Small But Quick in West Burlington

When the first stick went in the ground on a Thursday Carson & Roberts DD140 Drill crew knew they had a chance to move quickly. How quickly is truly remarkable. Five days later on Tuesday the gasline was pulled in and demobilization completed the next day! The Drill crew quickly linked 1,488 LF of 6″ steel pipe designed to transport gas in the Updike Final Alignment for Cheasapeake Energy Corporation.

Pipeline Details and Project Summary

Owner: Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Project: Updike Final Alignment
Designer: Hanover Engineering Associates
Location: West Burlington Township, PA
Pipeline Contractor: Otis Eastern Service Inc, Wellsboro, NY
Project Manager: OZ Directional Drilling, Scottsdale, AZ
HDD Contractor: Carson & Roberts, Lafayette, NJ
Pipe Size/Length: 1,488’ steel pipe
Installation: Horizontal Directional Drill 1,488’

Carson Corporation Contact:

Bob Carson (201) 230-4686
bcarson@carsonroberts.com

When asked what was remarkable about this drill Carson & Roberts President and Owner Dan Carson explained. “Not only did our crew complete the job in a timely, efficient manner, they had to work in the harsh winter environment of the Marcellus Shale region.” It turns out that when the crew first arrived on site the temperature was a frosty -5 degrees. Tough temperature to do anything let alone drill into the earth. Fortunately, the crew was rewarded with an unseasonably warm 60 degree day upon completion of the drill. With Project Managers pleased with the job, Carson & Roberts workers are off to the next project.

Massive Elevation Conquered by Carson Corporation

It is becoming more apparent to our customers that Carson & Roberts has the Equipment, Experience and the Personnel to complete even the toughest drills. The terrain proved no match for Carson & Roberts Drill crew in Jersey Shore Pa.

Installation in Chief pipeline/spread. In summer 2010, OZ Direction Drilling was contracted by Otis Eastern to provide 4 HDDS for the Poor Shot Natural Gas Pipeline in Mifflin Township, Lycoming County, PA. Subsequently OZ partnered with Carson & Roberts to complete these 12″ drills for gas transmission. A total of 4 drills has kept Carson & Roberts busy. The steep terrains and the confined drilling accesses have added to the complexity of the drills.

Pipeline Details and Project Summary

Owner: Chief Gathering LLC, A midstream Subsidiary of Chief Oil & Gas, Dallas Texas
Principal: Trevor Rees Jones
Project: Chief Pipeline
Designer: Mctisch, Kunkel and Associates Montoursville PA
Location: Mifflin Township, PA
Pipeline Contractor: Otis Eastern Service Inc, Wellsville, NY
Project Manager: OZ Directional Drilling, Scottsdale, AZ
HDD Contractor: Carson Corporation, Lafayette NJ
Pipe Size/Length: 900 LF 12” steel pipe
Installation: Horizontal Directional Drill 900′ (first of 4 drills)

Carson Corporation Contact:
Bob Carson (201) 230-4686
bcarson@carsonroberts.com

“Typically the first drill in a string of drills like this project is always the toughest., says Carson & Roberts Owner and President Dan Carson. We were faced with a “1400′ deep embankment with a 300′ vertical drop” just to get to our drill point.” “It became apparent we needed to be a bit innovative with our approach.” Carson states. Each piece of equipment was lowered via cable tied off on a Caterpillar D-8 dozer. It was a slow process at first but workers managed to move all equipment including a 50′ equipment trailer, Tulsa Rig Iron Recycler, Mud Pump, two drill steel flat beds, an American Auger DD140 Drill Rig, Finally we skidded down another pump and a Cat 325 CL”. For a water source Carson’s crew fitted a 20000 gallon frac tank at the top of the embankment to 1400′ of 4″ poly. The gravity pressure supplied plenty of water to the drilling operation. The pilot hole was completed in several days of drill time and the final ream pass was completed and pipe pulled within 2 weeks of arriving on site.

FPVC Pipe Used for HDD Sections on New Force Main Installation in Camden County, NJ

FPVC® Pipe used for HDD Sections on New Force Main

We’re excited to be expanding our Fusible PVC™ installation base in NJ with the recent completion of 1,800LF of 12” DR18 force main installed via directional drilling in Camden County, NJ. Please feel free to call me to learn more about how Fusible PVC™ might be able to help you on your pipeline project.

