The Sacramento Municipality District (SMUD) has been taking advantage of the sun’s abundant energy since 1984, when it built the nation’s first utility-scale solar array at Rancho Seco, Calif. Today, the site continues to generate 3.2 megawatts of electricity – enough to power 2,200 single-family homes. Over the years, SMUD has continued to pioneer solar efforts in the state, even working with homeowners to put solar panels on their roofs. With the addition of four new photovoltaic sites developed by renewable energy developer Recurrent Energy, SMUD is adding nearly 70 more megawatts of alternating current (AC) to its solar energy portfolio.

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Synergy is especially valuable when it comes to the use of expensive construction equipment. So Ruston Paving Co. Inc. takes advantage of its sizable fleet of paving equipment to apply it to soil stabilization. An example of this is the company’s work on the cottage-style student living quarters for North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.

The housing – which had to be completed by August 2012 when students returned from their summer break – was to be built on a brownfield site, so no material could be removed from it, although traditional methods would have called for removal and replacement of the soil with suitable material.

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RexCon LLC’s owners got their feet wet in the concrete industry decades ago. “My partner and I, Michael Redmond, didn’t come from a manufacturing background,” RexCon President John “Jake” Jacob explains.

“We were raised in the concrete paving business in Chicago,” he continues. “We’ve done installations, we’ve operated plants, we’re familiar with construction sites – that’s how we run our company.”

RexCon understands the concrete business, Jacob emphasizes. “We were distributors in Chicago, and we bought Rex 10 years ago,” he recalls. “We were their largest distributor, and basically, they decided to cancel us as a distributor, so we bought the company. We went from being a distributor to being in the manufacturing business over a weekend.”

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After more than 70 years, some firms might be tempted to become lax on maintaining high standards, but not Reece Albert Inc. Instead, Manager of Business Development Chris Cornell says the company remains dedicated to providing high-quality work. “It’s woven deeply into the culture,” he asserts.

Based in San Angelo, Texas, the family owned company specializes in heavy construction and paving services for clients in west Texas and the border regions. Founder Reece Albert started the company in 1940 after working as an engineer for the city of San Angelo.

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With 30 years in business, Prismatic Development has become woven into the fabric of the communities it serves. The general contracting and construction firm specializes in building structures for public works agencies and private clients and it has completed some of the most intricate and complex structures built in New York and New Jersey.

“When we first started out, we began with smaller jobs and we have worked our way to build various public projects like schools, hospitals, county administrative buildings, prisons, parking garages and treatment plants,” says President Robert Gamba, who founded the company with partner Michael Dinallo in 1983. “We have a wide range of services we provide and because we are diversified and build different types of facilities there is usually always work available.”

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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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