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Southi Africa is set to construct the first plastic road in Africa in Kouga Municipality in the Eastern Cape, with an aim of solving waste plastic epidemic.

 

Horatio Hendricks, Mayor of Kouga Municipality announced the reports and said that local civil engineering and construction companies SP Excel holdings (PTY) and Scribante Construction would partner with Scottish firm MacRebur, a plastic road company to construct a 1km stretch road as a trial run in the coastal town.

 

“We are determined to help solve the waste plastic epidemic and the poor quality of roads we drive on around the world today. MacReburs’ innovative solution comprises of processing waste plastics destined for landfill or incineration and adding them into asphalt for road construction and surfacing to extend and enhance the bitumen (fossil fuel) binder,” said Mayor Hendricks

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The following are top road construction companies in Nigeria

 

Setraco Nigeria Limited

Setraco Nigeria Limited is a leading engineering construction company with over 35 years working experience in delivering value-added civil and infrastructural projects. With projects executed successfully in over 20 states, and current presence in 15 states, Setraco has played a key role in developing Nigeria’s infrastructure.

 

Setraco was established in 1977 and started by constructing township and district roads in what was then Bendel State. Over the last thirty years the Company has rapidly grown to become one of the largest construction companies in Nigeria specialized in roads and bridges. With a presence today in around 20 states; Setraco has played a key role in developing Nigeria’s infrastructure as the Country strives towards becoming a developed nation.

The Company is also technically partnering with a number of leading design and consulting firms across the globe, which enables us to present our clients with cutting edge solutions for their needs.

 

Our projects involve the construction of asphaltic and surface dressed roads, the expansion and rehabilitation of existing roads, infrastructure projects and airport runways in various States across Nigeria.

 

Hitech

Established in 1988, Hitech is currently one of the leading Building & Civil Engineering Contractors in Nigeria. In addition to headquarters offices in Lagos, we have regional offices located in Abuja, Ibadan and Benin City.

 

The combination of on-site professional management and office-based engineering, design and planning staff, equipped with advanced computerized facilities, has enabled Hitech to maintain itself in the forefront of Construction and Engineering Technology in Nigeria.

 

Innovate and introduce proven developments in design and planning staff, equipped with advanced computerized facilities, has enabled Hitech to maintain itself in the forefront of Construction and Engineering Technology in Nigeria.

Hitech is able to undertake a multitude of Civil Engineering/Building Projects and have adequate facilities for the construction of:

 

Roadworks, Bridges, Drainage & Concrete Structures

 

Land Reclamation, River Canalization & Dredging

 

Dams, Water Supply, Irrigation Schemes & Marine Installations

 

Airport runways and infrastructure

 

P.W. Nigeria Ltd

Originally founded in 1948 in Ireland, and later began operations in Nigeria in 1974, P.W. Nigeria Ltd. has now over 45 years of experience working in Nigeria, and throughout the West Africa region.

 

P.W. Nigeria Ltd. has an extensive modern fleet of construction equipment and a team of highly trained and professional staff. It is highly committed to the continued development of Nigeria. We boast a diverse portfolio comprising mining, earth moving, roads and bridges, airport runways, infrastructure development, water supply & sewage. These projects have not only helped grow local economies, but also improved the quality of life for the communities and people in the region.

 

The company has an unmatched combination of knowledge, skill, experience and customer commitment coupled with sound financial backing which elevates us as your number one partner in Nigeria and West Africa.

 

Efficacy Construction Company

Efficacy Construction Company is a Lagos Nigerian based Building Construction, Civil Engineering and Project Management Company that specializes in all Building Construction, Civil Engineering and Project Management Works.

 

Over the years, we have emerged to be a formidable and enviable construction firm in the Nigeria property development and real estate sphere.

 

Through its productive journey of over ten years, the company has relentlessly grown to be committed to meeting and satisfying one of the most fundamental desires on the hierarchy of human needs.

 

The company emerged amidst the storm of 2009 economic recession, maiden with sales of landed properties to friends and families, and is still standing firm with both foot on ground amidst the tide of the current economic situation in Nigeria.

