Downtown Naperville, Ill. became even more appealing when Sequoia General Contracting Corp. completed phase two of the Main Street Promenade project – Main Street Promenade East. “It’s a great addition to the city of Naperville,” Project Manager Rob McKenzie says. “We have been able to make the north end [of downtown] a very prominent space and a destination where people want to come.”
Main Street Promenade East is located in the heart of downtown and was built in a space that had been sitting vacant for several years. Developing the northeast corner was at one time going to be part of a public/private partnership between developer Naper Main LLC and the city of Naperville. The plan was to build a development with retail, office and residential space around the city parking garage. The garage was completed in 2009, but the property went into foreclosure in 2010 and the rest of the development was never completed.
For Layton Construction Co. Inc., it is critical for employees to follow its philosophy of “constructing with integrity.” The general contractor notes that this commitment is a symbol of its business philosophy.
“It articulates our fundamental values of hard work, thrift, honesty and fairness,” Layton says. “It reminds us to extend respect to all people and honor their individuality. It means listening to understand – then fulfilling our commitments made.”
Layton is bringing that commitment to The Outlets at Tejon Ranch, an outlet shopping center project in Tejon Ranch, Calif. The Rockefeller Group and Tejon Ranch Co. are developing the 320,000-square-foot center, which will be located on a 43-acre site and open to shoppers in August.
The owner of a rather large project recently experienced a distressing situation when the general contractor and a subcontractor recorded mechanics’ liens against the project totalling in the millions of dollars for the same work, which was performed by the subcontractor.
The general contractor filed a multi million-dollar mechanics’ lien on the property claiming the same amounts being claimed by its subcontractor. Shortly thereafter, the subcontractor recorded a mechanics’ lien for the same amount. Despite being advised that its lien duplicated amounts claimed by its subcontractor, the general contractor refused to release its duplicative claim.
The ultimate success of the more than $2.058 billion Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project in Los Angeles hinges on much more than just the project team’s ability to bore tunnels, dig ditches, place rails and build station platforms.
“All eyes are on this project,” says Erich Engler, business manager for Walsh-Shea Corridor Constructors, the joint venture awarded the design/build contract for the project. The team consists of Walsh Construction Co., J.F. Shea Construction Inc., HNTB Corp., L.K. Comstock National Transit Inc., ARUP and the LA Urban League.
“We’re constantly giving both local and national officials updates on the project and our hiring efforts,” Engler adds. “This is a big deal, and we realize that. We’re very sensitive to the community and how they’re impacted by what we’re doing, and can’t overstate the importance of communication.”
For Dawson Co., it is essential for its clients and its own associates to have a good experience with the company. “We see ourselves as customers,” President and CEO Ric Serafin says. “We want them [all] to have a platinum experience doing business with us.”
Based in Pomona, Calif., Dawson Co. represents manufacturers and distributes residential, commercial and industrial plumbing, heating and cooling equipment. Richard S. Dawson founded the company in 1948, basing it on his own principles of honesty, integrity and professionalism.
Today, Dawson Co. serves clients in Southern California with pump, heat transfer, steam and ancillary products. Along with its warehouse in Pomona, it has a stocking sales branch in San Diego and a satellite office in the Santa Barbara region.
The demolition process, by its nature, can get unkempt while work is underway. For Cippco Contracting Inc., however, removing a building’s interior doesn’t mean leaving behind debris. “We are very meticulous,” says Paul DiDonato, vice president and co-owner of the Philadelphia-based selective interior demolition contractor. “We have a systematic process and routine to our work that our employees are trained in; we do not demolish, we dismantle.”
All materials and debris removed during Cippco’s dismantling process are sorted and then placed in carts. The company is self-sufficient by owning its own containers, container-hauling trucks and small hook lift trucks.
“All of our jobs are swept clean every day and we wet-mop loading docks, so it’s like we were never there,” he adds.
When we talk about roadblocks on a construction project, it’s usually in the figurative sense. Permitting issues and lack of labor, for instance, are common challenges that can delay a project. But in the case of Acadia on the Charles, a new multifamily project being developed by real estate investment firm Hines, there were physical on-site infrastructures literally blocking the project’s construction – namely an access road and a small water treatment operation.
Hines contracted Cambridge, Mass.-based Callahan Inc. last year to build the 200-unit complex located on a four-acre site in Waltham, Mass. Callahan began the project May 8, 2013, and is past the halfway mark of its 24-month schedule. Although Callahan started off with a nearly blank slate, Project Manager Patrick Riordan explains that the access road and the small water treatment facility did take extra consideration. Instead of the usual demolition that occurs in construction, however, Callahan Construction had to work around both obstacles and relocate them on site.
For 50 years, Brasfield & Gorrie L.L.C. has stayed successful by treating its people well, President and CEO Jim Gorrie says. “Our company has been structured ... to attract top talent and give them a chance to grow,” he says.
Birmingham, Ala.-based Brasfield & Gorrie’s services not only include general contracting, but also construction management, design/build and preconstruction services. The firm began operations in 1964 following the acquisition of the Thomas C. Brasfield Co.
Gorrie’s father, Miller Gorrie, purchased the firm’s construction assets and changed its name to Brasfield & Gorrie three years later. In the beginning, the company focused on small commercial and remodeling projects. As the company continued to grow, it expanded its focus to larger commercial, institutional, healthcare and industrial projects.