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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.

Some managers keep their employees at arms’ length, but Allied Projects Ltd. maintains a culture of closeness and transparency, President Michael Brunner says. “We try to keep people engaged and involved in what’s going on,” he declares.

“That pays off in dividends,” he continues. “I think everyone enjoys knowing what the business is about. It makes it easier to ride out the economic ups-and-downs.”

Based in Calgary, Alberta, Allied provides electrical contracting services for construction projects and service work for building maintenance programs. Brunner co-founded the company with two partners in 1996.

Headquartered in Chicago, Walsh Construction has many years of experience in the construction of tunnels, as well as wastewater and water treatment plants. That experience is being put to good use on the Black River Tunnel project in Lorain, Ohio. 

The project is meeting a major environmental need for the state. With heavy rain often causing sewage to spill over into the Black River and then travel to Lake Erie, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency tasked Lorain with finding a way to stop untreated sewage from polluting the local waters. The Black River Tunnel project first broke ground in August 2012, and it is scheduled for completion in August. 

When it is completed, the system will consist of a 19-foot-diameter tunnel with two deep shafts, one 180 feet deep with a 36-foot diameter, and the second shaft will be 116 feet deep and its internal diameter will be 30 feet. Financing for the $52 million project is coming from local ratepayers as well as a loan from the Ohio Water Development Authority.

For 37 years, Holland Pump has been providing fast and effective dewatering solutions for numerous markets. The company’s expertise ranges from residential and commercial construction to phosphate mining, paper mills, power plants and beyond. 

Since its founding in 1978, Holland Pump has been involved in the manufacture, sale, distribution, rental and servicing of pumps. Holland Pump supplies equipment to projects including municipal stormwater, utilities and lift stations. Further, the company has extensive experience in the sugar industry and has been involved with many Florida water management projects, including dewatering for the last three U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects in Collier County, Fla. 

The manufacturing division of the company produces as many as 300 diesel-driven systems each year. Holland pump also maintains a fleet of more than 600 diesel rental pumps deployed throughout the South. The corporate, manufacturing and central repair facilities are all located at Holland Pump’s headquarters in West Palm Beach, Fla., but the company also has branch operations in the Florida cities of Pensacola, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Fort Myers and the town of Walterboro, S.C.

Coastal Precast Systems’ (CPS) customers have long looked to the company for innovative solutions to their building needs. “When someone has a complicated job, they typically call us to help them out,” says Paul Ogorchock, owner of the Chesapeake, Va.-based precast supplier. 

The company specializes in designing, manufacturing and installing precast structures for the marine and heavy highway construction markets. In addition, the company has in recent years manufactured columns, beams, balcony slabs and other building structures.

“The entire precast process is performed in-house from design and fabrication to delivery and installation,” the company says. “Our team includes qualified and experienced in-house engineers, drafters, estimators, accountants, CAD operators, project managers, sales team and more to help customers every step of the way regardless of the size or complexity of [their] project.” 

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) had its busiest year in history in 2014 as 24.6 million passengers landed and took off from the Florida airport – a million-passenger increase from 2013. With activity on the rise, Broward County, which operates FLL, is already in the midst of a projected $2.3 billion overhaul that will improve on-time flights and make the airport more convenient for travelers visiting Florida’s many vacation destinations.

The project has already seen the addition of a new runway and progress continues on expanding terminal 4. The improvements are being handled by the Program Management Office, engineering design firm AECOM and the Broward County Aviation Department, which operates the airport. Parsons Transportation Group served as the project manager for the new runway and Turner Construction is the project manager for the terminal 4 expansion.

After four decades, Barnard Construction Co. Inc. thrives by applying a unique management approach to projects, Vice President Derek Tisdel says. “We put our best foot forward from the very beginning to the very end,” he declares. “Our management philosophy is having the same people who bid the job build the job.”

Barnard Construction has applied that approach to a series of dam projects for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) over the past year-and-a-half. The company is proud of its work on each. 

As the company has worked hard on these projects, it has developed a strong working relationship with TVA, which is a testament to Barnard Construction’s workers and their integrity. “What TVA is looking for is what we’re providing,” he says. 

For utility and telecommunication crews performing installation and maintenance work, the ability to accurately pinpoint the location of utility poles or other infrastructure in the field is absolutely essential.

For many years, crews have used GPS handset equipment that can be difficult to deploy, unwieldy to use or expensive to maintain. The need for inexpensive, reliable and accurate mapping information led TerraGo – a leading provider of digital PDF-based maps – last year to launch its newest product, TerraGo Edge, an app workers can use to share location-based information of all kinds, even at centimeter-precision.

“Our aspiration is to replace all of the clunky GPS devices out there from the 1990s, and that’s what we’re doing, one customer at a time,” says Mike Gundling, vice president of product management for the company. “We’re helping people replace those handhelds with their phone – everything you used to do with those old devices you can now do on your iPhone, iPad or Android device.”

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