Utility Contractor

JUL-AUG 2018

As the official magazine of NUCA, Utility Contractor presents the latest information affecting every aspect of the utility construction industry, including technological advancements, safety issues, legislative developments and instructional advice.

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July/August 2018 | Utility Contractor 25 the business. If a job came up where I didn't have all the equipment needed to get it done, I rented. Whatever it took to make it happen, I was willing to do." Full Site Packages, Break Out Services Barnhart's persistence and inclination to look at new opportunities proved fruitful. His family specialized in the oil field and residential sectors. Instead, he decided to focus more on commercial and municipal projects, and today those comprise nearly 75 percent of the firm's work load. "It was challenging because commer- cial was new to me, so there was a fairly steep learning curve," Barnhart said. "I was comfortable doing basic site work, but I lacked experience in utility instal- lation, and I really wanted to do that. I reached out to some people for advice and invested in software technology to help in bidding. We grew to the point where we can offer full site packages that include everything from clearing to final grading for commercial, residential and municipal customers." In addition to earthwork and utilities, Bret Barnhart Excavating provides concrete services such as street patches and construction of turning lanes, curbs and gutters, sidewalks, trickle channels and headwalls. The company usually does concrete work in conjunction with other types of projects, but in the future Barnhart expects to handle comprehensive street projects as a general contractor. "We are certified by the City of Tulsa to do paving and bridges. I think we will be ready to tackle those larger projects in a couple years," explained Barnhart. "But, we do general some smaller municipal jobs. In the past, we did a lot of utility projects for municipalities where we would take out the old street, tie into an existing line and have a subcontractor come in and pour a patch. Now, we patch ourselves, and we're continuing to build the concrete aspect of the business. "On 80 to 90 percent of our commercial projects we are a sub, and we tend to work with developers and general contractors with whom we have established long-standing relationships," he added. "They usually ask us for a full Kirby-Smith Machinery Territory Manager Peyton Chatham meets with Bret Barnhart Excavating Owner Bret Barnhart and Site Work Superintendent Justin Delcoure. "Peyton, Kirby and Komatsu have all been terrific," Barnhart said. "I continue to count on Kirby and Peyton for sales and rentals, because I know I can trust them to deliver."

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