How suite it is to have some privacy in your college residence hall. That is what colleges and universities are delivering today. “Today’s students have different needs and requirements when they’re looking at various colleges in regard to what type of living experience they expect,” points out Stephanie Schmidt, executive vice president of Poole Anderson Construction LLC. “They’re not looking for a room with two beds and a gang bathroom.”

M.D. Descant Inc. is keeping busy with several public school and healthcare sector projects. Vice President Chuck Descant runs the family-owned contracting company alongside his brother Don, the company’s president; Dwight, executive vice president; and Trent, vice president. Chuck Descant says the company’s hard work and low overhead, as well as its dedication to quality work and service and positive reputation in its market, have kept it going through difficult times. 

When International Piping Systems (IPS) Inc. takes on a project, it says it is often perceived as an extension of its clients’ employees. “We work hard to keep our pipe fitters and service technicians among the most highly trained in the industry, regularly training them on the latest in industry technology and safety,” the company says. Based in Schaumburg, Ill., IPS specializes in full-service mechanical contracting. President and CEO Bob Lempa and Financial and Administrative Officer Fred Oyer founded the company in 1979. According to IPS, both founders carry extensive industry experience.

At Ainsworth Inc., the name of the game is having the right people in place to serve its clients, Sales Man­ager Emile Saulnier says. “It’s a people business,” he declares. “[We have a] good, quality staff from the top to the bottom of the organization.” 

Whether it is a retrofit project or new construction, most owners want energy-efficient and “clean” HVAC systems in their buildings.  Comfort Systems USA, one of the largest HVAC contractors in the United States, can provide these systems. Comfort Systems USA, based in Houston, has locations throughout the United States, primarily in the Sun Belt and the Southeast.

Some construction firms might prefer to take on the easy jobs that have minimal complications, but Harris Cos. has found success by focusing on “large and technically complex projects,” President and CEO Greg Hosch says. Based in St. Paul, Minn., the firm is one of the largest mechanical contractors in its industry, with offices in four states and Canada.

After more than 100 years, Turner Construction Company has built up the experience and expertise necessary to excel at healthcare construction, Project Manager Bill Swanson says. “We understand our clients’ needs [when constructing] healthcare facilities,” he says.

The Laguna Honda Hospital Replacement project in San Francisco will give residents and staff an updated facility with state-of-the-art design and a substantially better quality of life. “We are glad to be a part of this remarkable project,” says Ron Wilcox, project manager for Turner Construction. “It will be the most advanced residential care facility in the United States, and the first LEED-certified hospital in the state of California, earning Silver status.”

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