Stop by and see us at AWWA ACE 2010 in Chicago at booth #449

Installation in Camden County, NJ

In spring 2010, Underground Solutions (UGSI) contracted with RNR Contractors, Inc. of Shamong, NJ to provide UGSI’s FPVC pipe and fusion services for the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA) Regional Interceptor Project in Winslow Township, Camden County, NJ.

Churchill Engineering of Berlin, NJ designed the force main to include directional drill sections to cross under wooded wet lands and a culvert system. Churchill designed the open cut alignment of the force main with 12” DR18 bell & spigot PVC pipe. FPVC® pipe was selected to complete the directional drill sections to maintain material, dimensional and fittings continuity throughout the entire line. Carson & Roberts of Lafayette, NJ performed the directional drills and UGSI provided fusion services. The trenchless portion of the pipeline project was completed in March.

Pipeline Details and Project Summary

Owner: Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority
Engineer: Churchill Consulting Engineering
Project: CCMUA Regional Interceptor Project
Location: Winslow Township, NJ
General Contractor: RNR Contractors
HDD Contractor: Carson & Roberts
Pipe Size/Length: 1,800 LF 12” DR18 FPVC®
Installation: Horizontal Directional Drill (2 Drills: 1,400’ and 400’)

UGSI Contact:

Chet Allen (724) 321-1514
callen@undergroundsolutions.com

The 1,400’ directional drill was achieved utilizing a walk-over tracking system requiring 2 days to drill the pilot hole, 2 days of reaming to an 18” diameter final bore hole. Scott Murray with Carson & Roberts commented: “This was our first installation with Fusible PVC pipe. Based on the successful results, I expect to see many more projects being designed with Fusible PVC.”

Riverbend District Receives Extensive Urban Makeover

A former brownfield located in Harrison, N.J., is in the process of rebirth as a mixed-use urban development, intended to serve as one of the most thickly populated areas in the northeastern corridor.

Advance Realty, headquartered in Bedminster, N.J. is the owner/developer of the 80-acre Riverbend District, which will feature approximately 2,000 for sale or rental residential units, two hotels with a total of 550 rooms, 800,000 square feet of retail, which will include large format retailers, cinema, arts and entertainment tenants, and a wellness center and health club, as well as multiple restaurants and cafes. In addition the project will include1.5 million square feet of corporate and boutique office space.

The Riverbend District is enhanced by its proximity of Red Bull Arena, currently under construction as the new home of the Red Bull soccer team as well as nearby New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and sports and entertainment venue Prudential Center, both located across the river in Newark.

Situated in a prime riverside location, Riverbend District is only 15 minutes by rail from New York City. The District is accessible via N.J. Transit, Amtrak and PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson Authority) as well as major highways in the area.

Originally occupied by factories, remediation of the Riverbend District involved the removal of 48,000 yds (36,699 cu m) of contaminated soil, a task completed in November 2008. Site preparation work is under way as transformation of the former brownfield takes place. Carson & Roberts Site Construction and Engineering, Inc., based in Lafayette, N.J., is site development contractor for the project. The company provides a full range of horizontal directional drilling and boring services. Recent jobs using this technology include the installation of 2,254 linear feet (687 m) of 30-inch (76.2 cm) gas main under the Red River in Texas and 700 linear feet (213,4 m) of 24-inch (61 cm) water main under a creek in southern New Jersey.

More recently the company carried out a large utility contract for Skanska USA Building at the New Meadowlands Stadium, were subcontracted by the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company to perform all site improvements associated with Target, Best Buy and Whole Foods in Union, N.J., and are in the process of completing a site project in Piscataway, N.J., for the Holder Construction Company, general contractor for the construction of a 300,000 sq. ft. data center for DuPont Fabros. Completed projects include Lowes in East Rutherford and East Brunswick, The Shoppes at Old Bridge and Paramus’ Garden State Plaza, all in New Jersey.

Carson Corporation began work on the site on April 15, 2009 and are on schedule for an estimated time of completion in the fourth quarter of 2009, having completed (late July) site demolition, clearing, sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water main installation, and electric and telephone duct bank installation. Work currently being carried out includes earthwork, paving, curbs, sidewalks, landscaping and site lighting.

