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Civil | TOMAR CONSTRUCTION C A Higher Standard onstruction or otherwise, a company is a company and across industries there are common good practices that it behooves everyone to follow, such as diligence, cooperation and especially integrity. “We want to prove one thing in America – that this is a country where we can do business without being hostile, without litigation,” explains Thomas Mottackal, founder and president of East Brunswick, N.J.-based Tomar Construction. “The American business landscape has progressively taken a turn for the worse, and nowhere is the climate more litigious than in the construction industry, with every decision and word needing the approval and backing of lawyers. I set out to prove to America and to myself that you can work with people, with clients and government agencies just by being good human beings, and we have succeeded so far.” Mottackal credits Tomar’s 14 years of success in the construction business with this cooperative, non-combative attitude. By working simply and honestly, it prevents any blight that could distract from the company’s technical skills and capabilities. TOMAR HAS THE SKILLS TO COMPETE, AND THE FIRM’S HONEST CULTURE KEEPS IT BUSY. BY JAMIE MORGAN Tomar Construction uses its engineering expertise in construction management to avoid change orders. « Engineering Inclined For instance, though it is a general contractor capable of working on many project types, Tomar Construction carries an engineering background and specializes in projects that require more engineering skill. When the company first started, it employed this skill on HVAC projects and since has added water and wastewater treatment plants to its portfolio. “We believe more in engineering capabilities than technical capabilities,” Mottackal says. “In this office, the bulk of the management staff are engineers. We try to focus on engineering and providing value engineering-based construction management to avoid change orders, claims and so on.” Though the company places a high regard on engineering, it also has the physical skills to match. Tomar maintains several in-house divisions that allow it to control the quality and price of its projects. “We do most of our work in-house,” Mottackal affirms. “I’m an electrical engineer Tomar Construction • Headquarters: East Brunswick, N.J. • Employees: 80 • Specialty: Civil general contracting “I set out to prove to America and to myself that you can work with people, with clients and government agencies just by being good human beings.” –Thomas Mottackal, founder and president and the work we do here is more mechanically inclined but has high electrical components. We have an in-house electrical company and an in-house mechanical and structural fabrication shop. That is an advantage to keep the price low and save money for the tax-paying public because we do mainly public jobs.” One of those jobs is a new water treatment plant for Frenchtown, N.J. Tomar was contracted to replace the current 40-year-old plant with a new plant aligned with Special Protection Waters requirements laid out by the Delaware River Basin Commission and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The plant will process 1 million gallons of water per day and will be completed during the summer of 2014. Tomar bid $9.5 million for what the city estimated would be a $12 million project. Its bid also was $800,000 less than the next lowest bidder. “Because we do everything in-house, it keeps the price lower,” Mottackal explains. “The project was $12 million and we took it for $9.5 million. We are doing the job for almost $2 million less than what was set aside for the project, which means further savings for the taxpayer. And even by doing this, we never lose money. On all of our projects, we are still profitable.” Another current project that Mottackal is 166 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - November/December 2012
Construction Law
Best Practices
Hurricane Sandy
Marketing Strategies
Holcim (US) Inc.
Tampa Tank Inc./Florida Structural Steel
Rockwell Group
IVM Construction Inc.
Millennium Partners – Millennium Place
Paradigm Cos.
W.G. Yates Construction
Regalia Beach Developers LLC – Regalia
Marlyn Development and S.L. Nusbaum Realty – Heritage Forest Apartments
Chas Roberts Air Conditioning
Bellini Williams Island
Beal|Derkenne Construction – The Hub
Cedar Siding Inc.
Nibbi Bros. – Hunters View Phase 1
EllisDon Corp. – Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care
Turner Construction – Martin Army Community Hospital
U.S. General Services Administration/VCC – FBI Field Building
The Hayner Hoyt Corp.
Paric Corp.
Rotondo Weirich Enterprises Inc.
Advocate Christ Medical Center and Pepper Construction – Outpatient Pavilion expansion
Shawnee Mission Medical Center – United Excel – Birth Center
National Lutheran Communities & Services – The Village at Rockville/ARCH Consultants Ltd.
Harold O'Shea Builders – Springfield Clinic First North
Dewberry/Okland Construction – Western Regional Medical Center Addition
Kohler Ronan LLC
Graber Post Buildings Inc.
Tooz Construction Inc.
Bombardier Learjet – Facility Expansion
Rock Gaming LLC – Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
Demar Plumbing Corp.
Metrolina Greenhouse
Rommel Cos.
W.G. Tomko Incorporated Contractors
Continental Contractors
Reliable Contracting Co. Inc.
Graham Construction and Engineering – Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
J.R. Filanc Construction Co. Inc.
Pulice Construction Inc. – I-10 Prince Road
Ames-Granite – US 36
Tomar Construction
E.E. Cruz/Tully – Bronx-Whitestone Bridge Queens approach
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
CARCON Industries and STL Engineering
Last Look

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