Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., Boland’s mission is focused on comfort. The company strives to be the leading supplier of integrated comfort systems and services for commercial, institutional and industrial buildings in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore area.
“Our company initially started off focused on HVAC products and over time we have incorporated service and controls into our offerings,” President Jim Boland says. "Now we’re a professional service business that makes buildings better by making them more reliable, comfortable and efficient.”
Avion-Multiplex Construction Inc. delivers projects as a general contractor and a construction manager with special services to meet a variety of construction needs. The company says it has built a 20-year track record of accommodating its customers’ unique demands, which has established Avion-Multiplex as a leader in the construction arena in British Columbia.
“Avion-Multiplex Construction Inc. believes in the effectiveness of joining the owner and the design team early in the design phase of new projects as members of the management/building team,” the company says. “This allows us to assist in developing project standards, identifying scheduled milestones and expediting the completion of the highest-quality project within the budgetary constraints.
Founded in 1963 by Bob and Joan Yearout, Yearout Mechanical has pursued a multipronged strategy of diversification since the founders’ son Kim joined the business in 1964. The elder Yearout’s business was residential plumbing, and the son joined the business by winning the first commercial project.
Now that strategy has the company diversified into design/build, general contracting, construction management, mechanical, building maintenance and energy services. Grandson of the founder and co-owner with his brother Kevin, who is CEO, Vice President Bryan Yearout says his grandfather ran the residential service plumbing business until he retired in 1984, and his father Kim ran the commercial business until turning the entire operation over in 1996 to the current generation.
WZMH Architects' collaborative approach to its projects and extensive service offerings have helped make the company a go-to designer of commercial buildings across Canada. “What we offer is a balance between design and project management,” says Carl Blanchaer, a partner with the Toronto-based firm. “We can deliver large projects on time and on budget with a strong design sensibility.”
Blanchaer and the firm's other principals pride themselves on taking a hands-on approach to each of WZMH’s projects. “When we talk to our primary clients about their experiences with us, they always mention the individual attention we give to clients on all the projects we do,” he adds. “The client sees us at the beginning, middle and end of each project, and they appreciate that contact.”
A Northern California casino is making the transition from a small, locals-only gaming hall to an all-inclusive regional travel destination complete with hotel and spa.
Construction on a $40 million expansion and renovation to the Win-River Casino in Redding, Calif., is anticipated to finish in November 2013. The project, which broke ground in September 2012, will add a three-story, 84-room hotel to the casino as well as gaming space and additional amenities. Redding-based Gifford Construction is the general contractor.
Yates Construction has kept successful for nearly 50 years by providing value to its clients, Project Executive Jason Wold says. The Philadelphia-based contractor specializes in recognizing the needs and goals of the owner and adapting to different projects, “whether the project is private commercial or public government,” he says. “We’re a very diverse company with the ability to listen and understand what issues keep our clients up at night. And then our job is to make those issues go away.”
The Thackray family is something of an anomaly in our society. Most brothers and sisters spend their childhood counting down the hours before they can put a comfortable distance between their siblings and themselves. For the Thackray siblings, however, Skip, Linda, Bobby, Mark and Carole rely on one another to preserve what their parents, Walter and Anna Thackray, began decades ago.
“Thackray Crane is a family owned business my parents started in 1947, and we come from a very strong family background,” says Linda Thackray, part-owner and in charge of administration. “My mother was doing the billing from our kitchen and my father was the main person going out and getting jobs. But for me and my siblings, we’ve always been a part of the family business. We’d help answer the phones, help mom with the invoices. We all went through our education and schooling and as the company got bigger, we all fell into our roles one by one.”
Team ACP Construction LLC might not have invented the concept of bundling numerous construction crafts into one package, but Sylvester D. Clay is determined to perfect it. “We’re one of a few businesses in the country that are doing multipackage bundling like this, and we are on the cutting-edge of the wave of the future on how to build a project,” says Clay, CEO and founder of Team ACP.
“Our experiences showed that the traditional approach of scheduling one trade to start after the other one finished meant that we were losing time and money – and not just us, but the general contractor on major projects, as well,” Clay adds.