When the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) required builders for its largest project ever, it needed not just one, but two contractors it could trust. Halmar International and China Construction America (CCA) Inc., which have a history of working well together, have been able to provide that level of dependability
The two firms started their partnership in 2005, when they were awarded Ramp X, a $15 million project for NYSDOT. “[It involved] construction of a new exit ramp on the Taconic Parkway in Westchester County,” Halmar Project Executive Jesse Jameson recalls.
Founded in 1968, Jensen Precast is among the largest independently owned precast concrete companies in the United States. The family business can design and manufacture standard and custom precast concrete products for everything from highway construction and electric, water and gas utilities to telecommunications, stormwater, on-site wastewater, retaining walls and sewage applications. The culture put in place by the company’s founder continues to drive its direction today.
“Our founder and CEO, Don Jensen, is still very active in the company,” President Tony Shanks says. “His belief in service and being easy to do business with helps us be a good supplier to our customers.”
Ever since the first permanent settlements started going up in California, finding water has been a big concern. For most communities in the state, “waste not, want not” isn’t just good advice, it’s a key to survival, especially in those communities that rely on agriculture for much of their economies. One such community is Modesto, Calif., surrounded by farmland and producing more than $3 billion in agricultural products each year. To help the community keep its vital farms from drying out, the city recently committed to the largest public works project in its history – expanding its sewer treatment facility to recycle more water for irrigation.
Helping Modesto realize its goals is Livermore, Calif.-based GSE Construction, a 30-year-old leading contractor in major public works projects as well as other design/build work throughout California, Nevada and the western United States.
In 2011, the Common Pleas Court of Franklin County, Ohio, moved from its home in the county’s Hall of Justice building to a new $105 million courthouse facility nearby. That left the 40-year-old Hall of Justice building vacated, but rather than leave the facility empty, the county embarked on a $45 million project to renovate the structure for use by other county agencies. Once the project is completed this fall, the Hall of Justice will provide more convenient access to county services for agencies and the general public.
According to Public Facilities Management Director Jim Goodenow, the Hall of Justice “had good bones, but the infrastructure needed to be replaced.” This included the abatement of asbestos and other hazardous materials originally used in the building’s construction. Along with the abatement work, the facility is receiving an overhaul of its building systems, a new roof and the installation of a new curtainwall on its exterior.
The city of Chicago is investing millions into its transportation infrastructure to foster economic growth, and F.H. Paschen is leading the way after breaking ground in August on the new Cermak Green Line station.
F.H. Paschen, founded in 1975 as Chicago Building Constructors by Frank H. Paschen, began as a small company serving the needs of people in the Chicago area. In 1985, the company expanded its service area and changed its name to F.H. Paschen.
Whether a contractor, owner or agency needs concrete, asphalt, masonry, aggregate or soil testing, Construction Engineering Labs can provide it in Hawaii. “There’s only one other company that has the amount of accredited test procedures that we have, as far as asphalt, soils, concrete and aggregate,” President Ronald Pickering II maintains. “They have their niche and we have ours. Asphalt testing would probably be the item that we are the best known for, because we came from hot mixed asphalt companies originally. We work with every asphalt producer in this state. They trust us and know that we will test it correctly. We work with the airports, the state, the contractors and the developers.”
With each type of material that Construction Engineering Labs tests, a series of different tests can be performed. “For aggregate, we’re going to test the size, the durability, the density and the cleanliness, to check if any clay,silts or deleterious materials are in the aggregate,” Pickering says.
Not many businesses are successful enough to last half-a-century, but the family owned A-G-E Corporation has beaten the odds, co-owner and President Gary Johnson says. Based in Fort Pierre, S.D., the firm specializes in general contracting and crane rental services.
Johnson’s grandfather, G. Allan Johnson, started the company in 1964 with his son, Gerald Johnson, and his son-in-law, Elden Garrett. Initially, A-G-E Corporation focused on small road and highway projects, but over time, the company expanded into many other services, including site development and reclamation, and railroad grade construction.
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.”