Commercial

There’s no doubt that the current recession has been one of the most challenging times for contractors in recent memory. At every level and in every sector, contractors and subcontractors have been challenged on a daily basis by the harsh economic realities. Although national facts and figures give an accurate picture of the recession, they don’t take into account the individual stories that make up those aggregate numbers.

Based in New York City, Crossland Mechanical Inc. has served the New York Tri-State area with quality, cost-efficient mechanical engineering solutions to complex commercial projects since 1984. Before President and CEO Luigi Romic acquired the company in 1991, Crossland Mechanical worked on smaller jobs for local general contractors. “Little by little, we evolved and began doing bigger work with the owners and property managers,” Romic explains.

Demolition isn’t exactly the right word for what Costello Dismantling does. Instead of the average bulldozer and wrecking ball lineup, this company uses precision equipment such as excavator-mounted shears, grapples and electromagnets to meticulously break down buildings, bridges, tanks, dams and other structures into reusable and recyclable parts.

From Canada to the United States, CJ Pink has been helping clients get from one level to the next since 1996. That’s when the concrete product manufacturer began specializing in pre-cast stairs for all structures. Casinos, hotels, stadiums and universities are just a few of the building types that have benefited from CJ Pink’s expertise.

The economic downturn has been difficult on contractors across the nation working in nearly every building sector. Even though Woodstone Builders Inc. excels on a number of projects ranging from multifamily residential to light manufacturing, its decision to target a unique niche has enabled it to grow and prosper during the recession.

The legacy of preeminent western Canadian architect B. James Wensley is being carried forward by Wensley Architecture Ltd.’s principals Barry Weih and Neil Banich. “He set some pretty high standards and values, and the current company is a continuation of these values,” Weih explains. “Wensley Architecture’s tradition is to focus on high quality, design and client service. Both Neil and I worked with Jim for over 10 years prior to becoming owners. We had the good fortune of having him as our mentor, as someone we could learn from as we were developing our craft.”

Site restrictions are a common inhibitor on any construction project, but they can prove particularly challenging when a contractor is performing massive construction in an entirely enclosed building. In October 2010, The Weitz Co. began interior demolition on one such project – the Iowa Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines. “We’re not making many changes to the exterior of the building,” says Weitz Project Manager Chad Halupnick. “But when you walk in, it will be a drastic change from what it used to be.”

Built with an eye to the future, the $32 million Pickering Town Centre being constructed next to the town hall will also connect the center of the city to further development. The parking garage at the second- and third-floor levels of the 150,000-square-foot development will attach to an arcade for another building under construction, a transit station and a pedestrian pathway. Floors 4 through 10 of the center – construction of which was started in September 2009 and is due for completion in May 2011 – will be devoted to office space.

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