Founded in 2000 by President Jerry Blount, Mesa, Ariz.-based Blount Contracting Inc. quickly has become a leading provider of quality earthwork, paving and asphalt maintenance services in Arizona. Blount brought several years of experience to his new company and embarked on a mission to improve the way the construction industry in Arizona operated, explains his son, Vice President Randy Blount.

No matter the state of the economy, solid relationships are what make or break a contractor. When the number of available jobs shrinks, a previous history could be the difference between surviving a recession and watching the industry from the outside looking in. WELBRO Building Corp. has built its reputation on these relationships since its founding in 1979. The company has grown into one of the largest privately held general contractors in central Florida. 

The largest public works project in Los Angeles’ history continues to take shape. Crews are expanding the footprint of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) as the $1.2 billion project enters its second year of construction. Walsh Austin Joint Venture, a union of contractors Walsh Construction and Austin Com­mercial, is serving as construction manager on the project, which broke ground in 2010. The project includes adding more than 1 million square feet to the existing facility by expanding the terminal and building two new concourses, Project Principal Joe Thompson says.

For more than 90 years, P. Agnes Inc. has strived to provide the best possible general contracting and construction management services to its clients throughout the Delaware Valley. For more than 150 years, Lankenau Medical Center has cared for and treated residents of suburban Philadelphia with advanced healthcare services. When two organizations with such long histories of excellence come together on a single project, it goes without saying that such a project would be among the best in the region. That is what P. Agnes and Lankenau Medical Center are counting on with the construction of the hospital’s new Patient Pavilion.

Healthcare is constantly evolving, and as the treatments and methodologies change, healthcare facilities must change, as well. This can be one of the biggest challenges facing any healthcare organization, as it struggles to balance the resources available to it with the need to modernize its operations to provide the most effective care. John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, Texas, is one of those facilities keeping up with the times as it engages in a modernization project aimed at allowing it to offer more family centered patient care.

There’s no question that renovation and expansion work in an active healthcare environment is one of the most challenging types of construction. There’s also no question that the extensive experience of Integrated Facilities Solutions (IFS) Inc. makes it one of the preferred program management firms in the Chicago area for projects of this nature. The company’s recent work on a $100 million campus improvement plan for NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Skokie Hospital in Skokie, Ill., is proof of that. IFS President and founder Tim Vander Molen says the extensive infrastructure project with its daily challenges is relatively routine for IFS due to its experience and up-front planning.

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (CCT) are implementing salmon and steelhead enhancement projects to mitigate the effects of hydropower development on fish populations in the Okanogan and Columbia rivers of Washington. The projects will provide wide-ranging ecological, social and economic benefits within those river basins.

For GTF JV, a joint venture of Granite Construction Northeast, Traylor Bros. and Frontier Kemper, the East Side Access project for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Construction Company (MTA CCC) is much more than just a normal railroad project. “The overall program has been [in] design for more than 40 years,” Project Executive Stephen Price declares.

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