If you’ve ever landed at Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, you might have noticed its striking architecture, with sweeping wavelike designs, curved glass and complex angles that evoke a body at sea. It’s a style of architecture that lets visitors know without a doubt they’re on a Caribbean island.

Five years ago, the principals at Alan Jeskey Builders (AJB) decided to let go of the company’s residential division and switch focus to design/build projects for the commercial sector. It was a wise decision that Curtis Cummings, CEO of the company, credits to instinct gained through decades of construction experience in the southern Nevada market.

For ST Fabrication Inc., every project is more than just work, President Jesse Cherian says. “We don’t look at jobs as one-offs,” he says. “We look at developing relationships [with clients] so that we have long-term relationships where we are doing one job after another [for them].”

Mechanical contractors have to produce a lot of pipe and sheet metal duct, so if they are going to be profitable, the efficiency of those operations is critical. With that in mind, Miller Bonded Inc. started building a new $1.7 million pipe fabrication facility next to its Albuquerque, N.M., headquarters in March 2010 to meet the needs of a recovering economy.

After working as a division of the construction firm W.W. Gay Inc. for about 10 years, Islands Mechanical Contractor (IMC) Inc. had developed a strong reputation for quality government work and spun off to become its own entity in February 2001. It started as a relatively small operation, but its business nearly tripled after just a year on its own.

The wired office is not about to go wireless very soon. Workstations must be linked by electrical, networking and communications cable, and staffing, technological capabilities and company ownership are in constant flux. Facilities managers need flexibility in office layout and design, and raised office floors can give it to them.

Since its inception in 1992, Barbados-based Innotech Services has been working in the Caribbean offering its range of diverse services, including design/build construction, property development and construction management. Thanks to this diverse expertise and flexibility, the company has been able to maintain a solid base of work even during the economic downturn. 

Since going public in the 1990s, Comfort Systems USA’s goal has been to provide the most complete HVAC service, anywhere, anytime. The company  has done this through a series of strategic acquisitions of local HVAC companies throughout the United States. “We spend a lot of time with the companies before we bring them into the fold,” President and COO Brian Lane says.

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