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Civil

Lawrence Construction – Austin Bluffs Corridor project phase three

infrastructure improvements can be complicated projects. But when successful, they are immensely important to cities, towns, residents and travelers. One such undertaking has been the ongoing Austin Bluffs...
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The Middlesex Corp.

After more than 500 bridges in Massachusetts were declared structurally deficient by the state’s DOT, a $3 billion statewide Accelerated Bridge Program [ABP] was implemented in 2008 to reduce that number....
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Jay-Reese Contractors – Tower 55 project

One of the busiest and most congested railroad intersections in the United States is receiving a well-needed upgrade.  Austin, Texas-based contractor Jay-Reese Contractors Inc. in June 2013 began work...
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Department of Veterans Affairs - VA Medical Center Complex, Las Vegas

The first new hospital the Department of Veterans Affairs has opened in close to two decades is now setting the standard for the VA’s approach to hospital design and construction. Located in North Las...
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Ackerman-Estvold

It’s been the best and worst of times for North Dakota in recent years — with an energy boom and a devastating flood — and both have created tremendous opportunity for the construction industry....
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Residential

HBD Construction

The city of St. Louis may be the Gateway to the West, but it’s older than many of its counterparts in the East — its founding as a French colony predates even that of the United States as a country.  The...
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Haselwander Homes

Haselwander Homes built its first custom home in 1965, and nearly 50 years later the family owned and operated company continues to receive rave reviews for the work it has done over the years. Principal...
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Christophe Harbour Development Co.

When you’re a developer selling buyers on natural beauty and charming local culture, it pays to make sure those things aren’t diminished by development. When you’re developing 2,500 acres of a largely...
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Capstone Development Partners LLC

Working in real estate development for more than two decades, Capstone Development Partners LLC has perfected the art of win-win public/private partnerships with college and university communities. The...
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Bomasada Group – The Enclave at Brookside

  After a delay brought on by the onset of the recession, The Enclave at Brookside in Tulsa, Okla., is back under development, and developer The Bomasada Group says the end-result will be worth the wait....
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Industrial

Horry County Department of Airports – ITAP Taxiway Project

The completion of a taxiway connecting the International Technology & Aerospace Park (ITAP) to the Myrtle Beach International Airport runway is just the first step toward sparking the creation of a...
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Hillwood Properties – Alliance Center North Industrial

One of the Dallas/Fort Worth region's largest and most successful industrial, commercial and residential communities is continuing to grow 25 years after its initial development.  Initially developed...
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ClearSpan Fabric Structures

Whether it’s for lofty dreams of saving the world or simply a way to save money over the long term, embracing environmentally friendly buildings is very much the norm today, especially in the United...
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C.D. Smith

When Green Bay Packaging Inc. – a Green Bay, Wis.- based manufacturer of high-quality products used for retail packaging and labeling applications – chose C.D. Smith to lay the foundation for its new...
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Bombardier Business Park

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that the towns of Midland and Odessa, Texas, ranked first and second respectively in economic growth in the United States for 2012. Midland showed a GDP growth...
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Commercial

Grupo Perse

With the way the economy climbs and dips, keeping any business afloat is difficult. Even when things are looking up, the unexpected can happen. Last year, despite predictions that “Mexico’s Moment”...
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The Godfrey Hotel

For four years, a building at Huron and LaSalle streets in downtown Chicago’s River North neighborhood stood vacant, incomplete and wrapped in vinyl cladding, a visual reminder of the recession that...
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Fetzer Architectural Woodwork

Kaspar Fetzer arrived in the United States from Germany in the early 20th century, and in 1909 he started a small woodworking shop with some of his friends. Although his experience was primarily as a draftsman,...
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Denver International Airport – Hotel and Transit Center

As the fifth-busiest airport in the United States, Denver International Airport (DIA) is continually looking at ways to provide the best passenger experience possible. It is enhancing its offerings with...
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Boston Valley Terra Cotta

Boston Valley Terra Cotta has grown into a specialized architectural terra cotta manufacturer in the country. Its diverse terra cotta lines include architectural terra cotta, roof tile and TerraClad rain...
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Institutional

Knutson Construction – Fairview Southdale Hospital Carl Platou ER Expansion

When the Fairview Southdale Hospital emergency department was last renovated in 1985, it was designed to treat 30,000 patients per year. Now there are more than 43,000 patient visits to the building each...
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HGC Construction – Morgens Hall

One month into the partial renovation of Morgens Hall at the University of Cincinnati, HGC Construction knew it had a larger project on its hands than it originally thought. HGC was contracted for an exterior...
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Glenville State College – Waco Center

Glenville State College in Glenville, W.Va., has a tradition of providing quality education dating back to 1872, but that does not mean the institution keeps both eyes fixed on the past. The public college,...
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Binghamton University - Center of Excellence

Binghamton University in New York believes in innovation. That is why it is investing in the construction of its Innovative Technologies Complex. One of the key pieces of the complex is the Center of Excellence...
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Wiley | Wilson

Wiley|Wilson sure has longevity. It was founded by Edgar C. Wiley as a consulting engineering firm in 1901.  Then, in 1904, E. John F. Wilson joined Wiley, forming the partnership Wiley & Wilson...
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Columns

Selling Your Company

As the construction industry begins the slow crawl out of the recession, many companies and contractors are increasing the number of bids they submit for residential projects. In fact, the competition...
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A Smart Strategy

With the construction industry having been in a depressed state for so long, contractors are looking for ways to survive. Prevailing wage jobs may just be the key to survival until work in the private...
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Winning the Wage Game

With the construction industry having been in a depressed state for so long, contractors are looking for ways to survive. Prevailing wage jobs may just be the key to survival until work in the private...
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Look Before You Leap

It is common knowledge that the construction industry has been one of the hardest hit sectors by the global financial crisis over the last five years. However, there are promising signs of recovery and...
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Effective Strategies

In business, there are two key strategies for generating more profit: increasing revenue levels and reducing expenditures. When owners or executives only focus on the top line, they miss out on the benefits...
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Located in the sinkhole capital of the country, L.R.E. Ground Services Inc. has built a reputation over the past 25 years as the largest and most experienced sinkhole stabilization and construction and restoration services provider. 

