Scott Fant, vice president of business development for Sloan Construction, is modest when it comes to explaining the reason behind the company’s eight decades of success. “There is not anything unique about asphalt paving,” Fant says. “It’s not rocket science. We’ve got good employees and seasoned people on the job – that’s the key. They have been working together for a long time and doing the same thing so they are good crews. And on top of that we have great subcontractors we work with.”
When boring a 57-1/2-foot tunnel under Seattle with the world’s largest tunnel-boring machine (TBM), is there anything about this project that is not challenging? Despite the size of the $1.3 billion project, Project Manager Chris Dixon of the Seattle Tunnel Partners joint venture regards two things as even bigger challenges than the TBM itself.
Keeping in operation during the fluctuations of the business cycle has been an accomplishment for Hadco Construction LLC, which has reinvented itself several times. Just within the past six years, the company has added a heavy highway construction division, and it created a gravel company within the last decade.
Separating stormwater from sanitary sewage in Boston’s combined sewers is an ongoing process that must proceed without stopping the historic city’s activities. Work must start after the morning rush hour and finish before the evening rush. “Work hours are limited on major roadways from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., which doesn’t give you a lot of time to work, sandwiched between rush hours,” points out Irene McSweeney, director of construction for the Boston Water and Sewer Commission.
Advanced Asphalt Co. is more than just a paving contractor. “I look at our company as a family,” says Steve Nelson, president of the Princeton, Ill.-headquartered company. “All of our employees are close knit with our managerial staff, and I think that bodes well for our future. People like to work for us and are in it for the long haul, and that’s what sets us apart.”
Providenciales International Airport serves as the “main gateway” for travelers on the Turks and Caicos Islands, John Smith says. “Although we have other airports, 99 percent of the international travel comes through here,” he says.
Smith is the CEO for the Turks & Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA), an organization that manages the airports on the island. He explains that Providenciales International is experiencing an increase in its number of passengers, which has required it to undertake a $10 million expansion project to accommodate the influx.
“In February of 2010, we saw an increase of some 20 percent in the arrivals,” Smith says, noting that this was due to the arrival of JetBlue and Continental Airlines. “We have since then experienced an average of five percent growth per annum.”
Reliable surface transportation routes in Alaska are the lifelines for economic progress and local mobility – whether it is getting to and from work, hauling freight and commodities, meeting planes or ferries, or having a night out on the town.
Southeast Road Builders owner Roger Schnabel has been building roads in Alaska for more than 40 years. Schnabel’s work focuses on improving or building roads for commuters, but he also takes time to assist his family’s mining company, Big Nugget Mine, gain access to remote areas with new roads when needed. On season two of the Discovery Channel’s Gold Rush show, Schnabel assisted his son, Parker, in building an access road on Smith Creek Hill so Parker could continue gold exploration in that location.
Southeast Environmental Contracting (SEC) Inc. seldom has to worry about finding work, even during difficult economic times. Unlike other contractors serving cyclical sectors such as residential or commercial construction, the demand for the type of projects SEC specializes in generally remains constant.
“The waste business is not really economy-driven, because waste is being produced no matter what,” says Earl Holmes, president of the Hariha, Ga.-based company. “Although the waste streams are down a little bit, there’s still a need for landfills and landfill closures.”
SEC specializes in excavating and completing landfills on behalf of private waste management companies as well as county and municipal clients. The company is licensed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.