About 71 Construction & Staff
71 Construction's long time strength has been our estimators and engineers along with our field and support staff. A roster of 70 full time employees expands to an average of 110 during the height of summer construction. Our staff includes the three owners, five engineers including two P. E. and three E.I.T.'s, supporting estimators, safety and environmental coordinators, project managers, hot plant managers, sales managers, a controller, superintendents, foremen, materials testers, mechanics, drivers, operators and laborers as well as an administrative support staff.
- Corporate Officers
Steve Loftin, President - Email Steve
Read MoreSteve graduated from the University of Utah in 1976 with a degree in Civil Engineering. During his college years and for two years after, he was the estimator for Schocker Construction of Salt Lake City, Utah, a heavy-highway construction company being promoted to Chief Estimator upon his completion of college studies.
In 1978, Steve formed Construk, Inc. in Casper, Wyoming, a small asphalt paving company requiring him to perform all tasks necessary to have a successful operation. In 1980, 71 Construction was formed as a result of the merger of Construk, Inc. and D & S Company, Inc.
As President, Steve's duties include the following:
- Monitors the company's financial operations
- Represents the company in solicitations from owners and architects
- Markets the Company
- Maintains direct customer contact with existing and potential customers
- EEO Officer
- Supervises Estimates and change orders
Ken Schulte, Vice-President - Email Ken
Read MoreKen has attended various schools throughout Wyoming. In 1976 he joined forces with Tom Davenport to form D & S Company, Inc. in Casper, Wyoming, where he served as Vice-President and superintendent on projects involving excavation and contract hauling. In 1980 when 71 Construction was formed as the result of the merger of Construk, Inc. and D & S Company, Inc., Ken became Project Superintendent responsible for all phases of construction.
As Vice-President/Casper Operations Manager, Ken has the following duties:
- General Project Manager of Central Wyoming
- Supervision of asphalt paving, underground utility work, demolition, hazardous materials, Casper Hot Plant and 71 Soil & Stone
- Corporate Safety Director
- Administrator of DOT drug testing program
- Certified Hazardous Materials Supervisor
Tom Davenport, Secretary/Treasurer - Email Tom
Read MoreTom graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1976, together with Ken Schulte, Tom formed D & S Company, Inc. in Casper, Wyoming, doing excavation and contract hauling. His position with D & S Company was that of President and Estimator. In 1980, when D && S merged with Construk to form what is currently 71 Construction, Tom assumed the position of General Superintendent in conjunction with his duties of corporate Secretary/Treasurer. Tom established the Riverton operations in 1989 and added an additional office for the western region in 1992. Tom currently heads the Riverton Office Administrative Staff along with his other duties.
Tom's duties include the following:
- Financial Management
- Cost Analysis
- Quality Assurance Testing
- Equipment Acquisitions
- Assistant Drug Program Administrator
- Company Wide
- Sandra (Sandy) Cardenas
Read MoreSandy graduated from Hermann High School in Hermann, MO in 1980. Sandy kept the books for Brehe Auctioneering Services; a family owned and operated business for over 15 years. During that time, for approximately four years, Sandy owned and operated her own convenience store, requiring her to do all of the accounting, purchasing, hiring, etc. necessary to run a profitable business. After Sandy sold her convenience store she held several positions that required her to do different aspects in the accounting field.
Sandy started with 71 Construction in June 1998. She is currently attending classes to receive a degree in accounting. She began with accounts payable and worked her way up doing accounts receivable, and eventually payroll and office manager. In November 2004 Sandy earned the title of Controller overseeing all accounting aspects of the construction industry including planning and budgeting for two divisions
- Ty Robertson
Read MoreTy is responsible for overseeing daily operations of the equipment maintenance shop and field equipment utilization.
- John Mondoc
Read MoreJohn is responsible for developing and maintaining our health and safety programs, as well as the training of our employees insuring our crews are able to complete jobs in a safe manner. John has worked in the mining and Heavy Industrial construction for over 20 years. He began his career as an ore control man in the uranium mines, working his way up to truck driver/equipment operator. In 2000, he began working in the coal mines throughout the Powder River Basin. He then took a position as Superintendent for a reclamation company for several years before stepping into a career in safety. He has been in the Safety profession for the last 6 years. He is a MSHA, OSHA and First Aid/ CPR Instructor.
- Casper Division
- John Woods
Casper Area Manager
Read MoreJohn is a graduate of Natrona County High School in Casper and has been employed at 71 Construction for over 17 years. John has over 20 years experience in all aspects of the construction business.
John's duties include estimating, scheduling and supervision of crews, equipment and materials for paving jobs, dirt work, base preparation, and utilities. Additional responsibilities include insuring safe operations, monitoring the quality of workmanship, production, and billing of jobs. John has attended numerous seminars and training classes dealing with supervisory skills, productivity improvement, safety, first aid and environmental awareness, as well as M.S.H.A.
- Michael D. Lewan, P.E. - Email Michael
Read MoreMike enlisted in the U.S. Army in December of 1973 and saw duty in several countries including Italy, Germany, and Turkey. He separated from active duty in January of 1978 and has worked in the construction industry in many capacities including:
- Journeyman carpenter
- Heavy equipment operator
- Construction superintendent/manager
- Small independent contractor
- Senior Construction Supervisor in the Wyoming Army National Guard at the Camp Guernsey Training Site for 19 years.
- Construction experience includes wood, steel, concrete and masonry vertical construction, heavy equipment operation, earthwork, paving, project scheduling, and contractor coordination.
- Engineering experience includes civil design, construction management, construction administration of civil projects, and project management.
- Projects include airport/highway construction and improvements, municipal improvements, land development, building site work, commercial and residential buildings, and utility installation.
