Schnippel photoSchnippel Construction continues to lead with innovative methods in hospitality construction.

By Chris Kelsch

When Tom Schnippel graduated with a degree in civil engineering in 1971 and went to work for his dad, he immediately was put to work on an interesting project. His father, Gene Schnippel, was in the process of designing and building his first hotel.

It was in the middle of a recession and financing was difficult to obtain, so buildings had to be designed as economically as possible. “We went through a series of six to seven economical designs,” Schnippel recalls. “Each time I would review it with my dad, we would come up with less-expensive methods.”

Though he probably didn’t know it at the time, the younger Schnippel was formulating methods and practices that would guide Schnippel Construction Inc. for the next four decades. The company would go on to complete more than 50 hotel projects throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. More than 95 percent of those projects have been design/build.

Construction ResultsConstruction Results Corporation develops a reputation for tackling unique and complicated projects.
By Kat Zeman

Construction Results Corporation is always up for a challenge. Be it structural or financial, the Plymouth, Minn.-based commercial and industrial builder doesn’t frown upon unique and challenging projects.

When a convenience store in a skyway adjacent to the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis wanted to stay open during remodeling, Construction Results made it happen – with minimal disruption to its client’s business.

image2829 splashC. Laney is rebuilding cabins at Gatlinburg, Tenn.’s Westgate Resorts that were lost in forest fires.
By Alan Dorich

C. Laney & Sons Construction Inc. sets itself apart in its industry by building projects that are tougher than the average job, Operations Manager Luke Laney says. “Some people don’t necessarily want to take them on,” he admits.

The company is at work on such a project that also represents a massive rebuild. Last November, forest fires damaged Westgate Resorts in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and destroyed 79 multifamily cabins that the contractor had built.

Heart of America picHeart of America’s investment in a high-profile corner of Altoona, Iowa, is beginning to pay off with its Shoppes at Prairie Crossing project.
By Jim Harris

Heart of America Group’s acquisition of 176 acres of land near the junction of Interstate 80 and Interstate 65 in Altoona, Iowa, beginning in the year 2000 raised more than a few eyebrows among the company’s real estate development peers.

“People had wondered why we would buy such a remote site,” CEO Mike Whalen says. “Obviously, today, they understand why.”

The Moline, Ill.-based developer subsequently purchased additional lots in the area, bringing its total to more than 230 acres. The purchases followed Whalen’s learning of a highway loop project that would link the northeast corner of the Des Moines metro area – in which Altoona is located – to the southwest corner. That loop – completed in 2007 – brought a much higher profile to the region, making it more desirable for commercial development, Whalen adds.

South Coast SuretySouth Coast Surety leverages decades of industry knowledge and experience to ensure that contractors get bonded and insured.

By Chris Kelsch

Though South Coast Surety has grown and prospered since Steve Swartz founded the company 23 years ago, surprisingly little has changed throughout the surety industry. “The principles of Surety have not changed in 100 years,” Swartz says. “The companies doing the underwriting are still the same companies and although a portion of the industry has updated standards to reflect the need to service emerging contractors, most surety requirements are the same as they have always been.” But what Swartz has been able to do is foster close relationships with contractors and underwriters to ensure a steady stream of business that continues to pay dividends.

Links Construction Portfolio Cambria Hotel x2Links Construction believes its true success comes from satisfying its clients.
By Jim Harris

Links Construction believes it exists to make its clients successful. “It is very important for a company to have a higher purpose,” President Justin Beedle says. “If you’re strictly there to make money, you won’t attract employees who will want to be there for a long time.”

All of the Denton, Texas-based company’s operations are centered on the needs of its customers, which include large national companies as well as entrepreneurs and small business owners. “It is easy to identify the frustrations that people have with the construction industry; we try to highlight what we feel the five biggest frustrations are and make correcting those our vision items,” he adds.

TWG picTWG Construction is going vertical on an apartment building located on the former site of a longtime Indianapolis newspaper.

By Jim Harris

TWG Construction has more than doubled in size each of the past five years. “In 2012 we were doing $8 million in revenue; in 2017, we are projected to do $150 million,” Vice President Nate Stoops says.

Stoops credits this growth to the company’s strength in preconstruction and other processes, as well as its relationships with its subcontractor base. The development strategy of its parent company, TWG Development, has also helped it increase its workload. “Our development team is very aggressive, and is one of the top fifteen tax credit developers in the country,” he adds. “Many of our competitors have not been able to maintain construction at the speed of their development companies the way we have.”

Formed in 2007, TWG specializes in developing, owning and managing commercial, market-rate, affordable and senior housing developments in the Midwest. TWG operates three wholly owned subsidiaries – TWG Construction, TWG Development and TWG Management – that enable it to take a project from concept all the way to completion, leasing and management.

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