- Written by: Jeanee Dudley
- Produced by: Lindsay Jeffries
- Estimated reading time: 4 mins
Tony Murray established Restruction Corporation (Restruction) in 1975 after building a strong reputation in the engineering world for his knowledge, skills and experience. Over the years, Murray has worked as a consultant and developed many innovative repair techniques that are in use in the construction industry today. After building up the business for several years, he sold Restruction to three partners, Tim Gumina, Mike Lutonsky and Bruce Collins.
Gumina, Lutonsky, Collins and Mike Wyman are all active members of the engineering and construction community; Gumina is a member of the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI), Associated General Contractors and Structural Engineer Association of Colorado (SEAC); Collins has served as a board member for ICRI and was designated an ICRI Fellow in 2003; and Wyman is an active member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Concrete Institute and the Associated General Contractors.
The partner’s work in the field, as well as behind the scenes, has helped to shape the business. It is evident that Gumina, Lutonsky, Collins and Wyman’s strong history offers high-quality leadership to Restruction building up the business as a diverse structural repair company with a reputation for complex and challenging projects throughout the Western United States.
The company currently operates out of three offices, including a headquarters in Sedalia, Colo., and two satellite offices in Tempe, Ariz., and Salt Lake City, Utah. Restruction employs 65 people, including a business development team comprised of Collins, Jason Gardner and Steed Lopez, business development manager, who has been with the business since 1997, when he started as a supervisor after leaving the military. More than 16 years later, Lopez works with the business development team and employees to build new opportunities and attract high-visibility projects throughout the company’s broad service area.
A diverse portfolio
As a structural repair contractor, Restruction works directly with building and structure owners to determine efficient avenues for rejuvenating these edifices and perform concrete repair work, structural strengthening, structural steel and wood work. The crew specializes in repair work, meaning the company does not perform any new construction projects. The business has built a reputation for complicated work on diverse structures, including water features such as bridges and dams.
Over the years, the team has completed thousands of repair projects west of the Mississippi River. Recent work includes structural repair for the Hoover Dam Bypass in 2012. This historic route along the Black Canyon reaches heights of nearly 900 feet above the Colorado River and includes the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. Restruction’s employees are no strangers to precarious worksites. The crew also performed a repair project on the Royal Gorge incline railway; the project took three years to complete.
Restruction has also worked on the Arizona State University’s Sun Devil stadium and the Memorial Union Building (fire damage repairs), Chase Field (home of the Arizona Diamond Backs Baseball Team), the University of Colorado in Boulder on a dormitory restoration project, Colorado State University in Fort Collins on the Lory Student Union structural repairs and strengthening.
One of the most memorable projects Lopez can recall was a repair project for Duke Energy’s Oconee Plant. The team performed material and methodology testing for the client as well as structural work and repair consultation for the power plant. “We completed this project in 2006,” he recalls. “This was a great project for us because we came up with the design for the repairs, performed all of the testing and then we were called out to consult on-site and supervise the work.”
Restruction performs 95 percent of work in-house. “If we do sub out, it is for specialty trades such as hydro-demolition or for specialty equipment,” Lopez explains. “On larger projects, we will sub out the electrical and plumbing trades. We are getting into more general contracting work for our projects.”
Restruction works with a set network of regional-based, quality subcontractors. The team strives to maintain strong relationships with subcontractors. Frequently, the businesses send each other job leads.
Many of the team’s repair projects are wrapped up into larger projects. With strong industry connections with suppliers and subcontractors, the company is ready to restructure and absorb more of the work. Lopez sees a lot of potential in Utah and Arizona. The crew has already started implementing a lot of projects where Restruction serves as the general contractor. One such project is a water storage tank repair project for a large water storage facility in Pueblo, Colo.
As the company continues to grow, Lopez recognizes the challenges ahead. Restruction is much different from other contractors in that the business employs select tradesmen and craftsmen from several different areas of the industry. Going forward, the goal is to navigate a challenging labor market to attract the right team for projected growth.
Restruction takes great pride in the team’s ability to tackle a new challenge every day and continues to seek out projects that fit the company as it grows. “We will be applying efforts to bring on new employees who are up for the challenge,” says Lopez proudly. With a strong and growing team, Restruction Corporation is prepared to make major steps as a repair contractor, looking ahead to new challenges on the horizon.
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