The heavy civil construction work that keeps roadways passable, water healthy — and communities in an overall safer place — is not to be taken lightly. When you’re digging in on work that has such a tangible impact on the surrounding community, you need a construction company you can trust. But with so many civil construction operations in and around Houston, deciding who to partner with isn’t always easy. Read on for helpful information aimed at explaining the ins and outs of civil construction work — and how to find the right crew for the job.
Get Back to Basics: What is Civil Construction Work?
Civil construction work is a broad category — one that ranges from road building to structure demolition, dry land to marine areas. To sum it up, however, it’s the creation, maintenance or preparation work involved in keeping communities running safely and efficiently. Common civil construction work offerings include but aren’t limited to the following specialties:
- Aerial Crossings
- Bridge Construction
- Concrete Structures
- Deep Foundations
- New System Installation
- System Repairs
- Sanitary Sewer Systems
- Storm Sewer Systems
- Water Distribution Systems
- Concrete & Asphalt Paving
- Slip-Form & Hand Formed Paving
- Site Grading
- Subgrade Stabilization & Excavation
- Access to Remote Areas on Water & Near Bridges
- Marine Construction
- Repair, Maintenance & Installation Work
- Dirt Moving & Removal
- Detention Pond Installation
- Site Improvement
- Site Preparation
- Structural Demolitions
- Heavy Growth Clearing & Grubbing
- Dry Auguring / Slurry Bores / Pipe Jacking
- Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD)
- Tunnel Boring Methods (TBM)
- Micro-Tunneling (MTBM)
- Treatment Plant / Pump Station Installation
- Treatment Plant Upgrades & Repair
- Treatment Plant System Expansions
What Qualities Should You Look for in a Civil Construction Crew?
Civil construction includes bridge, road and water/wastewater projects that can have a very real impact on a community and those who reside in it. As such, you need to make sure you’re hiring the right team for the job. Here are a few criteria to help make your decision process simpler.
Select a Crew with Experience in the Specific Work You Need Done
Unlike simple paint jobs, minor buildouts and other commonplace construction work, heavy civil projects require a fine-tuned skillset. (After all, lives hinge on such work.) By contracting work to a company that specializes solely in civil construction work — or one like FUSED, with a Civil division — you ensure the crew understands what they’re getting into (because they’ve carried it out such work in the past).
Select a Crew with a Trusted Reputation
The saying goes that word of mouth is the best form of advertisement, and it makes sense. Whether you have a fantastic experience with a construction company or one that leaves something to be desired, chances are you’ll bring it up if you hear of a friend or colleague in need of such services. Ask people you trust about experiences they’ve had in the past. Who would they recommend? What companies should you avoid? Did their projects meet deadline and stay within budget? Take things a step further by doing a quick internet search and looking into companies’ past civil projects. With today’s online tools, you can learn a lot before even making an initial phone call.
Select a Crew that Can Help with Other Work, too
As is mentioned above, it’s important to work with a company that has the expertise to tackle your civil construction work safely and efficiently. If they can assist with other elements of your projects, however, it takes work off your plate — and eliminates at least a few potential headaches. Ask what other areas your candidates have experience in, and do a little digging on their websites. For instance, FUSED is well-versed in Commercial and Industrial construction, in addition to Civil construction offerings. Once you have a better understanding of all they’re capable of, ask how else they might contribute to your project. Could they provide project management assistance, for instance? Or help with site security? What about putting heavy equipment in place? Oftentimes working with a single company, rather than a whole range of contractors, can eliminate confusion and mean less money out of pocket.