BRB ContractorsBRB knows the needs of its clients and has the experience to keep projects moving.

By Alan Dorich

There are many municipal utilities contractors, but BRB Contractors Inc. sets itself apart with an emphasis on values such as honesty and integrity in its relations with others. “[We] treat our vendors and subcontractors like we like to be treated,” Chairman of the Board Mike Welch declares.

Top Flight

Top Flight Technologies aims to impact many industries with its powerful hybrid electric drone, the Airborg H8 10K.

By Bianca Herron

MIT alumnus Long Phan (Mechanical Engineering BS, MS, PhD) and a team of engineers and expert advisors helped build the Draper Small Autonomous Aerial Vehicle, the world’s first fully autonomous helicopter, in the mid-1990s. In 2014, not long after battery drones became widely available, Phan was approached by the MIT Lincoln Laboratory with a mission to solve the payload and extended flight time problems for battery-based drones.

SAW Software Mill

{SAW} Software Mill helps contractors better manage projects with the new Sage X3 Construction platform.

By Alan Dorich

Construction projects have become more complex, and builders need better tools to bring those jobs to completion. Specialized Application Workshop ({SAW}) and Software Mill LLC helps them do that, with software that allows clients better insight to their projects.

Irby Construction picIrby Construction Co.’s focus on safety and building relationships with employees and subcontractors led the company to a recent major milestone. By Jim Harris

Irby Construction Company’s emphasis on safety, quality, performance and teamwork has guided the company for more than 70 years. “We work hard to build a family atmosphere among our employees and that translates to a culture of excellence in all aspects of our business,” says Lee Jones, president of the Richland, Miss.,-based power infrastructure contractor.

The company’s management and leadership team regularly spends time in the field with supervisors and crewmembers leading safety meetings and walking projects. ”We try to create a strong rapport with our crewmembers and celebrate milestones when they occur”, says Jones. A long-standing tradition is hosting end-of project cookouts for crew members before moving on to the next project. This family dynamic is one part of the foundation and management style that has created leaders in the field for Irby Construction.

“Our employees know that we care about them and their families, and we are all very engaged with our customer base,” Jones adds. “Irby has a 70 year history of providing our customers with safe work practices, quality service, effective communication and innovative solutions.”

Delaware DOT picDelDOT’s latest project will not only improve safety, but also serve as a learning opportunity for future employees.
By Bianca Herron

Delaware’s Department Of Transportation (DelDOT) is responsible for 90 percent of the roads in the state. Maintaining everything from interstate highways to neighborhood streets, DelDOT strives to make every trip taken in the state safe, reliable and convenient for travelers not only via roads, but also by rails, buses, airways, waterways, bike trails and walking paths.

“We have regional traffic coming through from Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey,” Chief Engineer Robert McCleary says. “We have 1,600 bridges and maintain about 13,000 lane miles of highway. We have an agency of about 2,800 employees and our total operating budget is nearly $1 billion. It includes the Department of Motor Vehicles as well as the Delaware Transit Corporation, which are both subsidiaries of our agency. Additionally, we’re the 49th state in terms of size, but we rank near 17th in lane miles. So we have a real robust program for a small state.”

Stacy and Witbeck picStacy and Witbeck’s light rail project features a roundabout that will alleviate traffic congestion.
By Alan Dorich

When Stacy and Witbeck arrives on a project site, they concentrate on delivering the best outcome. “We have a lot of high-quality people who really focus on the customer and the community,” Project Manager Jennifer Donaldson says.

The company brings this focus to its Gilbert Road Light Rail Extension project in Mesa, Ariz. The project, she explains, is a 1.7-mile extension of the Valley Metro Light Rail system that will add one park-and-ride and two stations.

But the most distinctive feature, she notes, will be a four-way roundabout with the light rail traveling through it. “There’s a similar, three-way roundabout in Utah,” Donaldson says, noting that Stacy and Witbeck built that roundabout.

Beltline EnergyBy Chris Kelsch

In 2005, the federal government introduced a 30 percent construction tax credit for businesses and homeowners looking to erect solar panels to generate energy. And while states like California took the early lead in developing solar sites, various states followed with mandates that their utilities buy a certain amount of solar power.

Georgia Power, Georgia’s largest utility, furthered that state’s renewable energy push in 2011 with the Large-Scale Solar (LSS) initiative, in 2013 with its advanced Solar Initiative (ASI), and in 2016 with its Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI). It committed to buy over a gigawatt of power generated by the sun and introduced incentives to encourage the use of solar power.

Liesfeld Contractor picLiesfeld Contractor has evolved from residential lot grading to a host of heavy civil capabilities including site preparation and road building during its 45-year history.
By Jim Harris

Liesfeld Contractor Inc.’s ability to expand into diverse markets and adapt to the latest developments in its industry have helped it to grow significantly during its 45-year history.

Founded in 1972 by Joe Liesfeld Jr. as a small residential home lot grading provider, the company greatly evolved its capabilities during its first few decades in business to include additional work in the residential and commercial sectors. Liesfeld Contractor has further grown in the 21st century into the industrial and governmental markets.

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