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It Takes a Village

Posted on Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Lynden supports Ward Village construction and other projectsWave desk for Hospitality Freight.jpg

Lynden Logistics caught the wave—and made sure the wave caught the flight from London to Honolulu. A 30-foot-long custom desk designed to resemble undulating water, the 'wave' is one of countless items Lynden has shipped to Honolulu for the construction of Ward Village, a 60-acre master-planned community boasting 4,000 residences and more than a million feet of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.


"We were contracted to provide furniture, fixtures and equipment for all the public space for Ward Village, including the penthouses and the pool area," explains Randy Gentz, President of Hospitality Freight Company (HFC) in Las Vegas. "The oversized desk for the lobby was a beast and one of the most difficult things we have ever asked Lynden to ship for us—in the dimensions, 30 feet by 8 feet, fragility and its value of $250,000." Designed in England and made of resin, the wave arrived in Honolulu in a special crate. Due to its size, it required a sky crane to set it in place and secure it into position. With Lynden's help, HFC this and other work for Ward Village by the deadline.

In addition to unique designer desks, Lynden ships flooring, appliances, furniture, bathroom fixtures and other freight to support the hotel industry. HFC is a freight company dedicated to providing its clients with the best possible freight rates and service on hotel furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E). The company has counted on Lynden to make good on its promises for 32 years. For Ward Village (pictured above), Lynden moved domestic freight to its Los Angeles warehouse where the team consolidated weekly air and ocean shipments to Hawaii as the construction schedule dictated. The pieces included unusual items like an oversized dining table that required removal of a window for crane placement inside an upper floor unit.

Late last year, HFC also completed the 38-story Ritz-Carlton Residences in Honolulu and is currently at work supplying materials for the Wilshire Grand project, a 73-story, 900-room hotel on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. When completed, it will be the tallest hotel west of the Mississippi.

Lynden has provided warehousing, shipping and deliveries for the project from the beginning and will continue until it is finished this summer. "I choose Lynden because they perform," Gentz says. "From providing quotes quickly to all the weird stuff that comes up with international air and ocean freight, they are always flexible and creative. Looking down the road, we may be working on a years-long monster project 20 times the size of Ward Village. Lynden was the first company I thought of to ship the variety of freight needed."

Two years ago during the West Coast labor dispute, Lynden's creativity came into play. HFC was facing delays at U.S. ports and needed to move FF&E from Vietnam to Chicago for a hotel grand opening. "By routing ocean shipments to Prince Rupert, B.C. then rail, the less-urgent cargo was on its way and we avoided U.S. ports," remembers Dave McGeath, Ocean Operations Manager in Seattle. Commercial flights and a chartered 747-400 freighter from Vietnam were used for the hottest shipments and overflow.

"Our goal is to create partnerships that make our customers successful and allow them to get those 'heads on beds' by hotel deadlines," explains Charlie Ogle, Lynden's Senior Director of Global Sales.

Hotel-condo conversions, hotel renovations and construction of new condominium hotels with mixed use space are sweeping the U.S. In some markets, like Miami, there has been a 15 percent reduction in hotel rooms as they are repurposed for condos.

Whether condos or hotels, the freight deadlines are non-negotiable. "These projects are high touch and high pressure," Ogle says. "They are notorious for running late due to late signoff of designs, funding and manufacturing delays. Materials orders are often placed when projects are already behind schedule. Customers look to the logistics provider to save the day. That's when our multi-modal mix of transportation comes into play."

Lynden's array of air, sea and surface choices allows customers to create customized domestic or international transportation plans to accommodate a mix of slower moving freight as well as expedited cargo. "We often move furniture from the manufacturer's factory overseas all the way through to delivery at the project site or project staging warehouse," Ogle says. In the event of time critical FF&E air transport or expedited domestic shipments, trucking can be arranged so that hotel equipment installation schedules are kept on schedule.

The ramifications of late or missing freight in the hospitality industry can be serious business. Hotel owners cannot afford to turn away confirmed guests due to a renovation project running behind. "Our job is to make sure the FF&E is there on time. Since we are the last cog in the procurement wheel it's up to us to proactively follow the customer's shipments and make adjustments mid-stream if necessary to meet installation deadlines," Ogle explains. "We design the solution around the needs and desires of our customers."

