Our People

CULTURE OF CARE

For four generations and counting, our customers have trusted us to build, maintain, and improve the ground-up infrastructure that drives commerce in Louisiana and beyond.  We put the safety of our people, our customers, the traveling public, and our communities first, so we can focus on the quality and efficiency that enable us to meet tight deadlines and provide legendary customer service.

After nearly 70 years in business, we recognize that our employees form the foundation of this trust and are the reason our entrepreneurial culture thrives on a diverse mix of abilities – allowing us to provide innovative solutions while opening doors in new markets around the Gulf South. Our culture of care inspires our employees and creates opportunities to advance within the company to new positions and responsibilities. Our most valuable asset has always been our dedicated workforce, which we believe to be the best in Louisiana. As we grow our business, it is part of our mission to continue promoting from within our ranks to build lasting careers for our employees.

Barriere is a place where people come to build a career. In fact, over 30% of our workforce has more than 10 years of experience here! Defined career paths are designed to help our workforce move up the ranks, and dedicated training efforts at all levels of employment ensure that our employees have the training, education, and development opportunities necessary to succeed.

At Barriere, we strive to promote existing employees, announcing 15 internal promotions in 2017 alone. From interns to foremen to project managers, our employees are encouraged to look and reach beyond the status quo to deliver safety and quality in every aspect of every project. And our reputation for ethical behavior enables us to attract and retain the best talent and loyal customers.

Barriere field crews have an extensive understanding of construction practices, materials specifications, local soil conditions, and installation standards. Professional engineers, project managers, and safety, training, risk management, and quality control specialists provide best-in-class expertise. And our equipment operators, craft professionals, and tradespersons excel in the details.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Betty A. Wilson | Chairman Emeritus
George H. Wilson, Jr. | Chairman
Peter A. Wilson | President and Chief Executive Officer
Bertrand A. Wilson | President of Asphalt and Materials Operations


Steve Mance | Director
A. Ross Myers | Director
Ben Rechter | Director
Garret “Hank” Danos | Director


SERVICE AWARDS

THANK YOU FOR YOUR YEARS OF SERVICE

It is our culture of care, to doing every job right – the first time and every time – that helps ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction and retention and a reason why our employee tenure ranges from one to 40+ years of service; a testament to Barriere's culture and a clear focus on the future.



 

Our Locations

Email Us or Call Us Today at 504-581-7283 Email: Barriere_Info@barriere.com Barriere offers an after-hours Emergency Only Hotline for our valued employees and customers. Barriere’s Emergency Hotline (504) 569-3199 FOR AFTER-HOURS EMERGENCIES ONLY Find a Barriere Plant or Office Near You   South Shore Asphalt Office Baton Rouge Asphalt Sales Office South Shore Asphalt Plant North Shore...

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THE 6 SAFETY PROGRAM

THE 6 – A Fundamental Approach to Serious Injuries and Fatalities Serious Injury and Fatality (SIF) prevention is a new paradigm in the industry based on the concept of focusing safety efforts on the hazards that have the highest likelihood to seriously injure or kill someone working in construction.  As this focus continued to develop,...

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Our Story

Barriere Construction is a fourth-generation, family owned company headquartered in Metairie, La.

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Our Commitments

Barriere’s first and most important commitment is to protect our employees and the public entering our jobsites to the fullest extent possible.

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Our Services

ASPHALT PAVING Providing safe, high-efficiency, high-production premium asphalt paving services for both public and private works has been Barriere’s signature for more than 70 years!. . . read more HEAVY CIVIL Barriere offers a complete and comprehensive construction management solution for any size project as part of our commitment to building better infrastructure . ....

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Safety & Quality

Dating all of the way back to 1949 when Gaines Wilson founded the company, Barriere’s first and most important commitment has been to protect our employees and the public entering our jobsites to the fullest extent possible, to deliver quality work for our clients and our communities that meets and surpasses industry standards. Our dedication...

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Projects & Awards

Barriere’s unprecedented level of quality and craftsmanship come down to three main differentiators: coordination, logistics, and timeliness. Our company has always taken great pride in building, developing, and sustaining long-term partnerships in all of our jobs which has led to a quality of innovation that goes unmatched in Southeast Louisiana, often times resulting in value...

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Careers

Barriere instills a culture of dedication to doing every job right – the first time and every time – with a singular focus on what’s best for our people, our business, and our customers.

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Company Resources

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The New Mercedes Benz Dealership

Northshore Asphalt just recently completed the new Mercedes Benz dealership in Covington.  The project scope included a new state of the art building with a 14,000 SY asphalt parking lot.  The work consisted of heavy duty roadway sections as well as light duty parking areas.  NSA held a strict schedule to ensure we met the...

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Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a Total Life Assistance™ tool, that is designed to help you and your family members successfully manage life’s challenges by identifying options and making informed choices. This is a confidential and voluntary program that encourages individuals to seek assistance on their own. Participation in the EAP will not jeopardize...

