Training the Hands of Tomorrow

PCL Construction and Sound Transit have been collaborating on projects in the Seattle area since 2001, and over the last few years, PCL has been partnering with the City of Tacoma to successfully complete the Murray Morgan Bridge Rehabilitation project. Recently, PCL was selected by Sound Transit and the City of Tacoma to lead “hands-on” training for small businesses to share effective techniques for pouring flatwork concrete.

PCL provided training to local Seattle business on
effective techniques for pouring flatwork concrete.

Attendees taking part in the classroom-based
portion of the training.


With quality issues arising between the City of Tacoma and its subcontractors, PCL was asked to deliver the hands-on formwork training. It introduced the selected participating firms to PCL’s values related to safety and quality, and promoted PCL’s philosophy of doing it once, and doing it right. The well-attended inaugural session also focused on environmental issues and general construction management practices related to concrete.
“The training provided valuable information and practical techniques for the businesses that attended,” said Mark Wheeler, project labor manager of Sound Transit. “These types of training are opportunities that can be expanded and repeated.”
The training was held on a local PCL jobsite, and included both classroom and field components. The attendees learned about quality and safety techniques and the importance of Pre-Job Safety Instructions (PSIs), and participated in hands-on concrete work demonstrations. PCL employees from the S440 South 200th Link Extension project in Seattle led the training and helped the subcontractors integrate the learning into their own company cultures.
“PCL did an outstanding job offering this training for small businesses,” said Lawrence Coleman, diversity specialist of Sound Transit. “It was a complete team effort and their enthusiasm was felt throughout the day.”


Many of the businesses that participated in the training learned the proper techniques that will enable them to save money in the long run.
“Sound Transit, City of Tacoma, and PCL provided meaningful training which my company can put into practical use,” said Ernest Cohen of Top Cohen Enterprise Construction & Concrete.
Based on the success of the pilot program, the City of Tacoma and Sound Transit hope to continue the training for more local small businesses and subcontractors.
“I would like to thank PCL for its technical expertise and professionalism during the training. It is clearly evident that PCL and Sound Transit are committed to supporting the growth of our small-business community, and the City of Tacoma is honored to have been part of it,” said Mark Henry, City of Tacoma Public Works, Engineering.


Sound Transit has been Washington State’s central Puget Sound regional transit authority since September 1999, and PCL has been involved in many of the region’s transportation and transit projects. The relationship between Sound Transit, the City of Tacoma, and PCL has been more than a decade in the making. PCL has exceeded their clients’ expectations year after year and the partnership has continued to flourish. Currently, PCL is working on the S440 South 200th Link Extension project.


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