“We have approximately 40 employees working on this job,” John J. Roberts, partner of Carson & Roberts, said. “Our equipment fleet includes Caterpillar 345, 330, 325 and 314 excavators; 303 mini excavator and 416 rubber tire backhoes, as well as Caterpillar IT-28 and IT-38 loaders and D8, D6 and D5 bulldozers.”

“We’re also fielding International water and site dump trucks, Wacker trench compactors, and a Caterpillar AP 1055 paver and 543 roller in addition to a groundwater treatment system and holding tanks,” he added.

Carson Corporations’ subcontractors include Edison, N.J.’s Assuncao Brothers, Inc., which is responsible for curbs and sidewalks, and the Kemsco Construction and Equipment Company, Inc., of Newark, N.J., who are handling electric and telephone work. Rockborn Trucking and Excavation, Inc., headquartered in Wharton, N.J., is carrying out the paving run.

A critical component of the project is the installation of the reinforced concrete box culvert, which comprises approximately 60 percent of the storm sewer piping. Carson & Roberts recently employed Piscataway, N.J., based Foley, Inc. to perform a certified rebuild on a Caterpillar 345 BL excavator, the critical machine for this culvert installation.

Eric Cliff, customer support representative of Foley, Inc., has been working with Carson & Roberts for about four years. As part of his service he carries out timely repairs to their equipment, but for this project his role was somewhat different.

“I rebuilt Carson & Roberts’ 345 Caterpillar excavator enough to bring it up to speed for this job, as they need its size and production for the work,” he said. “It’s not a complete rebuild but involved replacing certain components. The job took about 150 hours of labor”. “The machine’s response was extremely slow because of weak hydraulics,” he added. “The repairs brought the machine back up to Caterpillar’s specifications, giving it like-new cycle times and breakout force.”

After the repair was completed, the excavator could excavate and set the box culvert, which weighed 10 tons (9 t) per 10 ft. (3 m) section, and was installed 12 ft. (3.6 m) below grade. “Both Carson & Roberts and Foley, Inc. worked together to make sure the machine was working at its best and that the job can be completed successfully. It was key to have the machine rebuilt and we are satisfied with the outcome,” Roberts stated.

Several difficulties had to be overcome by Carson & Roberts when carrying out its work. “The new utilities are being installed at significant depths, and the site’s close proximity to the Passaic River and the high water table results in a significant amount of groundwater encountered during trench excavations,” Roberts explained. “As a result, we needed to utilize several large pumps to effectively dewater the trenches. In addition, we found that the groundwater fluctuates in accordance with the tides. Knowing when low tide is and scheduling work accordingly reduces the challenges associated with ground water and trench excavations.” “In addition, prior to starting this construction we also took added precautions to identify and locate all the existing buried utilities. In many instances, the existing utilities were in direct conflict with the new infrastructure to be installed,” he added. “We worked together with the owner and design team to quickly resolve the conflicts and eliminate any potential damage to the existing utilities.”

“Also, this project must be done in conjunction with the completion of the Red Bulls Soccer Stadium. To meet the project’s aggressive completion date we prepared a detailed construction schedule that allows for the logical progression of the work and helps our project managers and foremen ensure the project is always ahead of schedule,” Roberts added. Carson & Roberts’ portion of the overall project carries an approximately $12 million price tag, funded by the New Jersey Environmental Trust (EIT), the Harrison Redevelopment Agency (HRA) and private sources. Vertical construction at the Riverbend Project is slated to begin in 2011.

(This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s Web Site at www.constructionequipmentguide.com).

Engineered for success – Published in Building & Construction Northeast Magazine

Carson & Roberts reaches the 90 percent completion mark on the excavation phase of the West Point Military Academy Motor Pool Relocation Project. By Brooke Infusino

Carson Corporation Site Construction and Engineering, Inc.

Motor Pool Relocation Project
carsoncorporation.net

Project Value: $10.5 Million
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Employees: 40 to 100
Scope: Earthwork, Excavation and Utility Work

Each project Carson & Roberts Site Construction and Engineering, Inc. goes after is a chance for the Lafayette, N.J., site engineering, excavation and horizontal drilling firm to put its best foot forward. When your reputation is your most valuable asset, as it is at the company, accurately bidding projects and performing quality work is a requirement.