 

Efficacy Construction Company cover numerous applications for large-scale civil engineering and infrastructure projects because of their high value proposition and high level of expertise.

 

The civil engineering and infrastructure markets offer very significant growth prospects, given the rapid development of urbanization and the difficulties surrounding access to comfortable environment experienced by a large part of the world’s population, especially in emerging countries like Nigeria.

 

ECC provides a wide range of specific solutions for these markets: structurally sound buildings and tremendous view for major architectural projects; and reinforcement grid for transportation infrastructure.

 

Sapient Vendors Ltd

Sapient Vendors Ltd has an exceptional track records over the past 10 years of providing practical engineering solutions to construction projects across diverse industries. This has positioned them as one of the top 100 fastest growing SMEs in Nigeria and one of the fastest growing and innovative companies in Africa.

 

Sapient offer engineering services for all types of roadway projects including major interstate facilities, state and county roads, intersection/ interchange improvements, and resurfacing/ rehabilitation. We use an interdisciplinary team approach to provide a quality product that is delivered on time and within the budget.

 

The company offers road construction services that help client understand the behavior of road materials in relation to expected loads and deterioration mechanisms. They have the experience and expertise to test and assess the performance and durability of road materials and products.

Dantata&Sawoe

Dantata&Sawoe is a leading construction company in Nigeria with over 40 years working experience in delivering value-added civil and infrastructural projects in Nigeria. Over the years the company has constructed several hundred kilometers of highways and township roads and dozens of bridges and flyovers.

 

Dantata&Sawoe specializes at accomplishing complex projects that require the highest level of technical proficiency. They have become a trusted construction company to their esteemed clients and in the Nigerian business sector which has in return positively affected the construction industry through their innovative and quality services deliverance.

 

Source: constructionreviewonline.com

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The following are top road construction companies in Nigeria

 

Setraco Nigeria Limited

Setraco Nigeria Limited is a leading engineering construction company with over 35 years working experience in delivering value-added civil and infrastructural projects. With projects executed successfully in over 20 states, and current presence in 15 states, Setraco has played a key role in developing Nigeria’s infrastructure.

 

Setraco was established in 1977 and started by constructing township and district roads in what was then Bendel State. Over the last thirty years the Company has rapidly grown to become one of the largest construction companies in Nigeria specialized in roads and bridges. With a presence today in around 20 states; Setraco has played a key role in developing Nigeria’s infrastructure as the Country strives towards becoming a developed nation.

The Company is also technically partnering with a number of leading design and consulting firms across the globe, which enables us to present our clients with cutting edge solutions for their needs.

 

Our projects involve the construction of asphaltic and surface dressed roads, the expansion and rehabilitation of existing roads, infrastructure projects and airport runways in various States across Nigeria.

 

Hitech

Established in 1988, Hitech is currently one of the leading Building & Civil Engineering Contractors in Nigeria. In addition to headquarters offices in Lagos, we have regional offices located in Abuja, Ibadan and Benin City.

 

The combination of on-site professional management and office-based engineering, design and planning staff, equipped with advanced computerized facilities, has enabled Hitech to maintain itself in the forefront of Construction and Engineering Technology in Nigeria.

 

Innovate and introduce proven developments in design and planning staff, equipped with advanced computerized facilities, has enabled Hitech to maintain itself in the forefront of Construction and Engineering Technology in Nigeria.

Hitech is able to undertake a multitude of Civil Engineering/Building Projects and have adequate facilities for the construction of:

 

Roadworks, Bridges, Drainage & Concrete Structures

 

Land Reclamation, River Canalization & Dredging

 

Dams, Water Supply, Irrigation Schemes & Marine Installations

 

Airport runways and infrastructure

 

P.W. Nigeria Ltd

Originally founded in 1948 in Ireland, and later began operations in Nigeria in 1974, P.W. Nigeria Ltd. has now over 45 years of experience working in Nigeria, and throughout the West Africa region.

 

P.W. Nigeria Ltd. has an extensive modern fleet of construction equipment and a team of highly trained and professional staff. It is highly committed to the continued development of Nigeria. We boast a diverse portfolio comprising mining, earth moving, roads and bridges, airport runways, infrastructure development, water supply & sewage. These projects have not only helped grow local economies, but also improved the quality of life for the communities and people in the region.

