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Civil | HARRISON & BURROWES BRIDGE CONSTRUCTORS INC.

Beyond
Bridges
HARRISON & BURROWES
DIVERSIFIES WHILE REMAINING
TRUE TO ITS CORE. BY JIM HARRIS

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arrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors Inc. prides itself on being reliable. "We've developed a
reputation over the past 38 years
as being the guys who, when we are the
apparent low bidder, will get it done right,
on schedule and under budget without any
headaches or hassles along the way," Vice
President Chris DiStefano says.
The Glenmont, N.Y.-based company has
earned its reputation through the efforts
of its executives and other staff. Harrison
& Burrowes' five executive managers are
DiStefano and his father, Jeff DiStefano,
who co-founded the company in 1980 and
serves as CEO; President Mark Klingbeil;
Vice President Steve Avveduti, and Secretary/Treasurer Ann Marie Olsen-Geitner.
Combined, the five have nearly 170 years of
combined experience. Several of the company's superintendents have worked for it
for 30 years or more.
"Once people come here, they don't go
anywhere else," Chris DiStefano says. "Our
people take pride in what they do and are
proud to work here. Even when they're not
at work, you'll see them wearing a Harrison
& Burrowes-branded hoodie or hat.
"We treat everyone here equally and with

Harrison & Burrowes
Bridge Constructors Inc.
www.harrisonburrowes.com
* Revenue: $45 million to $50 million
* Headquarters: Glenmont, N.Y.
* Employees: 150
* Specia y: Bridge contracting

"We treat everyone here equally
and wi espect."
- Chris DiStefano, vice president

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replaced six bridges in Ulster County,
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respect," DiStefano adds. "We expect a lot of
our employees, and we know the construction season in New York is long, but we are a
pretty easy company to work for."
The company also fosters close relationships with a core group of subcontractors.
"There are companies we've had relationships with for 30-plus years, and we've
actually helped some of them get started in
business," DiStefano says. "Our subcontractors like to work for us because they know
we will treat them fairly and do as much as
we can for them."

A Critical Replacement
As its full name suggests, Harrison & Burrowes specializes in building, maintaining,
repairing and replacing bridges throughout
New York State. The company works primarily with the New York State Department
of Transportation (NYSDOT), although it has
done a few jobs outside the state, as well as
some county and local projects. It typically
works on 12 to 15 bridge projects at a time,
DiStefano says.
The company's recent projects include
replacing six bridges in Ulster County, N.Y.
The $27 million project was a joint venture
between Harrison & Burrowes and civil
contractor The Wesson Group. Work began
in April 2016 and concluded in late 2017.
The project was a portion of the NYSDOT's

Critical Bridges Over Water effort program.
The program, funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), was
established following the damage in the
region created by Hurricane Irene in 2011
to enhance the resiliency of bridges in flood
zones. Harrison & Burrowes has personally
worked on 20 of the 105 bridges included in
the program, DiStefano says.
The largest of the six new Ulster County
bridges was an $8 million 225 foot two lane
structure with a 10 foot sidewalk bridge
crossing the Rondout Creek in High Falls,
N.Y. The original bridge was demolished in
January 2017 and its replacement opened
to traffic in August 2017.

Branching Out
Although bridge projects in New York are the
vast majority of Harrison & Burrowes' work,
the company is beginning to branch out into
different project types. In July 2017, it began
work on a $16.1 million wharf reconstruction
project at the Port of Albany for the Albany Port District Commission. The project
involves demolishing and reconstructing the
wharf, which sits on the Hudson River.
The design/build project includes installing 16,800 linear feet of driven 24-inch pipe
pile and 5,000 linear feet of H-Pile, as well as
40,000 square feet of driven steel sheet piling. The reconstruction also includes rebar


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