On February 26, Bristol Prime Contractors, LLC, was certified as a participant in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development Program. Over the next nine years, the company can receive sole-source contracts from the government for a broad range of construction work.
This new 8(a) status for Bristol Prime Contractors is an important milestone as the company continues to grow its resume and experience in highway, street and bridge construction. Capabilities include bid build and design build of highways, streets, roads, airport runways and bridges. BPC services include new construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation.
“A substantial portion of infrastructure spending is focused on streets and highways, and our key personnel have extensive general construction and construction management experience that will help us deliver safe, high-quality projects for our clients in this marketplace,” said Kurby Olmstead, General Manager for Bristol Prime Contractors.
Bristol Prime Contractors joins three other 8(a) companies in the Bristol Alliance of Companies: Bristol Environmental Remediation Services, LLC, Bristol General Contractors, LLC, and Bristol Site Contractors, LLC.
You can learn more about Bristol Prime Contractors at www.bristol-companies.com.
Katie Holden, Community Relations Specialist at Bristol General Contractors, LLC (BGC), began the Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) Training Without Walls (TWOW) Leadership Program in 2015, and while she’s learning strong lessons in leadership and management, she’s also gaining a care package full of fish from a new friend.
“The people I’ve met through the program are passionate about their culture, the Bristol Bay region, and growing professionally,” Katie said. “They could easily turn into lifelong friends. A colleague I met on the Iliamna trip is sending me a care package of fish since I have a hard time getting it here in Arizona.”
For Katie, it’s critical to engage in continuous learning to be a strong leader. Originally from Eagle River, Alaska, she has worked for BGC for three years in Tempe, Ariz. In 2015, Katie applied and was accepted into the TWOW Leadership Program, a unique training program available to shareholders through BGC’s parent company, BBNC. The program develops the management and leadership skills of BBNC shareholders and descendants while integrating the culture of the Bristol Bay region.
In November, Katie flew to Iliamna, Alaska, to attend the first of six training sessions. The three-year program curriculum focuses on developing skills and knowledge in leadership, strategy, time and stress management, legal aspects of management, presentation skills and negotiation strategies. Participants are immersed in each topic, learning from case studies and hearing from a diverse group of presenters and leaders.
To learn more about BBNC’s Training Without Walls program, visit www.bbnc.net/careers.
Bristol Construction Services, LLC, is the recipient of the Parker, Smith and Feek's Excellence in Construction award for exceptional work on the Chester Creek Alignment and Channel Improvements project in Anchorage, Alaska.
The award was presented at the Associated General Contractors Alaska chapter's annual conference, and stemmed from Bristol Construction's performance on a $3.7 million contract from the Municipality of Anchorage to establish a new stream channel for Chester Creek, which included the installation of a box culvert through a busy corridor near the intersection of Muldoon and DeBarr roads in Anchorage. The box culvert work was particularly challenging as it required a full closure of Muldoon Road and work had to be performed during an 84-hour window over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Bristol Construction completed the work on time, under budget and with an incident-free safety record.
"We built a great team of union laborers, operators, subcontractors and suppliers to ensure this project went smoothly and it paid off," said Project Manager Michael Himler with Bristol Construction. "We worked together for weeks before the actual site work started, planning for every contingency. The efforts of all team members resulted in a successful project."
Bristol Construction employed several time and cost savings techniques throughout the project, including reuse of site materials and working with the municipality and local land owners to develop a more cost-effective alternative for a temporary stream diversion that ultimately reduced stress to the fish. Salmon were seen spawning in their new habitat last fall.
"We're proud to have been a part of this effort to enhance this popular area in Anchorage," said Bristol Construction Services President and CEO Travis Woods. "This project, and the municipality's future plans for additional parks, as well as planned residential construction, will provide an economic boost to this community."
The community of Ekwok, Alaska, and Bristol Engineering Services Corporation (BESC) are working together to provide residents year-round access to a state-of-the-art landfill.
