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Sundt Places Arches on World’s First Pre-Cast Network Arch Bridge

Sundt Construction, an AGC member of several chapters based in Tempe, Ariz., successfully placed the first of 12 pre-cast arches on the West 7th St. Bridge in Fort Worth, Tex. on May 10. The bridge is a popular east-west thoroughfare in Fort Worth that connects downtown to growing mixed-use developments and the Cultural District. The project involves the replacement of ...

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PC Construction to Hoist and Seal Beam as “Time Vault” in Quad Commons Building

The new student center at Saint Michael’s College, scheduled for completion this summer, is part of the $30 million Quad Commons project, built by PC Construction, an AGC of Vermont member. The Quad Commons consists of a 40,000-sq-ft multifunctional student center and a 43,000-sq-ft residence hall. Existing residence halls will be connected via enclosed walkways. A 16-ft-long construction beam, which ...

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Irving Materials Uses Cloud-Based VoIP to Maximize Sales, Savings and Productivity

By Debbie Jo Severin Chief Marketing Officer 8×8 When contractors call Irving Materials (IMI) these days, they’ll notice a few things have changed. For example, the provider of concrete, asphalt and aggregates now uses a “find-me, follow-me” business phone service feature that automatically routes calls to employees’ mobile phones when they don’t answer their deskphone. That minimizes phone tag. And ...

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Costello Construction “Tops Out” Steel Construction of New $11-M Building for Maryland Air National Guard

Costello Construction, a member of AGC of Metropolitan D.C, and the Maryland Air National Guard held a “topping out” ceremony on Feb. 28, 2013 to recognize the last installed I-beam that completed the shell of the new 175th Wing Headquarters, Mission Support Group and Medical Group facility at Warfield Air National Guard Base. The 26,000-sq-foot, $11.8 million building will feature ...

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Convention Puts the Giddyup Back in the Construction Saddle

By Jeanie J. Clapp Editor-in-Chief, Constructor magazine While the industry waits for the economy to round the bend, attendees at AGC’s 94th Annual Convention in Palm Desert, Calif. got a good dose of optimism. The association delivered a top-notch program, handing contractors the tools they need to put them back in the construction saddle and at the starting gate. AGC ...

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Smart Photo ID Cards to Verify Worker Qualifications

By David Finkelstein Personal safety and security are often cited as the number one priority in the construction industry, and rightly so. There are a myriad of ways in which every member of a construction team, from CEO to craft worker, ensure safe practices. But verifying that a worker is trained and qualified for a given job is one of ...

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From Survive to Thrive: How Supplier Collaboration Can Build Business and Increase Profits

By Shawn Casemore Casemore and Co. Any successful construction project requires a myriad of resources, from skilled labor to subtrades to suppliers. Collaboration between all parties provides the best possible means to not only survive, but thrive, in today’s increasingly competitive marketplace, where rising commodity and labor costs in conjunction with downward pricing pressure from clients are eroding margins and ...

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Failure Not an Option for Louisiana Levee Project

By Steven H. Miller, CDT The project consisted of 8.2 miles of floodwall, the deadline was termed “do or die,” and the construction time was diminished by a third. Still, Cajun Constructors of Baton Rouge, an AGC of America Mississippi Valley Branch member, finished LPV 148.02 in the Chalmette Loop Levee four days early and earned a 2012 Alliant Build ...

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Education and Networking Dominate Safety Meeting

By Jeanie J. Clapp AGC’s Safety & Health Committee meeting, held in Tampa, Fla. in January, delivered key safety information and provided crucial networking opportunities for the more than 140 attendees. The opening session kicked off on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2013, with welcome remarks by the committee’s current chairman, Tommy Lee, CPEA, safety director, W.S. Bellows Construction Corporation in Houston. ...

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Move that Bridge

AGC Member Shifts Span in 14 Hours In January of this year, the Slayden/Sundt Joint Venture and Omega Morgan (both AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter members), successfully moved Multnomah County’s 87-year-old Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Ore., onto new supports, creating a detour bridge that will carry approximately 30,000 motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians per day across the Willamette River until a replacement bridge ...

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