 

The company has an unmatched combination of knowledge, skill, experience and customer commitment coupled with sound financial backing which elevates us as your number one partner in Nigeria and West Africa.

 

Efficacy Construction Company

Efficacy Construction Company is a Lagos Nigerian based Building Construction, Civil Engineering and Project Management Company that specializes in all Building Construction, Civil Engineering and Project Management Works.

 

Over the years, we have emerged to be a formidable and enviable construction firm in the Nigeria property development and real estate sphere.

 

Through its productive journey of over ten years, the company has relentlessly grown to be committed to meeting and satisfying one of the most fundamental desires on the hierarchy of human needs.

 

The company emerged amidst the storm of 2009 economic recession, maiden with sales of landed properties to friends and families, and is still standing firm with both foot on ground amidst the tide of the current economic situation in Nigeria.

 

Efficacy Construction Company cover numerous applications for large-scale civil engineering and infrastructure projects because of their high value proposition and high level of expertise.

 

The civil engineering and infrastructure markets offer very significant growth prospects, given the rapid development of urbanization and the difficulties surrounding access to comfortable environment experienced by a large part of the world’s population, especially in emerging countries like Nigeria.

 

ECC provides a wide range of specific solutions for these markets: structurally sound buildings and tremendous view for major architectural projects; and reinforcement grid for transportation infrastructure.

 

Sapient Vendors Ltd

Sapient Vendors Ltd has an exceptional track records over the past 10 years of providing practical engineering solutions to construction projects across diverse industries. This has positioned them as one of the top 100 fastest growing SMEs in Nigeria and one of the fastest growing and innovative companies in Africa.

 

Sapient offer engineering services for all types of roadway projects including major interstate facilities, state and county roads, intersection/ interchange improvements, and resurfacing/ rehabilitation. We use an interdisciplinary team approach to provide a quality product that is delivered on time and within the budget.

 

The company offers road construction services that help client understand the behavior of road materials in relation to expected loads and deterioration mechanisms. They have the experience and expertise to test and assess the performance and durability of road materials and products.

Dantata&Sawoe

Dantata&Sawoe is a leading construction company in Nigeria with over 40 years working experience in delivering value-added civil and infrastructural projects in Nigeria. Over the years the company has constructed several hundred kilometers of highways and township roads and dozens of bridges and flyovers.

 

Dantata&Sawoe specializes at accomplishing complex projects that require the highest level of technical proficiency. They have become a trusted construction company to their esteemed clients and in the Nigerian business sector which has in return positively affected the construction industry through their innovative and quality services deliverance.

 

Source: constructionreviewonline.com

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The following are top road construction companies in Nigeria

 

Setraco Nigeria Limited

Setraco Nigeria Limited is a leading engineering construction company with over 35 years working experience in delivering value-added civil and infrastructural projects. With projects executed successfully in over 20 states, and current presence in 15 states, Setraco has played a key role in developing Nigeria’s infrastructure.

 

Setraco was established in 1977 and started by constructing township and district roads in what was then Bendel State. Over the last thirty years the Company has rapidly grown to become one of the largest construction companies in Nigeria specialized in roads and bridges. With a presence today in around 20 states; Setraco has played a key role in developing Nigeria’s infrastructure as the Country strives towards becoming a developed nation.

The Company is also technically partnering with a number of leading design and consulting firms across the globe, which enables us to present our clients with cutting edge solutions for their needs.

 

Our projects involve the construction of asphaltic and surface dressed roads, the expansion and rehabilitation of existing roads, infrastructure projects and airport runways in various States across Nigeria.

 

Hitech

Established in 1988, Hitech is currently one of the leading Building & Civil Engineering Contractors in Nigeria. In addition to headquarters offices in Lagos, we have regional offices located in Abuja, Ibadan and Benin City.

 

The combination of on-site professional management and office-based engineering, design and planning staff, equipped with advanced computerized facilities, has enabled Hitech to maintain itself in the forefront of Construction and Engineering Technology in Nigeria.

