When ECM International President Tomas Cardenas, P.E., founded the El Paso, Texas-based company in 1983, his vision was to establish a construction consultation organization that put the interests of its clients before its own. This selfless philosophy has inadvertently worked to the benefit of ECM, for it has grown to become one of the largest consulting firms on the United States and Mexico border.

The first phase of a major infrastructure project in the heart of Seattle is underway. General Contractors Skanska USA started work in July 2010 on a portion of the Alaskan Way viaduct replacement program, a $3.1 billion project running along State Route 99 through downtown Seattle.

For more than a year, Green Springs, Ohio-based Miller Cable Co. has been installing an intelligent transportation system (ITS) at 206 locations across seven counties in northeast Ohio for Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) districts 3, 4 and 12. The $18.2 million project, which is being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will be completed in September 2011 after 24 months of construction.

The best landmarks in the world are those that can withstand the test of time, but the only way to build an enduring structure is to have a solid foundation. A solid foundation requires the expertise of a solid contractor that is unmatched in the industry with regard to quality, professionalism and experience. McKinney Drilling Co. has provided clients with quality foundation services for more than 75 years.

As a project manager for 13 years at Charles Blalock and Sons Inc., Chad Woodroof has rarely seen a project his company can’t handle. Although stubborn, rocky soils might be a barrier to some construction contractors, Blalock and Sons can excavate, blast and pave its way to a successful job completion.

For President Steve Barrs, C.A. Barrs Contractor Inc. has not only been a business, but it also has given him the satisfaction of watching personal growth among employees. “I’ve enjoyed the people that I’ve worked with, and I’ve enjoyed seeing people grow in their careers,” he says.

Barnard Construction’s experience with many different facets of heavy civil construction is being put to good use during one of the company’s largest ongoing projects. The Bozeman, Mont.-based contractor’s work on the Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Redevelopment Project includes tunnel enlargement, deep shaft work, large-diameter pipeline placement, structural concrete, turbine/generator installation, and mechanical and electrical system replacement.

It works with high-powered industrial sprayers instead of fine-tipped brushes, and it works with paint mixed more for its durability than its expressive colors. However, when you consider the importance and difficulty of what Abhe & Svoboda Inc. does, the industrial coatings and restoration contractor’s work is no less a work of art than anything hanging in the Louvre. 

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