allega picAnthony Allega Inc.’s embrace of the latest technology and methods allows it to maintain its status as a top paving contractor.
By Jim Harris

For Anthony Allega Inc. Cement Contractor, having 70 years of history does not mean being stuck in the past. “We are a very technologically sound company; we’re up to speed on everything,” says Jim Allega, vice president and co-owner of the Valley View, Ohio, company.

The company has long used state-of-the-art equipment and methods to complete its paving projects. This includes its use of the stringless trimming method since 1998. The company today continues to perform stringless paving and uses state-of-the-art equipment including pavers and trimmers.

“If you don’t keep updating your equipment and technology, you will fall behind, and the next thing you know you’re not going to be around,” Allega says. “We don’t own one piece of equipment that is not GPS-capable.”

Martam picMartam Construction’s broad expertise helps it take on hard jobs.
By Alan Dorich

There are companies that will avoid tough jobs, but Martam Construction Inc. is willing to take “whatever the market gives us,” Vice President Dennis Kutrovatz says. “We’re diversified in a lot of different areas to keep moving along.”

Elgin, Ill.-based Martam Construction’s specialties include concrete paving, excavations, bridges and underground utilities, small and large drainage jobs, and bike paths. “We try to do whatever we can,” he states.

J Track J-Track celebrates its 10th anniversary with expansion across the United States.

By Chris Kelsch

A decade ago, J-Track started as a track company and eventually became a general contractor as well. “This opportunity was only possible through the faith and trust that Tom Iovino [CEO of Judlau Enterprise] had at the time,” J-Track President Mitch Levine says. “He was able to foresee the future for J-Track to succeed.” 

Now after only 10 years in business, J-Track is expanding its track division to projects in Chicago, Massachusetts, Texas and eventually throughout the United States.  “We started as a track company,” says Scott Sbrocco, vice president of sales. “We had a vision that we would eventually expand throughout the country as a track company.”

archerwestern picArcher Western helps the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, complete its restoration from damages caused by Hurricane Ike in 2008.

By Jim Harris

In 2008, Hurricane Ike devastated the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) campus in Galveston, causing more than $700 million in damage. Of the many campus building systems affected, perhaps none was as critically hit as UTMB’s heating and cooling system, which was permanently damaged after being completely submerged in salt water for weeks following the storm surge.

Several years of restoration and reconstruction efforts on the campus are now culminating in an effort to replace the system and protect it against future damage. “We are now performing the last phases of the restoration,” says John W. Frye, project director for Archer Western, the contractor working on the project. “It’s taken this long to get to a point where the campus is fully functioning.”

The contractor expects to complete the heating and cooling system replacement upgrade before the end of the year. Archer Western’s series of contracts on this final phase totaling $125 million with UTMB also includes replacing and strengthening mechanical and other systems. Work on the project began in 2015.

Mid Coast Transit ConstructorsMid-Coast Transit Constructors draws on the strengths of three civil contracting companies to build a massive light rail project in San Diego.
By Jim Harris

Three of the nation’s leading civil construction firms have joined forces to complete a major light rail service expansion in San Diego. Mid-Coast Transit Constructors (MCTC), a joint venture of Stacy and Witbeck, Herzog Construction Corp. and Skanska, began work in fall 2016 on the $1.2 billion Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project.

“We are a fully integrated joint venture,” Project Manager Clayton Gilliland says. “If you walked through our office, you wouldn’t be able to tell who was employed by which company – we act as a single team.”

State Utility ContractorsState Utility Contractors’ employees, vendors and subcontractors play an important role in the heavy civil contractor’s success.
By Jim Harris

The slogan painted on each of the trucks operated by State Utility Contractors Inc. sums up the company’s philosophy succinctly: “Quality in Action.” For the company, maintaining a high level of quality on its projects begins with the people operating the equipment and driving the trucks.

“We follow the philosophy that you cannot build quality projects without quality people. We have many long-tenured employees who have high morals and are very ethical,” says Ron Brown, president of the Monroe, N.C.-based heavy civil contractor. “We empower our employees to make crucial decisions in the execution of their work and hold them accountable. This allows them to take ownership in what they are doing, because they always know that upper management has their backs when it comes to defending the decision that they made.”

Ryan picRyan Co. can meet the needs of complex projects.
By Alan Dorich

After more than 60 years, The Ryan Co. Inc. is a trailblazer when it comes to projects involving new technologies. For example, “We built one of the first utility-scale solar projects in the United States,” Director of Business Development William Hargett recalls.

Today, Ryan continues using technologies to make its clients’ projects more efficient. “It’s really a daily effort to make sure that our suppliers and engineering teams are working together to make these projects of a higher quality and cheaper,” he states.

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