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.
As the gateway to one of the United States’ most unique cities, the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) has to make sure it stays state-of-the-art. This goal has been the focus of two of its most recent projects, Iftikar Ahmad says.
Ahmad, the director of aviation for the New Orleans Aviation Board, says MSY recently finished a renovation budgeted at more than $300 million and will soon start the construction of a new terminal. Both, he notes, will ensure the airport has “world-class operations.”
MSY, which is located in Kenner, La., originally opened in 1946 and took its current name in 2001, in honor of the native-born musician’s 100th birthday. Today, the 1.2-million-square-foot airport serves 17,000 passengers daily. “It has 81 percent of all [airport travel] in Louisiana,” Ahmad states.
An industry boom does not come without its challenges. For the city of Dickinson, N.D., the last few years have seen an impressive influx of companies and residents to the city. The emergence of shale oil and gas along with new technology that allows energy producers to efficiently extract those resources has resulted in a city that is bursting at its seams. Whether it’s housing or commercial buildings, it seems the city can’t build fast enough. It’s a good problem to have, but a problem nonetheless – especially when it comes to public infrastructure.
According to the Bismarck Tribune, Dickinson’s population in 2010 stood at 17,700. Today, the city’s estimate is 23,000 residents with more growth on the horizon. With the increased population, the city is working on infrastructure to keep up with demand and improve quality of life. One of those projects is the new Dickinson Wastewater Reclamation Treatment Plant, which is designed to handle wastewater flows of 3.65 million gallons per day. The city says the plant will accommodate a projected population growth of 35,000 people and is designed for possible expansion to accommodate a population of up to 68,000 people.
As a relative newcomer to the construction management industry, HAKS has had the opportunity to be involved in quite a diverse array of high-profile projects.
Established in 1991, the company provides construction management and inspection services; civil, structural and MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) engineering; constructability review; cost estimating; materials testing and special inspections; land surveying and mapping; building assessment; and structural integrity/condition evaluation. HAKS also boasts a burgeoning architecture group and has made some headway into the design/build arena.
Elliot Sander, president and chief executive officer, credits much of the company’s success to its philosophy of focusing on its clients’ needs and providing high-quality work. “We realize our clients give us one shot,” he notes. “So we make the most of that opportunity.”