|Mike Raybourn||Mark Mantila|
In August of this year, Western Summit opened a new office in Raleigh, North Carolina, in response to changes in the marketplace and intelligence that points to great opportunities in that region of the country. Area Manager Mike Raybourn, who heads the new office, says, “There’s a lot of work in the region, so we needed to carve up the work by opening a secondary office that takes advantage of our local connections and relationships.”
Raybourn was also joined by Mark Mantila. Both were already Summit employees; Raybourn relocated from the Albuquerque, New Mexico, office, while Mantila had worked in San Diego. Relocating current employees instead of hiring from outside (when possible) is part of WSCI’s plan to keep people working while making sure that every location has the right people – and enough people - in place.
Long active in the Mid-Atlantic Area, WSCI had an office in Atlanta, Georgia for many years. In the last eight years, though, more work has been coming out of the Carolinas and, adds Raybourn, “Now we’re even chasing work in the DC/Maryland/Virginia region. We’re starting to look at Florida. Kiewit’s grand plan is for WSCI to continue to grow, to take on more work.”
Currently, the new office is busy finishing the Archie Elledge Wastewater Treatment Plant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and working on two five-way Joint Venture projects (with partners that include TIC / Kiewit). Meanwhile, Raybourn says, they are tracking “a good amount” of upcoming work. Notable among at least half a dozen good prospects is a wastewater treatment plant in Charlotte that could be the first Design-Build municipal project in the state. Raybourn explains, “North Carolina just legalized the Design-Build process for municipal work, and the city is waiting to see how it goes.”