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T Bone Construction picT-Bone Construction entrusted an industry veteran to build its new fuel service and construction division.

By Tim O’Connor

T-Bone Construction Inc.’s advantage is its ability to complete work using in-house resources. The company owns excavation equipment, operates its own trucking division and has its own crews that can complete the electrical and cabinetry components of its projects. In-house architects can design a structure and its general contracting team can see it built to completion.

Hensel Phelps Plains Region picHensel Phelps counts on repeat clients and a flexible approach to grow its business.

By Tim O’Connor

Loyalty and longevity are difficult to come across in the construction industry, but those traits are the foundation of Hensel Phelps, one of the nation’s top 20 general contractors, according to the Engineering News-Record.

Take Alan Bliesmer, vice president and regional director for Hensel Phelps’ Plains Region office.  Bliesmer started with the company shortly after graduating college 27 years ago. Since then, he’s worked in five of the company’s regional offices, including two terms in the Plains Region. In that time, Bliesmer has watched Hensel Phelps open four new regional offices to better support its customers and grow its annual revenue from $500 million to $3.5 billion. “What I’ve seen is a very steady, planned growth based around client relationships,” he says.

HYMThe HYM Investment Group aims to transform downtown Boston with its latest project, Bulfinch Crossing.
By Bianca Herron

The HYM Investment Group (HYM) is a real estate development company that specializes in large, complicated mixed-use urban projects. For more than 35 years, the principals of the Boston-based company have completed projects in Boston, Cambridge, and its metropolitan suburbs. Today, HYM has over 9 million square feet of real estate under development.

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 ThePointsGuy.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.”

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.”

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.

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