Seattle Vocational Institute Visits the VA Seattle Parking Structure ProjectContributor: Swinerton Blogger | January 26, 2015
Many organizations have created development plans to grow and enlist a new generation of workers. One of these organizations is the Seattle Vocational Institute. The school provides a pre-apprenticeship construction training program designed to assist men and women develop the skills needed to become successful competitors within construction apprenticeship and internship programs. This Department of Veterans Affairs approved program includes topics such as construction terminology, safety, forklift operation, time management, and organization. After completing two quarters, the students have the necessary tools to become productive members of any project site team or organization.
On September 9, a group of Seattle Vocational Institute students toured the VA Puget Sound Parking Structure and Main Entry Drive jobsite. Members of the Swinerton-Absher JV team led the students around the site and discussed concrete mock-ups. The specifications for the project require that mock-ups are constructed for all exposed exterior and architectural concrete. These mock-ups ensure that we are meeting and/or exceeding the VA’s level of quality prior to placement in the field. In addition, the Swinerton-Absher JV team discussed all the means and methods for the current ongoing work on the site such as footing placement, wall forms, communication and electrical conduit, power vault and oil water separator vault installations, and more. All the students took full advantage of their hour on the site and came equipped with great questions for the team.
Little by little, through the help of our veteran teams, we will be able to promote the construction industry and help overcome the shortage of skilled laborers within our markets.