Morelock Motivational was born out of a passion for motivational communications, construction
teambuilding, field supervisor leadership training, mentoring and coaching.
Lonnie Morelock retired after 26 years of employment with the Kiewit Companies, starting as a Civil Grading Foreman in the Operating Engineers Union and then working as General Excavation Foreman for Kiewit Pacific Co on the Los Vaqueros Earth Fill Dam Project in Brentwood, Calif.
He then went on to become a Salary Superintendent
and through hard work and dedication, rising to the level of Senior Project Manager. He managed several major dam projects in Northern California, working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Department of Water Resources.
Morelock has also managed mega-freeway projects in both the United States and Canada, and served for many years as project troubleshooter for Kiewit as well as an Instructor at the firm’s in-house supervisory training university.
He was a successful manager of large construction project teams on fast-track project schedules. But Lonnie Morelock is much more than that. He is a man who built his own success by being open to new possibilities, learning from others, working with teams, adapting to changing conditions, overcoming obstacles, moving forward and
most importantly – a relentless desire to push on!
Site Logistics Operations Manager (June 2017 to March 2018) Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Project – Department of Water Resources, State of California – Repair and Rebuild of Oroville Dam Spillway, Oroville, CA. Lonnie was responsible for the management of all logistical operations for the entire project, supporting all disciplines of work to the successful completion of Phase 1 of the fast – tracked spillway repair and rebuilding efforts.
Excavation Manager (June 2016 to January 2017), NEON Design-Build Freeway Project, Nevada Department of Transportation, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1.7 Billion, Rebuild and re-alignment of U.S. I-15 and U.S. I-95 through downtown Las Vegas, Nevada, including major surface street rehabilitation.
Lonnie was responsible for Civil Grading Operations for the startup of the project. This included early major intersection rebuilds, new R.O.W. for major off-ramps and on-ramps to US I-95, and major surface streets rebuild and relocations.
Construction Manager (August 2015 – May 2016), I225 Light Rail Corridor, Regional Transportation District, Aurora, CO. $450 Million
Lonnie was responsible for management of all project civil infrastructure field operations including general and finish grading, drainage facilities, new utility installation and re-location of existing utilities, light rail track construction, concrete structures and bridges, flood control, and traffic maintenance. For these various disciplines of work Lonnie was also responsible for safety, quality control, schedule adherence and environmental compliance.
Civil Project Manager (March 2014 – August 2015), Warm Springs Extension, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Fremont, CA, $300 Million
As Civil Project Manager Lonnie was responsible for managing all aspects of the civil construction involved with this project. Lonnie’s work included general and finish grading, including new roads and parking lots, surface street rehabilitation, track right of way construction, drainage facilities, utility duct bank construction and the relocation of existing utilities.
Segment 3 Project Manager (March 2013 – March 2014), Design-Build I-405 Sepulveda Pass Widening, Los Angeles, CA, $721 Million
Lonnie was responsible for operations management of all aspects of construction on the Segment 4 portion of this project including project safety, quality control, environmental compliance, main- line freeway and interior road improvements, structures and bridges, retaining walls, site drainage, utilities, re-location of existing utilities, and maintenance of traffic.
Segment 4 Operations Manager (November 2011 – August 2012), Design – Build PORT MANN HWY 1 PROJECT Vancouver, British Columbia – $1.3 Billion
Lonnie was responsible for management of all aspects of construction on the Segment 3 portion of this project including project safety, quality control, environmental compliance and schedule adherence for the rough and finish grading, freeway and road improvements, structures and bridges, retaining walls, site drainage, utilities, re-location of existing utilities, and maintenance of traffic.
Lead Estimator (September 2010 – November 2011), Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., Fairfield, CA
As a lead estimator Lonnie managed estimating teams to develop innovative solutions to many challenging projects in the Northern California region. Lonnie’s significant civil experience and detailed understanding of complex project sequencing and scheduling enabled Lonnie to craft many very competitive estimates.
Project Manager (February 2009 – September 2010), Folsom Auxiliary Spillway Phase 2, Folsom, CA $64 Million
Lonnie was responsible for project management of safety, quality, environmental, civil grading including spillway excavation, drill – shoot / blasting operations, new access road construction, relocation of major city waterline, bridge construction, concrete water-flow control structure, and filter material installation.
