Traylor Bros. Inc. has built its reputation in the construction industry as a company that will take on complex, innovative and challenging projects that other firms shy away from. “We service a niche market,” Vice President Thad Pirtle says. “We do work that most of the time no one wants to touch because it’s so challenging. We do work under cities, on live rail lines and on bridges over major rivers.”
The Evansville, Ind.- based company was founded in 1946 by William Traylor, a civil engineer and inspector for the city of Evansville. By 1956, Traylor had bridged the Ohio River and bored his first mile of tunnel. Careful attention to methods, equipment and design of special equipment and excavation support schemes was Traylor’s personal focus. Today, the company is under the leadership of the third generation of Traylors – Co-Presidents Christopher and Michael Traylor.
Sargent Electric Co. was founded more than 100 years ago to support the demands of the thriving steel industry at that time. To remain a leading electrical contractor as the years passed, the company diversified by expanding its offerings to new markets.
In 1893, George Westinghouse developed the alternating current approach to electrical distribution and won the bid against Thomas Edison and his direct current distribution system to light the Chicago World’s Fair. Westinghouse’s alternating current became the standard for electrical distribution in the electrical power grid, the company says. Westinghouse Electric Corp. developed the first large-scale alternating current distribution network in 1896 to serve the hydroelectric power station in Niagara Falls, New York.
Whether it is out in the field or in an office, Oliveira Contracting Inc. maintains good relations with its clients. In fact, the contractor does such a good job that 60 percent of its work consists of repeat business, President Carmelina Oliveira says.
“We’re not the type of contractors that go out and say, ‘This is not in my contract, and I’m not doing it,’” she says. “We tend to sit down and work things out at the table. We believe in going out, performing [and keeping] the owners happy.”
Based in Albertson, N.Y., Oliveira Contracting specializes in commercial and heavy construction services. Oliveira Contracting, Inc., a certified WBE company, was founded by President Carmelina Oliveira in 2003.
The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) is working closely with businesses, residents, workers and others at four distinct geographical and cultural locations in Manhattan impacted by the city’s largest ongoing infrastructure project. These locations are in the Upper West Side, Theater District, Meatpacking District and Little Italy/Chinatown.
Work began last year on the $420 million MED609 trunk water main replacement project, which is centered on West 60th Street. The project involves installing trunk water mains connecting four different shafts of the city’s newly activated Water Tunnel No. 3 to the city’s water distribution network, according to DDC Associate Commissioner Tom Foley.
With the population increasing in northwest Oregon, officials in the city of Newberg have determined that now is the best time to conduct needed overhauls at the Newberg Wastewater Treatment Plant.
“Newberg is a growing community,” says Mike Clifford, construction executive at Mortenson Construction. “The original facility was not designed to meet these demands of growth so we are addressing that and improving the water quality of the Willamette River, where effluent is discharged”
The project is occurring over four phases. The first phase was the construction of the Highway 240 Pump Station three years ago. The second phase included adding a fourth secondary clarifier and upgrades of aging infrastructure within the existing facility.
In West Palm Beach County, Fla., the local solid waste authority is transforming waste into power. Construction kicked off in 2012 for the Solid Waste Authority Renewable Energy Facility No. 2, which is to convert household garbage into electricity upon its scheduled completion in May 2015.
The facility will reduce the amount of waste in local landfills by as much as 85 percent. It is the first facility of this type constructed in the United States in the past 20 years.
The Solid Waste Authority Renewable Energy Facility No. 2 will have the capacity to process 3,000 tons of garbage per day. It will reduce the amount of natural gas burned to create electricity, as well. The site is expected to create enough electricity to power more than 40,000 homes, and will also reduce greenhouse gas, according to the solid waste authority.
When Southwest Airlines completes the new Houston Hobby International Terminal, including five gates and a new Federal Inspection Services (FIS) facility, in late 2015, both international and domestic fliers will have something to celebrate.
The project includes a two-story building with five “swing gates,” able to direct passengers arriving from outside of the United States to a new FIS facility for U.S. Customs and Border Protection on the first floor. These specially designed gates can also accommodate domestic arrivals by steering passengers to the appropriate area.
When two organizations come together to work on a project, they can offer a unique combination of talents. That is exactly what E.E. Cruz Co. Inc. and Tully Construction Co. Inc. have brought to the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge project in Queens, N.Y.
Tully Project Manager Bill Groesbeck notes the two firms have formed joint ventures on many projects before, including work on the Second Avenue Subway line and the Route 9A project near the World Trade Center in New York City. “It’s a good marriage,” he says.
With the parentage of Flatiron Construction Corp., E.E. Cruz “has very effective costing and administrative procedures in place,” Groesbeck says. “Tully has a strong network of manpower and a large fleet of equipment. Both companies have their different areas of expertise and both know how to get the job done.”