The condominium market in Seattle is on the rise, as evidenced by the two new 41-story towers of the Insignia in Seattle being built where Downtown, Belltown and South Lake Union intersect at Sixth and Bell streets. With Seattle’s iconic monorail from the city’s 1962 World’s Fair – a favorite of tourists and a futuristic symbol of the city – running in front of the new development, its visibility is assured.
Located only two blocks from Amazon’s planned 3.3-million-square-foot office building, the neighborhood is bound to become the city’s latest hipster haven. The project includes a seven-story podium out of which the two towers emerge.
Founded in 1967 as American Equipment Rental Company and renamed in the 1980s, AmQuip has grown into one of the nation’s largest crane rental companies because it understands how to serve customers. AmQuip has successfully aligned its entire organization around one mission: to provide the best customer service possible, internally and externally.
“Our customer relationships are strong and have longevity behind them,” President and CEO Al Bove says.
Issues arising during a construction project are unavoidable. Paul Thompson, founder and president of West Bay Builders, says the goal is to know how to solve those problems when they arise.
“We have a really hands-on approach with our employees, and all of them have the attitude of being problem-solvers,” Thompson explains. “There are always problems on projects, but you have to solve them and move on. And it’s best if you can solve them expeditiously and as under budget as possible.”
The company’s problem-solving philosophy has put it in a prime position for today’s construction market. West Bay Builders celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, and Thompson explains that the construction scene in Northern California, specifically the San Francisco Bay area, had a different landscape when the company started than it does now.
U.S. Pavement Services is a leading provider of sealcoating, crackfilling, line striping, asphalt and concrete services in the nation. As leaders in the industry, the company’s philosophy has always been to provide the reliability and quality workmanship that help its customers reduce costs and maintain parking lots more efficiently.
“We have grown to be the leader by focusing on your business requirements, your brand objectives, and your project goals,” President Mike Musto says.
What ultimately propelled the company’s growth was the 2005 acquisition of the 1-800-PAVEMENT phone number, which allowed U.S. Pavement to expand its marketing efforts locally and create a national network of affiliated contractors.
Simonson Construction Services Inc. prides itself on being a traditional general contractor because it self-performs a number of construction services. “There are quite a few companies today that self-perform little to no work; they are more of a storefront contractor,” President Dan Moore explains. “That is not how we got to where we are and not in our focus or our future. We pride ourselves on being a construction company. We work; we aren’t just writing purchase orders and managing subcontractors.”
Bob Simonson founded the Ashland, Ohio-based company in 1974 as Simonson Builders Inc., and focused on residential construction. As years passed, the need for excavating services in the area grew and Simonson founded Simonson Excavation Inc. Simonson Excavation began by fulfilling the excavation needs for Simonson Builders and later began to independently pursue municipal work. Simonson Builders took on commercial projects for local companies and built its reputation on the quality of work it performed, Moore says.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is synonymous with luxury living, and now it has a downtown rental property that matches the splendor of its ownership properties. The 26-story New River Yacht Club offers spectacular vistas of the ocean and riverfront from the floor-to-ceiling windows of its 249 luxurious riverfront rental units. It also offers the latest in urban living with a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units.
Residents of the New River Yacht Club can walk to the heart of Las Olas Boulevard’s business, shopping and dining, as well as to Fort Lauderdale’s beach. The interiors of the club’s apartments are spacious, with every detail accounted for in their designs by Cohen Freedman Encinosa and Associates Architects.
Mid Towne Village, an urban redevelopment project in Grand Rapids, Mich., has been under various phases of construction and development since 2002, when its developer, Third Coast Development, began acquiring land. This fast-growing section of Grand Rapids is dubbed “Medical Mile,” a mixed-use development designed as a walkable, campus-like community. It includes a 15,000-square-foot park and building space for commercial and residential uses.
Mid Towne Village consists of more than 100,000 square feet of medical office space, 60,000 square feet of professional office and retail and 40,000 square feet of Chicago-style brownstone condominiums. The project was awarded the Commercial Alliance of Realtors Project of the Year award for 2004 and was named a finalist for the Neighborhood Business Alliance’s Best New Construction award for 2007. One of Mid Towne Village’s newest additions is the five-story Hampton Inn & Suites being built by Pioneer Construction.
Founded in the early 1980s as Nu-tecsys Corporation, Nu-Tec Systems began its days as a manufacturer of premium-quality MIG, TIG and plasma torches to the industrial fabrication market. The company remains committed to its original mission, but it has expanded its product offerings to encompass all aspects of the global welding market.
“Nu-Tec has more than 20 years of experience with more than $2.5 million in specialized welding and plasma cutting sales to industrial and automotive repair customers,” President Michael Cooper says. “Nu-Tec specializes in smaller, easy-to-use systems, unlike our large industrial-focused competitors.”