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& Svoboda is working on a »Abhemillion lead abatement project $11 on Machinac Bridge in Michigan. Civil | ABHE & SVOBODA INC. Master Painters I t works with high-powered industrial sprayers instead of fine-tipped brushes, and it works with paint mixed more for its durability than its expressive colors. However, when you consider the importance and difficulty of what Abhe & Svoboda Inc. does, the industrial coatings and restoration contractor’s work is no less a work of art than anything hanging in the Louvre. Vice President Don Holle stresses that the Minnesota-based operation has garnered a reputation over the years for taking on projects – such as bridge restorations – that are too much for other companies. “For us, it means we look for jobs that proba- Abhe & Svoboda Inc. • 2010 sales: $70 million • Headquarters: Prior Lake, Minn. • Employees: 150+ • Specialty: Industrial coatings services ABHE & SVOBODA, A QP1 AND QP2 COMPANY, LEADS THE INDUSTRIAL COATINGS INDUSTRY WITH INNOVATION. BY CHRIS PETERSEN bly no one else will want to do because they are different,” Holle says. Gail Svoboda founded the company in 1969 as a small painting and roofing contractor. However, as time went on, the company’s focus broadened and it began to take on more complex projects. Today, Abhe & Svoboda is recognized as a leader in the industrial coatings industry, with a portfolio that includes many large-scale civil infrastructure projects, including Pearl Harbor, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and San Diego International Airport. As a full-service restoration contractor, Abhe & Svoboda’s services include concrete repair, steel repair and steel replacement. These serv- “We look for jobs that probably no one else will want to do because it’s different.” –Don Holle, vice president ices are in addition to the company’s capabilities in industrial coatings. Holle says the company’s ability to perform its own iron and steel work is just one of its numerous advantages. Strong Capabilities The capabilities Abhe & Svoboda brings to each job site constitute one of its most significant advantages, according to Holle. Not only does the company have the experience inhouse to complete numerous trades on the job, but that knowledge is spread throughout the majority of its work force, as well. “[We are] a merit contractor and we have built our company by cross-training employees in multiple 52 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM FEBRUARY 2011 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Today - February 2011

Construction Today - February 2011
Out of the Blues
Best Practices
Exploring BIM
Construction Law
Wall Works USA Inc.
Epoch Properties
Pacific Pile & Marine
Dufferin Construction – Highways 403 and 401 Projects
Natt McDougall Co.
Abhe & Svoboda Inc.
Malcolm Drilling
McKinney Drilling Co.
ODOT/Miller Cable Co. – Northeast Ohio ITS Project
Barnard Construction – Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Redevelopment Project
C.A. Barrs Contractor Inc.
Charles Blalock and Sons Inc.
Parsons Brinkerhoff, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Skanska USA, Dragados USA and Tutor Perini – Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement
William Charles Construction – I-39 Repaving
Wadman Corp.
CB Richard Ellis Canada
The Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd./PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Fargo Pacific Inc.
Critchfield Pacific Inc.
Harold O’Shea Builders
Culpepper Construction Co. Inc.
Golden State Framers
HRH Construction
Hudspeth & Associates Inc.
Hyder Construction
IMC Construction Inc.
Jones Lang LaSalle – Empire State Building Renovation and Retrofit
Econo-Malls Management Corp.
Ruscio Studio
Turner Construction San Diego – New Central Library
Trotter & Morton – University of Calgary
Collavino Construction Co. Inc. – One World Trade Center
Danis Building Construction Company – The Indu and Raj Soin Medical Center
F.J. Sciame Construction Co. – Abraham Joshua Heschel School
Eckman Construction – Pinkerton Academy Freshman Building
The Hagerman Group – Parkview Whitley Hospital
Scheck Industries
Whaler Industrial Contracting Inc.
Last Look

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