HOUHOBBY 002 3x5Hensel Phelps builds its reputation based on its performance on projects such as Houston’s Hobby Airport FIS Terminal expansion.

By Eric Slack

From its roots as a small local builder from Greeley, Colo., Hensel Phelps has grown into a premier, full-service facilities solutions provider with locations throughout the United States. Founded in 1937, the company is consistently ranked among Engineering News-Record’s top 30 contractors. It is a multibillion-dollar employee-owned national contractor with a diverse portfolio of successful projects.

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One of the biggest trends sweeping urban landscapes all across North America is making downtown areas more pedestrian-friendly. Dubbed “pedestrianization,” this school of urban planning has been utilized to redevelop city neighborhoods to promote more foot traffic and create spaces where people can gather. According to the proponents of this school of thought, pedestrian-friendly areas promote better health and fitness through walking or bike riding, enhance economic opportunities by creating more foot traffic around local businesses and reduce pollution by encouraging city-dwellers to leave their cars parked to complete their daily activities. 

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GPI celebrates 50 years of satisfying clients in the eastern United States.

By Alan Dorich

Greenman-Pedersen Inc. (GPI) has enjoyed 50 years in the industry by acknowledging the hard work of its employees, President Ralph Csogi says. Not only is the company an ESOP, but it also treats “our employees professionally with a lot of respect for the hard work that they do,” he asserts.

“I believe that each of our employees knows that they’re a critical part of our success,” Csogi states. “All of them share in every dollar that we make.”

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The merger of engineering giants AECOM and URS represents the birth of a new corporate culture that takes advantage of both organizations' strengths.

By Jim Harris

Two years ago, URS Corp. and AECOM were ranked by industry observers as the No. 1 and No. 2 bridge engineering firms, respectively. In July 2014, that ranking changed when AECOM acquired URS, creating a powerhouse bridge design organization within the consulting industry. The combined organization has a global presence of more than 1,100 bridge engineers, and more than80 offices serving clients in North America alone.

“It was emphasized to staff after the acquisition was announced that this was more of a merger, and represented AECOM working to formulate a company that builds on the best from both organizations,” says Steve Stroh, complex bridges practice leader for the combined company. “AECOM is reinventing itself with a new culture to advance its corporate goal of 'delivering a better world.'” That culture is strongly emphasized in the Complex Bridge practice, where specialized expertise and world-wide specialized bridge experience can be delivered to all of their clients.

Before the combination, Stroh served in a similar role supervising complex bridge projects for URS for more than 30 years. In his current position, he leads AECOM's national complex bridge practice, which oversees the efforts across all of the regional transportation practices. The bridge practice is one of many within the national business line structure, with AECOM serving markets ranging from transportation to energy, water, government, commercial, industrial and more around the world.

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When people go to rent a car after a long flight, they want the process to be simple, without any complications. The San Antonio International Airport in San Antonio plans to give travelers that convenience with its new Consolidated Rental Car (CONRAC) facility.

Turner Construction Co. Senior Project Manager Eric Wildt explains that the facility actually consists of two structures. “One is a seven-story parking structure with the first two levels being public parking,” he states.

The city of Calgary has undergone some significant changes over the last few decades; an ever-growing population, continued business and tourism growth and recognition as well as a burgeoning arts and culture scene. Another one of those changes has been continued growth in travelers who pass through Calgary International Airport (YYC). More than 15.2 million people came through the airport in 2014, whether making their way to and from the city or choosing Calgary as their connecting hub as they make their way to their next destination. This has made Calgary the third-busiest airport in Canada.

Many of those passengers used YYC as a hub to a number of the airport’s growing international destinations. The need for capacity inspired the airport to make the most sweeping changes in its history, expanding its facilities to better accommodate the surge of passengers it has experienced as well as prepare it for the growth in activity it sees in the future. 

No matter how sophisticated or “smart” utilities or commercial builders have become, they still rely in many cases on products and services that one might think aren’t very complicated at all: the wooden utility pole and the laminated wood beam. For more than 100 years, Bell Lumber & Pole Co. has provided poles for utilities throughout North America, and its success in that market has allowed it to branch out to other areas such as laminated wood beam construction for commercial and industrial applications. 

President Tom Bell says the key to Bell Lumber & Pole’s success throughout its history has been its insistence on dealing with customers face-to-face and always keeping one eye on the long-term. As the company gears up to commence its 10-year plan in 2016, Bell says the company’s future looks as promising as its past, even as the needs of its customers continue to evolve. 

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