 

Innovate and introduce proven developments in design and planning staff, equipped with advanced computerized facilities, has enabled Hitech to maintain itself in the forefront of Construction and Engineering Technology in Nigeria.

Hitech is able to undertake a multitude of Civil Engineering/Building Projects and have adequate facilities for the construction of:

 

Roadworks, Bridges, Drainage & Concrete Structures

 

Land Reclamation, River Canalization & Dredging

 

Dams, Water Supply, Irrigation Schemes & Marine Installations

 

Airport runways and infrastructure

 

P.W. Nigeria Ltd

Originally founded in 1948 in Ireland, and later began operations in Nigeria in 1974, P.W. Nigeria Ltd. has now over 45 years of experience working in Nigeria, and throughout the West Africa region.

 

P.W. Nigeria Ltd. has an extensive modern fleet of construction equipment and a team of highly trained and professional staff. It is highly committed to the continued development of Nigeria. We boast a diverse portfolio comprising mining, earth moving, roads and bridges, airport runways, infrastructure development, water supply & sewage. These projects have not only helped grow local economies, but also improved the quality of life for the communities and people in the region.

 

The company has an unmatched combination of knowledge, skill, experience and customer commitment coupled with sound financial backing which elevates us as your number one partner in Nigeria and West Africa.

 

Efficacy Construction Company

Efficacy Construction Company is a Lagos Nigerian based Building Construction, Civil Engineering and Project Management Company that specializes in all Building Construction, Civil Engineering and Project Management Works.

 

Over the years, we have emerged to be a formidable and enviable construction firm in the Nigeria property development and real estate sphere.

 

Through its productive journey of over ten years, the company has relentlessly grown to be committed to meeting and satisfying one of the most fundamental desires on the hierarchy of human needs.

 

The company emerged amidst the storm of 2009 economic recession, maiden with sales of landed properties to friends and families, and is still standing firm with both foot on ground amidst the tide of the current economic situation in Nigeria.

 

Efficacy Construction Company cover numerous applications for large-scale civil engineering and infrastructure projects because of their high value proposition and high level of expertise.

 

The civil engineering and infrastructure markets offer very significant growth prospects, given the rapid development of urbanization and the difficulties surrounding access to comfortable environment experienced by a large part of the world’s population, especially in emerging countries like Nigeria.

 

ECC provides a wide range of specific solutions for these markets: structurally sound buildings and tremendous view for major architectural projects; and reinforcement grid for transportation infrastructure.

 

Sapient Vendors Ltd

Sapient Vendors Ltd has an exceptional track records over the past 10 years of providing practical engineering solutions to construction projects across diverse industries. This has positioned them as one of the top 100 fastest growing SMEs in Nigeria and one of the fastest growing and innovative companies in Africa.

 

Sapient offer engineering services for all types of roadway projects including major interstate facilities, state and county roads, intersection/ interchange improvements, and resurfacing/ rehabilitation. We use an interdisciplinary team approach to provide a quality product that is delivered on time and within the budget.

 

The company offers road construction services that help client understand the behavior of road materials in relation to expected loads and deterioration mechanisms. They have the experience and expertise to test and assess the performance and durability of road materials and products.

Dantata&Sawoe

Dantata&Sawoe is a leading construction company in Nigeria with over 40 years working experience in delivering value-added civil and infrastructural projects in Nigeria. Over the years the company has constructed several hundred kilometers of highways and township roads and dozens of bridges and flyovers.

 

Dantata&Sawoe specializes at accomplishing complex projects that require the highest level of technical proficiency. They have become a trusted construction company to their esteemed clients and in the Nigerian business sector which has in return positively affected the construction industry through their innovative and quality services deliverance.

 

Source: constructionreviewonline.com

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The Maputo–Katembe Bridge in Mozambique, Africa’s longest suspension bridge that cost whopping US $750m has officially been opened to traffic.

 

Financed by China and built by China Road and Bridge Corporation, the project began in June 2014. The entire structure is nearly 3km long, comprising a kilometre-long ramp on either side of a 680-metre span over Maputo Bay, which opens onto the Indian Ocean.

