No matter how sophisticated or “smart” utilities or commercial builders have become, they still rely in many cases on products and services that one might think aren’t very complicated at all: the wooden utility pole and the laminated wood beam. For more than 100 years, Bell Lumber & Pole Co. has provided poles for utilities throughout North America, and its success in that market has allowed it to branch out to other areas such as laminated wood beam construction for commercial and industrial applications. 

President Tom Bell says the key to Bell Lumber & Pole’s success throughout its history has been its insistence on dealing with customers face-to-face and always keeping one eye on the long-term. As the company gears up to commence its 10-year plan in 2016, Bell says the company’s future looks as promising as its past, even as the needs of its customers continue to evolve. 

Tall buildings and attractions are an important part of any city’s character, but parks and public spaces can be an equally important visual element to a world-renowned skyline. As Toronto has seen a renewal in condominium and apartment building downtown, the province of Ontario is investing in waterfront projects to celebrate the region’s landscapes and connect those developments with Lake Ontario’s northwest shore. 

To accomplish that transformation, the province selected Urbacon to build one of its new lakefront parks. “The intent is to take back the waterfront and make it more people friendly,” says Rick Spironello, vice president of special projects for Urbacon.

Reaching milestones in safety that few in the construction industry have ever accomplished and building lifetime partnerships with its clients are just a couple of the reasons Rummel Construction has become a leader in heavy civil construction. Celebrating its 20th anniversary next year, the company remains dedicated to delivering safe and innovative solutions through its experienced team.

“Rummel is a great place to work,” Vice President Scott Lane says. “It’s a family oriented company. The owners, Rod and Rick Rummel are involved in day to day operations and are often seen on job sites and participate in bid reviews. I believe that hands-on approach really gets conveyed to everyone from the equipment operators to vice president level. They care about our company and its future.” 

When clients need heavy civil projects built with high quality and safety on time in New York or Florida, they contact The Middlesex Corp. Headquartered in Littleton, Mass., with offices in Orlando, Fla., and Newington, Conn., The Middlesex Corp. can design, build and renovate highways, bridges, marine, rail and transportation structures, and perform site development on large parcels. The company also has the bonding capacity to complete projects up to $1 billion in aggregate.

Among The Middlesex Corp.’s projects for transit agencies in New England and Florida are yard rail or track work extensions to miles of commuter rail, track bed preparation and continuous welded rail construction. The company also has extensive experience in building high-level passenger station platforms and signalized rail crossings.

Jordan Foster Construction was started in 1969 by  C.F. “Paco” Jordan, a veteran construction professional who had worked in all phases of the industry. The company began as a small operation in El Paso, Texas, but has grown over the years to take on some of the largest industrial and commercial jobs in Texas.

“Paco Jordan was on the end of a shovel and worked his way through the ranks,” says John Goodrich, president of the company’s infrastructure and concrete division.

The infrastructure division was formed in 1994 because Jordan wanted to lessen the company’s reliance on subcontractors, Goodrich says. Five years later, the division began working on projects outside the company, serving as either a general contractor or subcontractor, Goodrich says.

North America’s urgent infrastructure needs continue to increase, and Flatiron Construction Corp. has become an industry leader in successfully delivering on what Senior Project Manager Ken Tanner calls “mega-infrastructure projects.” 

“What differentiates Flatiron in the industry is the work that we do and the large design/build and P3 projects that we take on,” he adds. “We manage them through alternative delivery methods.”

For more than six decades, the Richmond, British Columbia-based division of Flatiron has worked for a wide range of clients throughout North America. Its strong management team and proven procedures have enabled Flatiron to safely deliver projects on time and on budget. The company’s in-house engineers work closely with clients to create safe, cost-effective solutions with minimal environmental impacts because it self-performs a majority of the field work. “The best way to control a project’s safety, cost, schedule and quality is to perform as much of the work as possible with your own forces,” the company says.

With a legacy that dates back to 1961, Brown Bear Corp. has continuously evolved since its founding as Roscoe Brown Sales Company. President Stan Brown currently leads the organization his father began, which is now a privately held manufacturing company that builds products for the environmental, pipeline and utility industries.  

Initially sellers of trenching equipment for Speicher Brothers Manufacturing, the company started manufacturing crawler-mounted auger backfiller attachments in 1968 and developed a hydrostatic conversion kit for the Speicher trenchers in the 1970s. In 1976, the company developed the Brown Bear backfiller equipment line and started expanding the product application.  

“The primary product line expanded to four sizes of tool carriers with the primary attachment being a continuous auger backfiller for trench filling, mounted perpendicular on the front of the carrier,” Brown says. 

The Jimmie Creek run-of-river hydroelectric expansion project is taking place in a remote location about 100 miles north of Vancouver, which presents unique challenges for Alterra Power Corp., the renewable energy company overseeing the work. “It’s a remote project,” says Jay Sutton, vice president of hydropower. 

Alterra is accustomed to working in the region, having built plants there in recent years. “This is an expansion of two other plants that we have,” Sutton says. Specifically, the plant will be an expansion of the 234 MW Toba-Montrose facilities that became operational in 2010. “The Jimmie Creek plant will use the Toba-Montrose transmission line to carry its electricity to the grid,” he says.

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