RECENT PROJECTS

GLOSS
  • Brownfield Drainage Improvements
  • Washington Park Bleachers
  • Brooks No.1 Ditch Irrigation Water Line
  • Fort Caspar Pathway Project
  • Riverton's Walmart Snow Removal
  • Wheatland Outfall
  • City of Casper Chip Seal 2015
  • St. Mary Stormwater Outfall
  • West Monroe Extension - Riverton
  • Highland Park Stormwater Detention Pond
  • Wind River Irrigation Rehab Project
  • Wind River Tunnels
  • Carissa Mine Ball Mill
  • Rawlins Asphalt Hot Plant
  • Casper Natrona County International Airport
  • EastSide Elementary
  • Casper Housing Authority
  • Carissa Mine
  • Arapahoe School
  • Alcova Chip Seal
  • Douglas Water & Sewer
  • Wyoming Machinery
  • Casper Events Center
  • Prairie Sage Apartments
  • Blackmore Marketplace
  • Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park

Brownfield Drainage Improvements

The project included the construction of multiple pipe culvert systems to convey water across both...

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Washington Park Bleachers



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Brooks No.1 Ditch Irrigation Water Line

The project was undertaken to convey irrigation water from a natural creek to pasture land owned by...

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Fort Caspar Pathway Project

In 2016, 71 Construction constructed a project for the City of Casper and Platte River Parkway to...

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Riverton's Walmart Snow Removal

Plowing 12" of Snow in Wal-Mart's Parking Lot at 4:00 am on a December morning. Temperature was a...

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Wheatland Outfall



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City of Casper Chip Seal 2015

In the Summer of 2015, 71's Crews from both Casper & Riverton chip sealed Downtown Casper. Center,...

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St. Mary Stormwater Outfall

71 Construction is repairing the City of Casper's largest storm sewer outfall at Riverview Park.

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West Monroe Extension - Riverton

71 Construction paving and concrete on the extension of West Monroe in front of the new Willow Creek...

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Highland Park Stormwater Detention Pond

71 Construction was hired by The City of Casper to excavate muck out of an existing pond to create a...

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Wind River Irrigation Rehab Project



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Wind River Tunnels

Summer of 2014 - 71 Construction milled and paved the road going through the Wind River Tunnels. ...

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Carissa Mine Ball Mill

A 23,000 pound ball mill was gently lowered into place inside the Carissa Mill House at South Pass...

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Rawlins Asphalt Hot Plant

71 Construction has aquired a hot plant in the City of Rawlins, Wyoming. We are located at 1309...

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Casper Natrona County International Airport

This Design Build Job has 71 Construction together with TWS and Kubat installing a new fuel farm for...

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EastSide Elementary

71 Construction supplied and placed the base and asphalt pavement for the parking lot

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Casper Housing Authority

Under strict time constraints, 71\'s crews did several site improvements, including some storm sewer...

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Carissa Mine

An Abandoned Gold Mine located in South Pass City 37 miles southwest of Lander on Hwy. 28 is a State...

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Arapahoe School

Fremont County, Wyoming

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Alcova Chip Seal

Asphalt Emulsion and Chips were applied to prolong the life of some roads in Alcova.

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Douglas Water & Sewer

Old clay pipe needed replaced in Douglas in two different alleys in town. Our Pipe crew began...

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Wyoming Machinery

71 Construction formed, poured and finished concrete for curb and gutter and a retaining wall. We...

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Casper Events Center

71 Construction supplied and placed the hot-mix asphalt to improve the parking lot on the NorthEast...

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Prairie Sage Apartments

Prairie Sage Apartments located at 21st and Beverly is a new construction of a 64 unit Multi-Family...

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Blackmore Marketplace

Blackmore Marketplace on the East Side of Casper is the area for the new Studio City Stadium 10 and...

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Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park

Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park is located 6 miles East of Casper off of I-25. It is a day use...

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About 71 Construction & Staff

71 Construction's long time strength has been our estimators and engineers along with our field and support staff. A roster of 70 full time employees expands to an average of 110 during the height of summer construction. Our staff includes the three owners, five engineers including two P. E. and three E.I.T.'s, supporting estimators, safety and environmental coordinators, project managers, hot plant managers, sales managers, a controller, superintendents, foremen, materials testers, mechanics, drivers, operators and laborers as well as an administrative support staff.

