Construction crews are a common sight on the University of Georgia campus in Athens. Since 1997, more than 200 buildings have been either renovated or added under a campus master plan that continues to guide the college’s brick and mortar future. Two major projects are under way, with two more planned in the near future, showing the university’s dedication to having an updated, long-lasting building stock, Campus Architect Danny Sniff says. “We don’t look for buildings that last up to 50 years, but really buildings that can last 100 years,” he adds. “We keep our master plan alive and refreshed, as opposed to it just being a pretty picture on the wall.”

With education budgets still tight, the schools in Sedona can use all the reductions in costs they can get. One way of decreasing electricity costs is tapping the abundant and free resource that surrounds the district through­out the year – sunlight. The Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School Dis­trict is going solar, and Kinney Con­st­ruc­tion Services (KCS) is providing design/build services for the project.

For more than 40 years, ISEC Inc. has supplied laboratory furniture and fume hoods. During that time, the company listened and learned from its clients, and now it has an in-depth understanding of what they need. ISEC also has improved its building techniques, delivering uncompromising quality in every aspect of the construction process. The company even developed its own brand of laboratory furniture and fume hoods.

With its precast concrete systems, components and services, High Concrete Group LLC says it helps clients realize their dreams. The company, a division of The High Companies, specializes in such work as precast concrete architectural facades, enclosure systems, parking garages, stadiums and other facilities. Director of Engineering and Project Management Melvin Pullen notes that High Concrete primarily serves national and local general contractors.

Did you ever let a thick milkshake thaw and find out it’s just mush? That’s what permafrost is like in Fairbanks, Alaska. The freezing holds the mushy soil together. So, for the 23,000-square-foot Fort Wainwright School Age Ser­vices building, BCRA had to move fast to get 150 pilings 20 feet on center and driven 110 feet into the ground before snow fell by Nov. 1.

Toitures Trois Etoiles Inc. – which translates to Three Stars Roofing in English – shines brighter than other roofing contractors in Quebec because it is not afraid to take on the industry’s hardest jobs, President Giancarlo Bellini says. In fact, the LaSalle, Quebec-based company thrives on difficult projects such as the landmark Hotel de Ville de Montreal, Montreal’s city hall. 

Military construction is the hero of the current recession, but RQ Construction volunteered for this work long before it became the only base in town. A recent example of the company’s expertise is that of the 35 contractors that vied to construct a military data center, only three were short-listed, and RQ was one of them.

Reich+Petch Design International prides itself on the ability to create large exhibit spaces with their end users in mind. “A lot of our projects deal primarily in the public realm in spaces and experiences,” says Tony Reich, a principal in the Toronto-based firm. “We really design for visitors to these exhibits, and that’s what makes us different.” The firm, which often works in conjunction and shares staff and principals with sister firm Reich+Petch Architects Inc., has created designs for public exhibits in museums, historical sites and other locations in 22 countries. 

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