For those of a certain age, the term “student housing” evokes a dingy, low-rent vibe. Yet, for today’s collegian, nothing could be farther from the truth. The next generation of student housing includes amenities more similar to a tropical beach vacation resort than substandard housing.

Wolverine Building Group’s newest project – in conjunction with partner West Pac Campus Communities, who is the owner, developer and property manager – is The Rocks At Chandler Crossings in East Lansing, Mich. It is a perfect example of this trend. Slated to open in July, the project adds 119 units and 376 off-campus beds to the off-campus Michigan State University housing stock.  

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When Siteline Interior Carpentry President and Founder Tom Frangella Jr. saw several of his clients go out of business during the onset of the Great Recession in late 2008, he knew he needed guidance. This sort of setback was relatively new territory for Frangella, who had just seen the company reach its highest sales levels during its five-year history.

Frangella’s first call was to Dick Ores, owner of Ores and Company Ltd. , the company’s financial consultant. Ores, who had worked with Frangella for three years at that point, helped Siteline deal with a steep decline in its revenues in 2009. Working closely with Ores and following the advice he received from him, Frangella says he was able to bring the business back up to its 2008 revenue level the following year.  

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Dilbeck & Sons Inc. has specialized in general contracting services for more than 32 years with a strong focus on building educational facilities all while developing a strong reputation and relationship among local colleges and schools. The company was awarded the new Science Center for Hartnell Community College District, located in Salinas, Calif. The Science Center will stand as the centerpiece of its campus. 

The Salinas, Calif.-based contractor was established in 1982 as a family owned and operated construction company specializing in educational facilities, commercial and residential projects. Dilbeck & Sons provides general contracting, construction management, lease, lease-back and value analysis services to many architects and clients. Sharon Dilbeck is the president and CEO of Dilbeck & Sons and a qualified Women Business Enterprise and Wayne Dilbeck is the vice president. 

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Three lessons learned by American Civil Constructors (ACC) during its 40-year existence will continue to drive the company’s success in the future. “To our management team, it came down to knowing that the most important people at the company are the people in the field, always being fair with subcontractors and embracing change,” says Jody Randall, manager of business operations for the Littleton, Colo.-based company.

ACC’s positive acknowledgement of its employees stems back to the company’s earliest days. “Our founder early on instilled the idea in our heads that employees are the most important asset of the company, and that’s how we’ve always strived to treat them,” Randall says. 

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From its modest origins of 12 apartment units and one employee in 1977, Southwood Realty has emerged as one of the premier property management companies in the southeast United States. The company has grown to encompass more than 15,000 apartment units served by over 500 employees. 

Its portfolio includes a variety of apartment community styles that each has several amenities. With locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, and Virginia, Southwood Realty continues to grow by constructing new apartment communities and through the acquisition of existing properties. A privately owned corporation, Southwood Realty is headquartered in Gastonia, N.C.

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The energy industry has been driving the West Texas economy straight out of the Great Recession courtesy of the Permian Basin, that prehistoric reservoir of oil that keeps on flowing despite predictions years ago of its going dry. Keeping track of its abundant assets in West Texas will be easier for Occidental Petroleum when its operations center in Midland, Texas, is substantially completed in December 2015.

A visualization room and two well-monitoring rooms will enable Occidental employees to monitor their wells in West Texas 24/7 and compare their relative outputs. The four-story, 210,000-square-foot building also will feature a conference room that will seat more than 200 employees. 

Read more: Satterfield and Pontikes – OXY USA Midland Office Complex

With the students of Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., in need of more housing, Nexus Properties is working around the clock to finish the 220 Rowan Boulevard project in less than 15 months.

Enrollment is soaring at the public university, increasing from 9,000 students to 15,000 in the past seven years. 

The new six-floor, 316,500-square-foot building includes student housing, market-rate apartments, retail space and medical facilities.

There will be 119 student apartments housing 456 students. Of these, 109 will be four-bedroom units and 10 will be two-bedroom units. 

Read more: Nexus Properties – 220 Rowan Boulevard

When the city of Virginia Beach, Va. needed to hire a construction company for its Lesner Bridge replacement project, McLean Contracting Co. was selected because it was the lowest responsible bidder and because of its more than century’s worth of experience in the heavy construction industry. 

Colin McLean founded the Glen Burnie, Md.-based company in 1903 specializing in land and marine heavy construction. McLean Contracting is now one of the leading heavy civil and marine contractors in the Mid-Atlantic region. McLean Contracting is a 100 percent employee-owned company, and operates in five states with more than 250 employees. 

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