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Balfour Beatty picBalfour Beatty Infrastructure leverages its expertise on two important projects in North Carolina.

By Chris Petersen

For decades, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc. has been known for tackling some of the most complex and challenging heavy civil projects in the United States, and the company continues to build on that reputation with a pair of projects in North Carolina. According to Operations Manager Jay Boyd, the company’s work on two bridge projects in environmentally sensitive areas demonstrate the skill and care with which the company approaches all of its work across the United States.

Established in 1990 as the American business of U.K.-based parent company Balfour Beatty plc, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure has had a hand in building some of the biggest and most complex infrastructure projects in North America, including State Highway 130 in Texas, one of the largest design/build public works projects in United States history. Over the years, the company has build up a portfolio that contains highways, bridges, tunnels, railways, and water and wastewater treatment plants. The company’s customer base consists primarily of government agencies at all levels.

CoffmanCoffman Specialties built a custom concrete placement machine to work around site issues and speed up the reconstruction of I-8.

By Tim O’Connor

Highway reconstruction can be a massive headache for commuters. Lane closures along well-traveled routes stuff up the flow of traffic so that cars drip out of the construction zone like a leaky faucet, when they should be flowing like a garden hose. Any kind of time savings is not only a benefit to the budget, but relief for motorists. So when general contractor Coffman Specialties says it’s on track to finish the reconstruction of I-8 in southern California 188 days ahead of schedule, it's no surprise that the company has built a reputation as the expert in concrete paving.

ArcoARCO Construction completed a senior living facility in St. Louis after overcoming difficult building conditions. 

By Stephanie Crets

ARCO Construction is a design/build general contractor with a client-centered, process-driven focus on every project. Founded in 1992, the company is headquartered in St. Louis with offices across the United States including Kansas City, Indianapolis, Chicago, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Dallas, Tampa and Houston.

Reed and ReedWith the help of a dedicated team, Reed & Reed successfully overcame climate challenges as it built the Bingham Wind Energy project.
By Bianca Herron

In 1928, Reed & Reed Inc. was founded as a bridge-building firm. Under the leadership of four generations of family, the company has since earned a reputation as one of northern New England’s best Heavy Civil and Wind Power contractors.

Employee-owned Reed & Reed has expanded over the years from bridge construction into marine and heavy civil work, and entered the wind energy market in 2006. “At the time, we constructed Maine’s first wind farm, which was the Mars Hill Wind project,” Project Manager Dustin Littlefield says. “We have been a leader in the wind power industry in New England ever since.”

HuntAustin

(Photo credit: City of Phoenix Aviation Department)

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has stayed operational during its terminal modernization.

By Alan Dorich

It can be difficult to build a project in an area that people walk through every day, and it’s even harder when it is an airport. But HuntAustin, a Joint Venture, is up to the challenge as it builds the Terminal 3 modernization at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Thalle picThalle provides a high-level product while caring for the environment.
By Alan Dorich

Based in Briarcliff, N.Y., Thalle Industries provides aggregate and asphalt products to the New York metro area and the Hudson Valley. It also provides recycled rock and asphalt from construction projects.

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FH Paschen I 90 picDemonstrating success on projects like Chicago’s I-90 roadway and bridge reconstruction project helps set F.H. Paschen apart.
By Eric Slack

F.H. Paschen has become one of the leading general contractors in the Midwest by providing full-service construction services on hundreds of projects in the public and private sectors. The company has built its reputation since 1984 through the construction, rebuilding, renovation and repair of everything from bridges, commercial properties and municipal buildings to major highways, private institutions, transit systems and more.

“The company has grown over time to include several different divisions, including building, job order contracting, heavy highway civil and underground,” Vice President, Civil Division Mark Barkowski says. “Most of my division's projects are public works projects for various entities in and around the Chicagoland area.”

Bowers and Kubota picBowers + Kubota is managing a project that will help avoid sewage spills in Honolulu when completed.
By Alan Dorich

The island of Oahu, Hawaii, is considered both a paradise for tourists and an environmentally sensitive, pristine environment. “You definitely don’t want to be fouling it up with sewage spills,” Robert J. Kroning says.

Kroning is the director of the Department of Design and Construction for the City and County of Honolulu (City) on Oahu, which has undertaken multiple projects to avoid such pollution. One of those is the Kaneohe-Kailua Wastewater Conveyance and Treatment Facilities project.

It involves the creation of a tunnel stretching three miles from the Kaneohe Wastewater Pre-Treatment Facility to the Kailua Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. The finished tunnel will convey wastewater flows between the plants and provide storage to avoid overflows and spills due to wet weather.

While the existing system uses a force main, the new tunnel will be a deep sewer that will convey sewage by gravity. “We believe in the long term that it will be more efficient because there are less mechanical parts that we have to operate,” Kroning says.

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