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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.

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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.

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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.

Reeves YoungReeves Young is at work on several jobs for the Atlanta Braves.

By Alan Dorich

For Reeves Young, construction projects are more about relationships than just building things. They are also about the relationships that they form with their clients, Sr. Project Manager Ted Roberts says. “That’s the value we bring to it, a commitment to our clients,” he states.

Shell McElroyShell McElroy Construction’s founders are forging their own path in the Atlanta commercial construction market.
By Jim Harris

Jeff Shell and Billy McElroy have long been on the same page when it comes to the way they look at the construction industry. The two, who first became acquainted while working at a Top 100 Atlanta-area contractor in the 1990s, stayed in touch for several years after Shell left the company in 2007.

A few years ago, Shell was working in a management capacity with another general contractor, while McElroy had risen to the rank of general superintendent at the company where the two once worked together. Each felt it was time for a change in his career.

“We were both in situations where we felt we wanted to focus on the principles on which we were raised  within the industry,” Shell says. “Both of our current employers were good companies, but we wanted to do something on our own. With the country coming out of the recession, the time seemed right.”

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