  • Corporate Officers
  • Steve Loftin, President - Email Steve
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    Steve graduated from the University of Utah in 1976 with a degree in Civil Engineering. During his college years and for two years after, he was the estimator for Schocker Construction of Salt Lake City, Utah, a heavy-highway construction company being promoted to Chief Estimator upon his completion of college studies.
    In 1978, Steve formed Construk, Inc. in Casper, Wyoming, a small asphalt paving company requiring him to perform all tasks necessary to have a successful operation. In 1980, 71 Construction was formed as a result of the merger of Construk, Inc. and D & S Company, Inc.
    As President, Steve's duties include the following:
    • Monitors the company's financial operations
    • Represents the company in solicitations from owners and architects
    • Markets the Company
    • Maintains direct customer contact with existing and potential customers
    • EEO Officer
    • Supervises Estimates and change orders
    Steve is actively involved in the community; he is active in the Associated General Contractors of America and Wyoming Contractors Associations and has served as president and board member of Associated Builders and Contractors, WCA and United Way of Natrona County/ He has been on the Board of The Casper Chamber of Commerce, AGC Construction by Contract Committee and Natrona County School to Work Committee. He currently serves on the Board of the Casper Metropolitan Planning Organization and is Vice-President of One Call of Wyoming.
  • Ken Schulte, Vice-President - Email Ken
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    Ken has attended various schools throughout Wyoming. In 1976 he joined forces with Tom Davenport to form D & S Company, Inc. in Casper, Wyoming, where he served as Vice-President and superintendent on projects involving excavation and contract hauling. In 1980 when 71 Construction was formed as the result of the merger of Construk, Inc. and D & S Company, Inc., Ken became Project Superintendent responsible for all phases of construction.
    As Vice-President/Casper Operations Manager, Ken has the following duties:
    • General Project Manager of Central Wyoming
    • Supervision of asphalt paving, underground utility work, demolition, hazardous materials, Casper Hot Plant and 71 Soil & Stone
    • Corporate Safety Director
    • Administrator of DOT drug testing program
    • Certified Hazardous Materials Supervisor
    Ken is actively involved in the community; he is a member of the Wyoming Contractors Association and has served on the Associated General Contractors Insurance Board. Ken has also served on the City License Board and the Casper Country Club Board. He currently serves as President of United NXS.
  • Tom Davenport, Secretary/Treasurer - Email Tom
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    Tom graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1976, together with Ken Schulte, Tom formed D & S Company, Inc. in Casper, Wyoming, doing excavation and contract hauling. His position with D & S Company was that of President and Estimator. In 1980, when D && S merged with Construk to form what is currently 71 Construction, Tom assumed the position of General Superintendent in conjunction with his duties of corporate Secretary/Treasurer. Tom established the Riverton operations in 1989 and added an additional office for the western region in 1992. Tom currently heads the Riverton Office Administrative Staff along with his other duties.
    Tom's duties include the following:
    • Estimating
    • Financial Management
    • Cost Analysis
    • Quality Assurance Testing
    • Equipment Acquisitions
    • Assistant Drug Program Administrator
    Tom is active in community affairs and is a member of the Wyoming Contractors Association (WCA), serves on the WCA Asphalt Paving Committee and WYDOT/WCA Cooperative Committee. Tom continues to enhance his knowledge and experience by attending several seminars and classes each year.
  • Company Wide
  • Sandra (Sandy) Cardenas
    Controller
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    Sandy graduated from Hermann High School in Hermann, MO in 1980. Sandy kept the books for Brehe Auctioneering Services; a family owned and operated business for over 15 years. During that time, for approximately four years, Sandy owned and operated her own convenience store, requiring her to do all of the accounting, purchasing, hiring, etc. necessary to run a profitable business. After Sandy sold her convenience store she held several positions that required her to do different aspects in the accounting field.
    Sandy started with 71 Construction in June 1998. She is currently attending classes to receive a degree in accounting. She began with accounts payable and worked her way up doing accounts receivable, and eventually payroll and office manager. In November 2004 Sandy earned the title of Controller overseeing all accounting aspects of the construction industry including planning and budgeting for two divisions
  • Ty Robertson
    Equipment Manager
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    Ty is responsible for overseeing daily operations of the equipment maintenance shop and field equipment utilization.
  • John Mondoc
    Safety Coordinator