Tags: Hawaii, Lynden Logistics, Oversized/Heavy Haul, Multi-Modal, Ocean, International, Construction, 3PL

Knik sponsors UAF civil engineering students in bridge competition

Posted on Wed, Sep 06, 2017

Elliott Anderson - Knik - UAF Steel Bridge program.jpg

Elliott Anderson, Project Engineer for Knik at the Red Dog Mine Airport, is a recent graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). He and his former classmates recently participated in an annual Steel Bridge competition organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The contest is designed to foster excellence and ingenuity among civil engineering students across the nation and requires groups to create a bid document for a bridge complete with design and manufacturing specifications. Supported by Knik Construction, Elliott's group traveled to Idaho this spring to compete at the regionals and on to Oregon for the national competition. "Our UAF team placed tenth out of 127 schools from seven countries," Elliott says. "We appreciate Knik's generous sponsorship of our team." The UAF team is pictured above with Elliott at far right.

Tags: Lynden Employees, Alaska, Knik Construction, Construction

AMEC presents Lynden Canada Co. with safety award

Posted on Tue, Jan 06, 2015

safety 2“This is a great accomplishment,” says Project Manager Walter Rakiewich, of the performance of Lynden Canada Co. employees. Lynden was selected from all of AMEC’s global business units as the recipient of a Beyond Zero Outstanding Achievement Award for incident-free work. “The award was presented by AMEC and its construction staging facility to honor Lynden for working more than 100,000 man hours without even a minor scratch or anything requiring first aid treatment,” Walter explains.

For the past three years, Lynden Canada Co. has been providing services to engineering firm AMEC at the Construction Staging Area (CSA) facility in Northern Alberta. AMEC is building the Kearl Oil Sands expansion plant for Imperial Oil/Exxon Mobil.  Material is staged at the facility and shipped to the construction site as required.

Lynden Canada Co. Administrative Assistant Candice Fox also received an award from AMEC. She was one of the first Lynden employees hired for the project. “Candice was nominated for this award by Kearl Project Director John Day,” Walter says. “I have personally worked with Candice and she certainly displays all the qualities the award stands for.” Candice (pictured above) was honored for exceptional dedication in providing support to the Construction Staging Area (CSA) and coordinating an award-winning CSA Safety Rodeo video and luncheon.describe the image

Tags: Awards, Canada, Lynden Employees, Safety, Lynden Logistics, Construction, 3PL

Lynden Transport moves construction materials for new fish hatchery

Posted on Wed, Sep 29, 2010

Lynden Transport trucks have been rolling in and out of a construction site this summer hauling panels, joists and steel for a new fish hatchery near Anchorage. The $96 million Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery will open in June 2011 on the north bank of Ship Creek and will rear rainbow trout, Chinook and Coho salmon, Arctic Char and Arctic Grayling for the state’s anglers.

Kiewit fish hatchery tanks

Lynden has been transporting construction materials for contractor Kiewit Building Group to build a 141,511-square-foot building that will house 105 circular fish tanks. Lynden drivers have transported steel and aquaculture tanks and equipment from British Columbia, deck and joist from Washington and insulated panels from California.

“We started the job in the summer of 2009 by hauling 20 truckloads of steel sheet piles to stabilize the area for building,” says Paul Friese, Alaska Sales Manager for Lynden Transport. “I have managed many projects for Kiewit over my 20 years, and each job is unique. On this one, we have been able to assist Kiewit with managing the site's limited storage capacity.” 

Kiewit fish hatchery building

According to Kiewit General Superintendent W. Scott Davis, Lynden has always been professional and reliable. “When moving and tracking freight, especially materials critical to the project’s schedule, it’s nice to be able to trust that deliveries will be made as scheduled,” he says. 

It’s estimated that nearly three of four rainbows pulled from Alaska streams and lakes grew up in one of Alaska's fish hatcheries. Hatcheries are responsible for 70 percent of the rainbows and 20 percent of the king salmon caught in the state.

Fourteen employees staffing the facility will incubate and rear the fish in tanks ranging from 2 feet to up to 26 feet in diameter. According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the first fish developed at the new hatchery will be grayling and rainbow trout fingerling next summer, with the first rainbow trout hitting local lakes in the spring of 2012.

The new hatchery will serve the state's need for 30 to 50 years. Instead of transferring fish from the old facility to the new one, biologists will begin with eggs at the William Jack Hernandez Hatchery to minimize the risk of disease. “Many Lynden employees love to fish Alaska’s waters, so this project was a great fit for us,” Paul says. 

Tags: Seafood, Lynden Transport, Alaska, Oversized/Heavy Haul, Project Logistics, Ground, Construction