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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.

archerwestern picArcher Western helps the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, complete its restoration from damages caused by Hurricane Ike in 2008.

By Jim Harris

In 2008, Hurricane Ike devastated the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) campus in Galveston, causing more than $700 million in damage. Of the many campus building systems affected, perhaps none was as critically hit as UTMB’s heating and cooling system, which was permanently damaged after being completely submerged in salt water for weeks following the storm surge.

Several years of restoration and reconstruction efforts on the campus are now culminating in an effort to replace the system and protect it against future damage. “We are now performing the last phases of the restoration,” says John W. Frye, project director for Archer Western, the contractor working on the project. “It’s taken this long to get to a point where the campus is fully functioning.”

The contractor expects to complete the heating and cooling system replacement upgrade before the end of the year. Archer Western’s series of contracts on this final phase totaling $125 million with UTMB also includes replacing and strengthening mechanical and other systems. Work on the project began in 2015.

State Utility ContractorsState Utility Contractors’ employees, vendors and subcontractors play an important role in the heavy civil contractor’s success.
By Jim Harris

The slogan painted on each of the trucks operated by State Utility Contractors Inc. sums up the company’s philosophy succinctly: “Quality in Action.” For the company, maintaining a high level of quality on its projects begins with the people operating the equipment and driving the trucks.

“We follow the philosophy that you cannot build quality projects without quality people. We have many long-tenured employees who have high morals and are very ethical,” says Ron Brown, president of the Monroe, N.C.-based heavy civil contractor. “We empower our employees to make crucial decisions in the execution of their work and hold them accountable. This allows them to take ownership in what they are doing, because they always know that upper management has their backs when it comes to defending the decision that they made.”

Ryan picRyan Co. can meet the needs of complex projects.
By Alan Dorich

After more than 60 years, The Ryan Co. Inc. is a trailblazer when it comes to projects involving new technologies. For example, “We built one of the first utility-scale solar projects in the United States,” Director of Business Development William Hargett recalls.

Today, Ryan continues using technologies to make its clients’ projects more efficient. “It’s really a daily effort to make sure that our suppliers and engineering teams are working together to make these projects of a higher quality and cheaper,” he states.

Balfour Beatty picBalfour Beatty Infrastructure leverages its expertise on two important projects in North Carolina.

By Chris Petersen

For decades, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc. has been known for tackling some of the most complex and challenging heavy civil projects in the United States, and the company continues to build on that reputation with a pair of projects in North Carolina. According to Operations Manager Jay Boyd, the company’s work on two bridge projects in environmentally sensitive areas demonstrate the skill and care with which the company approaches all of its work across the United States.

Established in 1990 as the American business of U.K.-based parent company Balfour Beatty plc, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure has had a hand in building some of the biggest and most complex infrastructure projects in North America, including State Highway 130 in Texas, one of the largest design/build public works projects in United States history. Over the years, the company has build up a portfolio that contains highways, bridges, tunnels, railways, and water and wastewater treatment plants. The company’s customer base consists primarily of government agencies at all levels.

CoffmanCoffman Specialties built a custom concrete placement machine to work around site issues and speed up the reconstruction of I-8.

By Tim O’Connor

Highway reconstruction can be a massive headache for commuters. Lane closures along well-traveled routes stuff up the flow of traffic so that cars drip out of the construction zone like a leaky faucet, when they should be flowing like a garden hose. Any kind of time savings is not only a benefit to the budget, but relief for motorists. So when general contractor Coffman Specialties says it’s on track to finish the reconstruction of I-8 in southern California 188 days ahead of schedule, it's no surprise that the company has built a reputation as the expert in concrete paving.

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