Major Outdoor Basketball Tourney Tests This PRO’s Teamwork and Tenacity

Washington state’s American On-Site Services puts on a full-court press to service the world’s biggest three-on-three hoops tournament.

Major Outdoor Basketball Tourney Tests This PRO’s Teamwork and Tenacity

Co-owners Ted Condon, left, and John Condon pose during Hoopfest in downtown Spokane, Washington. The restrooms are from Armal.

THE TEAM

Based in Spokane, Washington, American On-Site Services is owned by Ted Condon; his brother, John Condon; and Jack Gillingham. The company provides portable restrooms, shower and restroom trailers, temporary fencing, and barricades to clients in eastern Washington and Coeur d’Alene in northwestern Idaho. Key players in coordinating and providing service for the annual Hoopfest extravaganza include Stan Davis, the company manager; Jermaine Yeldon, the event manager, who handles most of the logistics; Brian Robinson, route manager; David Steely, fence manager; and Jose Castillo, lead service driver. The drivers involved vary from year to year.

COMPANY HISTORY

In 1999, Ted and John Condon partnered with investor Gillingham to buy a restroom division of Waste Management. “That’s how we were introduced to the industry,” Ted Condon says. “We had no prior experience with restrooms and fencing rentals.”

The company also offers waste-disposal services for the construction and demolition markets, as well as industrial and manufacturing sites, under the name Northwest Industrial Services. “About two years ago, we separated the two businesses into Northwest Industrial and American On-Site Services,” Condon explains.

When American On-Site Services started out, the company was fairly small, with about 200 restrooms and 10,000 feet of temporary fencing. But it grew quickly, courtesy of about a half-dozen acquisitions, and now is a multimillion-dollar-a-year company in terms of revenue, Condon says.

EQUIPMENT MATTERS

The company currently owns about 4,500 restrooms made by Satellite Industries, Armal and PolyJohn; 76,000 linear feet of temporary chain-link fencing; and approximately 4,700 feet of crowd control barricades.

For servicing restrooms, the company owns 30 trucks, all built on Ford and International chassis. The trucks carry steel, stainless steel, and aluminum tanks and were either built out by Satellite Industries and Erickson Tank & Pump or fabricated in-house. The trucks typically carry tanks that hold 600 gallons of waste and 400 gallons of freshwater and feature pumps made by Masport and Conde (Westmoor).

The company also owns 26 delivery trucks for carrying restrooms and six flatbed trucks to deliver fencing, as well as an assortment of trailers made by Satellite Industries and Eagle Trailer or fabricated in-house. In addition, the company has invested in two shower trailers made by Ameri-Can Engineering and JAG Mobile Solutions, plus six restroom trailers made by Ameri-Can Engineering, Comforts of Home Services, NuConcepts, and Advanced Containment Systems.

THE MAIN EVENT

Established in 1990, Spokane’s annual Hoopfest is considered the world’s largest three-on-three outdoor basketball tournament. Held during the last weekend in June, it has grown to encompass more than 6,000 teams, roughly 14,000 games, 3,000 volunteers, 225,000 fans and 450 courts located on 45 city blocks.

Since its inception, the Spokane Hoopfest Association — the event’s governing body — has donated more than $1.6 million to organizations such as Special Olympics and other youth sports programs. Through its court-construction-and-renovation program, the Spokane Hoopfest Association has built and renovated more than 30 outdoor basketball courts in local neighborhoods. The event’s local economic impact is estimated at more than $46 million.

BY THE NUMBERS

American On-Site Services has provided on-site services for the event since 2005 and currently is under a five-year contract. While exact numbers can vary from year to year, the company typically supplies around 300 restrooms, including 15 ADA units; four hand-wash stations made by Satellite Industries, Armal, and PolyJohn; 5,780 linear feet of temporary fencing; and 968 feet of barricades, Condon says.

For service, the company relies on six restroom delivery trucks; two flatbed fence-delivery trucks; an assortment of trailers; four restroom service vehicles; and a septic vacuum truck built out in-house on a Kenworth T300 chassis with a 2,000-gallon steel tank and Masport pump.

LET’S ROLL!

The company’s delivery trucks sprint into action around 7 p.m. on Friday, right around the time that police start shutting down streets to restrict civilian traffic. It’s an all-hands-on-deck event for American On-Site Services, with between 18 and 20 employees delivering and erecting fencing and another 10 workers delivering restrooms.

“It could be a logistical nightmare, with forklifts running backboards around and hundreds and hundreds of volunteers setting up those courts,” Condon observes. “It’s unbelievable how busy it is. Keep in mind that they’re shutting down an entire downtown in a city with a population of about 216,000 people, so it gets pretty congested. It’s pretty intense. … Every street and parking lot seems to have a basketball court on it. But they have it down to a science — literally right down to the inch where things should go.

“We get a CAD drawing of downtown that shows where restrooms, fencing, courts and so forth are going,” he continues. “They also paint little dots along curbs as visual markers for court lines, restroom locations, fencing, food trucks and so on. It’s one of best organized events I’ve ever been associated with.”

On Saturday, American On-Site Services crews do dry servicing during the day — replenishing toilet paper, removing garbage, and wiping down units, for example — then pump out restroom tanks at night. More dry servicing occurs during the day on Sunday. The event ends around 5 p.m., and entire site is cleared out after that.

“They start closing down courts and opening up streets on the outskirts of downtown first, once they know those courts aren’t needed anymore,” he explains. “We’re usually out of there by 8 p.m. By about that time, things are back to normal — you’d never know an event even happened.”

To handle waste disposal, service trucks off-load into the 2,000-gallon tank on the Kenworth septic truck, which makes regular runs to a nearby municipal waste treatment plant. That allows the service trucks to keep working instead of wasting time making disposal runs. During the weekend, crews typically pump 12,000 gallons of waste, Condon says.

KEYS TO SUCCESS

Planning plays a critical role in ensuring a smoothly run event. That process doesn’t take long to start; festival officials meet with American On-Site Services and other vendors about two weeks after the event. They review what went right and wrong, discuss needed adjustments, and start planning for the next Hoopfest, Condon says.

In the end, however, it’s the company’s employees who really make the difference. “It’s all about your service people and the guys organizing it,” Condon says. “We use almost every variety of equipment we have, but the people behind it all are what make a difference. They work late hours and long hours. … They’ve got to be organized and rely on each other.”



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