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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. 

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.

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