Concerns over contamination at the previous landfill site began 10 years ago, prompting Ekwok officials to secure funding for this project. The Ekwok Village Council and the City of Ekwok contracted with BESC to develop the initial feasibility study to help secure project funding - upwards of $5 million - for the design and development of a new landfill, access road and bridge.
BESC completed the engineering and permitting for the new Class III landfill and 1.1 miles of road in 2014, and construction began in 2015. The bridge and road construction, scheduled for completion in September 2016, will open up access to tribal lands across the creek, previously accessible only during winter.
BESC secured permits and used stream hydrologic research, land surveys and watershed data to ensure the design for the 115-foot single-lane bridge met the environmental requirements for the surrounding location, preserving the Ekwok community’s access to subsistence salmon fishing at the creek.
“We are extremely proud to work in the Bristol Bay region on a project that will make such a substantial contribution to the community and lives of the residents,” said BESC Senior Civil Engineer Isaac Pearson, PE.
When I was named president and CEO of Bristol Industries, LLC, a year ago, I knew there were many exciting and challenging times ahead.
My first and main priority was to build on the mantra “Teamwork, Trust and Truth” that each employee in the Bristol companies has pursued over the past 20 years.
I worked with each company’s general manager and supervisors to step back and take a fresh look at all processes and procedures, and adopt efficiencies in those areas. We implemented a total performance program to standardize expectations and development, performance reviews and compensation. We also instituted our Code Zero program, which reinforces our commitment to safety. You can read about some of our recent successes with that program here.
The results: the Bristol companies have strengthened a foundation of retaining the best employees and providing them with guidelines that enable them to operate effectively. I believe these steps will continue to provide clients the best services available throughout all the companies.
The Bristol companies have also continued their dedication to supporting the Bristol Bay region and communities where employees work.
For the third year, the Bristol Alliance of Companies hosted the Koliganek School junior and senior classes on their career trip to Anchorage. These 11 students spoke to employees and participated in an egg drop competition. Sonya Edwards, a Bristol Bay Native Corporation shareholder, spent time this summer as an intern, working on special projects with the estimating, construction and document production areas. Sonya is from New Stuyahok, Alaska.
Anchorage employees volunteered their efforts again this year with Habitat for Humanity and our twice-yearly cleanup efforts at Beluga Point, Alaska. During the holidays, Bristol donated money toward charities in communities where we work.
While 2014 saw many changes, I believe these efforts leave the Bristol companies well positioned for greater successes in 2015.
I want to thank our parent company BBNC and its shareholders, as well as our clients and employees for all of the support throughout 2014. I look forward to working with you all in the coming year.
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Bristol Industries, LLC
Bristol Industries, LLC, is the administrative arm for the companies marketed under the Bristol Alliance of Companies umbrella. BI offers support in areas such as administration, information technology, proposal writing, shareholder outreach, and health and safety.
The Bristol companies closed 2014 with a great – and greatly improved – safety record. The year 2014 closed with more than 605,000 man-hours and zero lost-time injuries. This was a marked improvement over 2013, where the companies had nearly 740,000 hours, but 12 recordable injuries.
In 2014, Bristol Industries, LLC, which oversees the safety programs for all Bristol companies, introduced the Code Zero program, with a goal of zero incidents, zero injuries and zero losses. A wide education program reinforced the Code among all employees.
“The year’s safety record is outstanding,” said Travis Woods, President and CEO of Bristol Industries. “The Code Zero program helps employees focus on the importance of working safely. As we look forward, the Health and Safety group will continue its efforts to improve on 2014’s record.”
Safety Compliance Manager Wayne McDaniel is vigilant with his commitment to reinforcing and educating employees about the Code.
“Operating in a safe work environment is the responsibility of every individual on a job site,” he said. “We’ll continue our efforts to provide everyone with the best practices and procedures to keep those zeros as the prime directive.”
