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Civil | NICHOLSON CONSTRUCTION CO. Geotechnical Giant I f one were to compare the civil sector to the U.S. military, then the excavating, grading and paving contractors are the ground troops, willing to battle any unforeseen soil conditions that challenge their mission. The marine contractors are like the Navy; they’ll take on any obstacle – land or sea – that other builders wouldn’t dare go near. Then, there’s the few, the proud – the geotechnical contactors, who are called to the site to conquer the most complicated ground challenges known to man. Nicholson Construction Co. has set the industry standard for performance and geotechnical innovation since its inception in 1955. The Cuddy, Pa.-based company provides foundation support, earth retention systems, and ground treatment and improvement services to strengthen structures and groundwater cutoffs, often through design/build contracts. “It’s specialist foundation work,” explains Richard Crockford, regional manager for the firm’s New York office. “Once things start getting complicated, we get interested.” is part of a joint venture that »Nicholsonthan $80 million in contracts has more to secure the World Trade Center site. NICHOLSON CONSTRUCTION HAS SEVERAL CONTRACTS AT THE WTC SITE IN NEW YORK. BY KATHRYN JONES Prestigious Work Although Nicholson operates on a national level through eight district offices, New York City continues to be its strongest market – “even in a time of recession,” President Andrew Walker notes. The company has worked there for more than 25 years, but established a permanent office following the 9/11 attacks, he says. In addition to its direct involvement in the World Trade Center recovery efforts, Nicholson continues to work at Ground Zero through a joint venture with Holmdel, N.J.-based EE Cruz & Company Inc. The two firms have more than $80 million worth of contracts to stabilize and support the site. “Although it’s a very difficult place to work – the site is so busy and politically charged – we’ve managed to do some very interesting work,” Crockford says. Its other high-profile projects include: • The North Shore Connector in Pittsburgh, where the firm used its Cutter Soil Mix (CSM), which mixed the ground using two rotating wheels in order to form impermeable watertight walls; • Abingdon Heights in Arlington, Va., where Nicholson used barrettes or load-bearing elements, which are excavated rectangular piles that are similar to diaphragm wall panels to resist overturning moments and thus provide permanent excavation support in an innovative design/build wall; • U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C., where the company constructed a 130,000-square-foot reinforced diaphragm wall to allow cuts in excess of 50 feet immediately adjacent to this historic structure. It also installed 380 feet of jet grout wall at the Senate tunnel. “Once things start getting complicated, we get interested.” –Richard Crockford, regional manager of Nicholson’s New York division www.nicholsonconstruction.com • 2008 revenues: $100 million+ • Headquarters: Cuddy, Pa. • Employees: 200 • Services: Geotechnical construction Nicholson Construction Co. 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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