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Eggrock Inc. may manufacture bathrooms, but the main goal of the company is actually efficiency, President Jeff Barrett says. “What we’re all about is helping construction go a lot faster, with a much higher level of quality,” he says. “Bathrooms tend to be on a critical path of multi-dwelling construction projects.”

At Cornerstone General Contractors Inc., employees operate with a “roll up your sleeves attitude to getting work done,” Project Manager Bryan Gormley says. “We focus on getting problems solved and getting the work moving forward.” It is that attitude that makes the general contractor the best fit to build a new high school in Issaquah, Wash., for the Issaquah School District, Gormley says. The project is a rebuild of the district’s original school, which was built in 1962.

The University of Texas is putting the finishing touches on its newest instructional facility. Substantial construction concluded this year on the six-story, 295,000-square-foot Norman Hackerman Building on the Austin campus. The structure was scheduled for occupancy in late October. The building, named in honor of chemist, professor and University of Texas president emeritus Norman Hackerman, is one part of a total $195 million project that also includes the renovation of Robert A. Welch Hall, the chemistry building located across the street. 

There are not many construction firms that can take on a project that is upwards of a couple hundred million dollars at any time, yet alone when a recession is causing many firms to scale back its operations. But when the University of Kentucky decided it was time to build a new patient care facility, it found the right crew for the job at Turner Construction Co.

Staying on schedule in any large-scale construction project is never easy, but doing so during an abnormally rainy season requires a high level of skill not often found in some contractors. How­ever, Auburn, Ala.-based Rabren General Contractors was able to finish its George Washington Carver High School project on schedule in spite of bad weather and a number of change orders during the course of construction.

As the largest educational facility con­struction manager in the mid-Atlantic and the ninth-largest construction manager in the region currently managing more than $600 million in project value, HESS Construction + Engi­neer­ing Services has established itself as a leader in a niche market, which includes primary and secondary schools, community colleges, training facilities, museums, libraries and federal institutions. This focus has been “extremely successful,” for the Gaithersburg, Md.-based company, Executive Vice President and COO Kathleen Langan says. 

After nearly 25 years in the construction industry, Aranda Rodriguez-Ginorio & Associates (ARGA) Con­struction has established a perfect record by never defaulting on a contract or ex­ceeding a project performance period, Part­ner Irving Aranda says. Based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, ARGA specializes in wide range of services, including general construction, construction management, design/build infrastructure conservation and marine construction. 

Originally built in 1908, Havens Elementary School was the first school in Piedmont, Calif. Al­though it had undergone sev­eral upgrades throughout its history, the Piedmont Unified School District (PUSD) decided in 2006 that it was time to create a safer school, with facilities that met current building standards. Soon after hiring Webcor Builders of San Mateo, Calif., to perform the needed upgrades, Webcor suggested an alternative approach to upgrading the school.  Instead of performing renovations to the existing facilities, Webcor proposed the demolition the entire school and starting over from scratch.

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