Bench Excavation Manager (August 2008 – December 2008), Devil’s Slide Tunnel Project, Pacifica, CA $300 Million
Lonnie was responsible for managing bench excavation operations inside the tunnel for day shift, night shift and graveyard shifts. Lonnie supervised all aspects of the bench excavation, including installation of rock bolts, and shotcrete placement for this new highway tunnel project on HWY. 1 for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).
Project Manager (January 2007 – August 2008), Folsom Spillway Phase 1, Folsom, CA $15 Million
Lonnie was responsible for civil grading construction of the Auxiliary Spillway, including excavation and drill – shoot / blasting operations, excavation and rehabilitation of existing earthen dam including placement of fine filter material and rip rap facing, and the construction of future major haul road for the follow-on designed phases.
Project Manager (March 2006 – December 2007), Schaefer Ranch, Phase I and II, Dublin, CA $60 Million
Lonnie was responsible for all aspects of construction management on this project, including safety, quality, environmental, heavy civil grading and earthmoving, drill-shoot / blasting operations, extensive drainage and utility installation, underground electrical utility installation, road paving and concrete surfacing.
The project involved over 10 million cubic yards of earth moving to construct a new housing subdivision that included steep-canyon cleanouts, extensive side-hill slide removals, steep side-hill excavations, and 2:1 slope reconstructions directly above the existing US I-580 corridor.
General Superintendent (April 2005 – December 2006), Bickford Ranch, Sacramento, CA $16.1 Million
Lonnie was responsible for managing the heavy civil infrastructure mass grading for the future Bickford Ranch Housing Development in Lincoln, California. This included extensive clearing and grubbing operations, installation of extensive environmental controls and management of environmental maintenance operations, heavy mass grading, including canyon clean outs, deep canyon fills, side hill excavations, drill-shoot / blasting operations, and drainage installations.
General Superintendent / Job Superintendent – (November 2006 – April 2000)
Responsible for managing Mass Civil Grading Projects throughout Northern California including Whitney Ranch Development Mass Grading Project, Twelve Bridges Development Mass Grading Project, Del Webb AREA 1 Mass Grading Project, Promontory 1.2 & 3 Development, Anatolia I & II Mass Grading and Infrastructure Development Project, Roseville – Pleasant Grove WWTP Grading and Infrastructure – City of Roseville. These projects all included extensive clearing and grubbing operations, installation of extensive environmental controls and management of environmental maintenance operations, heavy civil mass grading, including canyon clean outs, deep canyon fills, side hill excavations, drill-shoot / blasting operations, and extensive drainage installations.
Key Civil Grading Foreman / Heavy Equipment Operator – (April 2000 – June 1980)
KIEWIT UNIVERSITY CORPORATION TRAINING DEPARTMENT –– OMAHA, NEBRASKA:
2010 – 2001: “Developing Leadership In Foremen & Superintendents”
MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING & TRAINING MODULE
2010 – 2017: “Motivational Communication for Teams” OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT TRAINING
• 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 Best Speaker Award – Kiewit University Top 10 Facilitators – “Motivational Communication For Teams”
• 2009 – Northern California District Meeting – Kiewit BEST SPEAKER AWARD – Highway Grading Group “The Flawless Execution Approach”
• 2007 – Board of Directors – Kiewit Annual Meeting BEST SPEAKER AWARD – Heavy Civil Group: “Teamwork On Large Projects”
• 2007 – Phoenix District Meeting – Kiewit BEST SPEAKER AWARD – “Teamwork On Large Projects”
• 2007 – Northern California District Meeting – Kiewit BEST SPEAKER AWARD – Heavy Civil Group “Teamwork On Large Projects”
• 2006 – Northern California District Meeting – Kiewit BEST SPEAKER AWARD – Heavy Civil Group “Safety – Where Have We Come From & Where Are We Going”
• 2004 – Northern California District Meeting – Kiewit BEST SPEAKER AWARD – Highway Grading Group “The Never-Ending Change”