Raymond and Susan Woolever founded the family owned and operated company in 1989 in Brooksville, Fla. Beginning with a staff of three, L.R.E. has grown into a company of more than 130 employees today. L.R.E. performs its services in Florida and is anticipating beginning work in Georgia and Louisiana in the next two years, Vice President and General Manager Frank Vitale says.

Associates work side-by-side with engineers to ensure residential and commercial projects meet industry specifications and standards. “We treat every property like it’s our own,” Vitale says. “We have been known to be one of the most thorough contractors out there, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and experienced staff. L.R.E. does everything to make the property look better than when we got there.”

Cleaning the job site is a daily routine for L.R.E. crews, as opposed to other companies that only clean-up when a job is complete. “We don’t want people driving by and knowing the home is being fixed or under construction,” Vitale explains. “We want people to think it’s just another day.” To ensure the client is up-to-date, L.R.E. associates also provide a summary of the job status after each day.

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A full-service construction company, Kirco Manix has already demonstrated its capabilities many times thanks to a history that dates back to 1929 and a portfolio that includes more than $3 billion worth of projects. But the company continues to learn and evolve, just as it is doing on current projects such as the SMR Automotive Systems paint building expansion project in Marysville, Mich.

Kirco Manix is part of Kirco, a third-generation, family owned commercial real estate organization headquartered in Troy, Mich. Kirco Manix is a division of the Kirco family of companies, which includes property development, property management and construction divisions. 

Kirco Manix is Kirco’s construction arm, and it is capable of managing the design, engineering and construction phases for projects in a wide array of sectors, including retail, office and technical, specialty, industrial and distribution, residential and healthcare. The company operates under three basic types of contract format:  design/build, construction management and general contract. More than half of its work is done on a design/build basis.

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The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is well-known for its ease of use and location near some of Florida’s most popular vacation destinations. Once its terminals are renovated and a new 8,000-foot runway is completed, its convenience and on-time performance should make the airport even more attractive to travelers.

Achieving these improvements for the new runway and terminal 4 expansion while the airport continues to operate is a team effort headed by the Program Management Office (PMO), AECOM, as an extension of staff to the Broward County Aviation Department, and two construction project managers, Parsons Transportation Group for the runway and Turner Construction for terminal 4. The nine-member Broward County Board of County Commissioners is responsible for the approval and ultimately the oversight of this Broward County asset.

 “We’re an operating airport first and a construction site second,” emphasizes Director of Projects Andy Murray, who is employed by T.Y Lin International, one of the PMO’s major subconsultants. “That tends to be how we try to make decisions. Our contractors tend to want this to be a construction site first, but the airlines and passengers are our ultimate customers, so we need to pay attention to their needs.”

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All eyes are on Tampa Bay’s Interstate 275, where a highly coordinated, complex project is increasing six lanes of busy traffic to eight lanes. “It is important that the project goes well during construction, turns out well quality-wise and completes on time,” Ajax Paving of Florida President Mike Horan says. “This is a high-profile project in the heart of Tampa. I think it’s an exciting job.” 

Based in Nokomis, Fla., Ajax Paving was founded by Herb Jacob in 1951 in Detroit and at the time focused on paving mall parking lots and subdivisions. Ajax Paving grew to 12 asphalt plants, several portable concrete plants, and several quarries in Michigan. A severe economic downturn in Michigan from 1979 to 1980 created the need to find new opportunities. In 1981, the company built an asphalt plant in Port Charlotte, Fla., and Horan was asked to move down to Florida and start the operation. 

Today, Ajax Paving is dedicated to providing professional concrete and asphalt paving services that exceed its customers’ expectations. The Florida division performs its work mainly north of Tampa and south to Naples. It also covers the center of the state to Lakeland and Clewiston. The company has completed more than $10 billion of road construction for Florida DOT, counties, municipalities and private industry. Ajax Paving has seven asphalt plants in Florida, more than 500 pieces of equipment and 350 employees. It’s also widely known for paving automobile test tracks and for NASCAR racetracks, Horan says. “We have maintained a pretty high reputation for our quality work and timely completion of our projects,” he adds. “Ajax is one of the highest rated asphalt paving contractors by the Florida Department of Transportation. We do what we say we are going to do. We continue to strive for perfection and somewhere along the line hope to attain excellence. We’ll never be perfect, but we can get to be excellent.”

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For native Brazilian Vinny Tavares, helping a friend import granite from his home country – the source of approximately 65 percent of the granite in the world – was a no-brainer. He knew the country and the language well. Now he uses that expertise to personally select granite from more than 100 quarries not only in Brazil, but Italy, India, Spain and other countries. 

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