As a mid-sized general contractor, The Martin Group (TMG) is able to provide the attention and resources needed by clients in any phase of their business lifecycle. “We take a lot of pride in being flexible for the companies we do business with,” President Andre Grebenstein says.
TMG tends to gravitate to similarly young companies that need help in facilitating growth, but Grebenstein says the company also provides support work for several mature clients, such as on-call emergency bank repairs for a large Northeast regional bank. Being able to meet the needs of a wide range of businesses while providing hands-on service has helped TMG grow from $5 million in revenue to $70 million in just eight years. “Every client knows they have access to the people with whom the buck stops,” Grebenstein adds.
The city of Rio Rancho, N.M., is one of the hottest development areas in the country, having nearly doubled its population to 92,000 since 2000. This growth has prompted a flurry of building projects over the past decade-and-a-half, filling the Albuquerque suburb with modern structures bounded by mountains and Native American reservations. To serve those new residents, Albuquerque-based La Vida Llena and parent company Haverland Carter Lifestyle Group is putting nearly $50 million into developing a 12-acre retirement community befitting this modern city.
The project, called the Neighborhood in Rio Rancho, was in the planning stages for about three years before New Mexico construction company Bradbury Stamm broke ground on the site in October 2014. Work is expected to take 18 months and finish in spring 2016, according to Project Manager Easton Hamblin. This is the fifth La Vida Llena project Bradbury Stamm has built in the past five years and the eighth overall, a relationship that extends back to the construction of the organization’s first facility in 1983. “We’ve become specialists in this type of construction,” Hamblin says.
From small churches and fire stations to massive paper recycling facilities and hotels, The Wieland-Davco Corp. is willing to take on just about any size of building project.
“There’s really not a job we’re above or below doing,” Project Manager Ed Lorenz says. “Every customer is just as valuable as the next one.” That philosophy has been a key to the company’s accomplishments since it was founded nearly 60 years ago, Lorenz says.
In fact, the Lansing, Mich.-based company’s willingness to take on jobs of all sizes across many different sectors helped it survive the downturn in the construction market, which hit Michigan especially hard, Lorenz says. “We work in all the market segments,” he says. “We have people in our company who have expertise in all the areas of construction. We have the know-how.”
As school districts across the country look to modernize educational facilities for 21st-century learning, they are seeking partners capable of realizing that goal. In Eugene, Ore., Eugene School District 4J has enlisted Todd Construction of Tigard, Ore., to build one of those modern learning centers.
Todd Construction is in the midst of constructing the new Howard Elementary School, located in the north end of the second-largest city in the state. The building will replace an existing school built in 1949 that has become difficult to maintain and expensive to operate for the school district. The existing Howard Elementary has continued to operate since work began last winter on the new school site, which is located on an adjacent field.
ReyLenn Construction operates on a simple principle, but it’s one that Principal Barney Addamo says has carried it a long way so far and has the potential to carry it even further as it looks into the future. “I would say that the philosophy and the business platform we work under is that whether we’re building it for ourselves or for a client, we build it as if we own it,” Addamo says.
Based in Solana Beach, Calif., ReyLenn Construction is the general contracting arm of ReyLenn Properties, a developer of multifamily residential properties in California and Colorado. With its affiliate exploring development opportunities, ReyLenn Construction has completed more than 1,2000 residential units in the last two years. Originally focused entirely on California, the company branched out into the Denver market in 2011. ReyLenn recently completed Solana 3100 Pearl, a 319 unit podium project in Boulder, and is nearing completion on of 341-unit project in the Cherry Creek submarket. Another 640-plus units are projected to start in Colorado before the end of 2015 along with approximately 650 units in California for 2015
There are more than 2.5 million miles of natural gas and crude oil pipelines in the United States, making it the largest such network in the world, according to the American Petroleum Institute.
“Pipelines exist almost everywhere – natural gas is delivered directly to homes in relatively small-diameter distribution lines buried under the street and even your own yard,” the institute says. “Larger cross-country transmission pipelines delivering gasoline, home heating oil, or moving crude oil or natural gas are actually easier to find.”
Pipelines can range in length from one mile to more than 1,000 miles, as well as vary in diameter. The approximately 55,000 miles of crude oil transmission lines in the U.S. that connect regional markets typically range from eight to 24 inches in diameter. Oil gathering lines, located primarily in oil-producing states such as Texas and North Dakota, are significantly smaller, ranging from two to eight inches in diameter.
If you can make it in New York City, as the song goes, you can make it anywhere. The Big Apple is home to some of the most successful companies and firms in the world, and a second home for many more. Whether that company is a multinational conglomerate, a highly successful law firm or a titan of the financial world, making it in New York City means that company is at the top of its game.
Serving those companies also means that a contractor needs to be at the top of its game, as those that have made it in New York City won’t settle for anything less than the best. So, for a relatively young company like JRM to succeed in this highly competitive environment, it has to have something special. Owners David G. McWilliams and Joe Romano says JRM does a lot to set itself apart from the competition, and it has the client base and portfolio to prove it.
A building’s purpose can change drastically over the course of a renovation, and E.W. Howell Co. LLC’s new Peck Slip 343 project in Manhattan involves just such an evolution. The New York City School Construction Authority’s (SCA) $60 million project consists of the transformation of a former post office into a public school.
The building originally stood four stories. “The entire building was gutted – [including] the inside walls and outside walls – down to the existing concrete structure,” Project Manager Joe Barilla recalls.
E.W. Howell has since added a new façade and three new floors. Like the rest of the classrooms in the building, the fifth level will feature spaces with smart boards, a gym, and an art room with a kiln and hood.