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California has long history of prison overcrowding, but the issue came to a head in 2011 when the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a lower court order for the state to reduce its then 156,000-person prison population – twice the designed capacity – to 137.5 percent of capacity.

To accommodate that order, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) was forced to release thousands of inmates, but also began considering new facilities to relieve overcrowding. In 2012, the California legislature authorized CDCR to construct three new housing unit facilities at existing prison sites, including the Mule Creek State Prison, a complex that sits on 866 acres of mostly undeveloped land in the city of Ione, about 33 miles south of downtown Sacramento. The following year, the CDCR issued a site-specific evaluation report that recommended the construction of a new 1,584-bed jail on the Mule Creek property.

When The Hanover Company designs a new project, it aims for “timeless” not “timestamp.” A building must be more than a product of its time, but a permanent fixture in its community. “We want to be current, but we don’t want to do something so current that it’s going to be passé,” CIO Brandt Bowden says.

As a developer, construction contractor and property management company, Hanover shares in each community’s long-term relationship with its rental projects. Since the company is involved from conception to daily operation, Hanover asserts control over virtually ever aspect of its residential complexes, a necessity to ensure quality and success, Bowden says. “You’re living with these buildings for a very long time just to get it to a stabilized asset,” he adds.

Cadence McShane Construction is not interested in staying within limits. “We’re a leading contractor headquartered in the state of Texas – but we go beyond our home base to follow our clients wherever their organizational aspirations take them throughout the country,” the company says.

Addison, Texas-based Cadence McShane provides general construction, construction management and design/build construction services, and says it has become a first choice for construction purchasers nationwide. “Beyond our commitment to our clients and their stakeholders, our business relationships are built on trust, and earned over multiple projects spanning decades,” it explains.

The city of Rio Rancho, N.M., is one of the hottest development areas in the country, having nearly doubled its population to 92,000 since 2000. This growth has prompted a flurry of building projects over the past decade-and-a-half, filling the Albuquerque suburb with modern structures bounded by mountains and Native American reservations. To serve those new residents, Albuquerque-based La Vida Llena and parent company Haverland Carter Lifestyle Group is putting nearly $50 million into developing a 12-acre retirement community befitting this modern city.

The project, called the Neighborhood in Rio Rancho, was in the planning stages for about three years before New Mexico construction company Bradbury Stamm broke ground on the site in October 2014. Work is expected to take 18 months and finish in spring 2016, according to Project Manager Easton Hamblin. This is the fifth La Vida Llena project Bradbury Stamm has built in the past five years and the eighth overall, a relationship that extends back to the construction of the organization’s first facility in 1983. “We’ve become specialists in this type of construction,” Hamblin says.

The newest off-campus residence coming to Florida Statue University is so wired that even the shower heads have built in Bluetooth speakers. The project, called Onyx, will be truly modern living for the connected college student.

The development broke ground in April 2014 with a target of being substantially completed by Aug. 1 of this year. Move-ins are schedule to begin in the middle of August, shortly before classes resume. In the final weeks before the deadline, contractor Arco Construction was working to complete the exterior streetscape and plaza deck amenities, according to Project Director Michael King. “It’s coming down to getting this thing finished when we said we would have it finished,” King says.

Dedicated in 1886, the Statue of Liberty was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States to mark the American Centennial. Immigrants sailing into New York Harbor at the turn of the 20th century recognized it as a symbol of freedom and democracy. Today, it is one of the most famous historical monuments in the country.  

From small churches and fire stations to massive paper recycling facilities and hotels, The Wieland-Davco Corp. is willing to take on just about any size of building project.

“There’s really not a job we’re above or below doing,” Project Manager Ed Lorenz says. “Every customer is just as valuable as the next one.” That philosophy has been a key to the company’s accomplishments since it was founded nearly 60 years ago, Lorenz says.

In fact, the Lansing, Mich.-based company’s willingness to take on jobs of all sizes across many different sectors helped it survive the downturn in the construction market, which hit Michigan especially hard, Lorenz says. “We work in all the market segments,” he says. “We have people in our company who have expertise in all the areas of construction. We have the know-how.”

As school districts across the country look to modernize educational facilities for 21st-century learning, they are seeking partners capable of realizing that goal. In Eugene, Ore., Eugene School District 4J has enlisted Todd Construction of Tigard, Ore., to build one of those modern learning centers.

Todd Construction is in the midst of constructing the new Howard Elementary School, located in the north end of the second-largest city in the state. The building will replace an existing school built in 1949 that has become difficult to maintain and expensive to operate for the school district. The existing Howard Elementary has continued to operate since work began last winter on the new school site, which is located on an adjacent field.

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