Commercial

Hunt Austin Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport keeps pace with the area’s growth with help from HuntAustin.

By Chris Kelsch

There has been very little debate regarding the need to expand Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The airport served more than 43 million passengers in 2016, and in November 2016 was ranked No. 1 in the United States overall by ThePoinsGuy.com for its amenities, on-time flights and proximity to downtown Phoenix. And as Phoenix continues to grow and host significant attractions such as the Super Bowl and the NCAA Basketball Final Four, those numbers are only going to increase and strain the existing infrastructure.

Given the need for modernization, the city of Phoenix in 2013 approved a $590 million design/build project known as the Terminal 3 Modernization Program at Sky Harbor International. Overseeing the project is joint venture HuntAustin, a 50-50 partnership between Hunt Construction Group and Austin Commercial. James Augustyn, project deputy director, notes it has been a good partnership for the construction firms. “It has been a nice blend of two really strong cultures,” Augustyn says. “There has been a good mix of resources and contributions from both sides.”

TURNER CO

Turner Constructions learned from its past work with Great Wolf Lodge to improve the client’s latest resort.

By Tim O’Connor

In the tourism business, success is seasonal. It’s critical to be up and running during summer breaks and holidays when families are more likely to vacation. This is why the new Great Wolf Lodge under construction in LaGrange, Ga., about 60 miles south of Atlanta, is so keen on being open by June 2018 in time for summer visitors. Any delays could mean losing the entire prime travel season.

To meet that deadline, the resort company needed a construction manager with experience and the capability to work efficiently. Turner Construction was the clear choice because the company had the knowledge and expertise in place to accelerate work on the project.

Further, because Turner has worked with Great Wolf Lodge before, the company knew Great Wolf Lodge to be an educated client that could make decisions quickly. “Us being familiar with Great Wolf as a client and understanding their decision-making gives us the comfort to cut our schedule,” Turner Account Executive A.J. Bargoti says.

Okland picOkland Construction takes lessons from Daytona Speedway as it modernizes Phoenix International Raceway.

By Tim O’Connor

The first batch of steel for the Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) renovation was delivered in late May. For most projects, this would be a milestone for the client and construction crews, but the racetrack’s owners saw the potential to turn the delivery into a marketing moment. The city of Avondale turned it into a “steel parade” with a police escort for the four trucks hauling 80 tons of steel five miles to the racetrack.

Marketing is not usually tied to the construction process, but the public interest in the Phoenix Raceway project is an opportunity to excite locals and racing fans about the future of the 53-year-old venue. “We’re happy to accommodate and we’re excited for people to see what we’re doing,” says Glenn Kubricky, project director for Okland Construction, the lead construction firm on the project.

Rogers OBrien picRogers-O’Brien Construction uses innovative technology to deliver a high-quality product, and its latest project is no exception.
By Bianca Herron

Rogers-O’Brien Construction (RO) has become one of the leading general contractors in Texas since its founding in 1969. With offices in Austin, Dallas and Houston, the Texas-based company provides a range of preconstruction and construction management services for a variety of industries, including healthcare, mixed-use, residential and corporate.

After nearly 50 years in the industry, the company’s culture and reputation continue to set it a part from its competition, Project Manager Dustin Moore says. “We’ve been around for a long time and have had very good leadership for 50 years,” Moore says proudly. “Also, staying on top of the new technology in the industry has helped us to be the premier builder in Texas. We’re always looking to better our processes so that we can make each project more efficient and faster, and deliver a good product to our customers.”

UPS Centennial Hub picUPS delivers more than packages ahead of schedule, such as its new sorting facility.

By Chris Kelsch

In picking someone to oversee the expansion of its Centennial Hub packaging center in Louisville, Ky., it’s easy to see why UPS chose Jim Zimmer, its in-house project engineer. “I think like a UPS employee,” Zimmer explains. “When I’m working on the facility, I’m thinking about how a UPS employee would use it.”

Zimmer has considerable experience working on construction projects for UPS. He oversaw the $400 million UPS Worldport expansion in 2006, among other projects. The Centennial Hub expansion ranks right up there with UPS’s most ambitious.

Turner picTurner Construction prides itself on offering customers a global reach with local delivery.
By Bianca Herron

Henry Turner founded Turner Construction 115 years ago based on the core values of commitment, integrity and teamwork. Today, the New York-based contractor is an international construction services company that has earned a reputation for undertaking large, complex projects, fostering innovation and embracing emerging technologies. 

With more than 5,000 employees, Turner Construction completes 1,500 projects annually and has a network of offices across the United States as well as a presence in 20 countries. The company prides itself on providing its clients with the support of a local firm with the stability and resources of a multinational organization.

The Weitz Company picThe Weitz Company’s passion for its core values and lean implementation are foundational to its expansion into Minnesota.

By Chris Kelsch

The Weitz Company has a long and storied history. Founded in 1855, it is the oldest commercial general contractor found west of the Mississippi River. Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, the company descends from a small carpentry shop founded by German immigrant Charles H. Weitz in what was then Fort Des Moines.

He handed down his values and craftsmanship to four generations of his family, and today the company has 11 offices throughout the United States. Though the company is no longer family owned, having been bought in 2012 by Orascom Construction Limited, it continues to excel in a full range of Commercial building types as the industrial agriculture, manufacturing and heavy industrial markets.

Farmtek Clearspan picClearSpan’s fabric structures can survive harsh weather – even hurricanes.
By Alan Dorich

ClearSpan Fabric Structures Inc. delivers products that are built to last. “In Fort Lauderdale, Fla., people always ask me what happens when the hurricanes come through,” Sales Director Geoffrey Ching says.

He tells them ClearSpan’s products can endure such harsh wind loads. “It should do as well, if not better, than any other building there,” he asserts.

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