Pond & Co. has never tried to be all things to all people. Instead, the company has retained an acute focus on its core markets and in developing ways to be more valuable to them. It’s a stark contrast with other architectural, engineering and planning firms whose first reaction to the construction market downturn was to spread their blueprints into new markets. Rather than taking this route, Pond & Co. hunkered down and came up with new service offerings to benefit its main customer bases including government agencies, aviation, transportation and energy, in particular.

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Divide and conquer is the successful strategy behind a massive tollway project in Texas constructed on a short time frame. The work was divided into nine sections and required engineering by seven companies and construction by seven prime contractors.

The 27.6-mile, six-lane Chisholm Trail Parkway (CTP) extending from Fort Worth to Cleburne, Texas, is financed and operated by the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA). Construction started in December 2011 and is due for completion in 2014, but the project was conceived nearly 40 years ago.

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After more than 50 years, Monroe Roadways remains successful by being proactive when it comes to clients’ needs, co-owner Bob Ryan says. “When a customer calls with a problem, we respond immediately,” he says. “We’re very customer-oriented.”

Based in Denver, N.C., Monroe Roadways performs land-clearing, erosion-control, paving and grading, and underground utilities work for clients in the Carolinas. Co-owner Paul Carini’s father started the company in Rochester, N.Y., in 1962.

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Lewis and Tibbitts Inc. is coming up from 40 years below ground to start offering paving in conjunction with its specialty of underground construction. “We’ve started to really focus on our paving and our trenching capabilities,” points out Ryan Kreider, estimator of wet utilities and safety officer. “Our paving operations have significantly increased; we have our own paving crew, which is a new item for us. Now we have the capabilities of doing much more volume on paving for our larger trench projects and even private sites, small corporate yards and that sort of thing.”

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In late 2005, INDOT launched Major Moves, an aggressive 10-year transportation plan. The department calls the plan an effort to “significantly improve and expand Indiana’s highway infrastructure.” The state committed $2.6 billion to the effort that includes 104 new roadways by 2015 – a total of 1,600 lane miles.

By the end of 2015, Major Moves hopes to have 87 roadways completed or substantially under construction, 413 centerline miles of new roadway constructed, 6,350 miles of highway resurfaced, 1,070 bridges replaced or rehabilitated, and 65 new or reconstructed interchanges. One of those projects is a .07-mile project on State Road 23 that calls for added travel lanes in each direction and a reconfigured intersection at Twyckenham Drive.

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When it comes to specialized underground construction and repairs, project owners turn to Emery & Sons Construction Inc. for its experience and skill. As one of Oregon’s largest underground utility contractors, the Salem-based company has established a solid reputation for applying new technology to the repair and construction of major reservoirs, water treatment systems, utility tanks and infrastructure.

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As a supplier of ready-mix concrete and building materials, Breckenridge Material Co. has succeeded by providing experience, quality products and savings to customers. The company has become a partner of choice for customers in many industries thanks to its ability to formulate diverse concrete mix designs.

Founded in 1926, the company is in its fourth generation of family ownership. The largest concrete producer in eastern Missouri and western Illinois, Breckenridge has 30 production locations in the area. It is the Missouri Department of Transportation’s largest supplier and has a technologically advanced fleet of more than 250 ready-mix trucks.

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Working on water is a challenge for construction companies, and easing that task is the job of Thad Pirtle, vice president and equipment manager for Traylor Bros. Inc. Huge barges with various types of cranes are required for different projects, and it is Pirtle’s job to ensure the right equipment is at the right location at the right time.

With a fleet of 100 barges ranging from 50 feet to 225 feet in length, 12 tugboats 600 horsepower (hp) to 1,200 hp and 300 pontoons approximately 40 feet long and 5 to 7 feet deep, Pirtle practically could command a civil engineering navy if his fleet were all in one place. But the fleet is spread out throughout North America on rivers, the Great Lakes, oceans on both coasts and the Gulf of Mexico, depending on where projects are located.

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