Construction Today - May 2017 - 25
COVER STORY: IRBY CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
Construction continues to
invest in equipment, purchasing
new equipment annually.
Helping Others Grow
The company frequently subcontracts aspects of its projects such as foundation work,
row clearing, helicopter services, and testing
and commissioning services. "Our subcontractors have a large role in the success of
our projects," Foster says. "We expect them to
uphold the same level of quality and safety
that we have set for ourselves."
Irby Construction mentors many of the
disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE),
women-owned or minority-owned companies it works with.
"We help our subcontractors position
themselves to grow as we have grown," Foster says. "We want to make sure our subcontractors have the equipment and necessary
tools they need to be successful from a safety
and project management standpoint."
Irby Construction continues to invest in
ways to make its staff members safer. The
company recently began using mobile tablet
devices equipped with a proprietary system
developed by Quanta Services that allows
field supervisors and safety managers to
conduct safety audits and record incidents,
as well as generate data for hazard trends. This information is shared
with corporate staff in real time. "The use of tablet computers and
iPads are transforming the way we look at safety and project management in our company," Foster says.
The company's other recent investments include new bucket
trucks used to install distribution lines. "We are always deploying
new equipment, and buy new equipment on a yearly basis to perform our projects," he adds.
Irby Construction's growth initiatives include expanding its distribution line and substation construction capabilities. "Currently,
our projects are about 80 percent transmission line related," Foster
says, "With the rise in the economy, the market is trending toward
In addition to building new lines, many utility providers are
also investing in ways to better secure existing substations. "We're
working with utilities on ways to harden facilities, whether that's
with fencing or by upgrading substations with new circuit breakers,
transformers and relay components," he adds.
The company is also seeing an increased demand for EPC projects. "A
number of utilities are pushing projects out on a turnkey basis, so we are
developing relationships with engineering firms to position ourselves
for those opportunities when they become available," Foster says.
Jones says the company remains focused on the core values it
developed during its first 70 years in business while planning for the
future. "We plan to continue to move forward and prosper and grow
as a company," he says.
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