Webber Regional Vice President Wins ENR’s Young Professional Award

Houston, February 23, 2018 – Engineering News-Record (ENR) recently announced Josh Goyne, Regional Vice President of North and South Texas for the Webber Heavy Civil business line, as a winner of the 2018 Top Young Professionals program. This regional program (Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Mississippi) honors outstanding young construction and design professionals.

This is an excerpt taken from an ENR article. Click here to read the article about Josh and The Top Young Professionals in its entirety on the ENR site.

The select group is made up of 20 honorees under 40 who represent the industry’s top rising leaders that also give back to their industry and communities. The judges assess the nominees by their industry experience and education, career and industry leadership and community service.

Goyne embodies all the characteristics of the judging criteria. He is a dedicated Regional Vice President, mentor, knowledgeable resource and, most importantly, a leader that is always pushing Webber’s interests forward. He has represented Webber well through his involvement in the Texas AGC organization and the Regional Black Contractors Association, where Webber won the prestigious Contractor of the Year Award for 2017, thanks in part to his ongoing work in North Texas.

Goyne also works to develop Webber’s next generation of project managers through the outstanding internship program, which has brought many of Webber’s leaders up through the ranks for more than a decade. Goyne values the importance of continuing education and has completed many diverse executive classes within Ferrovial’s University program, including the Global Management Program, which provides the student with a more worldly point of view towards management.

Josh Goyne, Regional Vice President of North and South Texas for the Webber Heavy Civil business line, as a winner of the 2018 Top Young Professionals program
Josh Goyne, Regional VP of North and South TX for Webber Heavy Civil.

In addition to being a dedicated leader, Goyne is passionate about serving his community. He has served as the Amarillo/Lubbock Area Highway co-chair for AGC Texas. Recently, members selected Goyne as the Fort Worth Area Highway Vice Chairman for the Texas AGC. He has also been a member of DBIA for the past three years and is in the process of obtaining his DBIA certification.

Although Goyne spends a lot of time traveling for work, when he is home in Dallas he spends his time with his wife and two young children. The weekends are filled with family events, soccer games and occasional date nights. His work/life balance is achieved by working during office hours and unplugging from all devices during family time. Goyne also supports the local schools in his area. He joined the Fathers of Lakewood organization which provides learning activities for elementary-age children and facilitates fundraising events to provide financial aid for repairs and updating at the local schools.

Goyne celebrates five years with Webber this month and will be featured in ENR’s February issue.

Please join us in congratulating Josh on this distinguished industry award!

About Webber, LLC

Founded in 1963, Webber is a leading heavy civil, commercial and waterworks construction company and material producer dedicated to safely providing intelligent solutions to its clients and community. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Ferrovial S.A., an international company based in Madrid, Spain, Webber has access to a global network of skilled engineers, best-in-class technology and vast resources. Webber is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and has been rated by Engineering News-Record as one of the largest transportation contractors in the Texas/Louisiana region.

For more information on Webber, please visit www.wwebber.com.

Webber Awarded $5M Bridge Replacement in Sweetwater, TX

Houston, February 15, 2018 – Webber, LCC was selected by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to replace the existing two lane bridge that spans the UPRR mainline rail road track in Sweetwater, TX. The project was bid at $5 million and will be led by West Texas Senior Project Manager, Michael Oliver.

The project team will replace an existing two lane bridge that spans the UPRR mainline rail road track. This route provides access to IH 20 from Downtown Sweetwater. The new bridge will be raised approximately five feet to provide needed clearance for a future second UPRR mainline track. The project will be 0.36 miles long (1900 feet), which includes 1,455 feet of new asphalt roadway and 445 feet of bridge structure.

The new bridge will be constructed using pre-stressed concrete beams and structural steel plate girder beams. The bridge also will incorporate new permanent concrete traffic rail. The existing roadway will be rebuilt using a hot mixed asphaltic concrete pavement structure and the existing bridge will be demolished and the new bridge will be built in the existing horizontal alignment.

About Webber, LLC

Founded in 1963, Webber is a leading heavy civil, commercial and waterworks construction company and material producer dedicated to safely providing intelligent solutions to its clients and community. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Ferrovial S.A., an international company based in Madrid, Spain, Webber has access to a global network of skilled engineers, best-in-class technology and vast resources. Webber is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and has been rated by Engineering News-Record as one of the largest transportation contractors in the Texas/Louisiana region.

For more information on Webber, please visit www.wwebber.com.

Webber Awarded $30M for Street Reconstruction in Richmond, TX

Houston, February 13, 2018 – Webber, LLC was selected by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to expand FM 762 (Crabb River Road) from two lanes into five, including a continuous turn lane and eight foot shoulders near Richmond, TX. The project was bid at $30 million and will be led by Senior Project Manager, John Schneider.

