There are few markets in the United States or even the world that are as fast-paced and competitive as New York City. Since 1987, Navillus Contracting Inc. has been proving that it has what it takes not only to survive but to thrive in the crucible of the Big Apple, and Executive Director of Operations Colin Mathers says the company has a prominent position in the marketplace because of it.

“I’d say we’re one of the leaders and in a very good position at the moment,” he says. 

Navillus Contracting specializes in concrete superstructures and substructures, high-end commercial and residential masonry, tiling and stone, and has completed numerous successful projects throughout the New York metropolitan area. Its clients include Morgan Stanley, The New York Times, Apple, Bloomingdale’s and Ralph Lauren. The company’s current work includes the world’s largest memorial waterfalls at the site of the former World Trade Center. Mathers says the company has more than a dozen contracts at the site totaling more than $200 million. 

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It’s a great time to be in hotel construction in New York City. There’s a spree of development currently underway, with more than 11,000 rooms under construction. That is four times the next-busiest United States market, Washington, D.C. Real estate investment management firm Jones Lang LaSalle reports that New York City has been the most active hotel investment market in the world for the past two years.

Big recent hotel openings in Manhattan include a 68-story Marriott property – now the tallest hotel in the United States – and the 487-room Hyatt Times Square. A 210-room Park Hyatt is slated to open this summer. A slew of brands are making their New York debut, including Viceroy, Cambria Suites and AC Hotels. Despite the oncoming supply, hotel occupancy rates are still higher than they’ve ever been, driven largely by corporate demand.

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Founded in 1958 by father and son Warner and Peter Lusardi in their Southern California garage, 56 years later Lusardi Construction has completed thousands of projects measuring more than 30 million square feet.

“Our attention to detail separates us from everyone else,” Vice President Jeff Jenco says. “We are known for meeting budgets and getting projects done on time.”

The national full-service general contractor conducts primarily negotiated jobs, rather than low bid. It has offices in Southern and Northern California and has completed projects in more than 15 states as well as Puerto Rico and Mexico. 

The company is a builder, not a broker. It self-performs its own concrete, minor carpentry and glass installation and glazing. 

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Creating a landmark brings with it a responsibility to the city and the neighborhood in which it is being built. That responsibility is being taken very seriously by developer Jay Paul Co. and Level 10 Construction, who are building the 181 Fremont Project off of a major artery in the high density Transbay corridor of the south of Market area (SoMa) district in San Francisco.

The 55-story mixed-use Class A office and luxury residential tower will rise 800 feet above busy Fremont Street encompassing the entire lot’s footprint of approximately 0.35 acres. Concurrently, the Transbay Transit Center is being built on a site directly adjacent to 181 Fremont.

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The Sea Pines Beach Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C., has switched among various hands over the years. After its initial 1960 debut, each subsequent owner had a clear vision of the location’s next step, but so far, only one developer has had the resources to see its vision through. Last fall, Fraser Construction broke ground on a new LEED-certified, 25,000-square-foot Sea Pines Beach Club now owned by Sea Pines Resort. Joe Fraser, owner of Fraser Construction, explains that the new beach club promises to be a unique iteration of its predecessor.

“When it was first built in the mid-1960s, it was a really neat structure and won some architectural awards,” Fraser says. “It only had three structures: a men’s restroom and changing building, a women’s restroom and changing building and a screen-covered pavilion that was about 1,000 square feet. Over time those buildings were moved around and added onto, but the master plan of Sea Pines Plantation had always anticipated that there would be a much nicer beach club at the site with access for the property owners and resort guests in Sea Pines.” 

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With fiber-optic lighting, a little light goes a long way. Not only can a fiber-optic lighting system utilize a single centralized light source, but the flexible nature of fiber-optic cable means light can be carried to places where traditional fixtures would be difficult or even impossible to install. For nearly 20 years, Fiber Creations has been helping residential and commercial customers illuminate their projects through the use of fiber-optic lighting. Owner and founder Rhonda Sheerin says the company has created a niche for itself in the marketplace through its extensive expertise in fiber-optic lighting and because of the inherent advantages it provides for customers. 

Sheerin had been running a tile installation company in 1996 when she got the idea to introduce fiber-optic lighting for customers’ swimming pool projects. This side of the business became successful almost immediately and was spun off into what is now Fiber Creations. Despite the early success of the company’s fiber-optic installations, however, it is now difficult to find suppliers who carried fiber-optic cable in the quantities it needed. That led to Fiber Creations becoming more heavily involved on the distribution side of fiber optics, as well as the design side. Sheerin says fiber optics can be tricky to work with for the inexperienced, so the company is there to assist customers in developing plans that will utilize the technology to its fullest extent. “We call ourselves kind of a custom fiber-optic lighting distributor,” she says. 

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Although there is much more to do at Diamante Cabo San Lucas than play golf, the Dunes golf course at the resort – designed by Davis Love III – and the new El Cardonal golf course – the first to be designed and opened by Tiger Woods and his company, Tiger Woods Design (TWD) – are major attractions.

Work is continuing at a rapid pace. Ongoing construction activities include eight golf villas, the El Cardonal clubhouse, and the first phase of its Resort Towers hotel. This consists of a six-story tower with two four-bedroom penthouse units, seven four-bedroom suites, an attached three-story low-rise with 14 two-bedroom units, six additional two-bedroom units and two four-bedroom bungalows that front an existing 10-acre lagoon at the resort. 

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Component Assembly Systems (CAS) Inc.’s talent for completing high-profile projects was evident from its very first contract 50 years ago. The company, then known as Score Carpentry Inc., was hired to complete structures on display during the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City, an event visited by more than 51 million people during its 12-month run.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the Pelham, N.Y.-based company expanded its initial focus on carpentry contracting to become one of the state’s most prominent drywall and millwork contractors. During this period, CAS worked on the expansion and renovation of state and city landmarks including the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Carnegie Hall. 

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