RD Olson MarriottThe Irvine Spectrum Marriott will be ideal for work and leisure.

By Alan Dorich

R.D. Olson Construction has built a reputation for seeking out projects that will leave a legacy in their communities. “We continually look for projects that are above the norm,” President Bill Wilhelm says. “We are attracted to unique and challenging projects that create opportunities to forge direct relationships with their surrounding communities. This gives us the chance to not only deliver authentic, local experiences for guests, but to engage locals to enjoy properties’ public amenities, such as onsite restaurants, that are available to both guests and community members alike.”

Irvine Spectrum Marriott reflects R.D. Olson Construction’s focus on providing benefits to the community through its projects. Located in the heart of the Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine, Calif., the 15-story hotel will be the first, full-service hotel project in the city in more than a decade.

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Sabre Commercial's client focus enables the Austin, Texas-based company to secure repeat projects and continue to grow.

By Jim Harris

For Sabre Commercial's founding partners, establishing a company at the onset of the Great Recession in 2008 reinforced the value of establishing close relationships with clients. During the company's early years, it relied on a handful of clients in the Austin, Texas, commercial construction market.

“The genesis of the company was really our desire to go out on our own and provide a high level of service and relationship-driven business practices more than anything else,” COO Todd Reimers says.  Reimers and partners John Cyrier and Matt Lutz co-founded the company after working for other real estate and construction-related companies. “Initially, we focused on tenant improvements and interior build-outs, because that's what we did the most of in the past. In 2008, there were very few ground-up opportunities in Austin because of the uncertainty in the economy and the inability to secure funding from lenders.”

Alterra InternationalAlterra International this year will conclude its transformation of Dallas’ Butler Brothers Building into an amenity-rich apartment community and dual-branded hotel.

By Jim Harris

Amenity areas such as fitness rooms, outdoor decks and meeting rooms are common perks for the residents of most modern luxury apartment buildings. Residents in Dallas’ Butler Brothers Building have access to not only those amenities, but much more.

Phaze Concrete picPhaze Concrete’s crews can go wherever its clients need high-quality flatwork, tilt-up construction and parking and multi-level structures.

By Eric Slack

Phaze Concrete has grown substantially since it started in 2003 with a handful of employees. Today, it is a $43 million business with 220 employees specializing in delivering quality concrete to the construction industry.

From offices in Hildale, Utah, Denver and Oklahoma City, Phaze Concrete is licensed to work in 17 U.S. states. Most of its projects take place in the western United States, although it has ventured east on a project-specific basis. The company specializes in flatwork, tilt-up construction and parking and multi-level structures.

The Burt Group picTwo recent projects demonstrate the versatility of The Burt Group in building out interiors or from the ground up for the restaurant, hospital and healthcare industries.

By Russ Gager

Since its founding in 2002, The Burt Group calculates that it has built more than 22 million square feet in central Texas in more than 1,000 commercial projects. These include construction of projects from the ground up of healthcare facilities and remodeling of corporate interiors along with projects in retail, restaurants, hospitality, corporate, manufacturing, industrial and technology.

WE ONeilW.E. O’Neil is at work on Denver’s newest Mercedes-Benz and BMW dealerships.

By Alan Dorich

Strong leadership has been key for W.E. O’Neil Construction Co.’s success, Project Manager Brad Benefield says. “They have a fairly unique approach to client satisfaction and building long-term relationships with a good deal of success,” he says.

DDG DDG Construction has established itself as a reliable builder for Holiday Inn Express and Hampton Inn Suites.

By Alan Dorich

When general contractors do not maintain transparency with developers, it can make the experience of building projects unpleasant, Jai Desai says. “When developers hear the word ‘change-order,’ they get scared,” he says.

Irving, Texas-based DDG Construction avoids instilling such fears. Desai got the idea for the company after hearing horror stories from family and friends. “They would hire general contractors and get a ton of change-orders,” he recalls. “They would start a project with one thing in mind, and then realize everything they were told was a lie.”

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