Case Studies

Tobar Construction Inc.

Concrete builders embrace technology

Founded in 1996 by Emilio Calderon, Tobar Construction Inc. (Tobar) has nearly 18 years of experience partnering with clients in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area to provide value to structural concrete and site concrete projects of varying scope and complexity. While Tobar’s niche is in military and education sectors, the company also completes concrete work for hotels, hospitals and institutional structures, multiunit residential projects, sports facilities, industrial structures and more.

Building a reputation

Tobar has approximately 90 employees, including administrative staff, project management, concrete and forming specialists, as well as trained field crews who build more than 30 projects per year – resulting in $13 million in annual revenue. With headquarters in Beltsville, Md., Tobar serves the District, Maryland and Virginia region.

Operating as a full-service concrete contractor, Tobar generally self-performs most work. However, on occasion, the company outsources concrete finishing to help with large slab pours and rodsmen for jobs that are heavy in steel. Subcontracting such tasks allows Tobar to provide more options in efficiently scheduling work for its clients.

“We have some of the best workers in the concrete industry,” Jose Calderon, Emelio’s brother and current president. “They are knowledgeable and experienced construction professionals ready to take on the challenges of the most complex concrete structures, but we know our limitations – we always put our customers’ interests first.”

Tobar is one of the few concrete contractors in the D.C. area that is competitive in both structural and site concrete projects. Some of Tobar’s recently completed site projects include the Intercounty Connector (ICC) contracts D and E in Maryland, a two-year project for which the company provided slipform paving of curb and gutter and barrier walls.

In Virginia, Tobar just finished the first phase of the Metro Silver Line that connects Washington D.C. to Dulles International Airport, for which it completed all hardscape packages.

On the structural side, Tobar is 75 percent complete on a $4 million contract for Riverside High School in Virginia’s Loudon County. Additionally, completed in November 2013, Tobar’s largest project in the aviation sector was a United Airlines wide body hangar at Dulles International Airport. The hangar, which measures 110,000 square feet, was completed in less than two years. The largest concrete pour measured 1,100 cubic yards.

As Tobar also specializes in military construction, the company has several ongoing projects at Fort George G. Meade in Maryland, including a hotel, the Asymmetrical Warfare Brigade Headquarters and a shopping center.

Other recent projects include a helicopter hangar at Aberdeen Proving Grounds for the Maryland Air National Guard. The hangar, according to Jose, can hold six Chinook helicopters, and is unique in that it has radiant heat built into the structural floors.

Currently Tobar is participating at the new $1 billion MGM Resort and Casino in National Harbor, Md. Tobar was awarded the foundation package of 22,000 cubic yards of concrete, which includes pile caps and grade beams – the largest project in the history of the company.

Tobar Construction

Embracing new technology

As a client-driven company, Tobar is focused on project success and is constantly evolving to meet its customers’ needs. Tobar is dedicated to staying abreast on industry trends and innovative technologies that allow it to complete projects effectively and efficiently.

The company has recently adopted intelligent cloud-based software that produces project estimates and Building Information Modeling (BIM), a 3-D model-based process for planning, design, construction and management of buildings and infrastructures.

“With this new technology we’re looking at foundations before they are started, which helps us to recognize and flush out concerns before they are a reality,” details Frank Lopez, contract administrator and chief estimator. “In this industry, BIM software isn’t only innovative, it’s necessary.”

Putting customers first

When it comes to measuring business success, Tobar does not just look to its bottom line, the company bases success largely on repeat clients. “When we’re asked to work for the same people again and again, we know we’re doing a good job,” says Jose. “We are a very fair company and send out responsible bids. We’ve been lucky to work with some of the best people in the region and their word-of-mouth advertising for us really speaks volumes on our quality of work.”

Also, as a member of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Tobar Construction Inc. will continue to seek out new clients and grow as the market evolves.

Published on: April 6, 2015

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