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May 26, 2017

Superintendent of the Year


Steve Garrett

Turner Construction Co.

Steve Garrett is a leader on Turner job sites managing construction, improving safety and building teams.

During pre-construction, Garrett focuses on safety by design to accomplish two goals: to keep his team safe and to construct the project efficiently. When planning logistics, Garrett’s approach is to implement administrative and engineering controls prior to hazards existing.

Here are some examples of this from Garrett’s most current project, the 425 Fairview mixed-use complex:

• Rerouting power lines to eliminate typical hazards associated with construction.

• Working with the Seattle Department of Transportation to achieve a traffic control plan that reduces job site congestion.

• Constructing secure, high-visibility pedestrian access behind water-filled barriers.

• Engineering multiple suspended stair towers for access/egress throughout the job site.

• Placing debris nets surrounding elevated decks for overhead protection.

• Bringing permanent lighting early to reduce ongoing maintenance.

• Adding additional micropiles into the mat footing to control sand movement.

“What consistently impresses me the most about Steve is how he questions conventional ways of building,” said Jeremy Taylor, Turner’s safety director.

“Steve is not content to just build — he wants to improve the process. He also understands that the way to improve is to listen to the frontline workers and understand what’s working and, most of all, what isn’t working.”

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