American Civil Constructors (ACC) Inc. has changed greatly since its earliest days. The company was founded in Colorado in 1975 as Randall & Blake Inc. (RBI). Back then, it was known as an environmental contractor with a focus on seeding, golf course construction, landscape and mined land reclamation. The company entered and exited many markets over the years, such as strip coal mining in the late 1970s.
The northeastern Ohio city of Lorain has a problem: Heavy rains often make its sewage overflow into the Black River, and from there into Lake Erie. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is requiring Lorain to find a solution to this problem and stop releasing untreated sewage into the local watershed.
A project of this magnitude requires a construction company that is experienced, but also reasonably priced, since the $52 million project is being financed by local ratepayers and with a loan from the Ohio Water Development Authority. “Walsh Super Excavators J.V. was the lowest bidder with the appropriate qualifications to do the job,” explains Mark Hedrick, project manager for the Black River Tunnel project.
For 30 years, family owned Tapani Inc. has kept successful by focusing on growing the people and its culture, President Leigh Tapani says. “We’re strategically planning our growth so it doesn’t explode,” he says. “[That way] we can continue to provide the same level of service and satisfaction as we have enjoyed in our past on our projects.”
Battle Ground, Wash.-based Tapani Inc. is a general contractor for many market segments, including transportation, heavy highway, commercial, residential development, environmental and structural concrete. Leigh Tapani’s father, Chairman Edward Tapani, started the firm in 1983.
Locals and visitors to southeast Georgia know the area for its luxury resorts and windswept dunes, as well as its historic ports, forts and lighthouses. And while all of these are fantastic features of the region, strong and reliable infrastructure keeps the locals happy and helps to attract tourists year after year. Since its inception in 1946, Seaboard Construction Co. Inc. has grown into one of the largest highway contractors in southeast Georgia and continues to serve the area with quality services, reasonably priced materials and skilled workers.
Rhinehart Railroad Construction’s ability to self-perform projects, as well as its emphasis on safety and customer service, continues to make the company a go-to contractor after more than 40 years in business.
Founded in 1970, the Fallston, Md.-based company specializes in building railroad tracks in settings ranging from rural landscapes to industrial parks and city centers. The company’s services include new track construction, engineering, emergency repairs, maintenance, track repair and rehabilitation, track removal, signal work, welding and track inspection services. “ It is through our preventative maintenance programs that we are able to save our clients thousands of dollars and keep them on the right track,” says Vice President Richard E. Rhinehart Jr.
Penn Builders knows the value of having a good relationship with subcontractors, and it should. President Steve Swartley explains that his father, Vernon, founded the company in 1969 after many years as a masonry contractor. Frustrated that many general contractors dragged their feet when it came time to pay him, Vernon Swartley decided the best thing to do would be to become a general contractor himself. Since then, Penn Builders has become well-known throughout Pennsylvania for being fair with its subcontractors and building high-quality projects for clients in various sectors.
Based in Elgin, Ill., Martam Construction has spent the past 40 years building a reputation based on its founding commitment to hard work. Today, the family owned company has about 150 employees and performs work on primarily public projects within 25 miles of its headquarters.
“My father started the business, and he was a concrete and structural specialist,” President Robert Kutrovatz says. “For 20 years, we did a lot of work for Fermilab before getting into municipal work, heavy highway, roadways, bridges and streetscape beautification projects in the mid-1990s. Ever since then, we’ve progressed forward into much more heavy highway and larger projects, and now we are also into mass excavation.”
General contractors serve many roles – whether those roles are explicitly laid out in contracts or they are unwritten tasks necessary to keep a schedule moving – when they win a job as massive as the Energy Center Three structure in Houston. However, Balfour Beatty’s top priority on this project is keeping all involved parties abreast of everything related to construction of this structure, according to Project Manager Jaaron Wood.