 

Its presence will connect Maputo on the northern bank and Katembe on the southern bank. The bridge also plays a vital role in connecting South Africa to Mozambique reducing travel time from 6 hours to 90 minutes between Maputo to Kosi Bay – KwaZulu-Natal’s east coast border post.

The Maputo–Katembe Bridge

The project also includes 200 kilometers of roads and five smaller bridges between Maputo and Ponta do Ouro, in the south of the country, close to the South African border. The project however faced a number challenges during construction process.

 

In 1989, a proposal of the bridges was drafted as part of the urbanization policy. The World Bank endorsed it but the project was later shelved after years of unrest in the country. In 2010, José Sócrates, the then Portuguese Prime Minister offered to fund the project.

 

The China Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) took over the construction as a loan agreement. A delay in the construction was also encountered due to resettlement disagreement of about 900 families.

 

Some of the domestic contribution of the construction of the bridge and links roads is creation of 3000 jobs to the local population, transfer of technology to local people and auxiliary projects such as local schools and houses for resettled families.

 

The bridge surpasses the Matadi Bridge in the Democratic Republic of Congo which previously held the title of longest suspension bridge. Apart from being Africa’s longest suspension bridge, the Maputo-Catembe will also be ranked among the 60 largest suspended bridges in the world.

 

Source: constructionreviewonline.com

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Sierra Leone is set to invest US $2bn to link its capital city Freetown to the country’s only international airport, through construction of a 7km bridge.

Speaking during opening of project tender ceremony, President Julius Maada Bio, said that the project aims at making the airport more accessible. Freetown International Airport at Lungi is currently accessible only by boat or helicopter, separated from the capital by the nearly five km wide mouth of the Rokel river.

“I will closely superintend the entire process and ensure that every tender is compliant and every tender is in the best long-term interest of Sierra Leone,” said President Julius.

Upon completion the bridge may be ranked to be the largest infrastructure project in the west African country. The 7km-long bridge is intended to end the “logistical nightmare” facing travelers arriving at Lungi, formerly a British air base located.

According to James Turner, an official from Sierra Leone’s transportation ministry, the project would take between four and five years to complete. The idea of the bridge was settled on, but the government has been deterred from starting because of its capital cost, which is equal to about half of its GDP. President Julius Maada Bio however believes it will be feasible using the public–private model.

Bio first proposed the bridge project to the state-funded Chinese firm, Power China International during a visit to Beijing last September. A month later, he axed a plan of his predecessor’s to build a new US $400m airport closer to the capital with Chinese labor and loans.

“I believe infrastructural investments should not burden the country with huge debt. They should be financed in a way that the public and future generations are not liable for that debt. So, we are not going to build a bridge or an airport for which the people of Sierra Leone are going to pay back a high-interest loan for 10, 20, or 30 years. That simply does not make economic sense. Five European and Asian companies have already expressed an interest in the scheme,” Said his excellency.

 

Source: constructionreviewonline.com

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WASHINGTON – The number of homes under construction fell 8.7 percent in February, as ground breakings for single-family houses plunged to their lowest level in nearly two years.

The Commerce Department said that builders started construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.16 million units last month, down from a 1.27 million pace in January. The setback stems from a 17 percent drop in the building of single-family houses, which posted the weakest pace since May 2017. Apartment construction increased in February.

Single-family housing starts are running 2.3 percent below last year's pace. Lower mortgage rates at the start of 2019 appear to be boosting buyer demand for housing, but builders are contending with rising costs for labor and land that also limit new construction. Cold weather in February also likely contributed to the decline in housing starts, while recent flooding in the Midwest might dampen building in that region.

“Today's lackluster release is likely due to poor weather conditions,” said Matthew Speakman, an economist analyst at the real estate company Zillow. “The outlook for home construction should improve was we turn the corner into spring, but that could take longer in parts of the country where flooding continues into late March.”

Starts plummeted 29.5 percent in the Northeast. They declined by 6.8 percent in the South and 18.9 percent in the West. Home construction increased 26.8 percent in the Midwest, but the gains came entirely from apartment complexes.

