Letter from Todd
How is it possible the summer has come and gone already? Each year the summer season seems to slip by more quickly than the previous year. Every year is unique and has its own sets of challenges; however, this summer will be hard for any of us to forget. COVID-19 disrupted nearly every industry and construction was not immune, but even through the unrest and uncertainty there were many accomplishments to celebrate.

First, as a company we continued to push through our projects despite what felt like nonstop changes. Whether it was following new safety protocols or adapting to new ways to work, you didn't skip a beat. I can't thank you enough for your continued dedication to the company, your team members, and the outstanding work you produce. Adversity can help show a person's true character and you've all proven you are some of the best.

Second, while we did see some projects get pushed for the time being, there were many others that were awarded and completed. One project you can read about in detail later in the newsletter is our bridge project in Columbiaville (Lapeer County). Despite an aggressive schedule and challenging conditions, the project is proving to be a success. We are looking forward to wrapping it up within the next month.

Last, our team played a large role in the development of a new Splash Pad in Ludington, which included both fundraising and constructing the site. The Ludington Splash Pad opened mid-summer and provided a new avenue for outdoor, socially distanced fun.
As we embark on our fall season please know that your health and safety remain at the forefront. We will continue updating you with information and changes related to COVID-19 and our industry. Please reach out to anyone of us if we can assist.

Take care and I look forward to seeing everyone on the job site!
Todd Schrader
What we're up to...
This past May a number of our team members began work on a bridge replacement in Columbiaville, MI. Columbiaville is a small community located in Lapeer County, with one main road running through town that crosses the Flint River. Like most of our best projects, the crew faced an aggressive schedule and challenging conditions.

Demolition of the existing structure was the first step and required excavators on both land and barge. The barge was anchored to the cofferdam with a chain and spudded to the bottom of the channel for stability. When demo takes place over the water, there are special steps taken to ensure no debris ends up in the water. Leaving the site in better shape than when we arrived is always a must.

One of the toughest parts of the job required installing three large cofferdams, one for each abutment and one for the pier. The cofferdams utilized an internal bracing system and required 80 total driven piles between the three of them. The cofferdams were then dewatered, which allowed for construction of the footings, abutments, and pier.
Once the substructure was completed the crew could being setting the bridge beams. This bridge includes a total of 14 beams that span 60 feet long. So far 7 beams have been picked and placed, which then allowed the crew to begin forming the deck. The remaining 7 beams will be set soon and the crew will finish up the final touches.
Demolishing an existing bridge and constructing a new one in just over a 5 month period is demanding, but the conditions and a young crew added unique challenges. However, the crew is working together to wrap up construction on a quality bridge that we all look forward to seeing for years to come. Thanks to everyone who worked through long days and weeks and who continue to work and bring us to the finish!
Suicide Prevention Month
As September just wrapped up, we want to send a reminder that September marks Suicide Prevention Month, with the purpose of raising awareness about suicide. While the topic can be uncomfortable, having safe outlets to talk and breaking the stigma surrounding suicide is extremely important, especially in our industry. According to the CDC, construction has the highest suicide rate across all industries. In fact, someone working in construction is more likely to die from suicide than all work-related fatalities combined.

If you or someone you know needs help, don't stay silent. There are free resources that provide confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including:
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

Additionally, Hardman Construction will always be a safe, confidential place for you. While we do not have a crisis manager on staff, we will do everything we can to link you with the right resources. If you need help please reach out to your supervisor, Todd Schrader (President), Karl Ulbrich (Safety Manager), Jami Klomp (Human Resources Manager), or anyone else in the organization.
Other Projects this Past Summer
Welding waler at Oakland Community College
Welding cap in Fennville
H-pile and lagging earth retention system at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital
Installing sheets in Grand Blanc
Earth anchors (and lots of dedication) at I-75
Installing augercast piles at North Star Steel
Sheeting installation in Fort Wayne
This past July Tracy Chaffee retired after a long career with Hardman Construction. For over 35 years, Tracy was a diligent and talented operator who could run any piece of equipment, but was especially gifted in a crane. We will miss Tracy's knowledge and ability on the job site, but wish him a long and happy retirement!

Congrats Tracy!
Many congratulations go out to Adam Bonner for completing his apprenticeship program. Adam officially became a Journeyman Carpenter this past month. Over the past four years Adam's work ethic, ability to grasp new concepts, and attention to detail have made him a great Hardman Construction team member.

Way to go Adam!
Hardman Construction is dedicated to keeping our employees and communities as safe as possible, whether on the job site or during social events. Due to ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the inability to gather safely in large groups, the company has made the tough decision to cancel the annual Christmas party scheduled for January 2021.

The party has been rescheduled for the following year and we hope 2022 will be the best one yet!
Have an idea or something to share?
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Contact Jami at jami@hardmanconstruction.com or (231) 845-1236.
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