As a major provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company requires more flexible space for its associates to hold meetings and events, to conduct training and to video conference with locations across its 12-state territory. Neumann Brothers will create that space with its latest project, according to Vice President of Field Operations Chad Bunner.
The contractor is at work on a nearly 35,000-square-foot addition to Grinnell Mutual’s location in Grinnell, Iowa, that will feature meeting rooms with operable partitions and a 250-seat auditorium, and full video conferencing capabilities throughout the space.
Founded in 1999 with a focus on civil construction, Mark Cerrone Inc. has expanded its business to a variety of projects that include construction of buildings, streetscapes and stadiums. “One of our mottos is, ‘From demolition through landscaping, we are your complete solutions contractor,’” Vice President and Co-Owner George Churakos declares. “We can take an existing site, tear it down and reconstruct it from the site work and underground utilities all the way up to whatever level you need, including design/build.”
Daimler Trucks North America has been an important part of the Portland, Ore., business community for more than 70 years. Earlier this year, the company began an investment that will make it a vital part of the city’s economy for decades to come.
Portland-based general contractor Hoffman Construction Co. in April began work on a nine-story, 265,000-square-foot office tower that will greatly increase Daimler’s presence in the city. When complete in 2016, the new tower will serve as the centerpiece for a centralized company headquarters that will house employees now located in several off-site offices.
Situated in a prime commercial and industrial area of Phoenix with first-class neighbors such as Amazon.com, Sysco, Target, Bose, Auto Zone, HSN and Petsmart, the first 680,000-square-foot building of the Southwest Industrial Center being developed by Hillwood Investment Properties on 70 acres boasts nearby access to Interstate 10, a strategic, central location and designation as a foreign trade zone.
“We’re offering this building for lease, and the type of tenants that are active in this market are industrial, distribution, manufacturing and e-commerce companies,” Senior Vice President John Magness points out. “The advantages of the building are that it can be expanded to as much as 1.3 million square feet, or we can build a separate building of approximately 600,000 square feet, giving the tenant who moves in the ultimate in flexibility to grow their business. We can grow the building along with it.”
Formerly Helgeson Development, HDC Development got its start in 1970 and has built its reputation by specializing in the construction management and general contracting of commercial and multifamily housing. Its portfolio of successful developments includes more than 4,000 housing units and numerous other commercial projects. Thanks to its extensive experience, HDC Development can provide clients with expertise in development, market analysis, architect and site selection and construction supervision.
Leading the company today are President Roger Holtberg and Senior Vice President/Project Manager Jim Lemke. Holtberg has 43 years of experience in senior housing and is a licensed nursing home administrator, while Lemke has 34 years of experience as an expert in the construction of senior housing and multifamily housing. Lemke works in all facets of project development, including architectural services, design, estimating and overall project management.
People who do any driving in Iowa have probably traveled over the work of Godbersen-Smith Construction Co., which has been building bridges and paving roads across Iowa since 1938. Vice President and General Manager Kim Triggs estimates that approximately 80 percent of the company’s projects are bridges. Depending on their size, the company could build up to 12 bridges annually.
“We had a bridge this year that was a $10 million job,” Triggs relates. “Those take quite a few assets and most of the construction season in Iowa to build something like that.” Most of the bridges the company builds are a mix of precast concrete girders and steel.
In the construction industry, the ability to transmit data quickly to all stakeholders has become vital for companies to stay efficient and mobile. Egnyte recognized that need seven years ago and developed what it calls a hybrid technology that allows companies to store and share files to get projects completed and people working together.
The Mountain View, Calif.-based company was founded out of necessity in 2007 when it became increasingly important for mobile employees to stay connected with their files at all times, in the office or out in the field. “You have to remember that this was a time where smartphones and next-generation mobile devices were just coming into the picture,” co-founder and Vice President of Product Rajesh Ram says. “It was a very painful process to gain remote access to files.”
Some companies cut corners when it comes to ethical practices, but not Edge Cos. LLC. “[We are] committed to honoring relationships, integrity, trustworthiness, excellence and commitment,” the company declares. “We provide complete integrated service to assist [our client] in every stage of [their] project.”
Grimes, Iowa-based Edge Cos. specializes in full-service general contracting and construction management services.