A separate report said the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index increased 3.6 percent in January from a year earlier. That's down from a 4.1 percent pace the previous month.

 

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In 2014, real estate developer Vanessa Sturgeon inked a deal with City Hall to build a 30-story downtown residential and office tower, the fourth tallest on the Portland skyline.

That tower, Park Avenue West, was a win for city officials, who had watched the property sit fallow for so many years it had earned a nickname: "the Moyer Hole," after owner Tom Moyer, Sturgeon's grandfather. It was a win for Sturgeon, whose building would be allowed to soar 30 stories—because the city agreed to let her build higher than zoning codes would usually allow.

And it was supposed to be a win for organized labor: In exchange for permission to build higher, Sturgeon agreed to contract with a company that hired union cleaners and security guards in the commercial parts of the building. (She also paid the city $100,000.)

But Sturgeon hired no contractors for cleaning.

Instead, she found a way to wiggle out of the deal: Commercial tenants at Park Avenue West would hire their own non-union cleaners and the agreement did not explicitly prohibit that.

"The intent was to require cleaning staff to be represented [by a union]," says Marshall Runkel, chief of staff to City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. "Everyone agrees that is not happening." Runkel concedes City Hall cut a lousy deal: "The rule and agreement were not written well."

Service Employees International Union Local 49 says the deal is clear enough—the city just isn't enforcing it. Sturgeon, through an assistant, declined to comment. Her attorney, in letters to the city, contends she is abiding by the agreement.

"I thought we agreed to fair treatment—and fair wages—for janitors providing services to Park Avenue West, and I'm disappointed we haven't had a better partner" in Sturgeon's company, TMT Development, says City Commissioner Nick Fish. "I certainly didn't expect we'd spin our wheels for this long arguing over the letter and spirit of the deal."

The case of Park Avenue West is important because it demonstrates how the city gives away millions of dollars worth of value to developers—without ensuring they keep their end of the deal.

City zoning rules limit how high a building may be built on a property, by calculating the square footage allowed on each floor. This measurement is called floor-area ratio, or FAR.

When developers want to build higher, they may buy development privileges from other property owners to build more. (In the case of Park Avenue West, City Hall granted the development permission that would have belonged to a building erected above city-owned plaza Director Park.)

The city is now studying how to sell more development privileges on city-owned land through FAR transfers to developers looking to build higher and more densely in the central city.

An executive summary by consulting firm EcoNorthwest estimates the sale of such privileges could bring in nearly $63 million for the city by 2035. But what happened at Director Park raises a red flag whether the city can enforce the rules it places on such trades—including a requirement to build affordable housing.
"If we can't hold them accountable at least one time, why would they ever believe they have to be accountable?" says Felisa Hagins, political director of SEIU Local 49.

Over the past three years, City Hall and Sturgeon's company, TMT Development, have exchanged a series of letters through their attorneys without resolution.
Union members hope companies that pay union wages and provide benefits will get the jobs.

Nonunion minimum wage jobs pay $12 an hour in Portland. Union wages are at least $14 an hour after a probationary period, SEIU says, with roughly another $6 an hour in benefits.

"I'm hoping they change to a union company," said Renato Quintero, 52, a janitor and union vice president who cleans at Intel, at a protest earlier this month. "They charge a lot of money for wealthy people, but those who clean it hardly can make it to pay the rent every month."

In a statement to WW, the mayor's office appeared to give up.

"The city has gone as far as they legally are able to," says Mayor Ted Wheeler's spokeswoman Eileen Park. "We reiterate our values. The mayor believes in the importance of unions and the critical role they play in ensuring livable wages and benefits for employees."

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KALAMAZOO, MI — It's spring again, and that means the start of construction season. Road closed signs and orange cones are beginning to appear throughout Kalamazoo County. 

As crews begin to dig in, local officials are working to keep citizens informed. 

"Many of you remember last year was a very challenging year when it came to navigating downtown," Downtown Kalamazoo President Andrew Haan said during a recent meeting about construction projects near downtown Kalamazoo expected to impact traffic this summer. 

"We will have some challenges again this year," he said. "They will not be as disruptive."

