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TenCate picTenCate Geosynthetics’ products can reduce road repairs.
By Alan Dorich

In the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, America’s roads received a “D” rating for their poor condition. But TenCate Geosynthetics Americas can help improve our roads, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Todd Anderson says.

Thanks to its products, “You can make a road last longer for the same amount of money or make a road cost less and have a similar lifespan, and, sometimes, you can do offer both lower cost and longer life,” Anderson says, noting that its geosynthetics can add many years to the life of a road. “When you lessen the repairs, you get more use of the road.”

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allega picAnthony Allega Inc.’s embrace of the latest technology and methods allows it to maintain its status as a top paving contractor.
By Jim Harris

For Anthony Allega Inc. Cement Contractor, having 70 years of history does not mean being stuck in the past. “We are a very technologically sound company; we’re up to speed on everything,” says Jim Allega, vice president and co-owner of the Valley View, Ohio, company.

The company has long used state-of-the-art equipment and methods to complete its paving projects. This includes its use of the stringless trimming method since 1998. The company today continues to perform stringless paving and uses state-of-the-art equipment including pavers and trimmers.

“If you don’t keep updating your equipment and technology, you will fall behind, and the next thing you know you’re not going to be around,” Allega says. “We don’t own one piece of equipment that is not GPS-capable.”

Martam picMartam Construction’s broad expertise helps it take on hard jobs.
By Alan Dorich

There are companies that will avoid tough jobs, but Martam Construction Inc. is willing to take “whatever the market gives us,” Vice President Dennis Kutrovatz says. “We’re diversified in a lot of different areas to keep moving along.”

Elgin, Ill.-based Martam Construction’s specialties include concrete paving, excavations, bridges and underground utilities, small and large drainage jobs, and bike paths. “We try to do whatever we can,” he states.

archerwestern picArcher Western helps the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, complete its restoration from damages caused by Hurricane Ike in 2008.

By Jim Harris

In 2008, Hurricane Ike devastated the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) campus in Galveston, causing more than $700 million in damage. Of the many campus building systems affected, perhaps none was as critically hit as UTMB’s heating and cooling system, which was permanently damaged after being completely submerged in salt water for weeks following the storm surge.

Several years of restoration and reconstruction efforts on the campus are now culminating in an effort to replace the system and protect it against future damage. “We are now performing the last phases of the restoration,” says John W. Frye, project director for Archer Western, the contractor working on the project. “It’s taken this long to get to a point where the campus is fully functioning.”

The contractor expects to complete the heating and cooling system replacement upgrade before the end of the year. Archer Western’s series of contracts on this final phase totaling $125 million with UTMB also includes replacing and strengthening mechanical and other systems. Work on the project began in 2015.

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