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Civil | BRANCH HIGHWAYS INC.
‘Keep the Lights Green’
A 36-mile Project
THE EMPLOYEES OF BRANCH HIGHWAYS WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP PROJECTS MOVING. BY STACI DAVIDSON
ment and highway construction; and R.E. Daffan Inc., a design/build general contractor and construction manager.
BHI has been ranked among the top highway and civil contractors in the nation.
ranch Highways Inc. (BHI) of Roanoke, Va., markets itself with the tagline “the way we work makes all the difference.” How does the fullservice heavy highway and civil construction company work to make a difference for its customers? At this time, it’s primarily through the design/build and public-private transportation act (PPTA) delivery methods, as well as a dedication to teamwork. “Design/build and PPTA is a method of procurement that the states and local governments like to use right now because it tends to speed up the process,” Vice President Michael Tomlinson explains. “It’s usually more costeffective for the owner because the owner receives a lump-sum price and the contractor takes all the risk. On bid-build contracts, the value of the quantity overruns is usually 25 to 30 percent more than the estimated price, which prevents states from projecting accurate expenditures and prevents them from planning future projects.” He believes 50 percent of the contracts awarded by the Virginia Department of Transporta-
tion (VDOT) – one of BHI’s main clients – in 2011 will designate the design/build delivery method. In fact, this is the primary way in which BHI delivers its work right now. The company just finished a $60 million PPTA project in Prince William County, Va., and it’s currently working on a $12 million negotiated design/build project for a local government agency in Wytheville, which is in southern Virginia. BHI is constructing a 155-acre building pad, which will require the movement of 3.5 million yards of earth, Tomlinson says. Working in the public and private sectors, BHI has been rated among the top 400 contractors in the United States by Engineering NewsRecord since 1989. The company has experience in site development work for commercial, residential and industrial projects, as well as highway, airport, landfill, dam and reservoir work in Virginia and North Carolina. BHI is one unit within the Branch Group Inc., which also includes Branch & Associates, a general contractor; G.J. Hopkins Inc., a mechanical and electrical contractor; E.V. Williams, which specializes in site develop-
One of Branch Highways’ largest projects also is in southern Virginia – the $83 million Hillsville Bypass. In December 2003, VDOT signed a PPTA with BHI to develop and widen 36 miles of Route 58 from Hillsville to Stuart. This particular part of the roadway begins southwest of Hillsville and continues east through Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties to about one mile west of Stuart. The first phase of this project involved widening a three-mile Blue Ridge Parkway crossing at Meadows of Dan, which was completed in May 2006. BHI broke ground on phase 2 – the Hillsville Bypass – in October 2007 and is on schedule to complete its work in November 2011. The Route 58 Hillsville Bypass is a new 5.2-mile section of a four-lane divided highway being built on a new location in Carroll County near Hillsville. VDOT says this new road will improve the connection between Route 58 and Interstate 77. This phase of the project involves the construction of three new interchanges. There will be one interchange at each end of the new bypass to connect to Route 58, and another interchange at Route 52, which will be located just south of Hillsville and will provide a direct connection for commercial vehicles from Route 52 to I-77. VDOT expects this to minimize congestions in Hillsville. The project also involves the construction of eight new bridges, including one to carry Route 780 over the new bypass and a pair to carry Route 58 over Route 670. VDOT says the PPTA was enacted in 1995
Branch Highways Inc.
www.branchhighways.com • Annual revenues: $300 million to $400 million (overall group) • Headquarters: Roanoke, Va. • Employees: 225 • Specialty: Heavy highway and civil construction
“We reward people for their years of service.” –Michael Tomlinson,
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Bermúdez, Longo, Díaz-Massó (BLDM), S.E.
Universal Builders Supply Inc.
Harold O’Shea Builders
Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Co. LLC
Hudspeth & Associates Inc.
Dana B. Kenyon Co. – Florida State College at Jacksonville
On Site Management Inc.
Retail Developers in Ontario
Morguard Investments Ltd. – Bramalea City Centre and Expansion
Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc.
Bayfield Realty Advisors Inc.
DZSP 21 LLC
Rudolph and Sletten
Collavino Construction Co. Inc. – One World Trade Center
MW Builders – Fort Leonard Wood AIT Barracks, Phase 1
Weir Welding Co.
JE Dunn Construction Co. – Woman’s Hospital
Manhattan Kraft Construction Co. – Sarasota Police Department Headquarters
P.J. Hoerr Inc. – Advocate BroMenn Medical Center
Poettker Construction – Watterson Towers Renovations
BBL Builders – Columbia Parc at the Bayou District
Reliable Builders Inc.
Joe Hall Roofing
ECM International Inc.
Branch Highways Inc.
GCC America Inc.
HOK: NOAA Pacific Regional Center
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