For 20 years, the Bristol Alliance of Companies has been dedicated to providing clients with quality services in the construction, engineering and environmental, fuels and range and UXO fields. Bristol continues to strive for innovation, safety, value and exceptional customer service. To celebrate this milestone, we have compiled a timeline showcasing a wide array of capabilities, diverse projects and accomplishments across our multiple service lines. Click here to view some of our proudest moments from the past 20 years.
The Bristol Alliance of Companies announces it has formed two new companies: Bristol Prime Contractors, LLC, and Bristol Site Contractors, LLC, to broaden the services offered to our government and private-sector clients across the United States.
Bristol Prime Contractors, LLC, (BPC) is a general contractor focused on highway, street and bridge construction. Bristol Site Contractors, LLC, (BSC) is engaged in a broad range of construction services, but its primary work is in site preparation activities.
Bristol is dedicated to supporting Bristol Bay Native Corporation shareholders and programs that work to strengthen Alaska Native youth.
Bristol sponsored the Juniors and Seniors from Koliganek K-12 on a trip to Anchorage. The purpose of the annual trip is to expose students to different career and education opportunities. Bristol provides the financial support for the trip, which includes airfare, hotel, transportation and activities. This was the third year Bristol has partnered with the school.
Earlier this spring, two Bristol carpenters volunteered at Project Ki’L, an afterschool program in the Anchorage School District that helps Alaska Native and American Indian boys celebrate their Native heritage and traditions. Bristol’s Sam Parkinson and Daniel Demitt, both BBNC shareholders, volunteered to help the boys make a one-legged stool. See photos on our Facebook page.
Bristol also supports tomorrow’s Alaska Native leaders.
Bristol Project Assistant Brianna Aspelund, a BBNC shareholder, attended the American Indian Science and Engineering Society Leadership Summit, held March 20-22 in New Mexico. The Leadership Summit focuses on building the skill and knowledge in the realm of professional and career development to better prepare members to attain jobs and careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. Brianna is attending the University of Alaska Anchorage, majoring in anthropology. BBNC paid Brianna’s travel, conference expenses and AISES membership fees. Read more about Brianna’s trip.
Bristol sponsored 11 Koliganek School juniors and seniors on a Career Trip to Southcentral Alaska in May. The students stopped by the Bristol offices, where they spoke with employees and participated in an Egg Drop competition. This is the third year Bristol has sponsored the Career trip as part of its shareholder outreach efforts. See photos of the students and the egg drop on our Facebook page.
Bristol, and sister company Bristol Bay Resource Solutions, LLC, gathered supplies for Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC), an Anchorage, Alaska, shelter dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence. In late April and early May, Anchorage-area employees donated items on the AWAIC “current needs” list, including clothing, shoes, personal care items and first-aid supplies. Learn more about AWAIC at awaic.org.
The Bristol offices will be closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day.
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Engineers generally don’t get “rock star” treatment. But when a sixth-grader asked Kraig Hughes for an autograph, he felt a bit like Boston founder Tom Scholz.
Scholz, who holds mechanical engineering degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founded the 1970s rock band Boston to get the star treatment.
Kraig simply taught a sixth-grade class at Trailside Elementary School how to build bridges.
He first started three years ago, with a presentation in a relative’s class on structural engineering. The presentation showed the basics of structures and how engineers incorporate various properties to design a building or erect a sign while considering the costs to the owner.
“The presentation went over well and they seemed to enjoy learning how structures play a part in our lives,” Kraig said.
This year, the presentation grew to incorporate the Anchorage School District’s one-month science kit on structures. Students assembled in groups. Each member in the group drew a bridge to scale, then the group chose the best plan to draw in full scale and then build that bridge using plastic straws and tape.
The goal was to build a light-weight bridge that would hold the greatest weight.
