In March 1992, Ian Hare and Peter Liddell created Hare & Liddell Construction (Pty) Ltd. after developing a strong work relationship at a previous construction firm. With the duo’s solid reputation as a foundation, the company brought on experienced const­ruc­tion personnel, such as Fin­ancial Director Edward Tacon and Aboebakar Fred­e­ricks, who was promoted to director from within the company’s senior management staff.  

“What defines our philosophy is, since we come from a retailing background and our clients are retailers, we know what it’s like to have a landlord, and we know how we like to be dealt with and how we don’t like to be treated,” says Chris Harden, vice president of development for the Vaudreuil, Quebec-based company.

A dedicated staff and strong reputation are key to the success of G.D. Irons Construction (Pty) Ltd. The Pretoria, South Africa-based com­pany has served the commercial and indus­trial sectors for more than 30 years, and prides itself on a reputation of quality building, timely completion of projects and proactive participation in planning and contract management.

Everybody talks about integrating  commercial building systems, but  not every­body means the same thing. For manufacturers of legacy building auto­mation and security systems, integration means getting all of the systems to work to­gether but not necessarily making it easy for competitors to integrate their equipment.

There’s no doubt that the real estate market in North America is in a slump, but there are areas of respite for developers who are sufficiently diversified. As the only commercial real estate company listed in the Fortune 500 and the owner of the largest property management portfolio of any brokerage company in North America, it’s safe to say that CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) falls into that category of developers.

When it comes to the success of commercial masonry contractor WASCO Inc., one thing in particular has brought it to the forefront of the Southeast construction industry: customer service. Vice President of Business Development David Masterson explains that WASCO has established itself as a leader by servicing its clients, understanding their needs and providing them with a quality project on time. 

Stuart Olson Dominion is on the cusp of celebrating its 100th anniversary. As one of western Canada’s oldest and lar­gest construction companies, the oper­ation is no stranger to change – there has been a lot of it in the industry over the past century. However, as the years tick by, Stuart Olson Dominion remains constant in its approach to provide quality construction services in construction management, design/build and general contracting for private and public clients in a variety of sectors.

So how does a developer in Garden City, N.Y., end up building malls in Poland? It’s who you know. “One of my vice presidents’ brothers was involved in buying power plants all over Eastern Europe,” Chairman Vincent Polimeni recalls. One of his customers had land on a parkway he wanted to develop. “He wanted to put a shopping center there and he had no idea how to do it.”

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