Cycle Construction got a big "thumbs up" from the St. Dominic PreK 3 class this morning when team member Troy David visited with a Peterbilt 600 horse power tractor truck from our heavy haul fleet. These future construction professionals got an up-close look at a "big truck" and they definitely approved!
“Time is money.” No better phrase describes the importance of keeping a construction project on schedule. When projects run off the scheduling rails – be it from inclement weather or poor communications among team members – the end-result is almost always lost profit and a blow to the construction company’s reputation.
The smart contractor plans for contingencies and aligns all the moving parts into a reasonable schedule.
Fact: One in ten construction workers are injured every year.
Fact: Over the course of a 45-year career, a construction worker has a 1 in 200 chances of dying on the job.
Fact: Falls are the greatest cause of fatal construction injuries.
Fact: The most-violated OSHA standard is fall protection.
Fact: The construction industry is #2 in the United States for fatal injuries in workers younger than 18.
Fact: Sixty percent of construction workplace injuries occur within the employee’s first year of employment.
Fact: Exposure accounts for 15.7% of all construction injuries.
Fact: Between 2002 and 2012, 19.5% of all workplace deaths were from the construction industry.
Civil construction projects are typically long-term projects with an array of moving parts. Over the course of several months and sometimes years, these parts often change, impacting the project’s budget and leading to cost overruns. This happens as a result of design errors, unexpected site conditions, increases in project scope, weather conditions, engineering changes and more. Nationwide, construction cost overruns average 15% to 25%, and most lenders recommend including a 20% contingency for project budgets. At Cycle Construction, we challenge these statistics and do everything possible to minimize cost overruns for our clients.
Cycle Construction recently played a key role in a project designed to help vessels access and navigate a busy channel in Empire, LA. Performing as a subcontractor to Kiewit-Pittman JV on this U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, (USACE) project, the family-owned company was tasked with removing a 105-ton floodgate. Having weathered decades of storms and tides, the old floodgate – which lay under water when not closed – was damaging the bottoms of passing vessels in the channel. In 2017, Kiewit-Pittman completed construction of a new structure and gate, making the remaining old structure both obsolete and a hazard.
When researching heavy civil contractors for your upcoming project, it is important to establish criteria to be met to ensure a successful project. Large, civil jobsites can be chaotic at times, with many moving parts. You want to hire a contractor that can effectively and efficiently run the job, keep all workers safe and keep the job within or below budget. A civil contractor should be “on top of their game” to handle the challenges that arise daily. Here are six key qualities of a heavy civil contractor that are integral to successful projects:
Cycle Construction was recently awarded 1st Place in the Heavy Division for the AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) from the Associated General Contractors of America. The CSEA recognizes those construction companies that excel at safety performance, examining each candidate’s commitment to safety and occupational health management and risk control.
Cycle Construction crews are in the process of rehabilitating the lagoon at Brechtel Park, a 110-acre recreational park located at 4401 Lennox Blvd. It served as the West Bank’s only regional park before Hurricanes Katrina and Rita wrecked the area. Read CityBusiness article.