Vice President John Roberts says the firm has grown from a small site contractor to one of the largest civil firms in New Jersey. He says the company is holding its own in the down market by expanding its geographic reach to the south and by operating two complimentary divisions: site work and underground utilities.

In a recent interview with Building & Construction Northeast, Roberts explains how the firm is utilizing its skills and divisions to get new business, as well as its role on the West Point Military Academy Motor Pool Relocation Project.

John Roberts: Currently the construction market has tightened in the way of competition and the cost owners are willing to pay, less projects to bid results in more competition and lower pricing. To offset current market conditions, we continue to implement stringent cost controls and improve on our operating efficiency. Also, we have expanded our geographic reach to include the entire East Cost and Mid-Atlantic regions for site work, and the entire country for auger boring and horizontal drilling businesses.

BCNE: Which market sectors are currently performing best for Carson & Roberts?

JR: Carson & Roberts is split into two distinct, but complementary divisions: site and underground. Fortunately, both divisions are performing well. Having two divisions provides us with a level of diversification to help minimize market volatility.

BCNE: How do you secure new projects?

JR: We continually seek out new projects to bid that suit our skill set and size. We are a full-service site construction company, and we self-perform earthwork, utility work, concrete work, paving, jack/boring and horizontal directional drilling. This allows us to bid many projects in the marketplace. Once we are awarded a contract, we fully staff the project with on-site project managers and site superintendents. We have found that the additional cost to provide on-site management more than pays for itself in the way of increased efficiency and expediting schedules. It also provides the added benefit of continual monitoring and better control of our projects.

BCNE: How do you view the Northeast construction market today?

JR: Clearly, the Northeast construction market has slowed and there is less work to go around. In past markets, developers, owners, general contractors and construction managers would have numerous projects for us to bid and we could be much more selective as to which projects we decided to pursue. Today, although we remain selective, we must expend more effort to continually develop more opportunities. BCNE: What issues does a contractor face in the Northeast aside from competition? JR: Fluctuations in material costs can be challenging. From ductile iron pipe to asphalt, materials can be very volatile. We try to minimize this risk by linking our contracts to published material indices. If these commodities fluctuate, generally a client will understand and be willing to provide additional compensation, likewise if these indices lower, clients would see a credit. Another issue is the additional regulations and permitting requirements. Dealing with these issues takes considerably more time than in the past. It seems now owners and engineers have shifted some of the approval/permitting process onto the contractor. We responded by putting project administrators in place to deal with these items along with any other coordination issues.

BCNE: Are you exploring or employing any new technologies or design methods?

JR: We created our underground division to serve the jack/bore and horizontal directional drill markets. This has provided us with a new source of revenue and it continues to grow as the consulting and design engineers become more familiar with this technology.

BCNE: Describe your involvement with the West Point Motor Pool Relocation Project.

JR: The West Point Motor Pool Relocation Project is being performed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the West Point Military Academy. The existing motor pool – located on the campus – is being relocated to off-site. Suffolk Construction is the construction manager/general contractor. We were awarded the project in August 2009. The 30-acre site is heavily wooded with steep rocky, terrain. Our scope includes:

We have teamed with several contractors to help successfully complete this project. We are approximately 90 percent complete with the earthwork phase of the project. The remaining work, which consists of utility installation, curbing and paving, will continue through the winter, and the project is expected to be complete by May of 2010.

Carson Corporation Develop the Highly Anticipated Riverbend

Originally Published in Foley “Paydirt” Magazine – Fall 2009 Issue

Carson & Roberts began work April 15, 2009 and is scheduled for completion of site preparation in the fourth quarter of 2009. When completed, the new 80-acre Riverbend District, currently under construction, will feature 2,000 residential units, two hotels and 800,000 square feet of retail space, including large format retailers, cinema, arts and entertainment tenants, a wellness center and health club, as well as a number of restaurants and cafes. The development also will incorporate 1.5 million square feet of corporate and boutique office space. Advance Realty, headquartered in Bedminster, N.J. is the owner/developer.

