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Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors Inc. takes its work personally.

By Bob Rakow

Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors Inc. takes bridge construction seriously. “Bridges don't just connect point A to point B,” the Glenmont, N.Y.-based company says. “Bridges connect families and friends. Bridges connect where we are and where we want to be. Bridges connect us with a safer tomorrow.”

Harrison & Burrowes builds, maintains, repairs and replaces bridges throughout New York. The Glenmont, N.Y.-based company works primarily with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), although it has done a few jobs outside the state, as well as some county and local projects. “We never have to venture very far,” CEO Jeff DiStefano says. “We do bridge work. That’s our sweet spot.”

HOUHOBBY 002 3x5Hensel Phelps builds its reputation based on its performance on projects such as Houston’s Hobby Airport FIS Terminal expansion.

By Eric Slack

From its roots as a small local builder from Greeley, Colo., Hensel Phelps has grown into a premier, full-service facilities solutions provider with locations throughout the United States. Founded in 1937, the company is consistently ranked among Engineering News-Record’s top 30 contractors. It is a multibillion-dollar employee-owned national contractor with a diverse portfolio of successful projects.

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By the Editors of Construction Today

One of the biggest trends sweeping urban landscapes all across North America is making downtown areas more pedestrian-friendly. Dubbed “pedestrianization,” this school of urban planning has been utilized to redevelop city neighborhoods to promote more foot traffic and create spaces where people can gather. According to the proponents of this school of thought, pedestrian-friendly areas promote better health and fitness through walking or bike riding, enhance economic opportunities by creating more foot traffic around local businesses and reduce pollution by encouraging city-dwellers to leave their cars parked to complete their daily activities. 

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GPI celebrates 50 years of satisfying clients in the eastern United States.

By Alan Dorich

Greenman-Pedersen Inc. (GPI) has enjoyed 50 years in the industry by acknowledging the hard work of its employees, President Ralph Csogi says. Not only is the company an ESOP, but it also treats “our employees professionally with a lot of respect for the hard work that they do,” he asserts.

“I believe that each of our employees knows that they’re a critical part of our success,” Csogi states. “All of them share in every dollar that we make.”

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The merger of engineering giants AECOM and URS represents the birth of a new corporate culture that takes advantage of both organizations' strengths.

By Jim Harris

Two years ago, URS Corp. and AECOM were ranked by industry observers as the No. 1 and No. 2 bridge engineering firms, respectively. In July 2014, that ranking changed when AECOM acquired URS, creating a powerhouse bridge design organization within the consulting industry. The combined organization has a global presence of more than 1,100 bridge engineers, and more than80 offices serving clients in North America alone.

“It was emphasized to staff after the acquisition was announced that this was more of a merger, and represented AECOM working to formulate a company that builds on the best from both organizations,” says Steve Stroh, complex bridges practice leader for the combined company. “AECOM is reinventing itself with a new culture to advance its corporate goal of 'delivering a better world.'” That culture is strongly emphasized in the Complex Bridge practice, where specialized expertise and world-wide specialized bridge experience can be delivered to all of their clients.

Before the combination, Stroh served in a similar role supervising complex bridge projects for URS for more than 30 years. In his current position, he leads AECOM's national complex bridge practice, which oversees the efforts across all of the regional transportation practices. The bridge practice is one of many within the national business line structure, with AECOM serving markets ranging from transportation to energy, water, government, commercial, industrial and more around the world.

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When people go to rent a car after a long flight, they want the process to be simple, without any complications. The San Antonio International Airport in San Antonio plans to give travelers that convenience with its new Consolidated Rental Car (CONRAC) facility.

Turner Construction Co. Senior Project Manager Eric Wildt explains that the facility actually consists of two structures. “One is a seven-story parking structure with the first two levels being public parking,” he states.

On even the most visible projects, it’s not common that the owner invites the public to drop by the construction site. But the reconstruction of Seattle’s protective Elliot Bay Seawall is a once-in-a-generation project. Which is why the city has set up outreach initiatives and tours to help its citizens learn about the $410 million undertaking. “It’s part of Seattle’s history, not to be shied away from but to embrace it,” says Jessica Murphy, project manager for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).

The project will replace the existing seawall that support’s much of the city’s downtown infrastructure, including roads, freight routes, local and regional utilities, high-pressure gas mains, electrical and telecommunications wires and sewers. The seawall also abuts the Seattle Ferry Terminal, an important transportation point used by 8.5 million people each year.

The city of Calgary has undergone some significant changes over the last few decades; an ever-growing population, continued business and tourism growth and recognition as well as a burgeoning arts and culture scene. Another one of those changes has been continued growth in travelers who pass through Calgary International Airport (YYC). More than 15.2 million people came through the airport in 2014, whether making their way to and from the city or choosing Calgary as their connecting hub as they make their way to their next destination. This has made Calgary the third-busiest airport in Canada.

Many of those passengers used YYC as a hub to a number of the airport’s growing international destinations. The need for capacity inspired the airport to make the most sweeping changes in its history, expanding its facilities to better accommodate the surge of passengers it has experienced as well as prepare it for the growth in activity it sees in the future. 

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