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QTS assembled a skilled project team to build its new data center in Chicago.
By Alan Dorich

When QTS Realty Trust Inc. – one of the fastest-growing data center companies in the world – decided to build a location in downtown Chicago, it needed the right development team. “A strong and reliable team is the foundation of our success,” Program Manager of Property Development for QTS Ryan Duncan declares.

“We try to get someone who we can trust and rely on, provide necessary feedback when needed and make changes based on different business decisions,” he says. The company has done just that in its redevelopment of a former Chicago Sun-Times printing plant into a data center.

The 317,000-square-foot structure, built in 1999, will stand two stories and support 134,000 square feet of raised floor, which will encompass 24 megawatts of critical IT power. The first phase of the new facility recently opened in July 2016, with an expansion of the facility underway that will increase capacity to 40 megawatts of critical IT power.

After acquiring the Sun-Times facility in 2014, QTS hired Mortenson Construction as the construction manager, along with lead consulting engineer ESD Inc. and lead architect Corgan Associates. The three previously worked together on multiple data center projects.

Millie and SeversonMillie and Severson attributes its success to a high percentage of repeat clients due to a market share of strong relationships with long standing clients, architects and subcontractors.

By Bianca Herron

The Perris Circle Industrial Park is a two-building development totaling 594,000-square-feet in Perris, Calif. The site, which is an industrial area for freight and truck carriers, will provide users convenient access to the I-215 freeway, and main highway arteries to the freeway. It also provides service to San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties for shipment of product, says John Murray, project executive at Millie and Severson, the company constructing the buildings.

Weston picWeston Inc. adds to its portfolio while increasing its reputation as a commercial and multifamily residential developer and manager.
By Jim Harris

When Weston Inc. talks about having a goal of “50/90/BLT,” the commercial real estate company isn’t referring to a sandwich.

“I feel we’re the best landlord in town,” says T.J. Asher, president of the Cleveland-based company’s acquisitions and development group. Maintaining this status is the “BLT” portion of Weston’s uniquely named goal, while the “50” refers to 50 million square feet, the amount of total leasable space Weston wants to eventually acquire.

Established in 1972, the family owned company is already on the way to its acquisition goal, as it owns and leases more than 12 million square feet of space. Weston acquires, manages, leases and develops properties in Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Nevada, Georgia, Maryland and New Jersey. “We are one of the largest privately owned real estate companies in Northeast Ohio,” says Suzanne Broadbent, Weston’s dealmaker and Asher’s sister.


Crosslands picA Gathering Place for Tulsa will provide a place for Tulsans and visitors to play, relax and gather together along the Arkansas River.

By Bianca Herron

Developed by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, and numerous corporate and community philanthropists, A Gathering Place for Tulsa will convert nearly 100 acres along the Arkansas River into a riverfront park just south of downtown Tulsa, Okla.

“About eight years ago the George Kaiser Family Foundation started assembling the land for the project,” says Jeff Stava, executive director and trustee for A Gathering Place for Tulsa. “Five years ago we conducted a worldwide search for a landscape architecture firm to help us design the park and chose the world famous Michael Van Valkenburgh. He and his team are designing what we think will be one of the most important parks in the last 25 years.”

HBD ConstructionWith nearly 95-years of industry experience, HBD Construction prides itself on maintaining strong communication with its clients and subcontractors.  By Bianca Herron

Founded in 1922, HB Deal was a family-owned company until 1978 when Dan O’Keefe, Russ Shilt and Melvin Schaefer bought the firm and shortened the name to HBD Contracting. Nearly a decade later, Michael Perry and his partner, COO Brian Kowert, bought out the owners changing the name to HBD Construction.

Today, HBD Construction is a full-service general contracting and construction management firm that participates in a wide variety of construction projects, including multifamily, retail, office, healthcare and commercial.

Clifton picClifton Construction Inc.’s design/build capabilities and close relationships with customers and subcontractors have earned it a positive reputation.
By Jim Harris

Clifton Construction Inc.’s ability to help its clients through each step of the construction process is one of its greatest strengths. “We are a true design/build firm; most of the time our clients talk to us before they talk to architects,” says Rob Clifton, business development director for the Augusta, Ga.-based general contractor.


Swinerton Builders and Jacobsen Construction come together to renovate the Beverly Center with no impact on its day-to-day operations.

By Stephanie Crets

Swinerton Builders and Jacobsen Construction have been working together on various projects for past 15 years. The latest major project the companies have undertaken as a joint venture is the renovation of the popular shopping center, The Beverly Center, in downtown Los Angeles.

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