The difference between affordable housing projects and market-rate housing is normally pretty clear when it comes to “green” building techniques and the finishes used. Lettire Construction Corp., however, has spent more than 30 years blurring the lines between the two types of projects with regard to quality.
“We don’t cut corners on any of our projects – when we do a job, we do it the best we can, and will use the best materials and finishes within budget or based on our budget on even our affordable housing projects,” the company says.
John Moriarty and Associates (JMA) is no stranger to Miami’s residential high-rise market. Although the company was founded and is headquartered in Winchester, Mass., JMA has found firm footing in other markets, as well: Florida, Connecticut, Virginia and North Carolina. The company brought its expertise to the South Florida market in 1990, offering preconstruction consulting, construction management and general construction for new buildings, building additions, renovation projects and the fit-out of interior spaces. It has worked for many sectors, including universities, healthcare, commercial and others, but has found a sweet spot in Miami’s residential sector. Project Manager Mike Johnson says JMA’s success in the residential market comes from knowing how to think like a developer.
D&S Builders has never strived to be the largest general contractor and does not measure its success by achieving monetary goals. Rather, the company focuses on taking jobs with a workload it can handle and complete well within the set timeframe.
Because of D&S Builders’ reputation in the industry for its high-quality performance, Dollywood came knocking three years ago when it began to prepare for the building of its new Dollywood DreamMore Resort. “They contacted us 18 months before we started the project to be a consultant and provide them with budget numbers and scheduling,” CEO and founder Alex Davis says. “They saw we were a good fit to be the general contractor on the project and they wanted to use local people.”
Clark Construction Group is moving forward on schedule with the $305 million Ventura County Medical Center Replacement Wing project. The company plans to start steel erection on Dec. 3.
The county of Ventura awarded Clark a $217 million contract to design and build the Ventura County Medical Center Hospital Replacement Wing in March 2013. Construction began in May 2013 and is expected to be completed in May 2017.
The project will replace a 120-bed acute care facility at Ventura County Medical Center with a state-of-the-art facility that meets the state’s requirements for seismic safety. The new wing will support numerous medical services, including emergency, surgery obstetrics, ICU and imaging. In addition to the medical scope of work, the team will construct a new central utility plant and loading dock on the medical campus.
The Wilshire Grand Center will be easy to spot in the Los Angeles skyline once it is completed in 2017. At 1,100 feet in total height, the 73-story, $1 billion-plus development will be the tallest structure in not only the city, but also the entire Western United States. Work on the Wilshire Grand Tower began in 2012 with the demolition of the 1.2 million-square-foot Wilshire Grand Hotel, completed in 1952, which the new tower will replace.
The building’s distinctive sail-shaped top – constructed of structural steel and glazing and highlighted with a spire on one end – will also be an eye-opener in a city known for flat-topped structures. “The owners (Hanjin International Corp., a subsidiary of Korean Air) requested and received a variance to city codes for this building because they wanted to change the skyline of the city,” says Michael Marchesano, general superintendent for Turner Construction, the general contractor on the project.
Successful developments fill a community need, and Boulder, Colo.’s Gunbarrel Center’s aim is to do just that. The project is located in an area that is home to many significant Boulder employers, but has little high quality housing options. The Gunbarrel Center project will create high quality, highly efficient residential units along with retail and park space to create a central business and social hub.
“The Gunbarrel Center project owes its existence to the previous owner, Terry O’Connor, who more than a decade ago conceived of the innovative development,” Wolff Company Spokesman Rob O’Dea says. “His unfortunate passing forced his development company to reconsider their plans and ultimately look for a new owner with the appetite and resources to undertake the ambitious project. The Wolff Company recognized the favorable market dynamics in Boulder and the site’s great location and purchased the project.”
The Weitz Co. is overseeing the construction of an upscale retirement community located in a natural suburban setting in Plymouth, Minn., that will provide exceptional amenities for residents to maintain an efficient and comfortable lifestyle.
Trillium Woods is a new Life Care Services community for adults aged 62 and older, located on 46 acres nestled along a new extension of Cheshire Parkway with hilly woodlands, wetlands, lake and golf course views. Life Care Services, based in Des Moines, Iowa, has more than 40 years of experience in creating living experiences that enhance the lives of seniors.
Within the past decade, McKinney Drilling has evolved to be not only the largest drilled shaft contractor in North America, but also the safest.
Safety has always been one of the contractor’s highest priorities, but since its 2002 acquisition by Keller Group plc, the world’s largest independent ground engineering specialist, McKinney has developed into an industry leader. “Before our acquisition we were a very safe company, but we knew we had room for improvement,” says Bill Maher, McKinney Drilling’s president since 2005 and a 44-year veteran of the Hanover, Md.-based company. “Each of our 15 offices had its own safety program, but we felt we needed standardized expectations and guidelines across the board.”