McCord Development Generation Park picPhoto Courtesy of McCord Development

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. 

American Permalight picFor nearly 30 years, American PERMALIGHT has been guiding customers to safety with its products.
By Marina Batzke, general manager, American PERMALIGHT Inc.

Back in 1993, during the first terrorist bomb attack at the New York City World Trade Center (WTC), an explosion in the parking garage disrupted the WTC’s main electrical power line and knocked out the emergency lighting. The smoke that was generated rose up to the 93rd floor of both WTC towers, even into the emergency staircases. Building occupants evacuated for hours, many through smoke. As improvement following this event, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (owners of the twin towers) installed photoluminescent exit path markings on each step edge, each landing and on both sides of the handrails inside the emergency staircases in 1994.

Webcor MetropolisThe Metropolis megaproject in Los Angeles demands a huge fast-track effort from Webcor and its project partners.
By Jim Harris

Typically, general contractors working on a project the size of the Metropolis project in Los Angeles are given several months of preconstruction time before breaking ground. Webcor, however, had roughly four weeks between the time it was awarded the mixed-use project and when work actually began in 2014. 

“Another contractor had broken ground; Greenland, USA decided they would talk with other contractors about the actual construction so they came to us. Per their request, we provided them with a general conditions and fee proposal based on our available staffing,” Project Director Bill Lee says. “They awarded to us at the end of May 2014 after interviewing us and on the basis of this proposal, then informed us we needed to start new construction before July 4.

“We did not have a preconstruction period at all and had to begin to procure critical subcontractors immediately,” he adds. “This job has been a sprint from the start; usually jobs this size take their time, but here we had to run, and we have never stopped running. The owner desired that this project to move quickly on the premises of safety and quality, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

First Capital picFirst Capital Realty incorporates the look and history of a former brewery into its latest shopping center development.

By Tim O’Connor

Edmonton is a tough place to live for those who love shorts and T-shirts. The temperature is cold most of the year, averaging about 13 F in winter and topping out at about 64 F in summer, according to Canadian government statistics. “Nine months of winter and three months tough sledding,” jokes Ralph Huizinga, vice president of acquisition and development for Canadian developer First Capital Realty. So when the weather is nice, Edmonton residents want to soak in as much of it as possible.

With the Edmonton Brewery District, First Capital Realty is creating a shopping experience that caters to that Edmonton lifestyle. On warm days, people are drawn to the center’s rooftop restaurants and wide pedestrian pathways. In the winter, visitors can slip on their light athleisure wear, park in the underground climate-controlled garage and enter their gym without ever needed to brave the frigid air outside. The mall itself connects to a multi-use city trail used by bicyclists and joggers alike. “You have to provide for that opportunity,” Huizinga says.

RD Olson PicGeneral 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 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.

“We truly focus on customer relations and partnerships,” President Bill Wilhelm says. “It’s not about how big we can grow. We’re not chasing a number. We’re focused on growing the revenue based on the success we have with our customers and partners. As they grow, we grow along with them. With that mindset, we are able to negotiate a high volume of work because customers know what they’re getting, and then we exceed these expectations.”

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