GillettGillett is meeting tight deadlines for the Vegas Golden Knights’ practice facility.

By Alan Dorich

Not many builders can say they have the organization to turnaround a sports facility in only nine months, but Gillett Construction LLC can. This August, the general contractor will finish its work on the new practice facility for the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team.

Shell McElroy PICShell McElroy takes big steps with two new projects in Atlanta.

By Chris Kelsch

Though Shell McElroy was formed only a little more than three years ago, the company is long on construction experience – and relationships. President Jeff Shell and Senior Vice President Billy McElroy have known each other for years, having met at a top-100 Atlanta-area contractor in the 1990s.

When they decided to join forces in 2014, both brought a lot to the table with experience in the Atlanta area as well as relationships nurtured over the years. The tagline of the company is “Building A New Legacy,” and the pair has wasted no time in doing so. Their latest project is Encore Center, the new corporate headquarters of HD Supply in Atlanta. “This is our largest project so far,” Shell says. “We have received tremendous support from within the industry. From both the owners/developers side as well as the design side.”

Nail BuildersNail Builders’ reputation has earned it repeated work as well as referrals from its dental and medical practice clients.

By Jim Harris

Dental and medical office build-outs differ significantly from other office construction projects. The nature of the spaces being built, and the cost of the equipment being placed in those spaces, requires a builder with a high level of experience.

RochonRochon has applied its cost-saving methods to a variety of projects in Minnesota.

By Chris Kelsch

Rochon Corp. has completed a variety of projects in the Minnesota area, including shopping centers, schools and office buildings. Nick Reynolds, vice president and one of four owners of Rochon, sees that diversity as a key to the company’s growth since it was founded in 1985. “We are a diverse company with different market niches,” Reynolds says. “We are pretty adaptable when markets change.”

HPM pic copyNew startup HPM Contracting focuses on building a diverse portfolio in Colorado. 

By Kat Zeman

Standing inside the White House Situation Room, Ray Hallquist had a lot of concerns. His crew needed to complete the project with minimal disruption to the building’s No. 1 tenant. Hallquist was employed by Omaha, Neb.-based Kiewit Federal Group, a firm hired to renovate the Situation Room. 

“I can’t give you too many details about it, but I can tell you that I worked on it,” says Hallquist, president and principal owner of the newly formed HPM Contracting. “It was probably the most challenging project I’ve worked on because you have to be aware of your surroundings. You have construction work to complete but there’s a certain important person not too far away who’s running the country.”

The Situation Room isn’t really a room, but a sprawling 5,000-square-foot-plus complex that takes up much of the West Wing’s lower floor. For a classified number of taxpayer dollars, Hallquist spent nine months on the project that involved gutting, reconstructing and renovating the complex in 2006 and 2007. 

T Bone Construction picT-Bone Construction entrusted an industry veteran to build its new fuel service and construction division.

By Tim O’Connor

T-Bone Construction Inc.’s advantage is its ability to complete work using in-house resources. The company owns excavation equipment, operates its own trucking division and has its own crews that can complete the electrical and cabinetry components of its projects. In-house architects can design a structure and its general contracting team can see it built to completion.

Hensel Phelps Plains Region picHensel Phelps counts on repeat clients and a flexible approach to grow its business.

By Tim O’Connor

Loyalty and longevity are difficult to come across in the construction industry, but those traits are the foundation of Hensel Phelps, one of the nation’s top 20 general contractors, according to the Engineering News-Record.

Take Alan Bliesmer, vice president and regional director for Hensel Phelps’ Plains Region office.  Bliesmer started with the company shortly after graduating college 27 years ago. Since then, he’s worked in five of the company’s regional offices, including two terms in the Plains Region. In that time, Bliesmer has watched Hensel Phelps open four new regional offices to better support its customers and grow its annual revenue from $500 million to $3.5 billion. “What I’ve seen is a very steady, planned growth based around client relationships,” he says.

HYMThe HYM Investment Group aims to transform downtown Boston with its latest project, Bulfinch Crossing.
By Bianca Herron

The HYM Investment Group (HYM) is a real estate development company that specializes in large, complicated mixed-use urban projects. For more than 35 years, the principals of the Boston-based company have completed projects in Boston, Cambridge, and its metropolitan suburbs. Today, HYM has over 9 million square feet of real estate under development.

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