Bomel ConstructionBomel’s thriving architectural and site division make it a one-stop shop for concrete construction.

By Chris Kelsch

When Vice president of Architecture and Site Concrete Shawn Devine was asked to join Bomel Construction six years ago, the company was already one of the largest structural concrete contractors in the western United States. Founded by Bob Matranga and Mel Reznicek in 1970, Bomel has reached its perch by completing a steady mix of high-profile projects, including CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks; the Honda Center, home of the Anaheim Ducks; and the Phase I remodeling of Dodger Stadium. And just recently, the company was awarded the architectural and site concrete work scope on Banc of California Stadium, a 22,000-seat soccer-specific arena for the Los Angeles Football Club.

But despite those high-profile projects, what the company really built its name on was parking structures, particularly in California and Nevada, ranging from MGM’s T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, Calif. “One of the biggest factors in Bomel’s success has been the ability to create a niche for themselves,” Devine says. “They have done roughly 500 parking projects over the last 40-plus years in business, so they were able to build off of that reputation.”

Windsor Construction pic copyWindsor Commercial specializes in exceeding its customers' expectations.
By Alan Dorich

A company needs to form a level of trust with its clients to earn a high volume of repeat business. That’s exactly what Windsor Commercial has done for the past 14 years by delivering on its promises and being upfront and honest, Business Developer Alex Hale says.

Based in Greensboro, N.C., the company specializes in commercial construction and development services. Windsor Commercial started operations in 2003, when its parent company, Windsor Investments, wanted to form a commercial construction firm to focus on its own developments.

Zapalac Reed picDomain Tower incorporates natural elements to serve Austin’s thriving tech corridor.

By Chris Kelsch

The city of Austin, Texas, is known for many things. In addition to being the capital of Texas, it is also “The Live Music Capital of the World.” More recently, it adopted the nickname “Silicon Hills” due to an influx of technology companies.

Google, Amazon, eBay, Intel and Oracle all having regional headquarters there. In fact, U.S. News & World Report named Austin “the best place to live in the U.S.” for 2017, and by some estimates it is the fastest-growing city in the United States.

Among the many elements of Austin that continue to grow are its thriving technology and financial sectors. There is strong demand in those markets for newly constructed Class A office space so companies can elevate their corporate brands and attract talented professionals.

Many technology start-ups have gravitated to Austin’s northwest corner, with some even calling it Austin’s Tech Corridor.  The latest project there is meant to meet some of that demand. Domain Tower will be a 310,000-square–foot, 11-story office building with an adjacent eight-level garage. General contractor and long-time Austin builder Zapalac/Reed expects to complete the $58 million project in June 2018.

RD OlsonGeneral contractor R.D. Olson Construction owes its success to its employees who develop excellent relationships with customers.

By Stephanie Crets

R.D. Olson Construction believes that its greatest asset is the people who work for the company. Their skills, talent and dedication to the company’s customers and client partners give R.D. Olson an edge over most in the construction industry. Thanks to these relationships built over the last 37 years, the company is able to negotiate 80 percent of its projects on an annual basis.

Shelco pic5000 CentreGreen is the latest example of Highwoods’ practice of building in markets it knows well.

By Chris Kelsch

To understand what has driven the recent success of Highwoods Properties, one needs to become familiar with the term “BBD.” It is an acronym for “Best Business District” and is the primary focus of where Highwoods likes to develop and manage properties.

According to Highwoods, BBDs are highly energized, infill business communities that enhance their customers ability to attract and retain employees as well as their own customers. BBDs are typically surrounded by lots of amenities and are well-located within larger metropolitan areas.

One of those larger areas is Highwoods’ hometown of Raleigh, N.C., which has seen tremendous growth thanks to a booming high-tech start-up culture. Additionally, the presence of three major universities – Duke, North Carolina State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill continues to ensure there are plenty of good jobs and an available talent pool in the area.

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McCord Development honors its late founder’s vision of a 4,000-acre master-planned economic center in northeast Houston.
By Jim Harris

In 2012, shortly after closing the first deal to build on land in northeast Houston owned by his company, McCord Development Founder Rick McCord took a fishing trip that routed him through Dubai. When he returned, he had a challenge for his son, Ryan, who today is the company’s president.

“He told me I have to step up my game and develop this more like Dubai – that’s how high we’ve set the bar,” Ryan McCord says.

Fabcon Precast picFabcon Precast gets better, stronger and faster by implementing lean initiatives throughout its organization.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Fabcon Precast has uniquely positioned itself in the construction and manufacturing industries over the past 45 years as a complete turnkey operation, specializing in manufacturing and erecting precast concrete. “Fabcon provides unmatched design-to-installation services for the world’s lightest and strongest precast concrete wall panels,” the company says.

Metcalf Builders picMBI leverages its hotel building experience for a new Hyatt House and Hyatt Place hotel project in Silicon Valley.

By Chris Kelsch

Technology clearly isn’t the only business booming in California’s Silicon Valley. As that industry continues to flourish, there is significant demand for business-centered hotels not just in the San Jose area, but all throughout the San Francisco peninsula.

Hence the need for a Hyatt House and Hyatt Place project, a 21-month build that broke ground in the late summer of 2016 and is expected to finish in May 2018. Given the activity surrounding the project, it’s easy to see the need for its development. A massive office project will add about 2 million square feet of office space right across the street. Additionally, Samsung Semiconductor is building a 680,000-square-foot headquarters just down the road from the Hyatt site. 

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