Beltline EnergyBy Chris Kelsch

In 2005, the federal government introduced a 30 percent construction tax credit for businesses and homeowners looking to erect solar panels to generate energy. And while states like California took the early lead in developing solar sites, various states followed with mandates that their utilities buy a certain amount of solar power.

Georgia Power, Georgia’s largest utility, furthered that state’s renewable energy push in 2011 with the Large-Scale Solar (LSS) initiative, in 2013 with its advanced Solar Initiative (ASI), and in 2016 with its Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI). It committed to buy over a gigawatt of power generated by the sun and introduced incentives to encourage the use of solar power.

Liesfeld Contractor picLiesfeld Contractor has evolved from residential lot grading to a host of heavy civil capabilities including site preparation and road building during its 45-year history.
By Jim Harris

Liesfeld Contractor Inc.’s ability to expand into diverse markets and adapt to the latest developments in its industry have helped it to grow significantly during its 45-year history.

Founded in 1972 by Joe Liesfeld Jr. as a small residential home lot grading provider, the company greatly evolved its capabilities during its first few decades in business to include additional work in the residential and commercial sectors. Liesfeld Contractor has further grown in the 21st century into the industrial and governmental markets.

Montana picCable distributor Montana is expanding its product and service offerings for the New York construction market.

By Tim O’Connor

The construction market has rebounded across the country since the Great Recession, bringing jobs and activity back into the industry. In few places is that recovery more evident than New York City.

The New York Building Congress forecasts that construction spending and employment are approaching or exceeding record territory. The organization estimated that construction spending reached $43.1 billion in the Big Apple in 2016, exceeding $40 billion for the first time. A total of $127.5 billion worth of building is expected to occur through 2018.


PCL Lake Barkley BridgePCL Construction aims to finish the Lake Barkley Bridge in spring 2018.
By Alan Dorich

When PCL Construction builds a complex project, it makes sure to put an emphasis on safety. “The project team and company care about the workers,” Project Manager Eric Chavez says. “It’s just a great company to work for.”

The contractor is applying that focus to its Lake Barkley Bridge project in Canton, Ky., which will connect the state’s Land Between the Lakes area. The structure also will replace the Henry Lawrence Memorial Bridge, which was built in 1932 and recently declared obsolete.

When finished, the Lake Barkley Bridge will widen 1.5 miles of the approach of US 68/KY 80 from two to four lanes. Each lane will be 11 feet wide with four-foot shoulders and a 10-foot pedestrian/bicycle path.

This marks PCL’s first project with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). “They’re a really good owner to work with,” Chavez says.

TenCate picTenCate Geosynthetics’ products can reduce road repairs.
By Alan Dorich

In the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, America’s roads received a “D” rating for their poor condition. But TenCate Geosynthetics Americas can help improve our roads, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Todd Anderson says.

Thanks to its products, “You can make a road last longer for the same amount of money or make a road cost less and have a similar lifespan, and, sometimes, you can do offer both lower cost and longer life,” Anderson says, noting that its geosynthetics can add many years to the life of a road. “When you lessen the repairs, you get more use of the road.”


allega picAnthony Allega Inc.’s embrace of the latest technology and methods allows it to maintain its status as a top paving contractor.
By Jim Harris

For Anthony Allega Inc. Cement Contractor, having 70 years of history does not mean being stuck in the past. “We are a very technologically sound company; we’re up to speed on everything,” says Jim Allega, vice president and co-owner of the Valley View, Ohio, company.

The company has long used state-of-the-art equipment and methods to complete its paving projects. This includes its use of the stringless trimming method since 1998. The company today continues to perform stringless paving and uses state-of-the-art equipment including pavers and trimmers.

“If you don’t keep updating your equipment and technology, you will fall behind, and the next thing you know you’re not going to be around,” Allega says. “We don’t own one piece of equipment that is not GPS-capable.”

Martam picMartam Construction’s broad expertise helps it take on hard jobs.
By Alan Dorich

There are companies that will avoid tough jobs, but Martam Construction Inc. is willing to take “whatever the market gives us,” Vice President Dennis Kutrovatz says. “We’re diversified in a lot of different areas to keep moving along.”

Elgin, Ill.-based Martam Construction’s specialties include concrete paving, excavations, bridges and underground utilities, small and large drainage jobs, and bike paths. “We try to do whatever we can,” he states.

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