Boston Valley Terra Cotta has grown into a specialized architectural terra cotta manufacturer. Its diverse terra cotta lines include architectural terra cotta, roof tile and TerraClad rain screen systems. The company employs a team of artisans, architects and engineers that is focused on craftsmanship, quality, innovation and service in historical restoration and new construction. 

The company has been based at its manufacturing facility just south of Buffalo, N.Y., since its founding in 1889. It has provided ceramic materials to the construction industry ever since. Boston Valley Terra Cotta was originally a brick manufacturer and later became a clay pot manufacturer. 

It has been working in the architectural terra cotta restoration market since 1983, when it made a name for itself working on the restoration of Louis Sullivan’s Guaranty Building in Buffalo. Ever since, Boston Valley Terra Cotta has expanded and upgraded its manufacturing lines and collaborated on research and design initiatives with artists, scientists and architects. 

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AvalonBay Communities builds luxury apartment communities to enhance the lives of its residents in towns along the east and west coasts of the United States.  To meet the needs of the city of Glendora, Calif., the company’s Newport Beach, Calif., office began construction in January on a new apartment community.

“Our core business is developing, redeveloping, acquiring and managing high-quality apartment communities in the high barrier-to-entry markets,” Vice President of Construction Rob Salkovitz says. “Those markets are typically harder to get entitlement in and you have to have a strong commitment to see the deal all the way through.” 

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It’s been the best and worst of times for North Dakota in recent years — with an energy boom and a devastating flood — and both have created tremendous opportunity for the construction industry. Big and small players in the field are showing up in droves to get in on the action. But local company Ackerman-Estvold, a mid-sized civil engineering and architectural firm based in Minot, N.D., isn’t worried because there’s plenty of work for everyone. “We certainly can’t do it all,” Partner Rolly Ackerman says. 

“The region has gotten a lot of attention lately. Everyone in the country has been looking for opportunities in the downturn,” Ackerman says. “But we haven’t seen a hiccup; in fact, we’ve been in growth mode the whole time.”

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For more than 55 years, the Warmack family has had a long legacy in the real estate industry. Now, that legacy is continuing with Warmack Investments’ development of Research Forest Lakeside, a corporate campus project in The Woodlands, Texas.

Partner James Warmack says the project, located along Lake Woodlands, will span 1.8 million square feet and consist of 12 buildings with office and retail space. The general contractor on the project, Warmack notes, is D.E. Harvey Builders, which started work on it three years ago.

With five facilities built, “We’re [nearly] halfway finished,” Warmack says. “We’re under construction with a retail phase that’s about 35,000 square feet.”

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The diversity of its architecture and interior design talent has positioned TruexCullins for success in the United States and internationally. 

Based in Burlington, Vt., TruexCullins was founded in the late 1960s and one of its early and most noteworthy projects was the design concept for the Church Street Marketplace in its hometown. Bill Truex and a small group of Burlington’s civic leaders initiated a pilot project that closed a busy downtown street to traffic to test the feasibility of a new pedestrian street mall for the downtown. The project was successful and led to the planning and design of what is called Church Street Marketplace.

Four blocks in the firm’s hometown were transformed over the next decade into the Church Street Marketplace, Principal Rolf Kielman says. “Bill Truex was a major driver of that project,” he adds. “That project falls within the realm of community planning and that act, more than anything, defined the purpose, mission and goal of the firm: ‘playing a vital role in the community of Vermont.’”

Today, TruexCullins is separated into five studios and each studio focuses on a different work area. The firm focuses on the workplace, education, resort, home and interior markets. 

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An entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to work hard and sacrifice during difficult times has been at the core of Spence Brothers’ operations for more than 120 years.

Brothers Hugh and Matthew J. Spence formed the Saginaw, Mich.-based company in 1893, following a fire that destroyed much of the city’s east side. After helping with the rebuilding, Spence Brothers grew rapidly in the ensuing decades under the leadership of the brothers and their five collective sons. The first major threat to the company’s survival came in the 1930s, when the entire nation struggled through the Great Depression.

“My grandfather’s generation led the company through a tremendous growth period in the 1920’s, then hit tough times,” says President and CEO Herbert Spence III, great-grandson of Matthew J. Spence. “During the Depression, they had to travel the country to make ends meet and keep the company alive.”

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As it marks its 30th anniversary this year, Louisville, Ky.-based Schardein Mechanical has a lot to celebrate. Not only has the company enjoyed three decades of success as one of the top mechanical contractors in Kentucky, but President Dennis Meiman Jr. says it has the foundation in place to maintain that level of success well into the future. Dennis Meiman Sr. and William Spinner III have owned and worked at Schardein for the 30 years. They along with many of the veteran employees, have trained the younger generation of managers. Thanks to its core of experienced, hard-working employees, its diverse services, its ability to perform much of the work itself, and the fact that the company management is promoted from within the company, Schardein Mechanical is well-positioned to experience another 30 years of success.

Founded in 1984 by William Spinner III , Schardein Mechanical provides mechanical services to a diverse mix of customers throughout Kentucky. The company provides installation and service for industrial boilers, HVAC systems, plumbing and refrigeration systems. According to Meiman, even though there are multiple contractors in the region, Schardein Mechanical thrives by being able to offer its customers more. “There are so many good competitors out there, but nobody really is a one-stop shop,” he says. 

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R.D. Olson Development broke ground last May on one of its latest hotel developments – the 210-room Courtyard by Marriott Irvine Spectrum. The Irvine, Calif., hotel will join a growing list of Marriott hotel brands developed and owned by R.D. Olson Development. The developer called on sister company R.D. Olson Construction to handle the project building. 

The project is on track to be completed this July. When it opens, the developer says it will be unlike any other Courtyard Marriott in Southern California. 

“This will be a new generation 5 for Courtyard,” says R.D. Olson Construction Project Manager Jim Heaton. “This is a prototype and to our knowledge it’s the first new generation 5 in the country. It has a 5,000-square-foot conference center, one of the largest conference centers for a Courtyard facility. And because of that, it has a banquet kitchen, which is not normal for a Courtyard because it’s limited-service. It’s located in the heart of Irvine next to the Spectrum, which is a large shopping center and business complex.”

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