ARB pic copySite restrictions forced ARB Structures to retrofit an existing office campus garage for vertical expansion.

By Tim O'Connor

Today's office building developers like to tout their design and lifestyle amenities: how much of the facade is made from glass, what restaurants are nearby, how many treadmills the workout room has and what sustainable materials were used in construction. But for many companies, parking availability is every bit as important as those more marketable features.

A good parking spot is not only a convenience; it's a status symbol – and a revenue generator. High-end office buildings in Orange County, Calif., can charge up to $1,200 a month for a reserved ground-level covered parking space near the entrance. Demand and revenue potential has office developments thinking about how to maximize their parking availability, leading to opportunities for dedicated parking structure builders such as California's ARB Structures. 

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Photo credit: Jason Dziver 

Brookfield Residential’s Seton retail project features unique designs.

By Kat Zeman 

When Brookfield Residential builds a shopping center, it aims to make it a community hangout. That usually means giving the development some sort of interesting design feature.

“We want our retail developments to become focal gathering points for the community,” says Garrick Fryklind, commercial construction manager. “It differentiates us from our competitors. We build these types of developments with the intent of giving back to the community.”

Seton Calgary Retail Center is no exception. Nestled in Calgary, a city in Alberta, Canada, phase two of the retail development is under construction. The $35 million North Retail District project, which broke ground in June, will feature a distinctive wind sculpture.  

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Photo credit Kaczmar Architects

Snavely aims to have National Interstate Insurance Co.’s new headquarters completed in 2018.
By Alan Dorich

When constructing a building surrounded by other facilities, you need to be careful not to get in the way of people or become a safety risk to the area. Snavely Group is bringing this focus as it builds repeat client National Interstate Insurance Co.’s new world headquarters in Richfield, Ohio.

“Safety is always top of mind for us in the construction field, especially with the pedestrians being as close as they are. National Interstate has a culture of active employees who enjoy walking the grounds on their breaks,” Project Manager and Vice President of Field Operations Bill Porter declares. “It’s been challenging at times, but it’s gone extremely well.”

Tutor Perini pixTutor Perini is building a dual brand hotel for downtown Fort Lauderdale.

By Tim O’Connor

With winds approaching 100 mph, Hurricane Irma was a destructive force in south Florida – and a source of fear for the project teams whose building sites were potentially exposed to the storm’s full wrath.

At 299 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., just north of Miami, crews began preparing the new Dalmar/Element Hotel for the hurricane on Sept. 5, five days before it made landfall. By Sept. 8, the contractor, Tutor Perini, determined it had done everything it could and sent its field crews home to prepare their own families for the storm. When workers finally returned on Sept. 18, they found that their preparations had been rewarded.

Craft ConstructionCraft Construction’s extensive local experience has made it a go-to hotel builder.

By Tim O’Connor

Barry Craft and Stephen Harden are used to working with their hands. The two began their careers in the construction industry as carpenters, and as the principals of Florida’s Craft Construction they still want to touch every part of a project, from laying the foundations to completing the finishes.

Downing ConstructionDowning Construction thrives in Iowa’s booming commercial market.

By Chris Kelsch

One might not necessarily think of Iowa as a hotbed for commercial construction, but nevertheless it has quietly taken off in recent years. “We are very excited about the Iowa market,” Downing Construction Partner Justin Brown says. “Because of its gusting winds, Iowa has a lot of low-cost energy, and that has led to companies like Apple, Microsoft and Facebook building large data centers here.” Indeed, all three companies will soon have large data centers in the state, all within 25 miles of each other.

Downing Construction has been an active participant in an exploding commercial market in recent years, but the company didn’t start out in that sector. It actually began in 1966, when founder Robert Downing began building homes in the Indianola, Iowa, community with one employee, two trucks and one 8-by-20-foot trailer.

JRMPhoto Credit: Studios Architecture

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, JRM Construction Management has carved a niche for itself with a client-first mentality. 
By Bianca Herron

David G. McWilliams, Joseph Romano and James Connolly launched JRM Construction Management in 2007 as a general contracting firm specializing in commercial interiors in various industries, including high-end corporate, retail and private schools.

Prior to starting the company the trio had worked together in some capacity over the past 20 years, Partner and President Romano says. Ten years later, the New York-based company has had significant growth, and now has 300 employees and additional offices in California and New Jersey.

With its annual average volume of $500 million, JRM’s clients are comprised of Fortune 500 companies, retailers, financial investment and law firms, and prestigious schools. The company strives to consistently provide high-quality work.

One of the keys to JRM’s success has been the involvement of ownership and senior level management, according to Romano. “No one sits at a desk and does nothing,” he says. “We all roll up our sleeves and are available 24/7.”

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