Cedar Rapids Gazette, September 15, 1974, Page 10

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette September 15, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 15, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa JOA The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Sun., Sept 15. 1971 Cedar Tower Combines Productivity and Ingenuity By Dale Kueter The Cedar River Tower in Cedar Rapids is constructive evidence that American productivity and Yankee ingenuity are not dead. lf productivity is waning, as economy experts say, then the 25-story apartment building is a standing exception The first footings were poured in late October of 1973 By June of this year, the project was really getting off the ground Sidewalk superintendents marveled at the building’s skyward speed. Art Rin- Art Rinderknecht derknecht was pleasantly surprised too Rinderknecht. of Atkins, is project superintendent for Knutson Construction Co. of Minneapolis, general contrac- John Schick, laborer foreman. "There has been good job coordination and good worker morale." Ron Trout, carpenter:    “When    the    job    is    going good, the men get along better." tor. All of the men working on the building, Rinderknecht points out with pride, are from the Cedar Rapids area. Not that he has anything against computerized critical path schedules, but Rinderknecht drew up his own bargraph timetable. “We have 18 months Occupancy is slated for next May I,” Rinderknecht said. “That’s a tough schedule. By Thanksgiving the building must be closed in ” The project is ahead of schedule despite the loss of five weeks of work time — four to weather and one because of a shortage in steel reinforcement rods. What has been the secret in keeping the Cedar River Tower project climbing? “One of the secrets,’’ said Cato Webb of Quasqueton. Rinderknecht’s assistant, “is getting men to cooperate, to get along Sure, we have had some problems, but they were solved before they got out of hand. “I would say the Cedar Rapids worker is easier to work with,” said Webb “In fact, organized labor as a whole here is more cooperative than in other places. “There are closer ties between the crafts. In some places, it is dog eat dog. The ironworker hates the carpenter, and the carpenter hates the laborer.” Not a single day’s work has been lost so far because of labor problems. By the time the job is completed, nearly every building craft will have been involved Rinderknecht, a seven-year veteran with Knutson after 17 years with Rinderknecht Construction Co , said there has been an unusual cooperative spirit on the project. “There has been no sloughing off and there has been no thievery,” said Rinderknecht He and Webb agreed that the first rule is ta treat everyone fairly, “if yau da that.” said Rinderkuecht, “then yau can fire sameane who hasn't been doing the jab and the rest will say, i’m surprised yau waited sa long ’ ” That philosophy has apparently worked “There has been good job coordination and good worker morale,” said John Schick. 358 Thirtieth street drive SE. laborer foreman, “The men have been treated well. Another thing is that people just walking by and friends who aren’t in the construction business have said, ‘Say, you guys are really doing some kind of a job on this building ’ That has really helped morale. “There has been good engineering on this job”, Schick continued. “Everything has fit the way it’s supposed to. I’ve been in construction five years, and this has been the best job I’ve worked on.” A similar appraisal was given by Ron Traut, Van Horne, a carpenter “The relationship between the men has been better on this job than any I’ve worked on before. “I don t know if it s a feood crew because of good management or both,” Traut continued “I know when the job is Cato Webb, assistant superintendent:    "Putting up one of these takes a certain amount of closeness between people. ’ going good, the men get along better. “On many jobs you can't even trust those working with you,” said Traut. “You lay a tool down. and the next thing you know ifs gone. Here, you can pot down a tool and it would still be there the next day.” While the productivity of the crew, which peaked af about 30 men, has played a major role in the building’s erection, the direction and savvy of Rinderknecht and Webb have allowed for the symphonic-like progression It amounts to meshing the work of some two dozen subcontractors and a dozen building crafts into a time frame and budget. When Rinderknecht was making his time estimate for the job, he figured five working days to pour one floor “That was the norm for Knutson <*n Minneapolis projects, and frankly we were worried about a one-week cycle.” By the time workmen had the base ready, Rinderknecht had an idea for modifying the “flying form” system so that the sequence of operation left no one craft waiting on another Everyone kept busy. The overhead crane operator was able to move the forms for an entire floor in ten “picks”. Columns were erected the day previous to pouring the floors. After the forms were in position, another crew worked on placement of reinforcement rods and sheerwalls were formed from underneath Oacr workers caught the rhythm of the sequence, “things went together like a puzzle,” said