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Code of Ethical Conduct Hotline

Ethical Compliance Hotline number: 1-866-645-3060 This 24 hour-a-day, 365 days a year, live-staffed Hotline is for Barriere employees. It is used to report possible violations of Barriere policies and/or Federal State or Local laws. Reporting is confidential and you have the option of identifying yourself. Reportline is an independent service that assists and supplements our...

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ST. BERNARD AVENUE RECONSTRUCTION GENERAL DEGAULLE CROSSING RACELAND RAW SUGAR CORP – NEW BOILER FOUNDATION

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Our Process

At Barriere, we feel that our operations process is one of our key differentiators. Any good process starts with a plan, which is where we go the extra mile.

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FRENCH BRANCH PROJECT

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) contracted Barriere Construction Company, LLC to complete a $40 million road rehabilitation project to resurface almost 10 miles of interstate highway in eastern St. Tammany Parish, replacing worn faulted concrete pavement on Interstate 10 from the West Pearl River Bridge to the French Branch Bridge. This section of interstate had not received many substantive improvements since the 1960’s and presented complicated issues resulting from poor subbase and water intrusion.

From a safety perspective, one of the biggest and most important challenges involved the nature of the project itself: the convergence of three major heavily trafficked interstates (I-10, I-59 and I-12) and a volume of approximately 100,000 automobiles and trucks per day.

The French Branch project challenged Barriere and DOTD to construct a safer and more efficient highway by eliminating excessive roadway irregularities and wear and tear on vehicles. Barriere crews worked to replace the existing poorly conditioned subbase as well as reconstruct five corresponding off-ramps with the highest level of safety and without a single lane closure infraction.

In winning the project Barriere proposed a 360-day timeline, which was 315 days faster than other competitors’ proposals. Although additional work was added to the contracted scope, Barriere’s use of innovative tools such as drone surveying and intensive scheduling enabled Barriere to complete the project in just 307 days (71 days ahead of the adjusted timeline).

Over and above the initial scope of work, DOTD asked Barriere to add additional guardrail in places where the existing structures did not meet required specifications, due to inconsistent road leveling. Milling and asphalt leveling were also included to fix the substandard slopes on the project. Barriere completed other minor change orders including the adjustment of ITS boxes and the relocation of multiple signs. In total the client added $745,000 of work to the project, but the savings Barriere generated through Value Engineering and expert innovation more than covered the additional cost.

Client: Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD)
Location: Slidell, LA
Start Date: May 14, 2015
End Date: April 21, 2016
Value: $39.8 million
Man Hours: 125,395

Awards:

  • Excellence in Construction (ABC Bayou)
  • Excellence in Construction (ABC Pelican)
  • CICE Construction Excellence Award (GNOBR)

ST. BERNARD AVENUE RECONSTRUCTION

Barriere was contracted by the City of New Orleans for the St. Bernard Avenue reconstruction project, a total reconstruction of underground utilities and roadway on St. Bernard Ave. This section of roadway had historically been referred to as one of the worst avenues in the city – it is considered the birthplace of the Fix-My-Streets movement.

The general scope of work for this project included removing and replacing sidewalks, replacing the water and sewer lines, replacing the drainage lines and repaving the roadway in concrete between Filmore Ave. and Robert E. Lee Blvd., and Spanish Fort Shell Rd. between Soldiers and Madrid streets.

At the start of the project, the existing overlaid concrete road was in a horrible state of deterioration, and sections of roadway were barely passable by car because of large potholes. Due to existing conditions Barriere and the owner decided it was best to repair potholes and install a thin overlay on the existing roadway so that two-way traffic could safely be maintained. The sidewalk was in such poor shape that it served no purpose to pedestrians. Furthermore, the existing water distribution system had multiple leaks, and the storm drainage system was also dilapidated with missing structure covers, and blocked or collapsed pipes.

Barriere partnered with 11 different DBE subcontractors and suppliers in compliance with the required 35% DBE component. Subcontractor scope included trucking, sidewalks, driveways, concrete supply, sand supply, brick work, temporary signs and barricades, and permanent striping. The City of New Orleans, in tandem with Barriere, remained in constant communication with neighborhood associations to update the public on the project’s progress. Monthly internal project planning and schedule updates and biweekly progress meetings ensured that all parties were engaged and committed to meeting milestone dates.

It was Barriere’s detailed planning and allotment of resources that allowed Barriere to prevent any major lulls in the work. Innovation played a huge role in our success as we utilized state of the art GPS technology on bulldozers, graders, and, for the first time, excavators. Barriere overcame inclement weather early in the project, which delayed the installation of the river bound roadway paving, to successfully complete the project in December 2016.

Client: City of New Orleans – Public Works Department
Location: New Orleans, LA
Start Date: September 1, 2015
End Date: May 4, 2016
Value: $8.3 million
Man Hours: 33,000

NORTH TANK FARM SECONDARY CONTAINMENT (OCCIDENTAL CHEMICAL)

In September 2015, Occidental Chemical Corporation contracted Barriere Construction, LLC to update the existing 50-year-old tank containment system at its Geismar, LA plant. The project challenged Barriere to construct a substantial containment system with no safety incidents, no budget overages, and high customer satisfaction. As part of the project scope, Barriere was required to maintain the existing out-of-date system while building a new tank containment system that would meet the current EPA standards. The job required the rerouting of storm water to a testing facility before draining since it was an active plant site, and severe weather and flooding presented additional complexities for the Barriere team.

