BLDM’s history reads like an acorn-to-mighty oak success story. Through hard work, diversification of services and good relationships with clients, developers and its employees, the company has grown exponentially. Despite a tepid economic climate, BLDM has amassed a net worth of more than $48 million solely through net income received from completed projects. In 2010, it ranked 112 on Engineering News-Record’s annual list of top specialty contractors.

With retail development in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada beginning to rebound after the global recession, Bayfield Realty Advisors Inc. has a goal to double the size of its already impressive asset portfolio. The Toronto-based company specializes in acquiring and managing shopping centers and commercial property on behalf of institutional and private clients, President Harold Spring says. 

You’re in a store comparing two winter coats that look the same but have different prices. What’s the difference between them? The tag on one extols all the wonderful, space-age fabrics and materials inside the coat that will keep you warmer in windy, wintry weather. But how do you know whether it really works?

Society today fosters a disposable mentality. Consumers are eager to live by the philosophy of “out with the old and in with the new.” But, for companies such as Econo-Malls Management Corp., the concept of “redo and reuse” has made for a successful business. As a developer and manager of retail spaces such as strip malls and indoor shopping complexes, Econo-Malls also has become a successful turnaround business. The company gives new life to old structures that are mismanaged structurally and financially.

IMC Construction Inc. has grown to become a leading general contractor and construction manager on the national building scene because it understands that construction isn’t just about building structures, it’s about building relationships and keeping them. The company was founded in 1975 by Chairman Emeritus Tom Williams and his father, Buck Williams. What started as a small contracting business with three or four employees working out of a small, residential-style office has grown to 70 employees working out of IMC’s 25,0000-square-foot, LEED Gold-certified headquarters in Malvern, Pa.

Since its 1999 founding as an environmental consultancy, Hudspeth and Associates Inc. (H&A) has developed its portfolio through a balance of organic growth and entrepreneurial risk. Seeing a field flooded with too many teachers and not enough doers, Robert Levitt, the company’s co-founder, transitioned it away from consulting. Now the company comprises three interrelated divisions: abatement and demolition, environmental remediation and, since 2006, general contracting. 

After 109 years, Harold O’Shea Builders has not only built construction projects, but also strong relationships with its clients, CEO Mike O’Shea says. “It is the center of our strategic plan,” he says. “O’Shea is a differentiator when it comes to building lasting relationships.” Based in Springfield, Ill., O’Shea Builders specializes in general contracting, remodeling and renovations, and civil services. O’Shea’s great-grandfather, John O’Shea, founded the company in 1901 as a homebuilder. “He built one or two homes at a time,” Mike O’Shea says.

For nearly 80 years, Culpepper Con­struction has not only remained true to the markets in which it excels, but it has also strategically grown its reach to offer the array of construction services its customers demand. As a result, the Talla­hassee, Fla.-based company has developed a reputation for high-quality, reliable work performed throughout the southeastern United States.

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