- Water distribution systems
- Wastewater collection systems
- Roadway and runway geometry and pavements – concrete and asphalt
- Residential and commercial land development
- Storm water evaluation and collection systems
- Municipal improvement projects
- Vertical building construction
- Oversight of geotechnical and CM testing
- New technologies – pipe lining, manhole rehabilitation, asphalt and concrete resurfacing.
- John Ramage, CPC, AIC - Email John
Read MoreJohn started laboring in the construction industry in May 1995 on an underground telecommunications crew and has worked in the construction industry ever since, serving in many capacities including:
- Ground man
- Heavy equipment operator
- Construction project manager
- Quality control manager
- Construction experience includes aggregate product, concrete production and placement, heavy equipment operation, earthwork, hot asphalt paving, project scheduling, and project coordination.
- Projects include airport/highway construction and improvements, municipal improvements, land development, building site work, Federal highway projects in National parks, dam construction and utility line installation.
- Re-facing an earthen dam
- Wastewater collection systems
- Roadway and runway asphalt pavement improvements
- Residential and commercial land development
- New interstate interchange construction
- Construction of new and improvement to existing pullouts and roadways in Teton and Glacier Parks
- Cross country fiber optics line placement
- In-town increased capacity of copper phone line placement
- Chris Kellogg
Hot Plant Manager
- Riverton Division
- Randy Nipper - Email Randy
Read MoreRandy is a graduate of Wind River School in Kinnear, Wyoming and attended Wyoming Technical Institute in Laramie, majoring in Auto Mechanics. Randy began his career in the construction industry in the early 1980's and has been with 71 Construction since 1989. He has completed nine of the AGC Supervisory Training Seminars and has NCEER Instructor Certification in Heavy Equipment, Craft Laborer and Heavy Highway Construction. Randy has completed several Occupational Safety & Health Administration Training Seminars, including OSHA Construction Rules, OSHA Standards "Competent Person" training and the OSHA 16 Hour Introduction to OSHA Construction Rules. He has also been awarded the "40,000 Hours" Safety Certificate from 71 Construction.
As the Area Manager for 71's Riverton Division, Randy's duties include overseeing all aspects of the division's day to day operations, along with estimating, bidding, project management, budgeting, equipment acquisitions, crew management, safety compliance, work site preparation and planning and scheduling.
- Jeremy Martinez - Email Jeremy
Read MoreJeremy is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural Engineering. He is also a Veteran of Iraqi Freedom. Jeremy has been involved with construction for over ten years. His career in construction began in the U.S. Army, where he was trained to be in the Engineering Corps. After his time in the Army, he enlisted in the Wyoming National Guard where he continued his construction career working with an Engineering Unit. During this same time, he registered for college at the University of Wyoming to study Engineering. He also started his own construction business, JM construction, which he continued full time until he graduated from college. Jeremy's Professional career began with the State of Wyoming and then moved to the private sector, where Jeremy worked in the capacity of a Design and Field Engineer. Jeremy currently is a Project Manager and Estimator for 71 Construction where he performs the following duties:
- Project Design
- Project Supervision
- Jerry Chopping
Hot Plant Manager
Read MoreJerry is a 1975 graduate of Kelly Walsh High School in Casper, Wyoming. After graduation, Jerry immediately went to work for Wm Brush & Sons, an asphalt paving company. In 1991, Jerry joined the 71 Construction team and has been with the company since that time.
Jerry began his employment with 71 as the loader operator for the Riverton Hot Plant, but quickly advanced due to his experience and knowledge in the asphalt paving industry. After just two seasons of learning all the operations involved with the running of an asphalt hot plant, Jerry was offered and accepted the position of Hot Plant Foreman.
Jerry's responsibilities as Hot Plant Foreman include Asphalt Plant Production, Plant Maintenance, Materials Testing, and Material Inventory Control as well as the supervision, training and scheduling of the crew that assists him.
- Rawlins Division
- Tom Howell - Email Tom
Read MoreTom has over thirty years of Construction and Construction Management Experience from groundbreaking through final completion, having the opportunity to work on some of the largest projects along the Colorado Front Range with some of the top Contractors in the United States. His experience consists of all aspects of managing a Retaining Wall and Commercial Masonry Company specializing in City, State, Federal and Military projects along the Colorado and Wyoming Front Range.
- All aspects of managing, for several years running, one of the Largest Commercial Masonry Companies in Colorado
- Work with Safety Consultants to become one of the first Colorado Companies to have State Certified Safety Program
- Management of up to 250 employees Estimating, Scheduling, Contract Review/Negotiations
- Preconstruction estimating/budgeting of projects with Architects/Contractors
- Build and Maintain General Contractor Customer Sales Base
- Project Management of multiple projects at a time including working closely with General Contractor and all Major Trades to facilitate safe and timely completion of Projects
- Procurement of all materials and equipment for Projects
- Danzinger Bridge – New Orleans, LA
- Louisiana World Fair – New Orleans, LA
- Titan Satellite Mobile Module – Denver, CO
- Denver Convention Center – Denver, CO
- Denver International Airport – Concourses A and C Tenant Finishes
- Denver International Airport – Joint Cargo Facility
- Florence High Security Federal Prison – Florence, CO
- Byron Rogers Federal Courthouse Remodel – Denver, CO
- Army Aviation Support Facilities – Buckley AFB and Warren AFB
- Command and Control Facility – Fort Carson Army Base
- Combined Arms Training Facility – Fort Carson Army Base
- O'Connell Barracks Complex – Fort Carson Army Base
- 76 Space Control – Peterson AFB
- Space Test and Evaluation Facility – Schriever AFB
- Institute for Forensic Psychiatry – Pueblo, CO
- Jefferson County Government Center – Golden, CO
- Highway and Bridge Projects - CO