Oil prices are down today, but what will they be tomorrow? The volatile energy industry depends on forward-thinking companies like Windcreek Services, which offers innovative project solutions while cutting costs for its customers. “The one thing that will happen around here will be change because the world changes,” Director of Sales and Marketing Kevin Wilen says. “We always have to be changing whether that is in markets or technology.”

The Gillette, Wyo.-based company was founded in 1978 as a well drilling company that focused on shallow oil wells and domestic water wells. Over the years, Windcreek Services continues to diversify into oilfield service work, methane gas field construction, underground utility work, general highway and road projects. “What we focus on is how we can provide a cost-savings to the energy and construction industries because now they have to watch their costs so much closer,” Wilen notes. “Cost-savings comes through the innovation of finding a better solution to perform a task or a better solution to construct a project.” 

General contractor Vandahl Engineering and Construction Co. succeeds in the healthcare field because of its experience, reliability, quality work and attention to detail. The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based firm specializes in improvement work for hospitals, VA facilities and medical environments. 

That includes “everything from nurse call stations, fire dampers, mixing valves for Legionella disease and safe patient-handling system installation and maintenance,” owner Peter VanWolvelaerd says. Working closely with biomedical engineering departments and nurse managers, the veteran-owned company specializes in construction in active medical environments. It does so utilizing careful coordination with medical staff. “As a construction company, we work around the schedule of the hospital so they can focus on the care and well-being of the patient,” VanWolvelaerd says. 

With 475,000 square feet of added space and 9,000 square feet of renovations, the nine-story Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., includes 200 private patient rooms and shell space for a 48-bed expansion. 

“We are about 80 percent complete,” said Joe Kranz, project executive of Turner Construction Co., near the end of March. The emergency department will be turned over for occupancy in July and the remainder is scheduled for completion at the end of the year.

Pre- and post-partum facilities include room for more than 4,500 newborn deliveries annually; a special care nursery; 50 post-partum rooms; and 18 labor, delivery and recovery suites. Three c-section rooms; an 18-bay special-care nursery and a 35-bay medical oncology and infusion center to support the radiation oncology center are also included.

The vision for a new lifestyle-centered retail development in Silverdale, Wash., was conceived more than a decade ago. That vision turned into reality in August when Robinson Construction Co. began overseeing the construction of The Trails at Silverdale, which is expected to attract a mix of stores and restaurants.

“The unique part about the development is what they are trying to create with the lifestyle portion,” Project Manager Bryan Kenney says. “The lifestyle area will feature restaurants, outdoor seating areas, lots of landscaping and fire pits where people can meet and enjoy.” 

In terms of its presence in the U.S. market, Peikko Group USA appears to be a very young company, but appearances can be deceiving. Even though the company has only operated in the United States since 2011, Peikko Group as a whole has been a European leader in concrete connections and composite structures for 50 years, and this provides Peikko Group USA with a solid foundation for its business in North America. 

Managing Director Rens Hansort explains that the company has accumulated a broad knowledge base since its inception in Finland in 1965, and that know-how is one of the company’s greatest strengths in the United States. “Peikko definitely has a rich history of research and development and engineering support, so the engineering support is one of the key elements to our success,” Hansort says. 

In May 2013, the North Dakota Legislature approved funding for a new $124 million, 325,000-square-foot University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences building in Grand Forks, N.D. The project broke ground in June 2014. 

JLG Architects, a noted regional and national firm based in Grand Forks, designed the four-story building in partnership with Perkins+Will and Steinberg Architects. The architectural designers are collaborating with PCL Construction/Community Contractors (PCL/CC), chosen by the University of North Dakota to provide construction manager at-risk services for the project. 

“We have projects across the U.S. and Canada, and we’ve expanded into the Caribbean and Australia based on customer requests,” Construction Manager Brad Hendrickson says. “A lot of our work is repeat business in the private and public sectors. That speaks volumes to our ability to align with our customers.”

The new state-of-the-art Lake Forest Hospital campus will provide patients with access to quality care, medical experts and exceptional service as well as a seamless pathway to Northwestern Medicine care such as Cancer, Cardio-Vascular, Women’s Health and Orthopedic / Neuro-Surgery specialties.

The three-story hospital will contain 114 private inpatient beds, 72 outpatient care spaces, eight operating rooms and 499,000-square-feet of new construction. It is a Level Two Trauma Center as designated by the State of Illinois.

“This is a replacement hospital on property we own,” explains James Mladucky, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare Director of Facility Planning and Construction. The new hospital is centrally located on a 160-acre property north of where the existing hospital resides today. The new design is a crescent-shaped building about 900 feet long with six pavilions on a continuous diagnostic plinth. 

With infrastructure spending down and the cost of a new stationary asphalt plant ranging from $3 million to $7 million depending on size – not including the cost of the site and its preparation – asphalt producers are looking for a company that can help them produce more at better quality and lower cost. Enabling that are the highly experienced employees of Meeker Equipment Co. Inc.

“In the last five years, when minimal highway money was being spent, people weren’t buying new, they were fixing up the old, which is what we do very well,” asserts Bill Garrett, product manager for Infern-O-Therm, the ready-mix equipment manufacturer that Meeker Equipment Co. purchased this past July. “Retrofitting has been the company’s forte, the whole life of the company, and we continue that tradition. We know every customer is very important to us.” 

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