At the end of the lesson, Kraig held a bridge competition to determine a winning group. He hung a bucket off the bridge, and slowly weighed it down with gravel until it failed. He took the weight of the gravel divided by the weight of the bridge. The group with the highest ratio won.
“There was a lot of excitement, a lot of competition with the kids,” Kraig said. “Their teacher told me a lot of the kids said it was their best day of school so far. The process has been rewarding for me. I can see young minds grasp some neat concepts and learn to appreciate science and learning.”
Kraig has big plans for future bridge building. He has already spoken to teachers at Bear Valley Elementary School, and wants to expand to other schools later on. Eventually, he’d like to see a district-wide competition, with corporate sponsors to support it.
Back at Trailside, the winning bridge was a low-profile Warren truss design. It held four times its weight. Each member of the winning team received a book, “How Things Work.” That’s when Kraig got the autograph request.
“I signed it,” Kraig said with a chuckle. “It is the only time an engineer is like a rock star.”
* Little known fact: Before, and even after, he founded the rock ‘n roll band Boston, Tom Scholz was a fairly noted engineer. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He later invented the Rockman guitar amplifier.
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The US Army Corps of Engineers® (USACE) Alaska District Celebrate Safety Committee has awarded a 2011 Individual Safety Award to Chuck Croley, Superintendent at Bristol Environmental Remediation Services, LLC. The company is a member of the Bristol Alliance of Companies™ (Bristol). The award recognizes his tireless commitment to reinforcing a safe working environment on the Northeast Cape project, located on St. Lawrence Island, 135 miles west of Nome.
The remote nature of the project site demanded unique safety considerations. Croley was responsible for relaying site conditions to aircraft operators, as flights provided the only means of transportation to and from the project site, and hospital access was at least a one-hour plane ride away. His 35 years of experience on remote Alaska project sites contributed to Croley’s ability to maintain a safe working environment for the 35-person crew. His emphasis on activity hazard analysis and superior communication skills contributed to the entire team’s success.
Bristol provides engineering, construction, environmental remediation, fuel systems, and range and unexploded ordnance services to clients around the country from offices in Alaska, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas and Washington. The companies are all wholly owned subsidiaries of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation, a regional Alaska Native Corporation with annual revenues exceeding $1.4 billion. For more information, please visit http://www.bristol-companies.com.
Bristol Engineering Services Corporation (Bristol Engineering) and the Bristol Alliance of Companies will be included as part of a four-part series on the Bristol Bay region and Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) airing on Monday nights this month on local television stations ABC 13 KYUR at 10:00 p.m. and Fox 4 KTBY at 9:00 p.m. The series, “Our People, Land and Culture,” focuses on the relationship between Alaska’s Native corporations and shareholders and features BBNC and its subsidiaries.
The series will present an overview of BBNC and highlight the corporation’s mission, issues, goals, and its plans to serve its shareholders. In Part 1, which aired Monday, Feb. 7, CEO Jason Metrokin gave his perspective and direction for BBNC’s future. Part 2, airing Monday, Feb. 13, focuses on BBNC’s educational efforts. The segment featuring Bristol Engineering is expected to air Monday, Feb. 27. Bristol Engineering was chosen to demonstrate how BBNC subsidiaries’ work benefits the corporation and its shareholders, said BBNC communications specialist Carmell Shade.
Scenes from the video, “Day in Our Bay: Voices & Views from Bristol Bay,” a project of Bristol Creative Services, a division of Bristol Industries, LLC, will also be incorporated in the series.
If you missed Part 1, it can be viewed online at http://www.youralaskalink.com/news/Our-People-Land-and-Culture-Part-1-138883334.html
If you missed Part 2, it can be viewed at online at http://www.youralaskalink.com/news/Our-People-Land-and-Culture-Part-2-Education-139487933.html
If you missed Part 3, it can be viewed at online at http://www.youralaskalink.com/news/Our-People-Land-and-Culture-Part-3-Day-In-Our-Bay-140022253.html
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