On Mexico City’s famous avenue Paseo de la Reforma, 10 major buildings will be completed by 2015. Among them will reign Torre Reforma, the tallest building in all of Latin America at 57 stories and ranking as one of the world’s most iconic buildings.  

Designed by the architectural firm LBR&A, Torre Reforma’s construction began in 2009 and is on track to be finished by the beginning of 2015. The 244-meter-high skyscraper is unique in its design and construction as it defies traditional straight-lined, rectangular design to present an unusual shape in which the width of the building’s base is smaller than the width of its middle levels. Even more remarkable is that the whole structure is held up completely by its two exterior walls, without a single continuous column. 

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 Originally founded as a surety bond consultant for contractors, KORE LLC has expanded its network of in-house experts and strategic partner service providers to provide significant value in virtually every business area a contractor must manage to run a successful construction operation. Through a unique methodology that draws upon the kaizen philosophy of continuous improvement, KORE helps construction companies maximize profitability, anticipate and protect themselves from economic threats and successfully capitalize on the right market opportunities.

“By viewing contractors as the center of a complex 360-degree world of construction with many parties interacting, we have a deep understanding of what it takes to establish and sustain success,” says Michael Culnen, president and CEO. “We have built a highly skilled team of individuals with expertise in all aspects of the construction industry to facilitate the needs of contractors and help them succeed in both good and bad markets.” 

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 Concrete manufacturing technology keeps improving, and to keep pace, Delaware Valley Concrete Co. Inc. has made substantial investments to upgrade its facilities. “Two years ago, we installed a state-of-the-art batch plant in Elizabethtown, Pa., a new market for us,” President Mario Diliberto says. 

“This was one of three locations we acquired in spring 2012,” he adds. “We just performed a complete renovation of our new location in Gap, also in Lancaster County, bringing it up to modern industry standards.”

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 There’s a lot of growth about to happen in the greater Pittsburgh metropolitan area, and Creative Real Estate Development Co. is poised to take advantage. According to owner and President Don Rodgers, Creative Real Estate Development has the experience and the local connections to bring successful new developments to the area. Thanks to recent developments in local infrastructure and the cooperation of some key municipalities in the area, Rodgers says Creative Real Estate Development should have enough on its plate to keep it busy for a long time to come. 

The firm focuses on commercial and residential development in its hometown of Cranberry Township, Pa. This has been the firm’s main focus since it was founded by Rodgers’ father, Richard, in 1984. Over the years, Rodgers says, the firm has developed approximately 600,000 square feet of retail space, seven hotels, Class “A” office, flex and multiple restaurant locations throughout Cranberry Township. However, although Cranberry Township remains an economically strong community, Rodgers says the firm has turned its attention to neighboring areas such as Jackson and Lancaster townships. 

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 A-Line Builders’ positive reputation in its local market and straightforward approach to customer service has led to significant growth for the company. “I believe in keeping my promises and always try to go above and beyond on every project,” says President Chris Anderson, who co-owns the West Fargo, N.D., company with his brother Matt. “If there’s even one little piece of trim that someone isn’t happy with, we’ll take it off and replace it.

“I truly care about my projects; if I walk by finished concrete and see a few marks, it bothers me,” he adds. “I never try to hide anything on my projects.”

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 Founded in 1934 as Air Conditioning Company, ACCO Engineered Systems has become a trusted resource for many owners and builders. Throughout its history – which includes transitioning from an air conditioning distributor into an independent corporation in 1950 – it has designed, installed and maintained more than 250,000 mechanical projects.  

In 2014, ACCO is celebrating its 80th anniversary. It is an employee-owned family of companies focused on designing, fabricating, installing, maintaining and servicing commercial and industrial HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, process piping and building automation systems. It has offices in California, Washington and Idaho, and it has completed work in Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., and Mexico.

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When Taft Family Offices is developing land, it finds the best and highest use for each parcel whether the project is commercial or residential.

The company owns more than 2 million square feet of commercial real estate and owns interest in more than 3,500 residential units. “We focus on projects that others can’t do,” says Michael McCarty, construction and development director, “things that are more difficult or harder to accomplish.” For example, it has conducted work developing parcels that are landlocked or lacking sewer capacity. 

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Harper Corp. might be a Southeast general contractor, but it competes with big national names for work in its region. The company gets its edge by performing at a level on par with its national competitors while leveraging its local knowledge. Harper Corp. says it relies on its employees to execute that strategy. 

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