Site Preparation by Carson Corporation

Originally occupied by factories, remediation of the Riverbend District first involved the removal of 48,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil, a task completed in November 2008. Currently, site preparation work is under way as the former brownfield begins its transformation process. Carson & Roberts Site Construction and Engineering, Inc., based in Lafayette, N.J., is site development contractor for the project.

Having already completed site demolition, clearing, sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water main installation, as well as electric and telephone duct bank installation in late July, work currently being carried out by Carson & Roberts includes earthwork, paving, curbs, sidewalks, landscaping and site lighting.

“We have approximately 40 employees working on this job,” says John J. Roberts, co-owner of Carson & Roberts. “Our equipment fleet includes Caterpillar 345, 330, 325 and 3114 excavators, 303 mini excavator and 416 rubber tire backhoe, as well as Caterpillar IT-28 and IT-38 loaders and D8, D6 and D5 bulldozers”.

“We’re also fielding International water and site dump trucks, a Wacker trench compactor, and a Caterpillar AP 1055 paver and CB534 roller, in addition to a groundwater treatment system and holding tanks,” he says. Carson & Roberts’ subcontractors include Edison, N.J.’s Assuncao Brothers, Inc., which is responsible for curbs and sidewalks, and the Kemsco Construction and Equipment Company, Inc., of Newark, N.J., which is handling electric and telephone work. Rockborn Trucking and Excavation, Inc., headquartered in Wharton, N.J. is carrying out the paving run.

Overcoming Obstacles

Every development project poses challenges to contractors, and several unique problems already have had had to be overcome by Carson & Roberts. “The new utilities are being installed at significant depths, and the site’s close proximity to the Passaic River and the high water table results in a significant amount of groundwater encountered during the trenching excavations,” says Roberts. “As a result, we needed to utilize several large pumps to effectively dewater the trenches. In addition, we found that the groundwater fluctuates in accordance with the tides. Knowing when low tide is and scheduling work accordingly reduces the challenges associated with ground water and trench excavations.”

“Prior to starting this construction we also took added precautions to identify and locate all the existing buried utilities. In many instances, the existing utilities were in direct conflict with the new infrastructure to be installed,” Roberts says. “We worked together with the owner and design team to quickly resolve the conflicts and eliminate any potential damage to the existing utilities.”

The Riverbend District is enhanced by its proximity to Red Bull Arena, currently under construction as the new home of the Red Bull soccer team. A key challenge was that the project had to be done in conjunction with the completion of the arena. “To meet the project’s aggressive completion date, we prepared a detailed construction schedule that allows for the logical progression of the work and helps our project managers and foremen ensure the project is always ahead of schedule,” says Roberts.

Carson & Roberts’ portion of the overall project carries an approximate $12 million price tag, funded by the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, the Harrison Redevelopment Agency and private sources.

Vertical construction at the Riverbend Project is slated to begin in 2011. Situated in a prime riverside location, Riverbend District is only 15 minutes by rail from New York City. Also nearby are the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the sports and entertainment venue Prudential Center, both located across the river in Newark. The Riverbend District is easily accessible via N.J. Transit, Amtrak and PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson Authority) as well as major highways in the area.

Foley service and support

Eric Cliff, customer support representative with Piscataway, N.J. based Foley, Inc., has been working with Carson & Roberts for about four years. As part of his service he carries out timely repairs to their equipment, but for this project his role is somewhat different.

“The Carson Corporation’ 345 Caterpillar excavator was repaired to bring it up to speed for this job, as they need its size and production for the work,” says Cliff. “It’s not a complete rebuild but involves replacing certain components. The job will take about 150 hours of labor.”

“Before bringing the machine to our shop, its response was extremely slow because of weak hydraulics,” he says. “The repairs brought the machine back up to Caterpillar’s specifications, giving it like-new cycle times and breakout force.”

Carson Corporation provides a full range of horizontal directional drilling and boring services. Recent jobs using this technology include the installation of 2,254 linear feet of 30-inch gas main under the Red River in Texas and 700 linear feet of 24-inch water main under a creek in southern New Jersey. More recently, the company carried out a large utility contract for Skanska USA Building at the New Meadowlands Stadium, were subcontracted by the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company to perform all site improvements associated with the Target, Best Buy and Whole Food Market in Union, N.J., and are in the process of completing a site project in Piscataway, N.J., for the Holder Construction Company, general contractor for the construction of a 300,000 square feet data center for DuPont Fabros. Other recently completed projects include Lowes in East Rutherford and East Brunswick, The Shoppes at Old Bridge and Paramus’ Garden State Plaza, all in New Jersey.

