In the past three years, the municipal drinking water in Bend, Ore., has been recognized as the best tasting in the Pacific Northwest by the American Water Works Association. The water — which is sourced mainly from a surface watershed as well as a deep well facility – has been noted as being clean, crisp and having a nice aftertaste by judges during an annual association contest.

The high quality of Bend’s water supply will soon improve even further. Construction manager Mortenson Construction earlier this year completed placement of a 10-mile, 30-inch pipeline that will carry water from the watershed, known as Bridge Creek, through the Deschutes National Forest and a local neighborhood to a water chlorination facility. 

When Laura Wilkas joined her family’s company, Monroe Tractor, as the marketing manager four years ago, her first major undertaking was to rebrand its image. In rethinking its brand, the equipment supplier matched its marketing overhaul with internal efforts to improve service to commercial and agricultural customers and added more product specialists. The result, Wilkas says, is that Monroe Tractor today is better able to deliver on its brand promise: “We’re there to keep you doing your job.”

The rebranding created a consistent message and customer experience, no matter which of its 11 New York locations customers visit. “It has been rewarding to see that it is catching on and our associates are supporting our message to our customers,” Wilkas says of the initiative. With the initial phase of the rebranding in place, Monroe Tractor is now looking at how it can best support current customers and reach new customers. “As my grandfather always said, if you take care of the customer, the business will grow,” Wilkas says of the philosophy.

Construction is not uncommon on the Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike (HEFT) as the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) endeavors to keep traffic moving smoothly and safely in one of the state’s busiest metropolitan areas.

The HEFT, also known as the Ronald Reagan Turnpike, is the southern extension of the Florida Turnpike. The 48-mile-long expressway runs around the west and north sides of Miami extending from U.S. Route 1 in Florida City, near Homestead, to the Turnpike mainline. The roadway is used both by commuters and travelers to the Florida Keys Everglades National Park. Heavy traffic congestion is not uncommon, leading FDOT to rely more heavily on express lanes to resolve the problem.

Sustaining heavy damage from Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29, 2012, the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) in East Rockaway, N.Y., was in need of several short-term quick fixes to get up and running as soon as possible. 

“The Bay Park STP was partially submerged and the major electrical systems, pumping facilities and processes were inundated with salt water from the nearby bay area,” according to the joint venture overseeing the project. This sustained damage caused the plant to halt operations.

The facility’s shutdown was considered a public health emergency because its operation was imperative to prevent sewage from backing up into homes and streets. Immediately following the disaster, Hazen – as well as future joint-venture partner, Arcadis-U.S. of Highlands Ranch, Colo. – assisted critical response teams to get the facility operational. The future joint venture team created an emergency repair program that included a workflow process to track damage assessments, work orders and costs. 

People often look at Dan Jones cross-eyed when he talks about parks as infrastructure. But as the chairman and CEO of Louisville, Ky.’s 21st Century Parks, Jones understands the expensive consequences of city planning that neglects public space. 

In 2009, McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, issued a report titled “Preparing for China’s Urban Billion.” The report created a blueprint for how the Asian giant could create the infrastructure needed to accommodate 350 million more urban residents by 2030. In more than 500 pages, the report never once mentions public parks. Jones questions the quality of life those billion urban dwellers will have, pointing out that every great city of the world has an equally great park system. “Parks are not an afterthought,” Jones says. “They should be on a list with roads and bridges and housing.”

When the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project is complete in early 2019 it will open up underserved portions of the Los Angeles region to new public transportation options and bring light rail closer to the Los Angeles international airport. “It’s very important for the residents of the Crenshaw and Inglewood areas to connect to this network,” explains Jim Gardner, senior project manager for Walsh-Shea Corridor Constructors.

Walsh-Shea Corridor Constructors is a partnership between Walsh Construction Company and J.F. Shea Construction Inc., both of which have an extensive history of completing mass-transit projects. The collaboration began in 2011 when Walsh-Shea bid on the $1.3 billion construction project for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). The total cost of creating the route is $2.058 billion, including property acquisition, and the project is one of 12 developments  being paid for through a half-cent sales tax increase approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008.

Indiana’s Superior Construction Co. places great emphasis on safety.

As northwest Indiana grew, so too did Superior Construction Co. The general contractor started in the 1930s by offering its services to a variety of markets, including commercial, heavy highway, petrochemical and municipal, the company says.

As the Gary, Ind., region expanded, Superior Construction built many of the city’s landmark structures, including Saint Mark’s Church, Lew Wallace High School and the Memorial Auditorium.

Decades later, Superior Construction remains a major player in northwest Indiana’s construction market and places a primary focus on safety to remain a leader. For example, every subcontractor, supplier and service company under contract with the general contractor is required to enforce a safety program equivalent to or more stringent than Superior Construction’s.

Every project requires the right combination of talents to be completed successfully. Austin Power Partners (APP) has brought that mixture for its project at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

APP is a joint venture between local and out-of-state firms. This includes Austin Commercial, a Dallas-based commercial and industrial builder, and Power Construction Co. LLC, an 88-year-old firm based in Chicago that operates strictly in and around northern Illinois.

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