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as well," Bea recalls. The company's subcontractor began erecting the steel plate
girders in late summer and continued into
the winter.
In spring 2015, F.H. Paschen poured the
bridge deck, constructed the retaining walls
and finished its ramp work. "[The bridge]
opened up in late July of 2015," he says.
"This job had a handful of roadblocks
which caused some delays, but I think we
were able to overcome all of them pretty
well," he says. These included a large radio
tower antenna that was next to the site.
"That was causing some [challenges]
with our cranes, but we got through that
one," Bea says, noting that the project
team also stayed safe. "There were no losttime accidents.
"It was a well-coordinated job and
everyone worked very safely," he says. F.H.
Paschen self-performed the retaining walls
and concrete substructure and superstructure. In addition to the steel erection, FHP
subcontracted the earthwork, storm sewer,
electrical and rebar insulation work.

This also marked Bea's first experience
with a bridge of this size and it has taught
him lessons he can use to help streamline
future work. "We can always do a better job
and plan our activities so we can maximize
our projects," he says.

Leading in the Midwest
F.H. Paschen says it is one of the largest, most
experienced and respected general contractors in the Midwest. "Since 1975, we have
provided full-service construction services
on thousands of projects in both the public
and private sector," the company says.
Bea, who has been with F.H. Paschen for
11 years, credits its success to strong managers who have been willing to take chances.
"They've also been able to create a very
good work environment for the employees,
too," he says.
He predicts F.H. Paschen will take on
more heavy highway and civil projects for
the Illinois Tollway and the Illinois Department of Transportation. "If the funding's
there, we'll be bidding," he says.

Spearheading Safety
Ensuring safety is an important part of
F.H. Paschen's culture. "Simply put, there
is no job so important, no task so urgent
that we cannot take the time to ensure a
safe and healthy work environment," the
company says. "To maintain this critical
objective, Paschen established a comprehensive safety program, spearheaded by
full-time safety professionals and adhered
to by all Paschen employees, who receive
ongoing training.
"Through the program, our risk
management team performs site-specific
safety analyses and develops project
safety plans for every project," it states.
"The plans are then implemented and
monitored by our construction superintendent and dedicated project safety team
with the oversight of risk management.
"All together, Paschen's people
and processes ensure the continuous
reinforcement and improvement of the
safety culture on every construction
project," it says.

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