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Civil | CARCON INDUSTRIES AND STL ENGINEERING
CARCON INDUSTRIES AND STL ENGINEERS HAVE WON TOP-LEVEL PROJECTS IN TEXAS. BY JAMIE MORGAN
Tested and Trusted
he construction industry has been thrown many curves in recent years. From sudden slowdowns and cautiously optimistic upturns to transitions between hard-bid and design/build – many contractors have had to form new strategies to keep up with a dynamic market. However, for Arcilia C. Acosta, owner, president and CEO of two unaffiliated constructionbased companies – CARCON Industries and STL Engineers – the basic game plan remains unchanged. For the past 12 years, having a clear vision and maintaining a clean track record have served as her time-tested yet hardwon strategy for success. In 2000, a few years after her father’s passing, Acosta revived his civil construction firm CARCON Construction Co., renaming it CARCON Industries and moving it from Midland, Texas, to Dallas. In 2003, she formed STL Engineers, a geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing and environmental consulting firm also headquartered in Dallas. “My father started CARCON in 1985 but after he passed away it was dormant for a few years before I moved it to Dallas,” Acosta explains. “I started with nothing. I was really just building on my father’s dream for his company and changed the name to CARCON Industries because I had a vision of creating subsidiaries, which I did in 2003.” As CARCON began to gain ground, Acosta saw another business opportunity to serve a niche in the construction industry. “I was looking for an STL – a geotechnical engineering company that was minority- and womenowned so that [CARCON] could meet its minority-owned and women-owned participation requirements – but there weren’t any,” she says. “There were no women-owned geotechnical engineering firms in Dallas and I realized there was a niche here so that’s why I started Southwestern Texas Laboratories [STL].” Though they are separate entities, CARCON has hired STL for several projects and both companies share the honor of working on some of the state’s most important projects. Both are headquartered in Dallas but have done work throughout the state. CARCON opened additional offices in Houston and San
CARCON and STL have worked together on many projects in Texas.
Antonio in 2010. STL also has operations in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio as well as an office in Killeen, Texas.
A Moving Industry
“At CARCON, we’ve seen great success pursuing transportation projects,” Acosta explains. “We do a lot of work on projects for the North Texas Tollway Authority [NTTA], TxDOT [Texas Department of Transportation] and DART [Dallas Area Rapid Transit.] And STL has the testing and inspection contract for a large hospital at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, and is performing similar services on some of the nation’s largest highway construction projects: LBJ Express and Chisolm Trail Parkway. For a small company, we have been able to secure work and develop partnerships with large, national companies based on our quality of service.” From 2007 to 2010, CARCON worked with joint-venture partner Archer Western Contractors to perform construction management on the DART CM/GC I Green Line, which
also included a reconstruction of part of the downtown rail line. Archer Western also utilized CARCON on the DART CM/GC III and the Northwest Rail Operating Facility. CARCON has been performing work for DART for more than 10 years, starting with a small miscellaneous construction contract. It has since built bus stations and operating facilities. CARCON completes projects in the public, private and government sectors. Most recently in September 2012, as part of a joint venture with Stacy and Witbeck, CARCON was awarded the first modern street car project in Texas – the City of Dallas Tiger Street Car. The streetcar will run south into the Dallas Oak Cliff area and connect to downtown Dallas. “We are proud to have a strong team of designers and looking forward to working with Stacy and Witbeck,” Acosta says. CARCON also is working at the DFW International Airport on an $800 million project as part of the joint venture team BARC (Balfour, Azteca, Russell and CARCON). As the pre-con-
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Holcim (US) Inc.
Tampa Tank Inc./Florida Structural Steel
IVM Construction Inc.
Millennium Partners – Millennium Place
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.
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.
W.G. Tomko Incorporated 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
E.E. Cruz/Tully – Bronx-Whitestone Bridge Queens approach
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
CARCON Industries and STL Engineering
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