The factors that make a perfect hotel site – ample room and meeting space, surrounded by restaurants and entertainment venues attracting lots of pedestrian and vehicular traffic on major streets – also happen to be a few of the main factors that can make building a hotel so difficult. The new JW Marriott located in downtown Austin encompasses all of those things and more. The hotel will not only be the largest hotel in Austin, it is also the largest JW Marriott in the United States and the second largest in the world.
It’s a busy time for Trident Construction. The company is currently in the midst of three major projects: a medical building, a performing arts hall and a commercial office project.
“As an unlimited licensed contractor, Trident Construction actively completes projects in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Florida and Alabama,” the company says. “Our projects range from tenant up-fits to complex design/build industrial manufacturing facilities. We’re proud to say that over 85 percent of our work is for repeat clients. That’s because we’ve developed an innovative Team Build process that achieves proven results.”
Keeping up with a growing list of governmental and industry environmental and safety regulations can be challenging for even the largest contractors. Mississauga, Ontario-based Tri-Phase Group relies on the experience of its staff to ensure that its projects not only meet, but also exceed these requirements.
“We stay on top on safety for the sake of our employees, clients and the public, and are always trying to stay one step ahead of regulations,” Marketing and Sales Coordinator Mark Halpenny says. “If the regulations call for a certain amount of safety procedures, we strive to meet those procedures plus go one step beyond them.”
Unique products plus excellent craftsmanship – it’s the simple yet effective strategy that has made Shaw & Sons a commercial success since 1948. The company was founded by Leroy Shaw as a structural concrete company and stuck strictly to structural work during the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. After three successful decades in business, Shaw extended its knowledge into architectural concrete projects. The company has completed more than 800 structural and more than 2,000 architectural projects, most of them in Southern California.
“We are known for our innovation in architectural concrete,” President and CEO Ron Shaw says. “The signature concrete plazas and hardscapes that we produce exceed expectations with such quality performance as less cracking, and with flatter and truer vertical and horizontal surfaces that outperform our competition’s work by a large measure.”
Pacific Industrial, an investment firm that develops industrial real estate, sees a great potential in the hot Southern California industrial real estate market. Started two years ago, Pacific Industrial now has $150 million in development, $150 million in its pipeline and $100 million in facilities under management.
Pacific Industrial is a highly focused industrial real estate development and acquisition platform exclusively focused on the 2-billion-square-foot Southern California industrial real estate market, the company says. “Southern California is one of the most robust industrial markets in the world, driven by a dense population base and the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, two of the largest ports in the world,” Pacific Industrial says.
The finishing touches on a construction project often are the most difficult to achieve perfection on because they are visible to everybody. Interior contractors sometimes feel punched out by the punchlist, and imperfections they are held responsible to fix often have resulted from another trade’s mistakes.
That is why OCP Contractors Inc. emphasizes additional services such as mid-rise panelization and works on projects from their beginnings. It takes a team approach through design/assist or integrated project delivery (IPD) methods. The contractor also specializes in hospital construction projects, which require a higher degree of skill and consequently attract fewer competitors.
Although the Hyatt Place and Hyatt Regency hotels being built at the Galleria Place in Houston have the same owners, architect and construction team, each one has its unique place in the market. Developers Songy HighRoads LLC and Carlyle Group contracted architectural firm Gensler and construction manager McCarthy Building Companies Inc. to work on both projects.
The $61 million Hyatt Regency broke ground December 2013. The 280,000-square-foot hotel has 14 levels and 325 guest rooms. The full-service hotel is part of Hyatt’s luxury collection and hosts amenities such as ballrooms, meeting rooms and full-service kitchens, and is decked out with high-end finishes and a grand staircase and lobby.
You name it and Malone and Tate Builders has built it. “We’ve been at this 40 years,” CEO Michael Malone says. “We’ve completed a wide range of different building types, including banks, schools, apartments, condominiums, warehouses, shopping centers, firehouses, churches, town halls and many specialty buildings for the U.S. Department of Defense.”
Malone and Tate Builders has worked with a variety of project delivery formats such as plan and spec, negotiated, design/build and construction management. Today, a top niche for the company is working on U.S. government contracts. Overall, Malone and Tate Builders has completed hundreds of construction projects.