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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. 

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. 

The War Memorial Veterans Building in San Francisco is one of the city’s most important buildings not only from a functional perspective, but from a historical one, as well. The building was the site of the signing of the United Nations Charter in 1945, as well as the site where the United States drafted its peace treaty with Japan in 1951. The building was designed by Arthur Brown Jr., the man who also designed San Francisco City Hall. Along with the adjacent War Memorial Opera House, the building comprises one of the city’s most famous properties. 

So when the city needed to perform a $91 million seismic retrofit to the building, it turned to a contractor with the experience and expertise to get a job of this importance done smoothly. Charles Pankow Builders is overseeing the project team on the restoration of the War Memorial Veterans Building, and the city says the end-result will be a building that will be able to meet the needs of the city and its residents for a long time to come. 

Although it is under new ownership, the leaders of Wellington Construction Contractors Inc. have vowed that the company’s founding principles will remain the same. The heavy civil contractor with a focus in water and wastewater treatment plants will continue to serve the southwest Ontario region as it has for the past 30-plus years, and Bert Stevens, one of three owners running the company, says it will continue to serve customers with the same level of quality as years past. 

“We are going to be doing exactly what we’ve been shown over the years and keep a good thing going,” Stevens says. “We have a lot of employees that have been here with us for 15 [to] 20 years. We don’t have a lot a turnover and that’s because we pay good attention to how we treat our employees and the quality of work we do. That’s how you get return business and keep a good name in the industry amongst the various engineering firms and municipalities in the area.”

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