With a core focus on upscale, select-service hotels, RLJ Development LLC has quickly grown to become one of the fastest-growing hotel investment companies in the nation. “The quality that distinguishes RLJ Development from our competition is the depth and the strength of our team,” Senior Vice President of Design and Construction Carl Mayfield says. “I call it our ‘people power.’ When you look at the quality and the caliber of the professionals that we recruit, invest in and develop, along with our president, our executive vice president and our senior team, I think we’ve got one of the best teams in the industry.”

After eight years of working for a national retailer building stores, Steve Bachman – president of Retail Construction Services (RCS) Inc. – started his own company specializing in building retail stores. “I knew the business from the retailer’s perspective,” he says. RCS has constructed retail stores for Sears, U.S. Shoe, Nine West, Genesco and Ann Taylor in the early years, and has increased that to more than 50 companies today.

Ramland Construction founder, President and CEO Steve Ramras says the key to his business is building relationships. The company’s reputation among clients in the retail, restaurant and hospitality industries has helped it steadily grow even during the recession. “We’ve been busy; we haven’t seen a downturn in our business in the last few years,” Ramras says. “I think that’s because we do a good job and have built up positive word-of-mouth through our clients.”

Maxwell Construction Co. is meeting the challenges of the national economy by expanding its reach in more ways than one. Since its establishment more than 20 years ago, the company has been a big part of the commercial and residential development of southeast Indiana. While the company remains dedicated to its loyal customers within its geographic region, it is also seeking different types of jobs outside its home base.

Having recently celebrated 31 years in business, New Jersey-based commercial contractor EBS Builders continues to help its clients realize their visions. The company emphasizes building reliability of future performance into every project, as President Tony Bonaduce explains, by insisting on superior workmanship. 

For as long as Tim Macfarlane, founding and design partner of Dewhurst Macfarlane & Partners, can remember, he always thought of things in first principles. It is still that logic that drives him today and Dewhurst Macfarlane & Partners to use what they already know and apply it in new directions. Dewhurst Macfarlane & Partners is an international firm of consulting engineers who provide design services in structural engineering for buildings, façade engineering consultancy and specialist glass engineering.

Since its start in 1962, general contractor Bachly Construction has gained extensive experience in the arena of shopping center projects, Project Manager Nick Miedema declares. “That’s one of the biggest aspects of our resume,” he says. That past experience is useful for the company as it constructs the new Noble Cherry Smart Centre project in Toronto. The shopping center is Bachly Construction’s first project for developer SmartCentres. 

The word “large” doesn’t begin to describe the scope of work being done on the Uptown Shopping Center redevelopment in Saanich, British Columbia, just outside of Victoria. Demolition and construction of 500,000 square feet is quite an undertaking, but nearly 1.4 million square feet is a neighborhood. 

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