Roads, Utilities Underway at Advance’s Riverbend District

Harrison, NJ – At a time when many developers are postponing progress at their developments, Bedminster-based Advance Realty is moving ahead with construction at the Riverbend District, one of the largest brownfields mixed-use, redevelopment transit districts underway in New Jersey.

Phase I infrastructure work at the Riverbend District is already more than 50% complete. Construction and Engineering firm Carson & Roberts is responsible for all site horizontal infrastructure work at the project and is on track to complete the installation of underground utilities, sidewalks, roadways, streetlights and traffic signals in time for the opening of Red Bull Arena in spring 2010.

“Carson & Roberts will take the Riverbend District one step closer to completion with horizontal infrastructure work that supports the transformation of this previously derelict site into a vital mixed-use, urban district,” Advance Realty’s senior vice president and COO Kevin Tartaglione tells GlobeSt.com.

Phase I of the vertical construction at the Riverbend District is scheduled to begin in 2010 and will feature more than 800,000 square feet of retail space, including an anchor grocery store and retailers, a 16 screen cinema and restaurants; a 175-room hotel and a 350-room, full service hotel with 25,000 square feet of conference space; a wellness center; corporate and boutique office space; and approximately 1,900 for-sale and rental residential units.

“The redevelopment of this significant property into a vibrant, mixed-use destination is of critical importance to the town of Harrison in meeting its goals of enhanced economic development and improved quality of life for all residents,” Harrison Mayor Raymond McDonough said in a statement.

According to Tartaglione, Advance is working closely with Harrison on the 80-acre site. “One of the burdens developers face is that older cities usually carried most of the infrastructure such as power and telephone lines above grade, but nearly all redevelopment projects require the power and telephone connectivity below grade,” says Tartaglione. Unfortunately, he adds, developers are being asked to cover the costs of moving infrastructure underground despite the fact it will ultimately benefit the utility company. Tartaglione would like to see the state place more of this cost burden on the utility.

For the Harrison project, the cost of moving poles below grade is between $3 and $5 million, with overall infrastructure in the $30 million range. “We have some private and public funding,” Tartaglione relates, the latter of which will go toward the Red Bull Stadium, which is located adjacent to the Riverbend site. As a transit-oriented community, the Riverbend District is near New Jersey Transit, Amtrak and an onsite PATH station that should stand to benefit from a $180-million renovation program to improve service.

In Morristown, meanwhile, utilities in the street date back 150 years in some cases, says Stephen Santola, executive vice president and general counsel at Woodmont Properties, which is working on the redevelopment of the former Epstein’s Department Store here, as well as the 36-condominium residences at Vail Mansion and the recently completed Highlands at Morristown Station. In the case of the former project, he says, “When we set out to improve the water utility, the idea was not to just get enough water to our building, but to create enough capacity in the system to help promote redevelopment in other areas of the downtown off of the water main system.” All told, Woodmont did almost $3 million in offsite improvements at the Epstein’s rehabilitation site, including significant storm water improvements and installations, water mains and sanitary sewer improvements.

Another common concern when it comes to aging infrastructure is the water pipes. “Pipes that weren’t treated and lined will begin to build up an interior from the calcium and the water and rust,” Parsippany-based Santola explains. The result: a four-inch water line can reduce in diameter to as little as three inches. “Now you’re getting even less capacity through that line than was originally planned. In some of our projects we run a camera into the sewer line to determine capacity,” he adds.

Clearly, these costs can add up quickly, a fact that is off-putting to many developers. “The development community has pitched in quite a bit already,” affirms Tom Michnewicz, vice president of development at Somerset Development in Lakewood, which is currently working on the Westmont Station in Wood-Ridge, a 70-acre brownfields redevelopment that will include a New Jersey Transit station. “The infrastructure requirements, especially on larger projects, are really a heavy lift. We try to encourage the local municipality as well as the counties and the state to pitch in.” Government entities, he adds, have the ability to float bonds, and there are many creative ways of funding infrastructure through tax increment financing or fund bond issues.

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