Oakland County Director of Central Services J. David VanderVeen says that in today’s global economy, airports have become regional ambassadors since they are often the first impression a person has of a new area. VanderVeen says Oakland County in southeast Michigan makes sure that the impression its airports leave with guests is a positive one. 

“When someone lands or takes off from your facility for the first time, you make an impression and you want to make a good impression,” VanderVeen says. “At the direction of County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, we started a campaign years ago to make the airport more attractive. We cleaned up signs along the highway, and received landscape and beautification awards so we could put our best face forward.” 

More than just concrete and rebar go into the foundation of a building. The integrity and reputation of the builder also play a vital role in ensuring that the project not only succeeds in terms of meeting its schedule and budget goals, but also stands the test of time. In the Bay Area, Empire Engineering & Construction Inc. has been putting its heart and soul into every project it has undertaken, and the company says its strong ties with the San Francisco Bay Area community inspire it to give its best effort every time. 

In 2012, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) began work on one of the most challenging but necessary projects in recent history – the widening of the I-70 Twin Tunnels to accommodate new and future lane expansions. The project involves boring through solid mountain to make room for these expansions, and the considerable experience of two industry heavyweights has been combined to help bring the project to fruition without delays or headaches for the thousands of motorists who use the I-70 Mountain Corridor every day. 

Keeping two lanes of a highway open during 24-hour construction with only a four- and eight-hour period each day during which lanes could be closed kept Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd. challenged. The project required the addition of new lanes within the existing Highway 417 corridor in the west end of Ottawa. In Canada, a 400 number indicates the highway is at least four-lane. 

“We had to maintain one lane in each direction at all times,” Project Manager Chris Fischer emphasizes. “We were restricted as to when we could do lane closures. To do some of the work, the daytime window was only between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The night shift provided us with an eight-hour window from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. This was the biggest window. So all the paving happened at night. It’s with 180,000 tons of hot mix paving that we’ve completed this project.”

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. 

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