Currently a two lane farm-to-market road, the project consists of two phases, first the construction of a new two lane roadway. When completed, traffic will then be diverted to the new roadway while the existing two lanes will be removed and replaced with two new lanes and a continuous turn lane connecting the four main lanes. The proposed pavement section consists of lime stabilization, cement treated base, asphalt bond breaker and concrete paving. New storm utilities, along with a series of three detention ponds, will also be constructed.

The project will take three years to complete.

Stretch of FM 762 (Crabb River Road) to be expanded.
Stretch of FM 762 (Crabb River Road) to be expanded.

About Webber, LLC

Founded in 1963, Webber is a leading heavy civil, commercial and waterworks construction company and material producer dedicated to safely providing intelligent solutions to its clients and community. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Ferrovial S.A., an international company based in Madrid, Spain, Webber has access to a global network of skilled engineers, best-in-class technology and vast resources. Webber is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and has been rated by Engineering News-Record as one of the largest transportation contractors in the Texas/Louisiana region.

For more information on Webber, please visit www.wwebber.com.

Webber to Lead IH 69 Emergency Bridge Repairs over the San Jacinto River

Houston, February 8, 2018 – Webber, LLC was recently awarded the IH 69 emergency bridge repair project near Kingwood, TX as part of the ongoing effort to repair infrastructure damage in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The project was bid for $7.5 million and consists of the removal and reconstruction of three bents and four spans of the southbound IH 69 main lanes over the San Jacinto River.

This emergency repair project was released by Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to correct an extensive amount of scouring around the piling due to the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, which undermined the stability of the bridge foundations. The bridge repairs will require southbound traffic to be shifted over to the northbound main lane bridge and will reduce traffic flow to three lanes in each direction.

The emergency repair project is being led by Area Manager, Ryan McCalla, and construction is expected to last about three months.

Tim Creson, President and CEO of Webber, LLC. said

“Damages from Hurricane Harvey took a significant toll across the Houston metropolitan area; Webber helped TxDOT and HCTRA in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and we are happy to continue to serve our local community to help repair the long-term damage that was left behind as well.”

Proposed area of bridge repair and reconstruction.
IH 69 emergency bridge repair project near Kingwood, TX

About Webber, LLC

Founded in 1963, Webber is a leading heavy civil, commercial and waterworks construction company and material producer dedicated to safely providing intelligent solutions to its clients and community. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Ferrovial S.A., an international company based in Madrid, Spain, Webber has access to a global network of skilled engineers, best-in-class technology and vast resources. Webber is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and has been rated by Engineering News-Record as one of the largest transportation contractors in the Texas/Louisiana region.

For more information on Webber, please visit www.wwebber.com.

Industry Partnerships and Private Financing will Create Evolutionary Change in the Water Delivery Market

This is an excerpt taken from an ENR article. Click here to read the article by Peter Bailey, Vice President for Alternative Project Delivery, PLW Waterworks in its entirety on the ENR site.

During the past two decades, we have seen tremendous change in the way water infrastructure projects are delivered. Fifteen years ago, design-bid-build was by far the dominant delivery mechanism. Today, alternate project delivery has increased significantly and, for large projects, is becoming the delivery vehicle of choice.

In the next 15 years, we will be challenged to find more efficient and creative ways to finance and implement projects. Currently, public water utility owners face unprecedented challenges in funding the work to keep their infrastructure current.

Alternate project delivery, privatization and public-private partnerships are logical solutions. However, the challenges in implementing these types of solutions require the industry to evolve. For example, many older cities in the northeastern U.S. have a fundamental math problem to solve. They are losing population and revenue base, yet their maintenance costs are increasing due to the age of their infrastructure, with some systems up to 100 years old. Privatization and consolidation can supply funding to repair or replace infrastructure while improving service and efficiency for customers.

Privatizing, however, is not simple. In fact, water infrastructure is one of the most difficult utilities to privatize because it is composed of an integrated and complicated system, with thousands of underground connections, spread over a very wide footprint.

Pete Bailey, PLW Waterworks.

Follow the Money
There is money available. Wall Street firms want to invest in water and private water companies are showing that economy of scale can make water systems a solid investment. Companies like United Water, American Water and Veolia are good examples of models that work.

The water industry must embrace different solutions, much like the transportation industry has done with toll roads. Taxpayers spend billions of dollars to access the convenience of toll roads; they will do the same for their water systems once they understand the value proposition. As an industry, we need to move beyond the status quo to find collaborative, joint solutions that are more efficient.

Engineers, contractors, financiers and developers must evolve together by promoting collaboration, not disaggregation. We have much to learn from our European counterparts as we, as a nation, move toward joint ownership models that bring public and private resources together successfully.

