Construction Today - February 2011 - (Page 70)

Civil | C.A. BARRS CONTRACTOR INC. Growing Together F C.A. Barrs Contractor Inc. “I’m thankful to be a part of the many growing relationships we have enjoyed in this business over the years.” –Steve Barrs, president C.A. Barrs Contractor Inc. employs a staff of 86, including driver Eddie Boggs. « C.A. BARRS HAS GROWN ITS CUSTOMER BASE AS ITS WORKERS HAVE GROWN THEIR SKILLS. BY ALAN DORICH tomers. “We still work for many of those same [clients].” Some of these or President Steve Barrs, C.A. Barrs Contractor Inc. has not only clients are W.M. Jordan Co., Anheuser-Busch and Abbitt Management. been a business, but it also has given him the satisfaction of C.A. Barrs has earned this loyalty by living up to its promises, Barrs watching personal growth among employees. “I’ve enjoyed the says. “We have to keep it simple, we make promises to customers and we people that I’ve worked with, and I’ve enjoyed seeing people can’t let any excuses keep us from fulfilling them,” he advises. grow in their careers,” he says. Additionally, C.A. Barrs employs a staff today that has many longtime For instance, the company’s head estimator, Erik Turkovich, started employees. These include Barrs himself and co-owner Scott St. Clair, who working as a laborer. “He now runs our estimating department,” Barrs serves as vice president. “There are several men in the field who started says. “There are a lot of people who have grown up in this business.” His working here in their teens and early 20s, and mother, Doris, started at the company in 1978, still work here in their 50s and 60s,” Barrs says. left while her children grew up and returned in 2000 for the second part of her career. Based in Yorktown, Va., C.A. Barrs specialIntense Work izes in road and sitework construction and • Projected 2010 sales: $16.5 million Throughout the years, C.A. Barrs has assembled a development. Barrs’ father, Carl Barrs, startportfolio that includes commercial, residential and • Headquarters: Yorktown, Va. ed the company in April 1971, with the help federal government projects, Barrs says. Although • Employees: 86 of only two employees, Jack Pruden and his • Services: Road and sitework construc- the father originally focused on serving local clients, Elmon “Goat” Blackburn. company’s reach now extends much further. tion and development “They started working against all odds “In the last five years, that base has grown to and with no money,” Steve Barrs says, addinclude many more national general contractors ing that his father grew the company by and developers,” he says. building strong relationships with the cusRecently, C.A. Barrs completed work on a Towne 70 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

Construction Today - February 2011