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Constructing a large, complex project on time and within budget is an accomplishment for any general contractor, but Saunders Construction of Centennial, Colo., makes it a point to complete every project it can early and under budget. 

Since its inception in 1938, Linbeck Group LLC has grown, diversified and technologically evolved into one of the most sought-after builders in Texas. As a charter member of the Lean Construction Institute, Linbeck remains a leader in applying lean operating principles throughout the design and construction phases of a project.

At a time when many contractors in North America were struggling to find steady work, Griffin Glass (1981) Ltd. kept busy thanks to some forward thinking. “We were lucky in the last year or two as when a lot of companies were looking for work, we had secured projects in advance,” says Travis Ward, president of the Calgary-based company. “We were not as affected by the economic downturn as a lot of companies were; we had a couple of nice big jobs to push us through instead of a lot of little ones.”

Working almost exclusively as a U.S. government contractor, ECC works primarily for the State Department or Department of Defense to provide construction, design/build, engineering, environmental remediation and munitions response. The 25-year-old business has offices and operations around the world, and in the Pacific region, it has become one of the largest contractors working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and U.S. Navy. 

After only seven years, the BE&K Building Group, a KBR company, has established itself in the industry by providing quality service and nurturing strong relationships with its clients. “That has been almost exclusively how we have won our work in the past,” Senior Project Manager Brandon Scott says.

There are not many companies that can boast a legacy of 50 years in their respective industries, but Weir Welding Company Inc. can. In fact, it has grown even stronger throughout its history and under the leadership of two generations, President Charlie J. Weir says. Based in Carlstadt, N.J., the firm is a full-service structural steel fabrication and erection firm.

It is possible to get too much of a good thing, as those who rush to Las Vegas in the winter for a deep tan discover when their skin glows a dull, painful red. Similarly, designers of photovoltaic (PV) installations must consider the capabilities of the panels to operate efficiently in summer temperatures that can exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

To effectively succeed in the competitive California building industry – especially in this economy – it is no longer enough to deliver a project on budget and within schedule, says Martin Sisemore, president and CEO of Redwood City, Calif.-based Rudolph and Sletten. General contractors and construction managers must remain on the cutting edge of technology and sustainability, while continuously searching for ways to improve its processes, he explains. 

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