Merit picMerit General Contractors oversees the construction of the second distribution center in the Olathe, Kan.-based I-35 Logistics Park. 

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

After the successful completion of Building B in the I-35 Logistics Park in Olathe, Kan., which at the time was the largest building ever built on a speculative basis in the state of Kansas, Merit General Contractors is overseeing further development of the park. “One of the unique aspects about this project is we committed to the contract amount with only 50 percent of the documents completed,” President Don Crabtree says. “That’s not typically what we like to do, but in this case, we felt comfortable because we had completed the first building and knew we would be close.”

CSI Construction picCSI Construction’s Sacramento office answers the needs of the hot northern California commercial market.
By Jim Harris, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Publishing

A leading contractor in the western United States is widening its reach throughout northern California. Since it was established in 2015, the Sacramento office of CSI Construction has grown from a staff of one person to roughly 20 people. “We’re growing to the point where we are maxing out our office space,” says Gabe VanHooser, the office’s first full-time member and vice president. 

Woodruff Construction picWoodruff Construction specializes in diverse projects.     

By Kat Zeman, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Operating under a lean business philosophy, Woodruff Construction specializes in design/build, construction management and project development services in Iowa. 

The Fort Dodge, Iowa-based company is known for its work in a number of different sectors including commercial, educational, healthcare, senior living, warehouse, water/wastewater treatment, office and retail. It recently completed work on a children’s hospital, water treatment facility and elementary school, and has a number of other projects on the horizon. 

“We try to be diverse,” says Nick Ford, regional president. “We have crews that specialize in different sectors.” 

KD Construction of FloridaKD Construction makes sure it meets clients’ expectations.
By Alan Dorich, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

For 32 years, owner Karl Davis has led KD Construction of Florida Inc. with the philosophy of doing what is best for the customer, even if it comes at a cost to the company. “Karl is more about making sure that they’re happy and they got the type of structure they wanted,” Vice President of Construction Operations Greg Raley says.

Based in Pompano Beach, Fla., the full-service shell contractor offers services that include cast-in-place concrete, masonry structures, and complete framing and drywall packages. Davis started the company in 1986, after being a partner in Davis Brothers, which he operated with his siblings.

Davis had innovative ideas and wanted to explore new platforms, including the use of the tunnel-form system. “There came a moment where Karl wanted to go out on his own and left his brothers,” Raley says. “The rest is history.”

Itzko Glass and Metal picItzko Glass and Metal Inc.’s ability to be faster and more efficient than other glazing contractors has earned it hundreds of jobs in just eight years in business.
By Jim Harris, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Itzko Glass and Metal Inc. (IGM) believes in being selective about the projects it takes on. “We receive hundreds of plans each month from prospective clients. We pick and decide who we want to work with, which is a good spot to be in,” Founder and CEO Colin Itzko says. “We are not begging people for work – they come to us.”

Itzko credits the West Sacramento, Calif.-based full-service commercial glazing contractor’s success in finding clients to its efficiency and speed. “Our speed, and the technology we use, are primarily how we lock down work,” he adds. “I feel we can handle our workflow and review projects faster than our competitors can.”

Courtelis Company picThe Courtelis Company is moving beyond big-box retail development and into the mixed-use and multifamily residential sectors.
By Jim Harris, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

The retail centers developed and built by Courtelis Company offer more than just stores and parking lots. 

“We’ve stood out during the years by creating a sense of place in our projects,” says Rod Castan, president of the Miami-based company’s leasing and property management services division. “Many of the projects we’ve developed through the years have had a number of interesting water features, inviting common areas and meticulously planned open spaces. 

“We’re very pedestrian-oriented in our approach to retail, which helps the retailers and restaurants in our developments from a sustainability and traffic generation standpoint,” he adds. “We focus on developing centers that are extremely aesthetically pleasing, where people want to hang out and bring their families.”

Calhoun Super Structure picCalhoun Super Structure relies on its decades of expertise in engineered fabric structures to deliver on its customers’ expectations.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Calhoun Super Structure’s strength is in its 25 years of experience engineering permanent fabric structures for a diverse portfolio of clients throughout North America. “We are a fabric structure company that provides the strongest and safest permanent fabric structures for our clients,” President Jeremy Calhoun says.

Metropolis Group picMetropolis Group is the foremost expert in zoning codes and New York City regulations, facilitating the approvals and permits for new construction and renovation of historic and transformational buildings. 

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

After gaining industry experience at one of the most influential architectural firms in New York, Frank Fortino took destiny into his own hands and achieved his career goal in 1988 when he founded Metropolis Group. “I was aggressive and passionate in learning how projects were created, and I got to learn about the city process for filing projects and approvals,” he remembers. “I discover there is another world out there of building and zoning consultants. I wanted to see if I could take zoning, building codes and filing processes and procedures in city agencies to another level.”

Fortino founded the New York-based firm 30 years ago with the vision to create an organization that would provide expert guidance and trusted counsel to the construction industry. “It was not about just taking paper down to agencies in the city, but working with clients on obtaining approvals, permits, dismissal violations and consulting with the owner on every site, which has its own characteristics,” he says. “We want to maximize the potential of the development and earn the client a nice, functional building so they can capitalize on that.”

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