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In designing and building a structure for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that will help transform the way renewable energy connects to the grid, it only makes sense that the energy efficiency of the building itself is a paramount concern.

Established in 1978, the mission of Robert A. Bothman Inc. is “to be the builder of choice for quality projects of which our clients and we are proud.” By taking a team approach to every project it builds and focusing on value and service, the San Jose-based company achieves this goal time and time again.

Foundation work is underway on a new high school that will meet the educational needs of the growing community of Merced, Calif. General contractor Bernards Construction of San Fernando, Calif., is pouring slabs and footings for four of the nine interconnected buildings that will make up the campus of El Capitan High School. The $94 million, 250,000-square-foot school will be Merced Union High School District's third high school in the city, which has a population of nearly 80,000 people. The city is in the agriculturally productive San Joaquin Valley and near Yosemite National Park.

Bogner Construction Co. has been around for 114 years and it has remained family owned and operated just as long. It also boasts a list of repeat clients with whom it has developed relationships for the past century. In fact, Ohio’s The College of Wooster, which was the University of Wooster when Bogner first performed masonry work there, repeatedly has hired Bogner to work on its campus since 1901. To date, Bogner has performed 30 jobs new projects and total facility renovation projects for the college, as well as hundreds of smaller projects, including additions, remodeling, partial renovations and site improvements. Now it is back for its current, but likely not its last major construction project at the school.

With more than 34,000 citizens and soldiers worldwide, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) strives to make sure that U.S. servicemen have the proper facilities that they need. And that is exactly what it is working for on its projects at Fort Stewart, Ga.

Uncertainty has been looming over the construction market in many states for the past three years, and it’s no different in North Carolina, according to Raymond Lafrenaye, the University of North Carolina Health Care System’s vice president of facilities and planning. He says construction activity has decreased, but construction material prices seem to be increasing.

Cleveland has held the title of America’s “Medical Capital” for some time now. In 2013, the city will unveil its own healthcare Pentagon to the international medical industry. “The largest benefit of being in the Cleveland area is that Northeast Ohio has the largest concentration of medical leadership in the United States,” says Brian Casey, vice president and general manager of Merchandise Mart Properties Inc., the private sector partner of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, on this project.

After working on projects such as the Mount Olivet Chapel renovation and restoration in Pineville, La., and First Baptist Church in Jena, La., Ratcliff  Construction Co. has proven its capability on religious construction projects. It is working on its first project with Crossroads Church in Lafayette, La. As of August 2011, the project is more than 80 percent complete. 

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