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    John is responsible for developing and maintaining our health and safety programs, as well as the training of our employees insuring our crews are able to complete jobs in a safe manner. John has worked in the mining and Heavy Industrial construction for over 20 years. He began his career as an ore control man in the uranium mines, working his way up to truck driver/equipment operator.   In 2000, he began working in the coal mines throughout the Powder River Basin. He then took a position as Superintendent for a reclamation company for several years before stepping into a career in safety.  He has been in the Safety profession for the last 6 years. He is a MSHA, OSHA and First Aid/ CPR Instructor.
  • Casper Division
  • John Woods
    Casper Area Manager
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    John is a graduate of Natrona County High School in Casper and has been employed at 71 Construction for over 17 years. John has over 20 years experience in all aspects of the construction business.
    John's duties include estimating, scheduling and supervision of crews, equipment and materials for paving jobs, dirt work, base preparation, and utilities. Additional responsibilities include insuring safe operations, monitoring the quality of workmanship, production, and billing of jobs. John has attended numerous seminars and training classes dealing with supervisory skills, productivity improvement, safety, first aid and environmental awareness, as well as M.S.H.A.
  • Michael D. Lewan, P.E. - Email Michael
    Estimator
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    Mike enlisted in the U.S. Army in December of 1973 and saw duty in several countries including Italy, Germany, and Turkey. He separated from active duty in January of 1978 and has worked in the construction industry in many capacities including:
    • Journeyman carpenter
    • Heavy equipment operator
    • Construction superintendent/manager
    • Small independent contractor
    • Senior Construction Supervisor in the Wyoming Army National Guard at the Camp Guernsey Training Site for 19 years.
    • Estimating
    Mike received a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1993 from the University of Wyoming in Laramie. He is a registered Wyoming Professional Engineer. He is an experienced Civil Engineer with a diverse background that includes both design and construction:
    • Construction experience includes wood, steel, concrete and masonry vertical construction, heavy equipment operation, earthwork, paving, project scheduling, and contractor coordination.
    • Engineering experience includes civil design, construction management, construction administration of civil projects, and project management.
    • Projects include airport/highway construction and improvements, municipal improvements, land development, building site work, commercial and residential buildings, and utility installation.
    Mike's project experience includes design and/or construction of:
    • Water distribution systems
    • Wastewater collection systems
    • Roadway and runway geometry and pavements – concrete and asphalt
    • Residential and commercial land development
    • Storm water evaluation and collection systems
    • Municipal improvement projects
    • Vertical building construction
    • Oversight of geotechnical and CM testing
    • New technologies – pipe lining, manhole rehabilitation, asphalt and concrete resurfacing.
    Mike began working with 71 Construction in January 2008.
  • John Ramage, CPC, AIC - Email John
    Estimator
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    John started laboring in the construction industry in May 1995 on an underground telecommunications crew and has worked in the construction industry ever since, serving in many capacities including:
    • Ground man
    • Heavy equipment operator
    • Construction project manager
    • Quality control manager
    • Scheduler
    • Estimating
    John received a B.S. in Construction Engineering Technology in 1998 from Montana State University in Bozeman. He has since obtained the Certified Professional Constructor designation from the American Institute of Constructors. He is experienced Construction management and scheduling with a diverse background of many facets of construction:
    • Construction experience includes aggregate product, concrete production and placement, heavy equipment operation, earthwork, hot asphalt paving, project scheduling, and project coordination.
    • Projects include airport/highway construction and improvements, municipal improvements, land development, building site work, Federal highway projects in National parks, dam construction and utility line installation.
    John's project experience includes design and/or construction of:
    • Re-facing an earthen dam
    • Wastewater collection systems
    • Roadway and runway asphalt pavement improvements
    • Residential and commercial land development
    • New interstate interchange construction
    • Construction of new and improvement to existing pullouts and roadways in Teton and Glacier Parks
    • Cross country fiber optics line placement
    • In-town increased capacity of copper phone line placement
    John began working with 71 Construction in February 2014..
  • Chris Kellogg
    Hot Plant Manager
  • Riverton Division
  • Randy Nipper - Email Randy
    Area Manager
