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Farmtek Clearspan picClearSpan’s fabric structures can survive harsh weather – even hurricanes.
By Alan Dorich

ClearSpan Fabric Structures Inc. delivers products that are built to last. “In Fort Lauderdale, Fla., people always ask me what happens when the hurricanes come through,” Sales Director Geoffrey Ching says.

He tells them ClearSpan’s products can endure such harsh wind loads. “It should do as well, if not better, than any other building there,” he asserts.

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EllisDon won the largest contract in Canadian history to build a $5.3 billion public transportation system in Toronto.

By Kat Zeman

When it comes to tackling large and challenging projects, EllisDon is within its element. The Mississauga, Ontario-based construction and building services company is juggling a variety of multimillion-dollar projects – and one that is worth billions.

“I think where we provide value is in tackling some of the more complex projects out there,” says Ian Kerr, the company’s director of business development for British Columbia. ““We manage projects of all sizes, but the larger the project, the more complexities, the more we can apply our expertise and experience to provide the best solution in delivering that project.”

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CD BondingC&D Bonding takes its clients to the next level with its industry expertise and solid reputation among surety bond companies.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Philip Vega’s tenure in the surety bond business began in 1982 when he started as an underwriter for Aetna Casualty & Surety Co. After nearly two decades in the industry, Vega founded C&D Bonding in 2001 to specialize in providing bonds to contractors in the public and private sectors.

“My company is the largest contract-surety-only, independently owned brokerage firm in the seven western states,” he attests. “Contractors and developers come to us for advice on how to maximize their ability to get surety credit because the greater their ability to secure surety credit, the more opportunity they have to pick up new work that will translate into greater profit.”

Balfour BeattyBalfour Beatty aims to finish Blackbaud’s new headquarters by March 2018.

By Alan Dorich 

When Balfour Beatty Construction takes on a client’s project, it also adopts their ethics. “It allows us to prove to the client that we can be aligned with their values,” Project Executive Roger Schwerin declares. “Our culture really stresses the value of being a relentless ally with our clients.”

Grow Your Storage picGYS LLC is a major player in the self-storage markets of Colorado and Texas.
By Alan Dorich

More than 20 years ago, self-storage buildings were often built on the edges of towns and on sites that could be cheaply purchased. But times have changed since those “good old days,” Lee Fredrick says.

“That whole process has evolved now to where we are targeting infill development in hard-to-entitle sites,” he says. “The most important component of the business is locating your property in the right place.”

Fredrick is a partner in Grow Your Storage LLC (GYS LLC), a self-storage specialist firm that offers development and entitlement services, construction design and management, and property management. He founded the company in 1995.

Mobile ModularMobile Modular continues its success by consistently communicating with its employees, partners and customers.
By Bianca Herron

For more than 30 years, Mobile Modular has been a leader in the temporary modular space industry. The Livermore, Calif.-based company has served the commercial and education markets, renting everything from single-floor modular offices to multi-section portable classrooms and office complexes.

Mobile Modular’s parent company is McGrath Rentcorp, which manages a diversified portfolio of business-to-business equipment rental providers worldwide. Mobile Modular has expanded well outside of California into the District of Columbia and 16 states including Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia and Texas.

OiioStudio picA New York-based architectural firm wants to build the world’s longest building.

By Kat Zeman

When it comes to architecture, Oiio Studio likes to bend the rules. Perhaps more astonishingly, the New York City-based architectural firm wants to bend the Manhattan skyline.

The firm is seeking out investors about building a 4,000-foot-long U-shaped skyscraper on Manhattan’s so-called “Billionaire’s Row.” If all goes according to plan, the building would potentially be the longest building in the world.

Schnippel photoSchnippel Construction continues to lead with innovative methods in hospitality construction.

By Chris Kelsch

When Tom Schnippel graduated with a degree in civil engineering in 1971 and went to work for his dad, he immediately was put to work on an interesting project. His father, Gene Schnippel, was in the process of designing and building his first hotel.

It was in the middle of a recession and financing was difficult to obtain, so buildings had to be designed as economically as possible. “We went through a series of six to seven economical designs,” Schnippel recalls. “Each time I would review it with my dad, we would come up with less-expensive methods.”

Though he probably didn’t know it at the time, the younger Schnippel was formulating methods and practices that would guide Schnippel Construction Inc. for the next four decades. The company would go on to complete more than 50 hotel projects throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. More than 95 percent of those projects have been design/build.

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