Industrial

In an economic climate where many companies seek as many projects as they can – even those in sectors otherwise unfamiliar to them – BMW Constructors Inc. is taking a different approach. “The vision I have is to continue to increase our volume and profit and grow the company one customer at a time,” CEO Brian Acton says. “We’re different from others in that we don’t chase projects – we look for clients we can do repeat projects for whose values align with ours.”

Whether it is for a university or a manufacturing company, a master-planned campus will contain certain common features. According to Casey Cartier, division manager for Ryan Cos. in Phoenix, whether such a project can be fast-tracked depends on how early a design/builder gets involved with the job. A good example is the W.L. Gore Pinnacle Peak campus in Deer Valley, Ariz.

Product consistency and quality are top priorities for one of eastern Canada’s oldest sawmills. “When our customers open up a bundle of Lulumco studs, they all look the same,” co-owner and Sales Manager Yoland O’Connor says of the uniformity of the Luceville, Quebec-based company’s products. Lulumco produces wood studs in four lengths as well as bed frame components.

Like racing automobiles, fast turn-around projects associated with constructing industrial and process control plants require a high degree of safety awareness. In construction, the need for safety is not necessarily continuously apparent – but when the pavement is whizzing by you at 200 mph, its importance can equate to life, serious injuries or even death.

When large companies in the food industry need a new concrete floor for their facilities, they often look to The Fricks Company. The Fort Worth, Texas-based contractor specializes in installing floor systems for warehouses, distribution centers and food production and processing facilities across North America. 

In only six years, Nauset Construction grew from a one-client construction company operating from the basement of a former bank, to a $30 million general contractor with experience in a variety of industries. Today, the company markets itself throughout New England in key market sectors, such as education, healthcare and multifamily housing.

High transparency in how California obtains and supplies electricity will be provided –literally – by the Cali­fornia Independent System Operator (ISO) Center headquarters – its operation will be visible from a viewing room with glass walls open to the public. Be­sides this public wing and a cafeteria, gym and exer­cise facilities for emp­loy­ees, the building also will house the approximately 7,000-square-foot operations center, the 7,000-square-foot data center and central plant facilities to support the entire facility.

When Joe Slavik, president of Howell Construction, compares his firm to others, he says Howell is like a heart or brain surgeon, whereas its competitors are similar to a general practice doctor. This is because Howell Construction works on challenging projects requiring a higher skill set and more seasoned employees than most other firms. 

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