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Civil | E.L. ROBINSON ENGINEERING « E.L. Robinson Engineering emphasizes its problemsolving skills as an advantage. A Simple Plan CONSULTING FIRM E.L. ROBINSON INNOVATES WHILE KEEPING COSTS IN CHECK. BY BARBARA MCHATTON W hat began as a small land development surveying operation in 1978, E.L. Robinson (ELR) Engineering has grown into a full-service engineering consulting firm with more than 125 experienced professionals and support staff. Celebrating its 35th year in business, ELR offers a wide range of engineering consulting services that include construction management, site development, land planning, transportation engineering, public water systems development, geotechnical engineering, surveying and landscape architecture. Serving West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky, the company has eight offices located within these states. In 2012, the firm was named among the nation’s top 500 design firms by Engineering News-Record, which annually ranks civil engi- 184 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013 neering companies by revenue. “We provide simple solutions to complex problems,” President Edward L. Robinson says. “Contractors know that our engineers are willing to listen to them and can provide them with good, solid design ideas while keeping an eye on costs.” Adding Value A major component of the company’s success comes from developing value-engineering design concepts. “We work with the contractor to modify features of the contract plan while, at the same time, ensuring that the modified design will still provide the originally intended functions. The design changes can include modifications to the geometry or the use of less expensive material,” Vice President Rick Engel says. A value-engineering change proposal for U.S. 24 in Waterville, Ohio, saved $3 million by rearranging the project’s components. “Through the redesign, we were able to replace two precast concrete arch structures with a two-span rigid frame/slab structure,” Engel says. “This allowed the contractor to use less piling and reinforced concrete which resulted in materials savings. “The contractor also needed to use a bridge during construction to accommodate its earthmoving equipment,” Engle adds. “We redesigned the bridge to carry its off-road haul trucks and shortened the haul distance, which also offered substantial savings.” The project was completed in June 2012. “One thing that sets us apart is that we have some of the best engineers working for us,” Robinson boasts. “I trust these people and give http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - January/February 2013
Case Studies
Best Practices
Business Management
Green Construction
Construction Materials
Consigli Construction – Wat Nawamintararachutis NMR Meditation Center Thai Buddhist Temple
The Michaels Organization – University Student Living
Clark Builders – The Mustard Seed
JC Beal Construction Inc.
Plaza Construction – ENV
Regalia Beach Developers LLC – Regalia
Batson-Cook Construction – SkyHouse Orlando
Billingsley – Cypress Water Dallas
Jon M. Hall Co.
Pratt Homebuilders
John Moriarty and Associates – Charlesview Residences at Brighton Mills
Daikin America – Plant Expansion Project
Morton Buildings
MSI General Corp.
ClearSpan Fabric Structures
TOPCOR Companies LLC
Coatings Unlimited Inc.
Brencal Contractors Inc.
Del’s Construction Co. Inc. – Cambria Production Facility Expansion
Paric Corp.
Archer Western – Consolidated Courts Complex
Tishman Construction
McCarthy Building Cos. – Mercy Hospital Joplin
University of Maryland Medical System – Trauma Center Expansion
Swinerton Builders – San Joaquin Community Hospital Cancer Center
The Lemoine Company – Lafayette General Medical Center expansion
L.F. Driscoll – Temple University
P. Agnes
FIP Construction Inc.
National Lutheran Communities and Services – The Village at Rockville
Carothers Construction Inc. – Special Operations Command South Headquarters
The Hillman Group
Taylor Woodstone
Tooz Construction Inc.
Woolley’s Classic Suites
Structure Tone – Novo Nordisk Inc. North American headquarters
Gilbane Building Co. – Potawatomi Bingo Casino hotel
Pacific Building Group
Denark Construction – Owensboro-Daviess County Convention and Events Center
Traylor Bros. Inc.
Bobcat Contracting LLC
Reliable Contracting Co. Inc.
Union County and KemperSports – Galloping Hill Golf Course Clubhouse and Learning Center
E.L. Robinson Engineering
INDOT: 1-69 Corridor
Palmetto Corp
Monroe Tractor
Wood's CRW Corp.
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