Utility Contractor

MAR-APR 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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Looking Ahead Once again working as a consultant, a role in which he began his career, Fuglevand says his experience in contracting will be a benefit. "My experience on the contracting side is already helping me as a consultant," he said. "One of the first tasks I had was performing a constructability review, and working from the construction side for nearly 30 years I could quickly see the potential issues between design and construction. Finding those problems early on can help save time and money further down the road." But, no matter what the role, the key to successfully completing projects is managing people. "Construction is a people business – the construction itself is sometimes the easy part," Fuglevand said. "For any project, you need to make sure you have the right team and everyone needs to understand their role. If you have a good plan and can keep your crews motivated and happy, that goes a long way toward successfully completing a job." Additionally, it is the people that stand out when the job is done. "Most of the time when you look back at a job, you remember the people," he said. "That is why I believe it is important to know the people who are working for you – no matter what their position is. You won't be able to accomplish anything if everyone is not pulling in the same direction." Jim Rush is editor of Utility Contractor. Utility Contractor 19 Fuglevand's construction resume while at Marshbank Construction includes the Pilchuck River CED project, recognized as one of NUCA's Top Job winners.

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