December 2016

2016 | December 2016 | In FocusRecognized WorldwideSLCE Architects

2016 | December 2016 | In Focus

Recognized Worldwide

SLCE Architects

SLCE Architects, LLP is celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary this year. The award-winning company has grown over the decades to become one of the most prominent firms in the metropolitan area of New York City. From its offices in New York and London, it actively pursues projects in markets in the United States and spanning the globe.

2016 | December 2016 | In FocusConstruction After CrisisResponding and Rebuilding

2016 | December 2016 | In Focus

Construction After Crisis

Responding and Rebuilding

Natural disasters across the world have been increasing in frequency. Some claim that this is a result of global warming, and others cite overbuilding in flood zones as the primary cause. “As you put more and more people in harm’s way, you make a disaster out of something that before was just a natural event,” said Klaus Jacob, a senior research scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

2016 | December 2016 | In FocusShattering Misconceptions of Union Contracting – through Training, Innovation, and a Culture of ExcellenceSturgeon Electric

2016 | December 2016 | In Focus

Shattering Misconceptions of Union Contracting – through Training, Innovation, and a Culture of Excellence

Sturgeon Electric

Sturgeon Electric Company, Inc. (Sturgeon Electric) is shattering the negative connotations sometimes associated with being a Union contractor. Thriving today as the largest specialty contractor in the Rocky Mountain region, the company’s story is a tale of historical significance, humble beginnings, a struggle to survive, and the hardened resolve of a company committed to the growth of its most precious asset: its people.

2016 | December 2016 | In FocusBuilding Colorado’s Light Rail, Roads, and Bridges since 1985Jalisco International, Incorporated

2016 | December 2016 | In Focus

Building Colorado’s Light Rail, Roads, and Bridges since 1985

Jalisco International, Incorporated

The story of a small family business that succeeds is a fundamental a part of the American dream, and Jalisco International, Inc. has just such a story. In just thirty-one years, Jalisco has grown to eighty employees and generates over $22 million a year in sales. Executive Vice President Antonio D. Ledezma and President Rich Ledezma spoke to me from company headquarters in Commerce City, Colorado.

2016 | December 2016 | In FocusFacing a ChallengeAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

2016 | December 2016 | In Focus

Facing a Challenge

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has over 150,000 members and representation in 177 countries. It is the United States’ oldest national engineering society, having been established in 1852. Its mandate for existing is simple: to advance the civil engineering profession for the welfare of humanity. In doing so, ASCE provides the voice for the built environment. However, there are issues to be addressed. ASCE aims to do just that and do it proactively.

2016 | December 2016 | In FocusSustainable InnovationChemetall US

2016 | December 2016 | In Focus

Sustainable Innovation

Chemetall US

Chemetall is a leading global player in all facets of surface treatment, with a core competence in the chemical treatment of metal surfaces. The team is dedicated to the development and implementation of customized technology and system solutions for surface treatment, allowing the company to deliver far more than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

2016 | December 2016 | In FocusBuilding the Machine Tools that Build the WorldPeddinghaus

2016 | December 2016 | In Focus

Building the Machine Tools that Build the World


Todd Cordes serves as the international sales manager for Peddinghaus Corporation, the leader in Structural Steel Fabrication Equipment. When Peddinghaus purchased an existing facility in Illinois from its native Germany in 1978, the firm expanded its manufacturing flexibility. However, the machine tool manufacturer used this facility to better serve the North American market. This was such as successful investment that the firm moved its corporate headquarters here in 1994.

2016 | December 2016 | In FocusFunding America’s Transportation ProjectsDOT/FAST Act

2016 | December 2016 | In Focus

Funding America’s Transportation Projects


Quality roads and bridges are a necessity for any modern nation. But maintaining a transportation network that stretches from sea to shining sea is no easy task. Not surprisingly, the challenge mostly comes down to money. “Whether there is sufficient funding to meet the nation’s surface transportation needs is the most pressing concern,” according to a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) spokesperson…


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