Construction Today - December 2009 - (Page 136)
Civil | CRAIG OLDEN INC. Rock Solid Work CRAIG OLDEN INC. IS KNOWN FOR ITS EARTH RETENTION EXPERTISE. BY STACI DAVIDSON hen Craig Olden Inc. got its start in 1973, it began solely as a gabion contractor, creating gabion walls for slope protection, channel linings and various other structures. The company soon gained a reputation for its quality construction of gabions, and since then it has expanded its capabilities to complete thousands of jobs for clients who need cost-effective results at challenging sites or who have time-sensitive projects. Based in Little Elm, Texas, Olden provides design and construction of earth retention and erosion control structures, geotechnical structures, ground modification services, ballistic and security barriers, sound attenuation walls and lake remediation services. Because of its expertise, a number of Olden’s staff members serve on national committees for the American Society for Testing and Materials’ governance of gabions, and are active in other professional organizations, including the International Erosion Control Association and American Society of Civil Engineers. Last year, Craig Olden was acquired by Hayward Baker, a leader in geotechnical construction, and Art Pengelly became Olden’s president. Recently, Construction Today spoke with Pengelly about the company’s capabilities and skills, and how Hayward Baker and Olden are benefitting from each other’s strengths. Construction Today: What have been some of Craig Olden’s recent projects? Art Pengelly: We have been active in a number of different project types. I’ve been impressed with the larger DOT work this firm has done. For example, we are working on a project with the Texas DOT on Interstate-30 in Arlington. We are improving and upgrading the road to support the new Dallas Cowboys football stadium and growing level of activity in that area. Highland Village is a public/private joint venture that we are involved with. It’s like a city park within a commercial development, and a big creek going through it. We are building different types of architectural walls – these walls are more about aesthetics and less utili- W “Our engineers work with the state regularly to help them solve problems with earth retention.” –Art Pengelly, president www.gabion.com • Headquarters: Little Elm, Texas • Employees: 180 • Specialty: Earth retention and erosion control structures Craig Olden Inc. »Craig Olden is going afterthe larger projects thanks to support of its new parent. tarian. We fill the walls and make sure they’re strong, but the finishes are more important here. On this project, we’re using stained and textured shotcrete and a sheet pile finish, where we attach sheet pile to a stone wall. CT: How do you keep your projects efficient and cost-effective? AP: We start to look for opportunities during the bidding process to shave costs off. While managing jobs, we track costs closely to make sure the work is progressing relative to the cost. It’s something we are constantly focusing on. CT: What are some recent challenges has Craig Olden faced? AP: This is a tough market, so the bidding has been more competitive. It’s also been challenging to meet the needs of our backlog while also going after new work. We are doing a number of things to combat this. To be more competitive, we try to offer as much value as we can. We provide owners CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM DECEMBER 2009
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Product Showcase: Hand Tools
F&R Construction Group Inc.
Suffolk Construction: Met 2
Weitz Co.: Solaris at Crossroads
Chance Construction Co.
Allied Building Products Corp.
Bird Construction Co. Inc.: Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
Broccolini Construction Inc.: EDC Headquarters
CJ Pink Ltd.
Cobra Corporate Management Inc.
DDRM: The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort
T.N. Ward Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
Blumenfeld Development Group & Forrest City Ratner – East River Plaza
Clark Construction: Michigan International Speedway
Morton Buildings Inc.
Triangle Associates Inc.: The Gallery on Fulton
Vogel Bros. Building Co.
Walsh Construction: Mercy Corps.
Wasatch Advantage Group: San Tropez
John W. Danforth Co.
Shore Environmental LLC
American Civil Constructors Inc.
Archer Western: I-75/I-475 Reconstruction
Cleland Site Prep Inc.
Delaware DOT: Indian River Inlet Bridge
Goodfellow Bros. Inc.
International Construction Equipment Inc.
Kiewit Pacific Co.: SR 519 – Seattle Intermodal Access Project
Plaza Construction Corp.
B. Gottardo Construction Ltd.
Bergmann Associates: Walkway Over The Hudson
Craig Olden Inc.
G.M. Sipes Construction Inc.
Idaho Sand & Gravel Co.: Ten- Mile Interchange
Malcom Drilling Co. Inc.
Mid Eastern Buildings Inc.: Southampton Wastewater Treatment Plant
Minnesota Department of Transportation: I35W Crosstown/ Urban Partnership
Nicholson Construction Co.
Papich Construction Co. Inc.: Route 46 Expansion Project
Tilcon New York Inc.: Interstate
Tyam Excavation and Shoring Ltd.
W.C. English Inc.: U.S. 321
West Electric Corp.
Turner Construction Co.: Eastern High School
Gafcon Inc.: Carlsbad High School Modernization Project
DASNY: Gouverneur Healthcare Services
Stuart Olson: University of Lethbridge Markin Hall
University of Houston Student Housing
HDR Architecture Inc.
Marshall-Lee Construction Corp.
RA-LIN & Associates
Suffolk Construction: Boston Renaissance Charter School
Suffolk Construction: FIU School of International and Public Affairs
Tower Construction: Huntington Memorial Hospital expansion
Absher Construction Co.: Chief Sealth High School and Denny International Middle School
Casey Middle School
Cedar Ridge High School
Clark: Lowell Reception Center
Gilbane/Banks Joint Venture: Coppin State University
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: FORSCOM/USARC New Headquarters
Shaw Construction: Mesa State College Student Center
Shiel Sexton: Butler University
SpawGlass Contractors Inc.: Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus Parking Garage
Stuart Olson: New Edmonton Remand Centre
The Christman Co.
Turner Construction Co
Weddle Construction Ltd.
Kite Realty Group Trust: Eddy Street Commons at NotreDame
Last Look: DANSY
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