Industrial

Thirty-six years ago, the first construction project Dave Lonsdale was a part of was a hospital. Back then, simply having a computer system was considered cutting-edge. But today’s technological advancements require increasingly complex systems capable of talking to each other as hospitals push for better integration aimed at improving patient care. Lonsdale, a project manager for Plan Group, a multi-trade contractor, helped create the next evolution in integration with Toronto’s Humber River Hospital, North America’s first fully digital hospital.

With close ties to the Toronto market and extensive experience on large projects, Plan Group was a clear choice for PCL Constructors Canada Inc. to partner with when selecting an electrical subcontractor to develop and install and integrate many of the building systems that make up the backbone of the new hospital. The company was founded in 1955 as an electrical contractor and over the course of 60 years grew its services to include fire security, communications, building management systems and mechanical systems. Plan Group can now design and implement a full suite of systems essential to any project from structured cabling to industrial controls.

After swinging through the ups and downs of the energy industry in the past decade, new ownership is helping Bottom Line Services (BLS) transition to the stability of the midstream oil and gas market. 

For the past 15 years, BLS has been an installation contractor and a provider of services to the pipeline and plant construction markets. BLS has three main divisions: pipelines, facilities and coating. 

The San Antonio-based company’s services include amine gas and cryogenic plant construction, pipeline construction and facility construction are among its other offerings.

With tight environmental restrictions, growth can be a difficult prospect in the timber industry. As Neiman Enterprises approaches 500 employees, the Rocky Mountain company is thinking cautiously about whether it should pass that threshold and open itself up to enhanced forestry industry regulations.

The drought in qualified workers entering the timber industry has further complicated that decision to grow. The company’s workforce is aging and retiring faster than it can train new employees, says Marcus Neiman, plant manager for Neiman Enterprises’ Spearfish Forest Products facility. This makes it difficult to develop the next generation of talent. “We got to this level because we had the key personnel with the inherent knowledge and gut instinct to make the right decisions,” Neiman says.

There are some construction projects where familiarity among the partners is a critical element for success. Perhaps that is why Hatch Ltd. and The Mosaic Company are so thrilled to be working together on Mosaic’s New Wales fertilizer plant in Mulberry, Fla. 

“We were chosen because of our expertise and experience with Mosaic on this and similar processes,” Senior Project Manager Dan Pelham says. “They can have trust in our ability to upgrade their existing plant.” 

Teaming Up

Hatch Ltd. is an employee-owned, multidisciplinary professional services firm that provides technical and strategic services to the mining, metallurgical, energy and infrastructure sectors. Its services include project and construction management, consulting, information technology, engineering and process development. The company has project experience in more than 150 countries, more than 10,000 people in more than 65 offices and more than $35 billion in projects currently under management.

Swedish manufacturer SKF has been a leader in providing technology for more than a century. The company’s expertise in bearings, seals, mechatronics and lubrication systems made it a formidable presence in the global manufacturing market, from its earliest products in 1907 to the highly sophisticated solutions it provides for its global customers today. Innovation has been key to SKF’s success over the years, and the company is furthering its commitment to developing the solutions for tomorrow’s manufacturing applications with the construction of its new Global Technical Center outside of Chicago. 

The 130,000-square-foot, $30 million Global Technical Center Americas has been planned with the goal of bringing SKF’s technical expertise and engineering prowess closer to its customers in North America. Located in Naperville, Ill., the Global Technical Center Americas will complement the company’s existing technical center in Michigan and will provide the company with a new state-of-the-art facility from which it can develop new solutions for its customers. 

When Wesex Corp. approaches a new project, it embraces the potential hurdles for the challenges they provide. Take for example a Cleveland-area printing facility expansion project Wesex began in October 2014 with a deadline to finish in June. The 60,000-square-foot addition will double the facility’s size but required the removal of two walls on the production floor while the plant was still operating. The precast concrete Wesex needed was not available in time, so Wesex faced a decision: delay the project, or find a solution that fit the client’s timeline.

Delivering projects on time is one of Wesex’s core philosophies. So the builder, based in West Middlesex, Pa., sought creative alternatives to complete the expansion by deadline. Wesex decided to relocate the two exterior walls to their new location and build temporary walls in their place, allowing crews to install a new roof during a winter that included one of the coldest Februaries on record. Because of that shifting approach, the project remains on schedule and is a testament to Wesex’s willingness to try new ideas to deliver value to customers, according to President and CEO Greg Koledin.

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