The organization is working with the city to minimize impacts, he said, and plans to offer regular updates about construction activities in downtown Kalamazoo.

The city of Kalamazoo held a meeting on March 20 to highlight some of the construction projects happening this year in Kalamazoo, focused on the projects that would impact traffic in and around the downtown area. 

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DeStefano Architects of Portsmouth has won “Best of Customer Service” on Houzz, the online platform for home renovation and design. The honor is based on several factors, including D|A’s overall rating on Houzz.com and client reviews submitted in 2018.

 

Ellen Mulligan is being honored as the top producer for the Center Harbor Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices in Center Harbor and Wolfeboro with over $30 million in closed sales for 2018.

NHCIBOR Cares recently made two contributions totaling $2,000 to NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire. One gift is for general support of the organization’s work to create affordable housing opportunities in New Hampshire and the second is a directed gift from the DeStefano-Barrett Legacy Fund in honor of Robert Cruess, a member of NHCIBOR. Shown at the presentation are, from left: Jennifer Vadney, NeighborWorks Southern NH; Gaelen Cruess, TFMoran; Robert Tourigny, NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire; David Grappone, KW Commercial; and Laura Nesmith, Colliers International.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has signed a long-term lease to occupy more than half of the 96,000-square-foot building at 5 Branch St. in Methuen, Mass. Renovation of the space is underway, and Dana-Farber expects to open in early 2020. Bob Richards of Cushman & Wakefield represented the tenant and Brooks Properties, owner of the property, was represented in-house.

Salem, NH-based Brooks recently completed a new four-story medical office building in Salem, and has three-story medical office building under construction in Salem as well.

Rick Schlager of Brentwood has rejoined Blue Water Mortgage Corp., an independent mortgage broker serving Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut and Florida, as area manager and senior loan officer based in Hampton, NH. In addition, Blue Water has hired Kerry Donovan of Merrimack and Stephen Buchan as loan officers.

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TULSA, Oklahoma - Earlier this month the Better Business Bureau and Home Builders Association released its first joint press release warning those across Green Country about doing business with Engineered Concrete Systems.

 

As of this posting, there have been four formal complaints filed to the BBB and more than 250 inquires into the business.

 

Kenneth Miller hired Engineered Concrete Systems to seal his driveway and front porch in 2017. He says all this time later he’s out $7,200.00 and his driveway has never looked worse.

 

“It did look fairly good at the time,” Miller said. He explained it wasn’t until about three months after the work was done that the sealant on the driveway started to peel.

 

“It was cracking, it was turning white, it was bubbling up in places.”

 

Miller says he contacted the owner of Engineered Concrete Systems, Bill Holcombe, to tell him what was going on. He says, Bill told him the sealant can’t be applied during the winter months and to contact him in the spring to arrange a time they could come back out and look it over.

 

“I tried to contact him in the spring of 2018 and just had one problem after another, either he didn’t answer his phone or he was busy with something else.”

 

In an effort to get Holcombe face-to-face, Miller went to the Home and Garden Show in 2018 and confronted him saying that he wanted his driveway fixed and wanted a date that his crew would be out there to do the work.

 

In early August, Miller says a crew from Engineered Concrete Systems showed up at his home. He says they scrapped his driveway to get the sealant off and in the process even damaged sections of the concrete. Instead of making the situation better Miller claims they made it much, much worse.

 

It was after that situation that Miller fired Engineered Concrete Systems and told them they’re no longer allowed on his property. Miller contacted the BBB to file a complaint against Engineered Concrete Systems.

 

Since Miller filed his complaint with the BBB there have been at least two more, bringing the total to four. There have also been 266 inquiries into the company, more than 100 of those have come in since the BBB and HBA issued a warning to consumers about doing business with the company. We’re told a few of those calls have been very concerning.

 

We were able to get in touch with Mr. Holcombe’s attorney, Oliver Arbogast. He is standing behind his client and his client’s business practices saying that he did three million dollars in work last year and some of the projects haven’t been finished yet and some he admits will have to be redone.

 

“I know that there are some jobs going on that are going to have to be redone but Mr. Holcombe’s always been a man of his world,” Arbogast said.

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