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It’s no secret that customers in all businesses want things to be as simple as possible. Wadih Fares has put that strategy into practice as he has grown W.M. Fares Group into single-source development of real estate throughout Nova Scotia. “Today, we have a one-stop shop for everything to do with design and the construction industry,” Fares says. “You come into our doors with an idea in hand, and we can do all of the services until I give you the key to your vision.”

When VanMar Constructors Ontario Inc. does quality work, the result is not only a satisfied and repeat customer, but also a better work environment for its employees. “[A satisfied client] translates into repeat work with a loyal customers and a better work environment for all members of the team,” Project Director of Ontario Mike Van Hemert says. “That makes [operations here] much more positive.”

From the start, the leaders of the 745,000-square-foot Martin Army Community Hospital construction project knew what they were looking for. It was all detailed in a 4,800-page request for proposal developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the construction managers for the project. They wanted the Fort Benning, Ga., replacement hospital to be a sustainable building that follows the U.S. Army’s 2006 mandate that all new structures are built to earn at least LEED Silver certification. They wanted it to be a “medical home” – a nationwide trend embraced by the Army as it continuously improves its healthcare to service members and their families.

After nearly 25 years, Q.B. Construction has gained a strong reputation in Puerto Rico as a contractor that keeps control over the quality of a project, President and partner Paul Lavergne says. He adds that the company has a loyal base of repeat clients that includes the Puerto Rico Port Authority.

Coming into the Sacramento, Calif., market from Las Vegas to take over a $200 million project expanding the Thunder Valley Casino and building an adjacent hotel and parking garage, The PENTA Building Group had to make friends fast among the subcontracting community. “We came in bidding against four other contractors,” Senior Project Manager Yvette Ochoa points out.

A successful retail center design creates an inviting atmosphere without overpowering the many brands that will be competing for consumers’ attention. It is with this strategy in mind that pellow + associates architects inc. approaches its retail projects in Ontario and elsewhere. Whether creating an outdoor lifestyle center to replace an enclosed mall or repositioning a regional enclosed mall, pellow + associates attempts to bring that sensitivity to each location.

Like for many developers, the economic recession wasn’t a piece of cake for the Onni Group, but it wasn’t a huge burden for the privately owned real estate operation, either. The company’s history of successful developments dates back more than 40 years, and this foundation helped it remain strong, even when the market was weak.

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