Southland picSouthland Contracting’s tunneling expertise is helping Indianapolis deal with sewer overflow issues.

By Chris Petersen

Dealing with wastewater is one of civilization’s oldest problems, and it continues to be a major concern in growing municipalities where outdated infrastructure and rising demands call for big solutions. For example, consider the work being done under the streets of Indianapolis right now, as Citizens Water undertakes its largest sewer overflow project to date, the $1.6 billion Long Term Control Plan. Expected to be completed by 2025, the completed project will meet federal requirements to curb the overflow of raw sewage into local rivers and streams by building a 25-mile combined sewer overflow collection system consisting of numerous tunnels and pumping stations. 

CCA Civil pixThe new Wittpenn vertical lift bridge will be a sizable improvement.

By Russ Gager

Relief is on the way for drivers delayed on Route 7 by the old Wittpenn vertical lift bridge that was built over the Hackensack River in Jersey City, N.J., in 1930. CCA Civil, a subsidiary of China Construction America (CCA), which focuses on the heavy construction market in the New York metropolitan area, is partnering with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) to build a new vertical lift bridge north of the existing bridge.

 The new bridge will provide for a minimum vertical clearance of 70 feet above the water in the closed position compared with the 35-foot height for the existing bridge. As a result, fewer openings of the new bridge are promised by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.


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Energy Services Inc. brings skill and flexibility to energy projects.

By Chris Petersen

For more than 40 years, Energy Services Inc. (ESI) has provided the engineering and construction knowhow to projects that provide power worldwide, and the company continues to build upon its successes on projects like the recent Exelon Corporation Perryman 6 peaking power generation project in Harford County, MD. According to Executive Vice President, Raul Pereda, the installation of the new FT4000 aero-derivative gas turbine engine was packaged by PW Power Systems and is a prime example of how the company’s extensive expertise and flexibility make it a leading engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm.

Ouachita River bridgeThe new Ouachita River Bridge in Harrisonburg, La., will greatly improve traffic flow in the region.

By Jim Harris

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) early next year will complete the replacement of a more than 80-year-old bridge.

Contractor Gilchrist Construction in May 2014 began work on the new bridge, located on state route LA-8 in Harrisonburg, La. The $37 million bridge, which spans the Ouachita River, replaces a structure built in 1932, LaDOTD Project Engineer Charlie Franklin says. The contract for the project was awarded in late 2013.

Skanska picSkanska USA’s dedication to the environment and safety underpins its work on the realignment of California’s SR-58. By Jim Harris

Skanska USA is applying its core values and dedication to safety to a $115.8 million highway realignment project in California. The western branch of the construction leader’s civil division is leading an effort to widen and realign a portion of State Route 58 from a two-lane conventional highway to a four-lane expressway.

The nine-mile-long section, located in the unincorporated community of Hinkley in San Bernandino County, is the latest portion of Route 58 to receive an upgrade. The California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) engineered, designed and is funding the project, supplemented with federal funds, in an effort to increase capacity on the highway and ensure motorist safety, Skanska USA Senior Project Manager John Matich says.


Ghilotti Ghilotti Construction Co. values its ability to build relationships and support its communities.

By Tim O’Connor

Richard Ghilotti was born into a construction family and learned early on that the industry was built on relationships. He had an opportunity to form those relationships early in his career while attending Santa Clara University where he made connections with many future owners and contractors. “It’s amazing how many people I went to college with who are in construction today,” Ghilotti says. “It helps to know some of the owners of the companies and have the ability to bid on their work.”

Those relationships led to Ghilotti’s company, Ghilotti Construction Co., being chosen to complete site preparation work for projects such as Sonoma Raceway and Skywalker Ranch, the workplace of “Star Wars” creator George Lucas. 

Thalle pic 2Thalle Construction's experience on large civil projects earned it a nearly $150 million pipeline and reservoir project in Texas.

By Jim Harris

Thalle Construction Co.'s extensive experience completing dam, reservoir and large-diameter utility work makes it the ideal company to complete a large water utility project in north-central Texas. The company in November 2014 was awarded a $149.6 million contract to build a roughly 13-mile-long section of water pipeline and related infrastructure in Midlothian, Texas, part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The Tarrant Regional Water District awarded the contract based on factors including the company's experience, self-performing and scheduling capabilities, as well as pricing.

Minger Construction picMinnesota’s Minger Construction has a reputation for taking on challenging and complex civil and utility construction.

By Chris Petersen

Many contractors like to focus on the easy projects, but that’s not how Minger Construction in Minnesota built its name. President Luke Minger says the company has earned a reputation over the years for rolling up its sleeves and tackling some of the most challenging heavy civil and utility work in the upper Midwest.

As Minger puts it, the company is proud to be known for taking on work that many other civil contractors would think twice about. “We’re kind of in a niche,” he says. “We do a lot of tricky projects.

“We get a lot of phone calls from people who know that we can tackle a project no one else can handle,” he adds.

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