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Tri-Signal Integration strives to combine the resources and abilities of a large company with the same kind of focus on customer satisfaction that characterizes smaller, “mom-and-pop” firms. “Most of the companies that do what we do are billion-dollar companies, and when you’re at that level, you mainly just care about volume and fall short on customer satisfaction,” says Rett Hicks, executive vice president of the systems integration company.

One of Texas’ fastest-growing school districts is working to increase the capacity of two of its high schools. Round Rock Independent School District is in the second phase of additions to Westwood High School in Austin and Round Rock High School in Round Rock. Both projects will add a combined 230,000 square feet of classroom, cafeteria, theater, gymnasium and other space to the schools. Bartlett Cocke General Contractors is the construction manager at-risk for both projects.

When people look at buildings, they often focus on the structures themselves, and overlook the plant life on the ground that surrounds the building and completes the whole picture. But Kelco Landscaping and Construction focuses on that area, helping clients fully realize their projects.

A devotion to integrity and exceeding client expectations drives the operations of J&S Construction. The Cookeville, Tenn.-based general contractor’s mission is to be a model of excellence for the construction industry. While the company has a history of building projects in the industrial sector, recent years have seen a shift to public and government projects, CEO John D. Stites II says.

After 25 years, ECC has gained a wealth of experience in U.S. government projects, Program Manager Bill Upton says. “Our primary client is the federal government,” he says. “Primarily 90 percent of the work we do is with the Department of Defense.” That previous experience is being put to good use as ECC builds one of the largest design/build task orders in the history of the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment. The contractor is now building two new facilities for the Medical Education Training Complex (METC) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Brasfield and Gorrie General Contractors will enter 2011 with a healthy backlog of projects underway in the Sunshine State. The Birmingham, Ala.-based general contractor’s busy Florida operations consist of an Orlando office opened in 1984 and a Jacksonville office established in 2005, says Tim Dwyer, regional president overseeing both offices.

The reception station is the first place new recruits to the Armed Forces see after reporting to their base, and the place they receive their uniforms, haircuts and orientation to their new lives. New recruits at Fort Benning in Georgia are starting to see improvements to not only the reception station, but also the related barracks where they spend their first few weeks as soldiers before starting basic training.

Innovation Village is an area of the Boca Raton, Fla., campus of Florida Atlantic University (FAU) that is living up to its name in the construction of two new residence hall buildings. The $66 million project is being developed for FAU by a partnership of Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions and Capstone Development Group. It consists of two student housing buildings – one seven-story and one eight-story – that utilize several innovative construction techniques, among them prefabricated bathrooms, LEED status and completing 100 percent of a model unit before additional units were built.

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