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01/21/03

Construction Management Program Working In Biloxi

The construction manager concept seems to be working well in the City of Biloxi.

You may recall the city council was initially reluctant to let a single company oversee tens of millions of dollars in road projects. But the success of the program is erasing that doubt.

Yates Construction is now overseeing three major road projects in the city. And the company is getting high marks from the city.

"I said it always flooded a lot. So you're going to be taking water off the streets," said council member George Lawrence, as he questioned a construction representative Tuesday.

The city council fires questions and concerns at Chet Nadolski every few weeks. He's the point man for Yates Construction, which is overseeing tens of millions of dollars in city road projects.

"The biggest advantage is the city has a lot more control over the project. Because Yates has the manpower and expertise to look out after our interests. We have an engineering staff and inspectors, but we don't have the manpower and expertise they do," said councilman Jim Compton.

Bayview Avenue is among three projects Yates construction is charged with overseeing. The others are Popps Ferry Road and Caillavet Street.

The construction manager deals with such things as scheduling, budgeting and quality control,  in other words, making sure the city gets what its paying for.

"It's working out real good. I've always been an advocate of it. I knew it was going to be the right thing for us. Because I've done a lot of that thing in my own businesses. So, I knew it was going to be the right move," said Tom Wall, who represents Ward 6.

The Yates construction manager motto for its business with the city is on time, within budget and to your satisfaction. Meeting those goals can prove quite a challenge, but future business with the city depends on it.

"You're dealing with the weather, you're dealing with the soil conditions. The projects tend to be challenging in nature. They don't give us the easy ones. They give us the hard ones," said Chet Nadolski, who represents Yates Construction.

Despite the occasional challenge, so far it's been a smooth road for both Yates and the City of Biloxi.

By Steve Phillips

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