Local business continues to grow.
Sealevel Construction humbly began in Thibodaux as a one-person operation in 1997 by Richard Roth.
“[Roth] started off doing basically driveways and small civil projects then got into doing utilities, and it grew to where we were at today,” said Travis Schonacher, Director of Operations.
Today, with over 200 employees, countless substantial projects in the industrial, municipal and oil and gas markets, among others, and numerous national awards, Sealevel is an industry leader in the Bayou Region.
“We’ve worked in eight different states, which is pretty cool for a company in a small town like Thibodaux,” Schonacher said.
One of Sealevel’s advantages, Schonacher said, is its ability to self-perform such construction needs as pile driving, structural concreting, fabrication (has its own facility), mechanical work and more.
“To me, that makes us so competitive and makes us operate with quality and safety,” he said. “We’re truly the only self-sufficient heavy civil local contractor to the area. No one else self-performs all the different heavy civil scopes that we do. It’s pretty cool to be able to say that.”
Local governments have recognized Sealevel’s quality of work and self-sufficiency, leading them to contract the construction company for some significant projects.
A few years ago, the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government trusted Sealevel to construct the Falgout Canal Flood Control Structure, the last major floodgate to complete the southern portion of the Morganza-to-the-Gulf hurricane-protection system located in Dularge. The structure marked the first 30-plus million project awarded to Sealevel.
“This was kind of a stepping stone for us. We’re really proud to be able to accomplish a project of that size,” Schonacher said. “We had a lot of people from Dularge working on that job, too.”