Ghilotti Ghilotti Construction Co. values its ability to build relationships and support its communities.

By Tim O’Connor

Richard Ghilotti was born into a construction family and learned early on that the industry was built on relationships. He had an opportunity to form those relationships early in his career while attending Santa Clara University where he made connections with many future owners and contractors. “It’s amazing how many people I went to college with who are in construction today,” Ghilotti says. “It helps to know some of the owners of the companies and have the ability to bid on their work.”

Those relationships led to Ghilotti’s company, Ghilotti Construction Co., being chosen to complete site preparation work for projects such as Sonoma Raceway and Skywalker Ranch, the workplace of “Star Wars” creator George Lucas. 

Thalle pic 2Thalle Construction's experience on large civil projects earned it a nearly $150 million pipeline and reservoir project in Texas.

By Jim Harris

Thalle Construction Co.'s extensive experience completing dam, reservoir and large-diameter utility work makes it the ideal company to complete a large water utility project in north-central Texas. The company in November 2014 was awarded a $149.6 million contract to build a roughly 13-mile-long section of water pipeline and related infrastructure in Midlothian, Texas, part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The Tarrant Regional Water District awarded the contract based on factors including the company's experience, self-performing and scheduling capabilities, as well as pricing.

Minger Construction picMinnesota’s Minger Construction has a reputation for taking on challenging and complex civil and utility construction.

By Chris Petersen

Many contractors like to focus on the easy projects, but that’s not how Minger Construction in Minnesota built its name. President Luke Minger says the company has earned a reputation over the years for rolling up its sleeves and tackling some of the most challenging heavy civil and utility work in the upper Midwest.

As Minger puts it, the company is proud to be known for taking on work that many other civil contractors would think twice about. “We’re kind of in a niche,” he says. “We do a lot of tricky projects.

“We get a lot of phone calls from people who know that we can tackle a project no one else can handle,” he adds.

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(Photo credit: Brian Fritz Photography)

F.H. Paschen is at work on Illinois’ Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project.

By Alan Dorich

If there is anything drivers want, it is the ability to get to their destination as quickly and smoothly as possible. Illinois Tollway’s Elgin O’Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project will help them do that with the addition of 17 miles of new roads and 15 new or improved interchanges.

Manafort picManafort Brothers is setting an example for the first design/build highway project in Connecticut and using prefabricated bridge units to do it.

By Russ Gager

Drivers complain about poor highway infrastructure, but they do not like being rerouted when it is being improved. So the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) decided to accelerate replacement of four bridges on Route 8/25 in Bridgeport, Conn., by using the accelerated bridge construction (ABC) technique coupled with the design/build project delivery method for the first time and having the general contractor of the project, Manafort Brothers, prefabricate bridge components. This will limit long-term lane restrictions for bridge construction to two two-week periods during the entire project.

Through this pilot program, Manafort Brothers and its team of engineers, and subcontractors are reducing 16 spans of elevated bridges to six. “The project has been an invaluable opportunity for us and all parties involved,” Manafort Brothers Heavy Highway Department Manager Justin Gill maintains.

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