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West Sacramento’s Clark Pacific won the $20 million bid to provide precastconcrete for the new San Francisco 49er football stadium in Santa Clara.YOLO COUNTYR E GI O N A L F O C U SPhOtO: Ken JAmeSFIELDNTAGEClark Pacific’s winning stadium bidscores big for the region by Bill Romanellicomstock’s • 2012 OctOber | 93


the construction site for assembly. Inthe case of a stadium project like thisone, those building blocks can weighupward of 35,000 pounds, must meetstrength and density requirementsand must have uniform color. Theyalso must arrive at the constructionsite at specific times — and in a specificorder — so the stadium will becompleted in time for the 2013-2014football season.To win the bid, Clark Pacific promisedit could do the job in about halfthe time of a normal stadium project.Even the initial engineering and constructionof the concrete forms usedto create the stairs, landing, walls andother components had to be done infour months instead of the usual eight.It helps that most of the raw materialsare sourced locally — the Cache Creekgranite quarry and Granite Constructionwill provide the bulk of it.Fortunately, the Yolo County Boardof Supervisors recently approvedClark Pacific’s facility expansion, growingit from 18 to 26 acres and makingit the newest and largest precast facilregion“There are a lotof 49er fans herewho are very proudto be working onthis project. I can’ttell you how manypeople have askedif they could writetheir initials in theconcrete. Of course,we have a fewRaiders fans who’dlike to write somethings, too.”— Don Clark,co-owner andpresident ofbusiness development,Clark Pacifi che day Clark Pacific won the bid to providethe concrete components for the49ers’ new football stadium in SantaClara was a day for much celebration.It was a $20 million award. It meantnew jobs. It meant an economic boostfor the region. Plus, it was a cool projectto work on. Most of all, it meant theWest Sacramento company had employedthe right strategy to weatherthe recession and the catastrophic tollit had taken on the building industry.In other words, the win wasn’t reallya surprise.“From the moment we saw this bid,we knew it was perfect for our company,”says Don Clark, Clark Pacific’sco-owner and president of businessdevelopment. “A big part of our recessionstrategy was to hang on toour engineering strength for projectsjust like this. This was not a contractbased on price alone; our ability to getit done was a big part of why we won.”Logistically, the project is a monsterthat calls for 20,000 tons ofprecast concrete (building blocks, basically)to be created and shipped tofulfillinGTHE ConTraCT40 MILLION POUNDSof precast concrete will be provided tothe new 49er stadium in Santa clara byclark Pacific.$20 MILLIONApproximate value of the contract clarkPacific received to build and deliver thematerials.2,000precast components (risers, steps,walls, etc.) will be manufactured.1,500the number of truck trips needed todeliver the materials from clark Pacific’sfacilities to Santa clara betweenOctober 2012 and January 2013.35,000 POUNDSthe weight of some of the stadium’sheaviest individual concretecomponents.10,000steps and landings will be produced.580 STORIESthe height of all the stadium’s steps andlandings if stacked on top of each other.100new jobs could be created to completethe contract.94 | OctOber 2012 • comstock’s


ity in California. That was certainlyappealing to the stadium builders,who required the winning bidder tostore the finished components untilthe construction site is ready forthe first deliveries in October.It was also an attractive developmentproject for the county.“They wanted to expand onindustrial-zoned land that had beenthe site of the former SpreckelsSugar factory,” says Yolo CountySupervisor Mike McGowan. “Thatwas consistent with our philosophyto preserve agricultural land in thecommunity, re-using land for thebest use and stimulating economicdevelopment. Add to that mix theClark family, which epitomizes integrityand professionalism, and forme that expansion proposal was ano-brainer.”The expansion also enabledClark to move forward with a 24-hour work schedule, which wasgreat, except the company neededabout 100 new skilled employees todo the work.“As soon as we got word thatClark had won the contract, wemade sure they knew we were hereto help with their employee needs,”says Jason Billington, an instructorwith Northern California ConstructionTraining in West Sacramento,which primes about 300 studentsDiD you know?West Sacramento-based ASC SteelDeck is supplying the new 49ers stadiumin Santa Clara with 80 truckloads totalingmore than 1.4 million square feet ofstructural roof and floor deck. The materialis being provided to the stadium overa nine-month period that started in July.Clark PaCifiCa history of industry leadership1963 clark Pacific is originallyfounded with 15 employees inWest Sacramento as tecon Pacific.1966 Jim clark is appointed generalmanager.Late 1960s tecon Pacific developssome of the region’s first pigmentcoloredprecast concrete mixdesigns and begins specializingin the forming, handling andconnection techniques for massproduction and installation ofprecast panels.1973 A new plant opens inIrwindale after a partnership isforged with construction companyForest city Dillon Inc.1979 tecon Pacific introduces itsfirst thin-shell, precast panel at onehalfthe weight of standard precastpanels.1980 the company lands its firstsports stadium contract, for the SanJose State Spartans1981 tecon introduces glassfiberreinforced panels and helpswrite their industry quality controlmanuals and manufacturingprocedures, now in use nationwide.1982 company introducesnatural, stone-clad precast panels,permitting the mixture of naturalstone and complimentary, colored,precast concrete designs. In thissame year, the company also landsits first prison contract for VacavilleState Prison, enabling the openingof a new precast plant.1986 company introducesnatural stone on truss frame panelsystem, suitable for lightweightand economical high-rise structuredesigns in areas of high seismicactivity.1987 tecon introduces clarkcomposite Architectural PrecastPanels, enabling the fabrication oflarger, thin-shell panels, therebyfacilitating quicker fabrication andconstruction with a lower cost persquare foot.1988 company enters the Oregonmarket to build the Pioneer Placeretail Shopping Area and launchesPacific embedded Products tofabricate all the metal required forthe company’s concrete products.1995 tecon Pacific changes itsname to clark Pacific.1997 clark Pacific introduces fasttrack modular design/build buildingsystems, which integrate thebuilding’s structure and exteriorcladding system and gets its firstuse at the Aerojet facility in ranchocordova.2000 company tops 400employees.2003 clark Pacific introduces “allin-one”solutions, giving architectsthe flexibility to build architecturaland structural functionality intosingle elements and enabling newefficiencies in design.2008 clark Pacific opens its thirdplant, in Woodland.1984 Another new plant opens inFontana, calif.2012 clark Pacific outbids two othercompetitors to win the 49er Stadiumcontract in Santa clara.comstock’s • 2012 OctOber | 95

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