Risk that Leads to Reward
Embracing new paradigms for the water utility market isn’t easy. Consider, for example, that there are over 52,000 municipally owned water utilities in America, compared to just around 3,000 mostly private gas and electricity providers. Most municipalities cannot benefit from economy of scale if they continue to operate independently. They need to consolidate to be more efficient. The private sector can help them initiate scalable change. As an industry, we all need to work together to meet the challenges ahead of us in the next 15 years.

Webber Rebrands Waterworks, Commercial Business Line Acquisitions

Houston, January 30, 2018 – Built on 55 years of construction experience, Webber, LLC has grown to be one of the largest general contractors in Texas, nearly doubling in revenue and backlog over the past three years. Headquartered in Houston with regional offices in North Texas and Central Texas, Webber has more than 2,000 employees and manages about 100 projects across Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

With the acquisition of PepperLawson Construction in 2016, Webber’s capabilities have grown to include vertical construction and waterworks expertise for water treatment, reuse and desalination facilities. These complimentary business lines will all allow Webber to fully leverage the global resources of our parent company and one of the world’s largest infrastructure companies, Ferrovial S.A., while serving our clients comprehensively.

As part of the diversification and reorganization of the company, Webber has appointed four proven leaders to head each of the divisions: commercial, heavy civil, waterworks and materials. With each focused on their division while collaborating to provide our clients with the best delivery and service, Webber will take on larger projects while continuing our track record of excellence in safety, innovation and construction.

  • HEAVY CIVIL | Curtis Van Cleve was named President of Webber’s Heavy Civil Division in early 2017 after originally joining Webber in March 2013. He has been in the Construction business for over 33 years and has worked at many prominent construction companies in Texas and along the East Coast. Curtis was named the 2012 Executive of the Year in Transportation by the American Business Awards and is active in the AGC of Texas, DBIA, ARTBA and the Texas Concrete Paving Association.
  • COMMERCIAL | Todd Granato became President of PepperLawson Construction (now Webber Commercial) in 2014, and has been instrumental in maintaining the company’s high level of performance and integrity while integrating the company into Webber. Todd has more than 31 years of construction experience and has managed commercial projects in-excess of $100 million. Well-known and respected in the Houston AEC community, he serves on a number of local organization’s including the Katy ISD Bond Committee, Houston ISD Foundation and the Texas Tech University’s School of Engineering Dean’s Council.
  • WATERWORKS | Atul Raj led PepperLawson Construction into the water business in 1993 and later became co-owner of PepperLawson Waterworks. Seeing the potential for growth into the DBFOM in the water industry, Atul orchestrated the deal to sell PepperLawson Construction to Webber to obtain access to the resources necessary to achieve these goals for the company. Atul is now President of PLW Waterworks. He is involved with many industry organizations including TXWIN, AGC, HCA, WDBC and AWWA, as well as a frequent speaker at industry events.
  • MATERIALS | Richard Henderson was named Managing Director of Southern Crushed Concrete (SCC), the materials division of Webber, in late 2016. He has been focused on diversifying SCC’s material offerings, which includes recycled crushed concrete, recycled asphalt, sand mining and demolition services across 13 locations in the Greater Houston-area. Richard joined Webber in 2014 and has more than 25 years of experience in the construction and materials business across the U.S.

“The need for both transportation and waterworks infrastructure is at an all-time high in the U.S. and there is strong demand in the commercial sector in Texas driven by population growth and the positive business environment; Webber’s strong market position, with specialized business lines will allow us continued growth and success under the direction of our four division leaders.”

said Tim Creson, president and CEO of Webber, LLC.

The division logos of the newly reorganized Webber.

About Webber, LLC

Founded in 1963, Webber is a leading heavy civil, commercial and waterworks construction company and material producer dedicated to safely providing intelligent solutions to its clients and community. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Ferrovial S.A., an international company based in Madrid, Spain, Webber has access to a global network of skilled engineers, best-in-class technology and vast resources. Webber is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and has been rated by Engineering News-Record as one of the largest transportation contractors in the Texas/Louisiana region.

For more information on Webber, please visit www.wwebber.com.

$99.3M ‘Aggie Expressway’ Expansion Phase II Under Way

This is an excerpt taken from a Construction Equipment Guide.com article. Click here to read the article in its entirety on the Construction Equipment Guide.com site.

Work is proceeding on a $99.3 million Phase II Texas State Highway 249 extension project headed by Harris County Toll Road Authority. Crews will ultimately extend the highway from northern Harris County north through a portion of Montgomery County to Navasota in Grimes County south of College Station. SH 249 is better known as the “Aggie Expressway.”

The Phase II amount is on top of $94.4 million spent on Phase I, a 6-mi. stretch of Texas 249 known as the Tomball Tollway. It featured extension of toll and frontage lanes from Spring Cypress Road north to FM 1774 in Pinehurst.

