Keeping two lanes of a highway open during 24-hour construction with only a four- and eight-hour period each day during which lanes could be closed kept Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd. challenged. The project required the addition of new lanes within the existing Highway 417 corridor in the west end of Ottawa. In Canada, a 400 number indicates the highway is at least four-lane.
“We had to maintain one lane in each direction at all times,” Project Manager Chris Fischer emphasizes. “We were restricted as to when we could do lane closures. To do some of the work, the daytime window was only between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The night shift provided us with an eight-hour window from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. This was the biggest window. So all the paving happened at night. It’s with 180,000 tons of hot mix paving that we’ve completed this project.”
Miami International Airport has become one of the largest airline hubs in the United States. Serving passenger and cargo flights to cities throughout the Americas, Europe and western Asia, Miami International Airport is also the largest gateway between the U.S. and Latin America.
Miami International Airport handles more than 40 million passengers and two million tons of cargo annually, and it is among the nation’s busiest international passenger and cargo airports. In recent years, the airport has ranked at or near the top in the United States for percentage of international flights, volume of international passengers, annual passenger count and international cargo.
When the city of Virginia Beach, Va. needed to hire a construction company for its Lesner Bridge replacement project, McLean Contracting Co. was selected because it was the lowest responsible bidder and because of its more than century’s worth of experience in the heavy construction industry.
Colin McLean founded the Glen Burnie, Md.-based company in 1903 specializing in land and marine heavy construction. McLean Contracting is now one of the leading heavy civil and marine contractors in the Mid-Atlantic region. McLean Contracting is a 100 percent employee-owned company, and operates in five states with more than 250 employees.
As Logan Contractors Supply enters its 25th year of supplying a wide variety of inventories to the Midwest construction market, the company is also expanding its services in Kansas City, Kan., by building a second rebar fabrication facility. “It’s a state-of-the-art facility that has some of the best production equipment known to the fabrication world,” owner Bruce Logan says. “It’s beautiful, comfortable and functional.”
Logan and his father, Jerry Logan, founded the Des Moines, Iowa-based company in 1990 with a focus on supplying equipment and materials to the highway construction market. “I had worked in the industry throughout high school and college doing warehousing, shipping and receiving, inside sales and truck driving, and construction,” Logan says.
For years, the Interstate 635/Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) and I-35E/Stemmons freeways have suffered from congestion, but LBJ Infrastructure Group (LBJIG) LLC wants to change all that. Builders are at work on the LBJ Express Project in Dallas and Farmers Branch, Texas, which will double the existing roadway capacity and alleviate the pressure.
When finished, the roads will feature four lanes and two to three continuous frontage roads in each direction. The project also will add three managed toll lanes in each direction that use special pricing to keep traffic moving.
The word “small” doesn’t get used much when talking about Texas, and that’s certainly true of Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport. As the main hub for American Airlines, DFW is one of the busiest airports in the world and the second-largest in the United States, and it continues to get bigger all the time to keep up with the increasing size of airliners and the increased traffic they bring with them.
For example, a major renovation is underway at DFW to expand Taxiway 7, and Phoenix-based Haydon Building Corp. is leading the way on this significant project. Project Manager Jim Walsh explains that the work will involve nothing less than the total removal and replacement of the original taxiway to make room for some of the heavy equipment touching down or taking off from the airport. “The basic need for the airport is that it’s going to allow them to land additional jumbo jets there,” Walsh says.
When building any construction project, the ability to collaborate with others is essential. As Granite Construction has built the Folsom Dam Joint Federal Project, it has not only worked with outside entities, it has successfully partnered up divisions in its own organization, Construction Manager Rob Cheeseman says.
Granite’s vertically integrated local branch in Sacramento, Calif., and its large project business “teamed up to go after this job,” he describes. “The local guys [provided] the material backing and equipment for the most part, and our large projects group had the experience for doing this kind of work.”
As a construction contractor for oil, gas and utility companies, Double Eagle Energy has completed some tough jobs over the years. Led by father-and-son team Joe and Bobby Joe Ratcliff, Double Eagle Energy is backed by 100 years of industry experience. The Ratcliffs represent the third and fourth generations of a family who lives and breathes pipeline construction. Double Eagle Energy’s expertise includes pipeline construction and fabrication, oil and gas facility construction, pressure vessel manufacturing and repair, and plant fabrication and installation. Although the heavy-duty work certainly requires hands to get dirty, Double Eagle Energy always maintains a clean and professional operation.