter.  The Charles J. Pankow Jr. Award was established in 1984 by the ACI SoCal Chapter in honor of Charles J. Pankow, Jr. and is designed to recognize outstanding and innovative use of concrete in construction.  Mr. Pankow was an active member of the Southern California Chapter since its inception and had served as the International President of the ACI from 1980-1981.

The prestigious award is only given out annually, if, in the judgment of the Awards Committees, a qualified project and contractor are nominated.  Rules for how the award is bestowed include: “One award may be presented annually to recognize an outstanding, collaborative emerging innovation in design, materials, or construction-related research and development. Innovations must be new to the industry. Not more than one award may be given in any one year.”

During the course of constructing the Wilshire Grand, Conco set a world record for the largest continuous mat pour that required appoximately 2,000 truckloads of concrete and took 20 hours of continuous pouring.  In total, crews laid down more than 21,200 cubic yards of concrete over 7.1 million pounds of reinforcing steel.  We also purchased and used a new state-of-the art electric pump to help us pump concrete 650 feet horizontally and then 1,125 feet vertically in order to reach the highest levels of the skyscraper.   Furthermore, as the pump was electric, it was both quieter and cleaner than a diesel pump.

Conco wishes to extend our thanks for all of the support and trust placed in us by our trade partners and the construction industry. Along with Conco serving as the concrete contractor, the other recipients of the award include the Wilshire Grand’s owner, Hanjin International Corp.; general contractor, Turner Construction Company; structural engineer, Brandow & Johnston and Thornton Tomasetti, and concrete supplier, CalPorland Ready Mix.

At The Conco Companies, we are one of the leading concrete contractors in the Western U.S. and offer a wide range of quality services and products.  Our experience includes providing services for commercial, educational, parking and other construction development as well as public works projects.  We serve California, Washington State, Oregon, Colorado and Nevada.


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“Premiere on Pine” – ACI’s Second Place Winner in High Rise Category


The Conco Companies are proud to report that one of our recent projects is the Second Place Winner of the American Concrete Institute’s 2017 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards in the High Rise category.  One of only 12 winners internationally, the Premiere on Pine (formerly known as 815 Pine) is a 42-story tower that highlights the structural and technological advancements made in the concrete industry over the last several years.

This year’s winners were recognized at the “Celebrating Concrete Innovation and Excellence Across the Globe” Awards Gala that took place during the ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition.  In addition to Conco  serving as the concrete contractor for the Premiere on Pine’s project, the team included owner and developer, Holland Partner Group; architect, Weber Thompson Architects; general contractor, Holland construction Inc.; engineering firm, Cary Kopcznyski & Company; and Concrete Supplier, Stoneway Concrete.

The Premiere on Pine is constructed with high-strength concrete and reinforcing steel to create maximum floor space for the small site and is the first building in Seattle to have a specified concrete strength of 15,000 psi in its columns.  This allows the high-strength columns to be smaller than those in similarly sized buildings. Another innovation was to place the concrete continuously through the slab penetrations, which eliminated the need for concrete puddling around the columns.

The building is the tallest residential tower in Seattle, WA and offers residents a range of amenities including a hotel-inspired rooftop sky lounge and five levels of above-grade parking and five-levels below.  In addition the apartment units offer spectacular views of the Cascades, Puget Sound and downtown Seattle.

Conco was pleased to be selected for this unique, challenging project as well as to be a part of such an exceptional team.  We are extremely honored to receive the ACI’s 2017 Excellence in Concrete Construction award.

The Conco Companies are one of the foremost suppliers of concrete services for the Western U.S. We got our start in 1959 in the Bay Area by offering clients the best value on a broad range of concrete services and products.  Since that time, we have taken a leading role as top concrete contractors in the region. We have four regional offices serving California, Oregon, Nevada, Colorado and Washington.

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Seeking an Experienced Safety Director

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The Conco Companies is seeking an experienced Safety Director to provide safety leadership to over 1,200 employees for our Northern California, Southern California, Washington, Oregon and Colorado locations.   The individual will be responsible for helping to minimize and manage the legal and financial risks associated with an integrated subcontracting construction company.  The job includes overseeing Conco’s OSHA Compliance, our Fleet Safety Management, and Environmental Compliance.

In terms of our OSHA Compliance, Conco’s Safety Director will be responsible for developing and communicating policies and procedures in compliance with OSHA as well as federal, state and local rules and regulations.  The Director will also assist the estimating department with pre-bid safety planning, pre-bid qualifications, and development of corrective action plans.  He or she will participate with project teams on pre-construction safety coordination planning, and then put together a pre-project hazard assessment.

Conco’s Safety Director is also in charge of developing and effectively implementing safety strategic planning initiatives as well as leading executive, regional and divisional safety committees.  Additionally he or she will plan and implement company and site specific policies for construction safety and general industry facilities and other duties as stated on our job posting.

Along with OSHA Compliance, the Fleet Safety Management responsibilities include continuous improvements to the company’s fleet safety program to ensure compliance to D.O.T. regulations and company policies.  As our Safety Director you will develop, audit and improve, and implement driver safety training as well as maintain our fleet safety manual and more.

The Environmental Compliance aspect of the job requires applicants to have a QISP.  A QSD or QSP is preferred and experience with the CERS program is also preferred.

The position’s minimal requirements include requiring a CHST; and ASP, CSP, CIH are preferred, along with 10-15 years of safety experience.  Candidates should be capable of identifying known potential exposures and recommending the corrective actions.  We prefer that applicants have a Bachelor’s degree in safety management or a degree in a related field.  Please see Conco’s website for the complete job description and information on how to apply.

The Conco Companies are a leading supplier of concrete services for the Western U.S.  We got our start in the Bay Area in 1959 by offering clients the best value on a wide range of concrete services and products.  Since that time, we have taken a leading role as one of the top concrete contractors in the region. We have four regional offices serving California, Nevada, Washington, Oregon and Colorado.

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