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image2829 splashC. Laney is rebuilding cabins at Gatlinburg, Tenn.’s Westgate Resorts that were lost in forest fires.
By Alan Dorich

C. Laney & Sons Construction Inc. sets itself apart in its industry by building projects that are tougher than the average job, Operations Manager Luke Laney says. “Some people don’t necessarily want to take them on,” he admits.

The company is at work on such a project that also represents a massive rebuild. Last November, forest fires damaged Westgate Resorts in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and destroyed 79 multifamily cabins that the contractor had built.

Heart of America picHeart of America’s investment in a high-profile corner of Altoona, Iowa, is beginning to pay off with its Shoppes at Prairie Crossing project.
By Jim Harris

Heart of America Group’s acquisition of 176 acres of land near the junction of Interstate 80 and Interstate 65 in Altoona, Iowa, beginning in the year 2000 raised more than a few eyebrows among the company’s real estate development peers.

“People had wondered why we would buy such a remote site,” CEO Mike Whalen says. “Obviously, today, they understand why.”

The Moline, Ill.-based developer subsequently purchased additional lots in the area, bringing its total to more than 230 acres. The purchases followed Whalen’s learning of a highway loop project that would link the northeast corner of the Des Moines metro area – in which Altoona is located – to the southwest corner. That loop – completed in 2007 – brought a much higher profile to the region, making it more desirable for commercial development, Whalen adds.

South Coast SuretySouth Coast Surety leverages decades of industry knowledge and experience to ensure that contractors get bonded and insured.

By Chris Kelsch

Though South Coast Surety has grown and prospered since Steve Swartz founded the company 23 years ago, surprisingly little has changed throughout the surety industry. “The principles of Surety have not changed in 100 years,” Swartz says. “The companies doing the underwriting are still the same companies and although a portion of the industry has updated standards to reflect the need to service emerging contractors, most surety requirements are the same as they have always been.” But what Swartz has been able to do is foster close relationships with contractors and underwriters to ensure a steady stream of business that continues to pay dividends.

Links Construction Portfolio Cambria Hotel x2Links Construction believes its true success comes from satisfying its clients.
By Jim Harris

Links Construction believes it exists to make its clients successful. “It is very important for a company to have a higher purpose,” President Justin Beedle says. “If you’re strictly there to make money, you won’t attract employees who will want to be there for a long time.”

All of the Denton, Texas-based company’s operations are centered on the needs of its customers, which include large national companies as well as entrepreneurs and small business owners. “It is easy to identify the frustrations that people have with the construction industry; we try to highlight what we feel the five biggest frustrations are and make correcting those our vision items,” he adds.

TWG picTWG Construction is going vertical on an apartment building located on the former site of a longtime Indianapolis newspaper.

By Jim Harris

TWG Construction has more than doubled in size each of the past five years. “In 2012 we were doing $8 million in revenue; in 2017, we are projected to do $150 million,” Vice President Nate Stoops says.

Stoops credits this growth to the company’s strength in preconstruction and other processes, as well as its relationships with its subcontractor base. The development strategy of its parent company, TWG Development, has also helped it increase its workload. “Our development team is very aggressive, and is one of the top fifteen tax credit developers in the country,” he adds. “Many of our competitors have not been able to maintain construction at the speed of their development companies the way we have.”

Formed in 2007, TWG specializes in developing, owning and managing commercial, market-rate, affordable and senior housing developments in the Midwest. TWG operates three wholly owned subsidiaries – TWG Construction, TWG Development and TWG Management – that enable it to take a project from concept all the way to completion, leasing and management.

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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.

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