McGill Restoration (mcgillrestoration.com) has become a regular at the MUD Florence Water Treatment Plant. For the last three consecutive years, the team has been restoring their large, exterior water treatment basins. Basin 1 was completed in 2019, Basin 2 was completed in 2020, and Basin 3 is scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2021. The first two tanks hold 22 million gallons apiece and the third basin is similar size but includes some additional challenges beyond the scope of the first two basins.

These projects are unique due to the numerous complexities faced. The basins were drained, unveiling layers of deteriorating concrete. The concrete demolition was performed using specialty, hydro-demo machinery that was able to take out the bad concrete from the steep embankments. There were also timing-related issues to work around. Due to the amount of strain put on the treatment facility, McGill Restoration aggressively bid the project to be completed in a tighter than usual timeframe. Each basin project was completed in less than 60 days start to finish.

In the spring of 2021, McGill Restoration captured the biggest job in the company’s 36-year history. The project, overseen by the Nebraska DOT, includes structural concrete rehabilitation and waterproofing of the I-480 bridges that run from downtown Omaha to the Missouri River. There will be over 1 million square feet of polyurea waterproofing applied over three seasons, the largest project of its kind in the United States.

Capturing this project brought back great memories that point to how far McGill Restoration has come. A little over 20 years ago, McGill Restoration took part in the last major update to the same stretch of bridges. At that time, Tim McGill, Jr. was a field laborer working for the company’s founder, Tim McGill, Sr. Now, as president of the organization, Tim Jr. gets to relive the project from a new perspective. Bridge rehabilitation, waterproofing, and high friction coating systems have grown to be one of McGill Restoration’s largest business sectors over the last five years.

Like the first go-round, McGill Restoration will be performing their scope of work alongside Hawkins Construction.

Four of the last five years, McGill Restoration has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America. The organization is on pace to make the list again as they have emphasized a growth mindset positioning themselves for strategic, sustainable growth opportunities.

While much of the work performed by McGill Restoration is located in the Omaha and Lincoln metro, they continue to significantly grow their presence across the entire state of Nebraska and the Midwest. In 2021, the organization will perform work in over 10 states.

As the organization tackles more large-scale, complex projects it has realized a need for skillsets that are harder to come by. In response, McGill Restoration has added a handful of skillsets that are complimentary to their growing offerings. A recent focus, McGill Restoration has found a way to creatively add a significant amount of industrial blasting and painting talent to help make them a regional leader in the sector.

With the rapid growth, McGill Restoration has plans to move into a facility that fits their future needs in the coming years.