Phase II is funded through Harris County Toll Road Authority revenue bonds and extends 1.7 mi. from FM 2920 to the Harris-Montgomery County line. Crews will construct paved northbound and southbound frontage roads, each three lanes wide, and a six-lane tollway.

The extended SH 249 will connect to frontage roads and a tollway in Montgomery County. Currently it ends just north of Spring Cypress Road in Harris County.

Phase II work began March 1, 2017 and is expected to be completed in December 2019.

Phase II is funded through Harris County Toll Road Authority revenue bonds and extends 1.7 mi. from FM 2920 to the Harris-Montgomery County line. (Harris County Toll Road Authority photo)

Webber Donates Education Grant to the 2017 CSISD Education Foundation Grant Patrol

Webber’s Commercial Division donated $2,000 to the 2017 CSISD Education Foundation Grant Patrol. The foundation uses the donations received to give grants to CSISD teachers to fund innovative projects that the school or school district alone could not support.

“One of Webber’s core values is innovation and with these grants, teachers will be able to further their innovative and creative instructional approaches to enhance their students’ educational experience.”

Todd Granato, President of Webber’s Commercial Division said

“CSISD has been a valued client for about 10 years. Along with the many projects Webber has completed in College Station, we hope that this grant will strengthen the educational experience inside the classroom as well.”

Omer Genal and Michael Morrow representing Webber at the 2017 CSISD Education Foundation Grant Patrol on November 9, 2017. See the full story here.

The grant was made out to three teachers at Southwood Valley Elementary School. Their proposal will allow students to check out “Challenge Kits” from the library to provide opportunities for students to become problem solvers, creators, collaborators and innovators. As supporters for Texas education, Webber Commercial has contributed to the CSISD Educational Foundation many times during the past decade to help support special initiatives both inside and outside the classroom.

Grant Name: Mobile Makers – The Whole Kit and Kaboodle!
Campus: Southwood Valley Elementary School
Description: Challenge Kits will be available to check out from the library to provide opportunities for students to become problem solvers, creators, collaborators, and innovators.
Teacher’s Names: Debbie Leland, Krissy Wallace and Leah Gibson

About Webber, LLC

Founded in 1963, Webber is a leading heavy civil, commercial and waterworks construction company and material producer dedicated to safely providing intelligent solutions to its clients and community. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Ferrovial S.A., an international company based in Madrid, Spain, Webber has access to a global network of skilled engineers, best-in-class technology and vast resources. Webber is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and has been rated by Engineering News-Record as one of the largest transportation contractors in the Texas/Louisiana region.

For more information on Webber, please visit www.wwebber.com.

ENR: Recovery, Resilience Are Focus in Harvey’s Wake

This is an excerpt taken from an ENR article. Click here to read the article in its entirety on the ENR site.

The effects of that type of flooding on infrastructure is significant, and much of it is latent because its affects the road base, Basilica says.

On the west side of Houston, a segment of the Sam Houston Tollway south of Interstate-10 was submerged under nearly 15 ft of water. Pressure from the water heaved five lanes of pavement and degraded the base on the southbound lanes. Crews completed repairs on a 350-ft by 60-ft area of pavement in just five days.

Webber LLC went to work helping Southern Crushed Concrete with that repair for the Harris County Toll Road Authority, and helped both HCTRA and the Texas Dept. of Transportation in repairing other roadways across the city.

Tim Creson, Webber’s President and CEO said

“Immediately after flood waters began to recede, our employees began collaborating on the best way to help other affected employees and their communities. From going into homes to tear out drywall to a donation program directly benefitting impacted employees, matched 2:1 by Webber and our parent company Ferrovial Agroman, our company has stepped up in these trying few weeks. In the end,
the effects of the hurricane and our collective efforts to mitigate its damages will result in a multimillion dollar impact to our business. But I’m proud of the fact that we took care of our clients and employees
in these trying times.”

At this point, agencies are now focusing on developing procurements in order to get firms on contract, Basilica explains.
No major infrastructure improvements to help with storm surge or mitigating flood risks have been put in place since Hurricane Ike struck in 2008. Houstonians endured the Memorial Day Flood in 2015, followed by the Tax Day Floods in 2016, both of which were catastrophic, and no projects were approved in the aftermath of those storms either.

After Harvey, we also worked alongside the Texas Department of Transportation to reset the concrete traffic barrier and remove debris displaced by the San Jacinto River along north bound and south bound US 59.

Ferrovial Commits $100,000 to Rebuild Texas Fund

Ferrovial, one of the world’s leading infrastructure operators and municipal services companies, today announced a $100,000 donation to the Rebuild Texas Fund in support of the state’s recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey.

Announced by Governor Greg Abbott, the Rebuild Texas Fund was established by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, in collaboration with the OneStar Foundation, to provide relief to Texans in the aftermath of Harvey, which made landfall in the state as a Category 4 hurricane.

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