Creation of long-term value should be the goal for any construction project. This is certainly the case for Hayden Ferry Lakeside III, the last phase of a multi-year effort to expand the amount of Class A office space in Tempe, Ariz. Developed by Parkway Properties, the general contractor on the project is Ryan Companies.
Since its founding in 1938, Ryan Companies has grown into a leading national commercial real estate firm. The organization offers integrated design-build, development and real estate management services to customers.
Paces Lodging Corp. is overseeing the construction of an upscale, eco-friendly hotel that will be the first of its kind in Fargo, N.D. Travelers will find it easy to maintain a balanced lifestyle when away from home with the hotel’s numerous sustainability features and appealing amenities.
President Kevin Christianson founded the Fargo-based development company in the early 1990s with an initial focus on building hotels. Since then, Paces Lodging has transformed into a leading developer; offering in-house development services, architecture, construction and property management services that streamline the process for its clients. “Paces is a diversified real estate company with the potential to be involved in a project from land acquisition to platting and zoning, to design, construction and management,” Project Manager Zack Olson says. “We have built everything from self-storage facilities to office buildings, to retail center and apartments, to medical and long-term care facilities.”
As the energy market continues to grow and mining stays steadily strong, many support and service players are acquiring the skills necessary to serve the two sectors. Others are simply taking existing in-house capabilities and translating them into the energy and mining world, which is exactly what ClearSpan Fabric Structures has done.
Connecticut-based ClearSpan Fabric Structures has served clients across the country, manufacturing engineered building solutions using U.S.A.-made and triple-galvanized structural steel tubing for the buildings’ frames and long-lasting patented fabric covers. Its industrial buildings have been used by sectors, including agriculture, manufacturing, marine and waste, and have served as everything from athletic facilities to equestrian riding centers.
Since its beginnings in 1978, Duro-Last has been focused on developing roofing systems that work. Founder John R. Burt took his experience from the world of fabricating pool liners to develop a new roofing membrane that could become a long-term solution and reduce the need for ongoing maintenance and added costs. As a result, the company was able to develop a proprietary membrane formula.
“We are a custom, single ply commercial roofing manufacturer that makes PVC roofing membranes,” General Counsel and Executive Vice President, and John’s grandson, Jason Tunney says. “We are vertically integrated. That means we control the quality. We buy the materials and ingredients. We make the membrane. We knit our own scrim. And we use only the highest quality products.”
Although building an apartment development on top of an existing structure is not the typical development, the Al. Neyer team says it is well up to the task.
“An overbuild is not real common,” says Mike Doty, Al. Neyer project manager of design-build. “It is our first in this fashion but it was originally planned this way.”
Atlanta-based Winter Construction is a diversified, privately owned general contractor. The company has experience working with clients in the hospitality, retail, government, education, corporate, religious, healthcare, historic restoration, industrial and multifamily markets. One of Winter’s specialties is retail renovations. That ability is currently being brought to bear on the Asheville Outlets project in western North Carolina.
“Winter Construction has been in business since 1978, and we operate primarily in the Southeast,” Project Executive and Team Lead Frank Wartner says. “My role on this project is to be hands-on, overseeing everything from preconstruction to the work that takes place in the field.”
Luis Torrado’s commitment to his community is apparent in practically all of the projects his company, Torrado Construction, performs. “Building projects in urban neighborhoods that improve the quality of life for residents is very important to us,” he says.
The Philadelphia-based company has in recent years completed pools, parks, a Boys and Girls Club and other public facilities. Torrado also personally works as a mentor to high school students interested in building trades and donates to organizations including the Salvation Army.
Torrado’s sense of community responsibility comes from his parents, who came to the United States from Puerto Rico in the 1950s and established roots in a closely knit Philadelphia neighborhood. The work ethic Torrado’s parents instilled in him also has guided him in his journey in the industry from being a draftsman in high school to starting his own company.
Founded in 1995, Southern Botanical has become the leading high-end outdoor and indoor landscape, irrigation installation and maintenance contractor in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The company has been able to achieve this position thanks to its commitment to customer satisfaction and continuous improvement.
“This company has grown from basically one truck to a diverse company with several divisions,” Director of Business Development Chris Psencik says. “We have seen ourselves continue to rise as one of the top 100 fastest growing companies in our industry.”
“We’ve seen tremendous growth over the last few years,” Project Manager Cody Treese says.
Based in Dallas, Southern Botanical has more than five acres of land and 25,000 square feet of production facilities. It has approximately 250 full-time employees, which are supported by a weekly continuing education program. Most of its employees are American citizens, although it does recruit seasonal employees from two universities in Central Mexico through a U.S.-sponsored visa program.