On May 9th, 2012 in Sacramento, CA, 7 VCG facilitated Caltrans projects won awards for partnering excellence.  As stated on Caltrans’ website, “Caltrans and the Construction Industry are committed to making partnering the way we do business. Partnering promotes open and honest communication, trust, understanding and teamwork. The field guide is written for both Caltrans and contractor personnel working at the project level to convey Caltrans and industry commitment to

The winning projects, along with all of the Constructor Awards finalists named in this year’s competition, were honored as the “best of the best” in California construction during the 2012 Awards Banquet and presentation at The Palace Hotel, San Francisco, on April 14. The prestigious black tie event, the “Oscars” evening for the construction industry, was attended by more than 300 people from top construction firms throughout the state. In

On Thursday, March 8th, 2012, Neal Flesner, Construction Partnering Facilitator, facilitated a panel with Caltrans personnel and District 7 General Contractors on the benefits and best practices around partnering on Caltrans projects. The panel included: Issam Abumuhor of Caltrans Yanina Bashoura of Caltrans Emile Eid of Caltrans Mike Kotal of Chumo Construction Toby Krutz of Flatiron Constructors Joe McLoughlin of J McLoughlin Engineering For the next 20 years or more, public transportation

  VCG has been a member of the International Partnering Institute for 2 years and on May 17th, 2012 will be honored with 4 of their partnered projects receiving awards.  IPI Partnered Projects of the Year honor Project Teams who have exhibited the highest levels of collaboration on projects completed in 2011.  These projects have demonstrated exceptional teamwork through construction partnering.  The four projects that will be recognized: Diamond Level

Named for AGC’s 1991 President Marvin M. Black – an ardent supporter of the partnering process–the Liberty Mutual Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Awards recognize the successful partnerships and collaborations that work to improve construction projects. Contractors honored with this award stand out for their ability in the following areas: Signing a formal partnering charter Achieving a common goal Honoring all stake holders Resolving Conflict Improving communication on the

On October 5th, 2011, Mr. Neal Flesner of Ventura Consulting Group worked with a group of 100+ Caltrans District 7 Resident Engineers and Structures Representatives at the District 7 Headquarters in downtown Los Angeles.  The discussion included the value of having a World Class Team on Caltrans projects, partnering best practices and implementing partnering with your contractor on your next project. Mr. Roger Banos, Project Engineer & Supervisor for Caltrans

The Inland Empire Transportation Management Center is designed and constructed to house both Caltrans and CHP personnel and provide intermodal, interregional, interagency traffic management services 24/7 for the Inland Empire region and is the command and control emergency center during major catastrophes, which includes the counties of San Bernardino and Riverside (Caltrans District 8). The Inland Division Dispatch for CHP is co-located in this facility with the building constructed to

San Francisco, CA – On May 19th, 2011 VCG accepted the 2011 John L. Martin Partnered Project of the Year – Diamond Level Award for their facilitation efforts on the I-680 Southbound Express Lane Project.  This $35M Caltrans project was constructed by Bay Cities Paving and Grading.  Bay Cities delivered the project ahead of schedule and without any claims. This was the first HOV Toll lane in California and the