The $452-million Lodi Energy Center (LEC) natural gas power plant project is progressing well and is on track for completion in June 2012, according to sources at the Northern California Power Agency (NCPA), a joint‐action agency serving public power entities in Northern and Central California.  The project, which is under construction on 4.4 acres of land in Lodi, will generate 280 megawatts of power once complete.  “We’ve experienced a few

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

From Jim on July 18th, 2011: Saw top of Moana Loa volcano a half hour ago.   First land in 13 days.  Still 118 miles to Diamond Head and finish.  Should be around noon Honolulu time.  We’re pretty safe in 3rd with a shot at 2nd.  Had our first ’round up’ today in a squall that hit us with 25-30 knot winds and knocked the boat on its side.  Came

“Even though the initial project team functioned at a high level, it can be extremely challenging to maintain that high level as additional people are introduced to the project.  With the continued involvement of Ventura Consulting Group, we have been able to sustain our high level of teamwork regardless of the demanding circumstances we face on a daily basis.” – Marc Howell – McCarthy Building Companies Building on an active

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

Guam – The design-build team of Jacobs and Hensel Phelps Construction Co. completed the handover of Naval Base Guam’s first LEED — Leadership in Energy and Environment Design — Gold building.  The team encountered a number of challenges, including “a few pieces of ordnance that were discovered, a couple crane challenges that we handled early on, even the discovery of a few armed WWII Japanese remains that we unearthed during

Last Friday, May 6th, 2011, the LAUSD South Region Middle School #3 and Suffolk Team celebrated their World Class Teamwork & Results with a barbecue hosted by Ventura Consulting Group. VCG hosts barbecues for teams that achieve World Class Teamwork based on self evaluations after their 2nd partnering review workshop. Congratulations to the team and keep up the World Class effort! LAUSD SRMS #3 – World Class BBQ from VENTURA

On May 4th & 5th Jim Eisenhart of VCG facilitated the partnering workshop for the SR-99 Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement in Seattle Washington.  The Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Program includes projects led by WSDOT, King County, City of Seattle, and the Port of Seattle. WSDOT is responsible for replacing the double-deck viaduct, which is part of State Route 99. Seattle is managing the Elliott Bay seawall project.

On April 27, the department joined construction industry professionals for the 2011 Caltrans “Excellence in Partnering” awards, which recognizes contractors who put into action what they learned from the Partnering Program to deliver successful highway projects throughout the state. Griffith Co. was recently awarded a Silver Caltrans Partnering Award for the Interstate 10 High Occupancy Vehicle project in Los Angeles County. This $16.2 million project replaced pavement with rapid strength

Paul Crotty with Ventura Consulting Group was contracted to facilitate an alignment and partnering workshop with the senior leadership and project teams of the Inner Harbor Navigation Channel Surge Barrier project along with the Seabrook Gate project. Use of alternative contracting methods like Early Contractor Involvement enhance the opportunities for collaboration, cost savings and improved designs and expedited schedules. While ECI provides a contractual structure for better results, it still