Digging Through the Archives: Bryant Shaw
When Arizona Contractor & Community magazine hosted a retirement party for Chuck Runbeck in 2018, Bryant Shaw came by to wish Chuck all the best and show him some copies of Chuck’s previous publication, Southwest Contractor.
Shaw also brought a scrapbook of construction projects that he had worked on throughout his long, illustrious career. This is where I learned about Shaw’s work involving underground utilities.
I first met Shaw through Bob Collins, as they both currently work for Specialty Companies Group. Shaw’s title at the company is “Estimator of Special Projects,” which indicates his experience and skill in the contracting field. He is a quiet and humble guy with plenty of construction knowledge.
A Flagstaff native, Shaw moved with his family to Phoenix in late 1959, where his father, William C. Shaw, worked a succession of different construction jobs. He first became a laborer and pipe layer with Sunair Contracting in 1960, and later worked for J.H. Welsh & Son Co., and Wittman Contracting.
During the mid-1970s, William Shaw started his own underground company, Sun Valley Pipeline, doing smaller projects, which turned into Precision Pipeline Inc.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Bryant Shaw took an interest in underground construction. In the seventh grade, he entered the underground trade working with his father on weekends. After graduating from high school, Shaw continued full-time in 1979 with Pipeline Specialists, Inc. (PSI), laying concrete pipe in subdivisions.
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This article originally appeared in the Arizona Contractor & Community magazine, May/June 2019 issue, Vol. 8, No.3. The Arizona Contractor & Community magazine is a bi-monthly publication.