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    Randy is a graduate of Wind River School in Kinnear, Wyoming and attended Wyoming Technical Institute in Laramie, majoring in Auto Mechanics. Randy began his career in the construction industry in the early 1980's and has been with 71 Construction since 1989. He has completed nine of the AGC Supervisory Training Seminars and has NCEER Instructor Certification in Heavy Equipment, Craft Laborer and Heavy Highway Construction. Randy has completed several Occupational Safety & Health Administration Training Seminars, including OSHA Construction Rules, OSHA Standards "Competent Person" training and the OSHA 16 Hour Introduction to OSHA Construction Rules. He has also been awarded the "40,000 Hours" Safety Certificate from 71 Construction.
    As the Area Manager for 71's Riverton Division, Randy's duties include overseeing all aspects of the division's day to day operations, along with estimating, bidding, project management, budgeting, equipment acquisitions, crew management, safety compliance, work site preparation and planning and scheduling.
  • Jeremy Martinez - Email Jeremy
    Project Manager/Estimator
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    Jeremy is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural Engineering. He is also a Veteran of Iraqi Freedom. Jeremy has been involved with construction for over ten years. His career in construction began in the U.S. Army, where he was trained to be in the Engineering Corps. After his time in the Army, he enlisted in the Wyoming National Guard where he continued his construction career working with an Engineering Unit. During this same time, he registered for college at the University of Wyoming to study Engineering. He also started his own construction business, JM construction, which he continued full time until he graduated from college. Jeremy's Professional career began with the State of Wyoming and then moved to the private sector, where Jeremy worked in the capacity of a Design and Field Engineer. Jeremy currently is a Project Manager and Estimator for 71 Construction where he performs the following duties:
    • Estimating
    • Project Design
    • Project Supervision
    Jeremy is very active in the local community of Riverton. He continues be very innovative with technology, instituting CAD into the company as well as becoming proficient with Roctek, enabling the company to move forward with design and increase accuracy of take-offs for bidding. Jeremy continues to advance in experience, knowledge, and education.
  • Jerry Chopping
    Hot Plant Manager
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    Jerry is a 1975 graduate of Kelly Walsh High School in Casper, Wyoming. After graduation, Jerry immediately went to work for Wm Brush & Sons, an asphalt paving company. In 1991, Jerry joined the 71 Construction team and has been with the company since that time.
    Jerry began his employment with 71 as the loader operator for the Riverton Hot Plant, but quickly advanced due to his experience and knowledge in the asphalt paving industry. After just two seasons of learning all the operations involved with the running of an asphalt hot plant, Jerry was offered and accepted the position of Hot Plant Foreman.
    Jerry's responsibilities as Hot Plant Foreman include Asphalt Plant Production, Plant Maintenance, Materials Testing, and Material Inventory Control as well as the supervision, training and scheduling of the crew that assists him.
  • Rawlins Division
  • Tom Howell - Email Tom
    Area Manager/Estimator
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    Tom has over thirty years of Construction and Construction Management Experience from groundbreaking through final completion, having the opportunity to work on some of the largest projects along the Colorado Front Range with some of the top Contractors in the United States. His experience consists of all aspects of managing a Retaining Wall and Commercial Masonry Company specializing in City, State, Federal and Military projects along the Colorado and Wyoming Front Range.
    • All aspects of managing, for several years running, one of the Largest Commercial Masonry Companies in Colorado
    • Work with Safety Consultants to become one of the first Colorado Companies to have State Certified Safety Program
    • Management of up to 250 employees Estimating, Scheduling, Contract Review/Negotiations
    • Preconstruction estimating/budgeting of projects with Architects/Contractors
    • Build and Maintain General Contractor Customer Sales Base
    • Project Management of multiple projects at a time including working closely with General Contractor and all Major Trades to facilitate safe and timely completion of Projects
    • Procurement of all materials and equipment for Projects
    Partial Project List
    • Danzinger Bridge – New Orleans, LA
    • Louisiana World Fair – New Orleans, LA
    • Titan Satellite Mobile Module – Denver, CO
    • Denver Convention Center – Denver, CO
    • Denver International Airport – Concourses A and C Tenant Finishes
    • Denver International Airport – Joint Cargo Facility
    • Florence High Security Federal Prison – Florence, CO
    • Byron Rogers Federal Courthouse Remodel – Denver, CO
    • Army Aviation Support Facilities – Buckley AFB and Warren AFB
    • Command and Control Facility – Fort Carson Army Base
    • Combined Arms Training Facility – Fort Carson Army Base
    • O'Connell Barracks Complex – Fort Carson Army Base
    • 76 Space Control – Peterson AFB
    • Space Test and Evaluation Facility – Schriever AFB
    • Institute for Forensic Psychiatry – Pueblo, CO
    • Jefferson County Government Center – Golden, CO
    • Highway and Bridge Projects - CO