HDC Development Cos. LLC’s owners and superintendents are not afraid of leaving their home base in St. Joseph, Minn., in pursuit of a project. “Other companies might travel within about a 100-mile radius or so; we go out 800 miles or even further,” co-owner Jim Lemke says.
The construction management/general contracting company’s willingness to travel has led it to communities in North Dakota and Montana in the Bakken Shale oilfields, where it has completed 1,100 apartment units in the last five years. “As the oil industry has grown, one of the greatest needs in North Dakota is for market-rate apartments for oil industry workers, so that’s what we’ve been doing a lot of lately,” Lemke says.
The values of service, safety and quality that Bilfinger Westcon Inc. CEO Mark Peterson established at the time he founded the company in 1981 continue to guide the company today.
“Our company motto is ‘Pride Thru Performance,’ and that’s really something that Mark has instilled in us from the very beginning and distinguishes us from our competitors today,” explains Sue Gustafson, marketing director of the Bismarck, N.D.-based company. “His philosophy has always been that while you need to make a profit, it’s most important to have a happy customer at the end of the day.”
Tackling challenging projects is nothing new for Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group. A British Columbia-based private company founded by the Swaan family of Quesnel, it has become the longest-lived pellet producer in operation in Western Canada. Founded more than 20 years ago, the company continues to invest in growth, as demonstrated by its recently completed Westview Terminal wood pellet shipping facility in Prince Rupert.
Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group is located at the core of central British Columbia’s lumber industry. This provides it with reliable access to raw materials for its products.
The company’s main products are industrial fuel pellets, which it ships in bulk to thermal power generators, area heating utilities, industrial and institutional heat and power and greenhouse heating customers located in North America, Asia and Western Europe.
In the potentially hazardous business of industrial construction, nothing weighs more heavily on the mind of Matrix Service Co. CEO John Hewitt than safety – nothing. That is because Hewitt believes if he and his employees focus on exceptional safety, the rest will take care of itself. And it’s why he and his vice president of safety got face-to-face with employees across the company last year to talk about expectations, individual roles in the company’s journey to zero incidents and the opportunity to make good, positive decisions that can affect the lives of everyone around them.
“We spend a lot of time driving safety improvement in our organization,” Hewitt stresses. “Our safety record is a considerable differentiator from our competitors and for our clients.” If company results are any indication, Hewitt is right.
Developing mixed-use projects featuring modern amenities and competitively priced units in a prime location in a city like Denver is no small task. But currently underway is a project that is sure to become one of the premier rental communities in Denver: 2785 Speer.
2785 Speer is a 332-unit, five-story mixed-use apartment community. It is a $54 million (construction cost) project situated on 4.5 acres near Interstate 25 and Speer Boulevard in Denver’s Jefferson Park neighborhood.
Practice makes perfect, and each time Manhattan Construction has built another dormitory in Florida Gulf Coast University’s South Village Student Housing Complex in Fort Myers, Fla., the company has challenged itself to build it better and more efficiently. The company and its mechanical engineer, Matern Professional Engineering, have met that goal each time.
The fifth dormitory in the project – construction of which began in January 2013 and is due for completion in June – encompasses 189,250 square feet, is six stories tall and will house 532 beds. Each suite includes three bedrooms and two baths with one kitchen for every three suites. It is aiming for LEED Silver certification and features solar hot water heating. The architect was HADP Architecture Inc.
Vacant lots, neglected properties and half-finished commercial and residential developments were an unfortunately common sight following the recession and housing market crash in 2008.
But during the past few years, major urban markets across the country have seen a willingness on the part of financial institutions and developers to again invest in once-troubled properties as well as new developments.
Chicago-based Kinzie Real Estate Group is playing a critical role in re-building residential and other assets within its home market. The company does this in part by working with banks and others to revive foreclosed properties.
Reliable electricity, communications and natural gas transmission is vital to utility companies and their customers. To ensure the work is done properly, those companies hire InterCon Construction Inc., a nationally recognized provider of innovative solutions for the underground and overhead utility industry.
The Waunakee, Wis.–based company was founded in 1984 as a gas service installation contractor. Today, it has grown into a multi-faceted utility construction firm that says it provides top-tier customer service and quality work to gas, electric and telecommunication companies in the Midwest. InterCon has a team of more than 450 operators, laborers, welders, and overhead and underground electrical personnel during peak construction months. The company also employs 20 managers and 15 administrative staff members.