Situated near the Mississippi River, Clinton, Iowa, recently celebrated the 135th anniversary of the city’s incorporation. In an effort to increase the location’s economic growth as well as local jobs, city officials determined that sewer system and road improvements, as well as construction of a new wastewater treatment facility, were long overdue. Much of the city of Clinton’s combined sewer system is in need of separation.

Building the first publicly-built segment of a concrete biking and hiking trail called the Six Cities Trail and setting a railroad bridge in the middle of a forest is a challenge, concedes Don Callaham, president of CalHar Construction Inc. “If you were standing there before we started and looked into this thick forest where this bridge had to go and thought about the crane and the large pieces of equipment and precast material, you’d wonder how we were going to get all this stuff back there,” Callaham muses.

When West Vancouver’s scenic North Shore was developed, access to it was limited. “In the 1950s, the Guinness family from England had bought a sizable amount of property on the North Shore in West Vancouver,” relates Dave Wylie, project superintendent for B.A. Blacktop Ltd. “So they built a toll bridge to get access to the properties.”

For more than 35 years, Wilco Marsh Buggies & Draglines Inc. has been building itself as one of the foremost leaders in soft terrain, amphibious equipment. Whether manufacturing, renting or acting as contractors, Wilco is able to provide. Field Superintendent John Ritter explains that Wilco started small but has grown to be a top-tier manufacturer. “We started off building one [machine] at a time,” he says. “Our manufacturing division is now set up to build multiple units at one time, sort of like an assembly line.”

Rainy Lake Tribal Contracting is building lucrative partnerships and taking on big projects after only its first year of business. The Fort Francis, Ontario-based contractor was formed in April 2009 as a partnership between Rainy Lake Tribal Development Corp. and local contractor and company General Manager Larry George. The Rainy Lake Tribal Development Corp. is comprised of six of the Rainy River District area First Nations: Couchiching, Rainy River, Naicatchewenin, Seine River, Nigigoon-siminikaaning and Mitaanjigamiing.

The word “plenary” means complete and absolute, so it’s fitting that the principals of Plenary Group chose it to describe their new firm. As a leading investor, developer and operator of public-private partnership (P3) projects throughout Canada, Australia and Singapore, Plenary Group exemplifies a plenary approach to infrastructure development. President of Plenary Group Canada Paul Dunstan says P3 has become more than a curiosity in the in­fra­structure market and has developed into a full-fledged movement hailed by governments and builders around the world as an effective method of project delivery.

As one of the world’s most popular destinations, the commonwealth of the Bahamas is known for world-class hotels and attractions. Within the next few years, the islands’ largest airport will match these attractions in quality and become even more of an extension of the hospitality the area is known for.

It has been 100 years since land sur­v­eyor and engineer William Gordon McElhanney started his company with a one-room office in Vancouver. A lot has changed, both in western Canada and the rest of the world, but McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. continues to provide extensive mapping, surveying and engineering design and project work.

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