What You’ll Build: Public Works

What You’ll Build: Public Works

Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, Arizona and Nevada

Precision Counts

In building bridges, precision is critical. On the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, the building team constructed arches from both the Nevada and Arizona sides. When the two halves joined, they were just 3/8 of an inch apart—and workers filled the gap with reinforced concrete.

Big Results from a Big
Infrastructure Build

San Diego, CA

After nearly a decade of work the SR 11 / Otay Mesa East project is creating a 21st century border crossing for the San Diego-Baja California region. When completed in 2024, there will be 27 northbound lanes and eight southbound lanes at the U.S.-Mexico border, greatly reducing wait times for motorists and strengthening trade relations. The results are slated to be impressive: improved air quality, better mobility and efficiency, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and enhanced health in surrounding environmental justice communities.

Two-Decade Port Rehab

Port Everglades, FL

When it comes to big-budget construction projects, shipping port developments are at the top of the list. Just look at Florida’s Port
Everglades which will spend more than $3 billion over 20 years to improve productivity in the cargo, cruise and petroleum sectors. Not surprisingly the project will break new ground: a $471 million berth expansion, the largest single project in its history.

Safeguarding Precious Resources

Air, soil, water, sunshine, coal, plants, animals, and minerals: Nature provides our fundamental needs, and is the source for everything we use in our daily lives. Responsible use of these resources is now more important than ever. The building industry is playing a key part in this movement on many fronts.

Conserving Water

The building team is needed on essential projects to purify, conserve, and treat water, and usually these are large undertakings that take years to design and build.


Every flip of a light switch calls for heavy duty energy infrastructure including transmission lines and energy producing and processing plants. Fossil fuels have taken their toll on climate change and the need for renewable energy plants will only continue to grow. For the building industry that means one thing: opportunity.

Improving Water Quality for Long Island

Long Island’s wastewater infrastructure is getting a major upgrade with the ultimate goal of reducing nitrogen pollution in Nassau County’s Western Bays. The design-build team will be redirecting treated water from one plant to another, where the treated water will be discharged three miles into the Atlantic Ocean and ultimately to 120 diffuser ports that will mix the treated water with ocean water, where it quickly disperses. Getting this important project up and running will require building two micro-tunneling segments, repurposing a 7-mile stretch of aqueduct under a major highway, and constructing new pumps, a receiving tank, and a new pump station. The Bay Park Conveyance Project is a project of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Nassau County Department of Public Works along with the design-build joint venture team of John P. Picone, Inc and Northeast Remsco Construction.

Mesa Greenfield Water Reclamation Plant Phase 3

Gilbert, AZ

Coordination is everything in expanding wastewater capacity in Phoenix. Building a water reclamation plant is one thing, but expanding an existing plant is quite another. Through extensive coordination with all parties involved, builders delivered the plant extension with no interruptions to the original plant, allowing reclaimed water to flow normally to all the municipalities it serves. Now the rapidly growing Phoenix area has the capacity to treat and additional millions of gallons of liquids and solids per day.

Building Big—and Treating Water with Ultraviolet Light

New York City’s water supply got an extra level of safety when the world’s largest ultraviolet disinfection facility, capable of disinfecting up to 2.2 billion gallons of water per day, went on line. Four main construction contractors and up to 600 construction workers at a time built the massive facility, which processes all the water coming from the city’s major sources—the Catskill and Delaware watersheds. Talk about major construction—the construction team installed 10,000 ft of stainless steel pipe, more than a mile of field-cement-lined 12 ft-diameter pipes, and 1,200 tons of structural steel, to name a few items.

Big Opportunity In

Communications—It’s an evolving field, and
the building team has to keep pace with the
ever-changing demands of new technologies
and the need for more capacity.

Building Out 5G

The biggest word in communications today is 5G. This fifth generation of wireless communication will turbocharge Internet speed, changing the way we communicate and work, and touching all industries and sectors. From installing many small antennas on light poles and other structures to constructing new data centers, work for the construction industry is expected to balloon as 5G gains ground. And it will offer benefits to the industry as well by upping all aspects of its digital landscape.

Fast Facts about Builders

Augmented reality is affecting construction—in winning more projects, improving safety and facilitating team interaction.

Women are increasingly joining the construction workforce, in skilled trades all the way to the executive suite.

From AI and advanced intelligent materials to drones and robotics, the construction industry is building better and more sustainably.

Skilled trades let you follow your passion in a specialized way.

Infrastructure builds big to move people and products.

There are many paths to construction and many ways to get there.

Construction is going green every which way, every day.

You can use your skills, make good money, and do something meaningful.

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