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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Taking a new home or building from an empty lot to final completion typically requires the work of a number of companies. Palmetto Corp's clients, however, only need to make one call when the time comes to build.

The Conway, S.C., general contractor prides itself on its ability to perform practically every stage of its projects, from clearing lots to finishing buildings. “You give us the land, and we can handle the rest,” says Shawn Godwin, the company's president.

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The last few years have seen a changing landscape at Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth, N.J., ever since Union County, KemperSports and their partners held a groundbreaking ceremony for two new buildings in August 2011. Construction of a 43,000-square-foot clubhouse and a 4,150-square-foot building to complete The Learning Center at Galloping Hill are major pieces of ensuring a successful future for the course.

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 It has taken 114,061 cubic yards of concrete, 47 million pounds of reinforcing steel and enough structural beams to circle the 2.2-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway track more than nine times, but in just three years, the Indiana DOT has brought the I-69 extension from paper to pavement – or, at least part of it.

Extending south to north from Evansville to Crane, Ind., the new I-69 corridor, a four-lane divided highway, recently celebrated a major milestone with the opening of its first three sections. On Nov. 19, 2012, INDOT opened this 67-mile stretch, completing what has been known as the longest contiguous ongoing interstate construction project in the United States.

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What began as a small land development surveying operation in 1978, E.L. Robinson (ELR) Engineering has grown into a full-service engineering consulting firm with more than 125 experienced professionals and support staff. Celebrating its 35th year in business, ELR offers a wide range of engineering consulting services that include construction management, site development, land planning, transportation engineering, public water systems development, geotechnical engineering, surveying and landscape architecture.

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W.G. Tomko Incorporated Contractors is equipped for success in the new normal. In recent years, competition from non-union contractors combined with a decrease in construction work has prompted the company to enhance niche services, such as HVAC work, and move into design/build construction. The Finleyville, Pa.-based company, which has been around for 58 years, has invested in the knowledge, technology, equipment and facilities necessary to increase its services in both areas.

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Everybody has waited at a railroad grade crossing seemingly forever for an endless freight train, and in the Southwest, coal trains can run for more than a mile. “We’re lowering I-10 and making Prince Road go above I-10 and over the railroad,” Pulice Construction Inc. Project Manager Aaron Insco explains. “One major reason for these jobs is the railroad. We have the Union Pacific Railroad running along the freeway in Tucson. They’re adding a double track to their existing line, which means they’re going to triple the amount of trains going through the town.”

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Headquartered in Escondido, Calif., J.R. Filanc Construction Company Inc. is an extremely focused company. With approximately 250 employees working from offices in California, Arizona and Colorado, Filanc works solely on water and wastewater and related infrastructure projects.

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