Our team of innovative experts immediately evaluated the Occidental Chemical project site and submitted a value engineering proposal which was accepted by the owner. The agreement to construct earthen berm in lieu of columns and posts, as contracted, helped offset extreme weather delays and reduce the amount of excavated material that would need to be hauled to and from a restricted site layout. To avoid delays and overcome project obstacles, the Barriere Project Management Team recognized that there would be a need to accelerate a Supervisory commitment to safety and efficiency. Barriere’s foresight led to the creation of a supervisor leadership training program model for employees on the work site. The decision to require on-the-job employee training, a self-imposed Barriere requirement, extended beyond the contracted scope of the project to increase on-site productivity, improve communication and provide professional growth opportunities for individuals.

Stacked against the odds of Louisiana flooding and rain and unforeseen obstacles, both known and unknown, Barriere completed the Primary Tank Containment System on December 31, 2015 (5 days ahead of schedule).

Client: Occidental Chemical Corporation
Location: Geismer, LA
Start Date: September 1, 2015
End Date: May 4, 2016
Value: $4.4 million
Man Hours: 26,500

Awards:

  • Excellence in Construction (ABC Pelican)
  • CICE Construction Excellence Award (GNOBR)

ST. BERNARD AVENUE RECONSTRUCTION

Barriere was contracted by the City of New Orleans for the St. Bernard Avenue reconstruction project, a total reconstruction of underground utilities and roadway on St. Bernard Ave. This section of roadway had historically been referred to as one of the worst avenues in the city – it is considered the birthplace of the Fix-My-Streets movement.

The general scope of work for this project included removing and replacing sidewalks, replacing the water and sewer lines, replacing the drainage lines and repaving the roadway in concrete between Filmore Ave. and Robert E. Lee Blvd., and Spanish Fort Shell Rd. between Soldiers and Madrid streets.

At the start of the project, the existing overlaid concrete road was in a horrible state of deterioration, and sections of roadway were barely passable by car because of large potholes. Due to existing conditions Barriere and the owner decided it was best to repair potholes and install a thin overlay on the existing roadway so that two-way traffic could safely be maintained. The sidewalk was in such poor shape that it served no purpose to pedestrians. Furthermore, the existing water distribution system had multiple leaks, and the storm drainage system was also dilapidated with missing structure covers, and blocked or collapsed pipes.

Barriere partnered with 11 different DBE subcontractors and suppliers in compliance with the required 35% DBE component. Subcontractor scope included trucking, sidewalks, driveways, concrete supply, sand supply, brick work, temporary signs and barricades, and permanent striping. The City of New Orleans, in tandem with Barriere, remained in constant communication with neighborhood associations to update the public on the project’s progress. Monthly internal project planning and schedule updates and biweekly progress meetings ensured that all parties were engaged and committed to meeting milestone dates.

It was Barriere’s detailed planning and allotment of resources that allowed Barriere to prevent any major lulls in the work. Innovation played a huge role in our success as we utilized state of the art GPS technology on bulldozers, graders, and, for the first time, excavators. Barriere overcame inclement weather early in the project, which delayed the installation of the river bound roadway paving, to successfully complete the project in December 2016.

Client: City of New Orleans – Public Works Department
Location: New Orleans, LA
Start Date: September 1, 2015
End Date: May 4, 2016
Value: $8.3 million
Man Hours: 33,000

GENERAL DEGAULLE CROSSING

Barriere demolished each cross street, dug out the canal and installed 55’ wide and 11’ tall double barrel concrete box culvert, and then rebuilt the six cross streets over the recently re-engineered canal running on Gen. DeGaulle. Crews primarily worked in a large drainage ditch located between a set of sand dams that kept water out of the work area and routinely fought New Orleans’ weather to keep the work site dry. Barriere completed the difficult project with less than .001% of rework.

Client: New Orleans Sewage & Water Board
Location: New Orleans, LA
Value: $20,092,796 ($1.2 million savings)
Man Hours: 44,998
Materials Used:

  • 13000 cy of concrete
  • 1,600,000 lbs of rebar
  • 113000 sq feet of steel sheet pile
  • 35000 cy of canal excavation
  • 70000 linear ft of pre-cast concrete pilings

Awards:

  • ABC Bayou
  • ABC Pelican
  • GNOBR
  • ENR

RACELAND RAW SUGAR CORP – NEW BOILER FOUNDATION

Barriere constructed a large boiler foundation for the Raceland Raw Sugar Corporation. This included all of the foundations associated with the new boiler unit and a variety of associated work adjacent to the boiler including sheet piles, drainage, and aggregate installation.

Client: Raceland Raw Sugar Corp
Location: Raceland, LA
Value: $1.2 million
Man Hours: 7,200
Materials used: 1,100 cy of concrete, 90,000 lbs of steel (rebar)