Rinderknecht. “It was a matter nf job or ganization, and an enthusiastic crew.” Including time lost for rain. the sequence lowered the time required per floor from the projected five days to an average of 3.1 days. Construction superintendents from Milwaukee, Chicago and Albuquerque have come to Cedar Rapids to examine the sequence system, use of foremen and the resultant speed gained Ordinarily, on a job the size of the Cedar River Tower, precast installation and placement of reinforcement rods Orchestra Is Seeking Commercial Sponsor: LONDON (AP)-A leading British symphony orchestra, feeling the chill wind of inflation. is asking commercial firms to sponsor its concerts It could lead to a new era of music rn Britain, where commercial sponsorship is at present confined almost entirely to sport The Royal Philharmonic, in an appeal aimed at all British business firms, says it cannot fulfill all its artistic plans and remain solvent London has five full-time orchestras—more than any other city rn the world. Only one of these, the British Broadcasting Corp (BBC) Symphony, is supported entirely by the state The other four—the Royal Philharmonic, London Symphony, London Philharmonic and New Philharmonia, each receive a subsidy of more than 100,000 pounds or $240,000 a year from the government-backed Arts council But the Royal Philharmonic is still not paying its way % A spokesman said it needs another 195,000 pounds or $488,000 a year to avoid bankruptcy without cutting its programs The orchestra, founded in 1948 by the late Sir Thomas Beecham. plays regularly at the Royal Festival hall beside the River Thames, gives concerts in provincial towns, makes at least one overseas tour a year and gives special concerts for children and industrial workers. Rudolf Kempe is principal conductor The orchestra is appealing to business men s hearts and heads In a specially prepared booklet it asked firms to support its concerts “for reasons of siMial responsibility,” but also tried to sell the idea as an advertising proposition. A spokesman admitted that this is not easy, “If a commercial company sponsors a sports event, it can drape advertisements around the arena and get a hit of valuable publicity on television,” the spokesman said “You can’t very well put advertisements around a concert platform, and symphony concerts are not television material anyway ” Gazette Photo* bv Tom Merry man Supervisors on the 25-story Cedar River Tower devised a sequence system which cut the projected time of five days for pouring one level to an average of 3.6 days. Sidewalk superintendents marveled at the speed with which the structure progressed skyward. Occupancy is scheduled for next May. I. are sub-contracted “We’re doing it ourselves, even the glass.” said Rinderknecht. “This also helps the momentum of the project because it gives you a little better control," he said. “I think it says something about the quality of workers in the Cedar Rapids area when a general contractor can come in and doesn’t have to do much sub-contracting. It says something for the local crafts.” There is one other incentive. Rinderknecht says, that keeps prodding the project After the May I deadline, the contract calls for a $1.000-a- day penalty. But. unless unusual circumstances such as a materials shortage or weather intervene, he is confident the timetable will be met. “Putting up one of these takes a certain amount of closeness between people,” said Webb, an amicable 40-year veteran of the construction business. “It even amazes me.” Blacksmith Keeps Busy With Restoration Work WEU*S, Maine (UPI) -The 1910 Harvester tractor had spent its autumn days running a sawmill in Gorham before the owners drove her into the woods to die 14 years ago The tractor was pretty well corroded when laster Stevens found it and hauled all seven tons of it out and turned it over to Waldo (’hick, the blacksmith from Wells The machine is sitting outside (hick s blacksmith shop now and when the restoration work is done it will join other old farm equipment at Stevens' museum at Ogunquit “I started working ta it last Marc!, hat I haven t worked steady an it. enly when I ' ave a little time ta pat in.” ( hick said “I worked an haur an it this morning, worked an the muffler, and I might not touch it again far a week.” ( hick is 71 and has had his blacksmith shop for 25 years and he’s done quite a lot of work for Stevens “He has a lot of farm and road equipment over at the museum, a lot of steam-and gas-powered equipment, and I’ve done a lot of work for him over the years,” he said When he’s not working on the Harvester, (’hick does a little welding and some woodworking in addition to his blacksmithing. “I do a lot of custom work for the neighbors,” he said "I do one thing one day and something else the next Gambling Urge Sweeps Sweden STOCKHOLM I LTO -Sweden is no Monte Carlo, neither is it a I^as Vegas, but gambling here is a multimillion dollar business and most of it is legal. 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  • Cato Webb
  • Dale Kueter
  • John Schick
  • Ron Traut
  • Ron Trout
  • Rudolf Kempe
  • Tom Merry
  • Van Horne

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: September 15, 1974

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