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Wilson Associates has designed and installed more than a million guestrooms in thousands of hotels worldwide. Established in 1971 by President and CEO Trisha Wilson, the firm specializes in interior architectural design, and also works with restaurants, clubs, casinos and high-end residential properties. Wilson Associates does not deliver a signature look or style – instead, it aims to create unique spaces that meet the needs and desires of each client.

The Salvation Army is transforming part of the south side of Chicago from what songwriter Jim Croce once called “the baddest part of town” into a community that will support its residents with educational, athletic and cultural programs. Endowed by philanthropist Joan Kroc, the late wife of McDonald’s Hamburgers founder Ray Kroc, the 33-acre development of homes and a community center will represent a total investment of $159.8 million, the largest-single investment by a social service organization in Chicago’s history.

There are plenty of aspects to consider when building a $150 million sulfuric acid plant. However, for owner Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, the No. 1 priority during construction of the 50,000-square-foot production facility adjacent to its open-pit copper mine in Safford, Ariz., is the safety of the more than 800 workers who will man this job at the height of the construction schedule.

Government projects require teamwork, because at the end of the day it’s everyone’s money that’s on the line. In San Marcos, Texas, Balfour Beatty Construction is demonstrating the power of teamwork with the Hays County Government Center Project. Thanks to the application of the design/build delivery method and a strong commitment from the project team, this 230,000-square-foot facility has progressed extremely smoothly on its way to an expected completion date at the end of the year.

When images of the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina poured onto television screens, the country was alarmed by the catastrophe. When numbers of the deaths, injuries and homelessness caused by the 100-year storm were revealed, the nation answered with a resounding “never again.” Since then, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) set out on an aggressive plan to construct the best hurricane defense system the New Orleans area has ever had in place. Its goal was to complete it by June 2011.

When a municipality or other government entity builds a water or wastewater treatment plant, often the equipment or products inside the plant are manufactured or supplied by Parkson Corp. It is the company’s technological innovation that has kept it prospering for more than 50 years.

For Meritage Homes, green building is more than an industry trend. “When we talk about green, it’s about pioneering a new standard for homes and taking energy efficiency to the next level,” says Chris Presley, president of the national homebuilder’s Colorado division.

A nation’s infrastructure is its circulatory system, distributing life-giving elements from one area of need to another. Keeping that system in good health is vital to the well-being of America, which is why much of the federal economic stimulus package was focused on infrastructure projects. At the local level, rehabbing roads and bridges not only helps communities maintain their economic health, but the work also provides a source of pride for residents in knowing their roads are in prime condition.

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