With the population increasing in northwest Oregon, officials in the city of Newberg have determined that now is the best time to conduct needed overhauls at the Newberg Wastewater Treatment Plant.

“Newberg is a growing community,” says Mike Clifford, construction executive at Mortenson Construction. “The original facility was not designed to meet these demands of growth so we are addressing that and improving the water quality of the Willamette River, where effluent is discharged”

The project is occurring over four phases. The first phase was the construction of the Highway 240 Pump Station three years ago. The second phase included adding a fourth secondary clarifier and upgrades of aging infrastructure within the existing facility.   

In West Palm Beach County, Fla., the local solid waste authority is transforming waste into power. Construction kicked off in 2012 for the Solid Waste Authority Renewable Energy Facility No. 2, which is to convert household garbage into electricity upon its scheduled completion in May 2015.

The facility will reduce the amount of waste in local landfills by as much as 85 percent. It is the first facility of this type constructed in the United States in the past 20 years.

The Solid Waste Authority Renewable Energy Facility No. 2 will have the capacity to process 3,000 tons of garbage per day. It will reduce the amount of natural gas burned to create electricity, as well. The site is expected to create enough electricity to power more than 40,000 homes, and will also reduce greenhouse gas, according to the solid waste authority. 

When Southwest Airlines completes the new Houston Hobby International Terminal, including five gates and a new Federal Inspection Services (FIS) facility, in late 2015, both international and domestic fliers will have something to celebrate.

The project includes a two-story building with five “swing gates,” able to direct passengers arriving from outside of the United States to a new FIS facility for U.S. Customs and Border Protection on the first floor. These specially designed gates can also accommodate domestic arrivals by steering passengers to the appropriate area. 

When two organizations come together to work on a project, they can offer a unique combination of talents. That is exactly what E.E. Cruz Co. Inc. and Tully Construction Co. Inc. have brought to the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge project in Queens, N.Y.

Tully Project Manager Bill Groesbeck notes the two firms have formed joint ventures on many projects before, including work on the Second Avenue Subway line and the Route 9A project near the World Trade Center in New York City. “It’s a good marriage,” he says. 

With the parentage of Flatiron Construction Corp., E.E. Cruz “has very effective costing and administrative procedures in place,” Groesbeck says. “Tully has a strong network of manpower and a large fleet of equipment. Both companies have their different areas of expertise and both know how to get the job done.”

Building a bridge over an eight-lane highway or raging river is the type of work Construction Demathieu & Bard has specialized in for more than 150 years. “What makes us different is that we are adaptable to different situations,” Senior Vice President Ilies Amami says. 

Construction Demathieu & Bard is the Canadian subsidiary of the Demathieu & Bard Group, which was founded in France in 1861, and specializes in bridge and hydropower plant infrastructure construction. The Quebec location opened in 1997 and its hydropower work expanded the company into Ontario in 2010. 

“We are quite independent and because of that, we decided to develop more of a presence in Canada and we look to further extend our activities in North America,” Amami adds. The company is privately owned by 75 percent of its employees, while investors own the other 25 percent.  

For 87 years, the Gilboa Dam has provided drinking water for New York City residents. But after decades of service, the dam is in need of a restoration, which Barnard Construction Co. Inc. and D.A. Collins Construction Cos. are providing at the dam’s location in the Catskills Mountains in Gilboa, N.Y.

The contractors will reconstruct the spillway control section of the dam, which contains the Schoharie Reservoir, which can hold 17.6 billion gallons of water. Barnard Project Manager Aaron Rietveld notes that the $121 million project will ensure that the dam is up to current safety standards. 

Barnard and D.A. Collins started the project in June 2011, and are contractually obligated to deliver the project by June 2016. Although the companies planned to finish the project well ahead of schedule in 2013, they experienced delays when hurricanes Irene and Sandy hit the site in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Traylor Bros. Inc. has built its reputation in the construction industry as a company that will take on complex, innovative and challenging projects that other firms shy away from. “We service a niche market,” Vice President Thad Pirtle says. “We do work that most of the time no one wants to touch because it’s so challenging. We do work under cities, on live rail lines and on bridges over major rivers.”

The Evansville, Ind.- based company was founded in 1946 by William Traylor, a civil engineer and inspector for the city of Evansville. By 1956, Traylor had bridged the Ohio River and bored his first mile of tunnel. Careful attention to methods, equipment and design of special equipment and excavation support schemes was Traylor’s personal focus. Today, the company is under the leadership of the third generation of Traylors – Co-Presidents Christopher and Michael Traylor. 

Traylor is divided into three operating divisions: national heavy civil, underground and mining. The heavy civil division provides comprehensive, cutting-edge heavy civil construction services. Traylor has completed more than 135 complex bridge construction and rehabilitation projects across the nation, as well as piers, wharfs, transit terminals, locks and dams. Its underground division is focused on constructing tunnel projects in North America by using state-of-the-art technology to complete projects in soft ground to hard rock. Tunneling methods include mixed shield/slurry, earth pressure balance, and hard rock tunnel boring. Mining is the company’s newest division and focuses on shaft, decline, underground development and facilities construction from conception to completion. 

The completion of the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in September 2013 was a major accomplishment for state transportation agency Caltrans and a host of contractors including Oakland's own Silverado Contractors. The project – which cost $6.3 billion and took 11 years to build – finally put to rest concerns about the bridge's ability to withstand an earthquake akin to the 7.1-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, which collapsed a portion of the span.

Although traffic is now moving on the bridge, another large project is currently underway: the removal of the now-closed 2,400-foot-long and 70-foot-wide cantilever portion of the east span, which rises 400 feet above San Francisco Bay at its highest point. A joint venture of Silverado Contractors and California Engineering Contractors is working to demolish the cantilever and related truss structures piece by piece. 

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